Over at CriticsRepublic.com Senigala has reviewed one of our favourite books of 2015, Second Thoughts: On Malaysia, Globalization, Society and Self. Still available from Gerakbudaya’s online store for the special price of RM24, or available at all good book stores!
Date: 23 January 2016
Location: Rumah Gerakbudaya
In the latest edition of Penang Monthly Marco Ferrarese’s latest book with SIRD, “Banana Punk Rawk Trails: A Euro-Fool’s Metal Punk Journeys in Malaysia, Borneo and Indonesia” is reviewed.
Tarikh : 20hb Disember 2015, Ahad
Masa : 2:30 pm
Tempat : Rumah Gerakbudaya
No 2, Jalan Bukit 11/2, 46200 Petaling Jaya, Selangor
Date: December 5th
Time: 2pm – 5pm
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Recently on BFM 89.9 Radio, SIRD author Ruedi Sueter was interviewed about the recent launch of Rainforest Hero: The Life and Death of Bruno Manser and talk about the writing of the biography, its launch in Malaysia and the life of Bruno Manser. It’s definitely an interview not to miss!
Over at Malaysiakini there is some great coverage of our recent book launch for two of our latest books Voices from the Rainforest, a reprint of Bruno Manser’s 1996 book on the struggle of the Penan and Rainforest Hero, Ruedi Suter’s biography of Bruno Manser, now for the first time translated into English.
Date : 16 November 2015, Monday
Time : 8:00 pm
Venue : Rumah Gerakbudaya
No 2, Jalan Bukit 11/2, 46200 Petaling Jaya, Selangor (adjacent to Universiti Malaya Hospital)
这 也是第一部长篇细述马共女游击战士的生活经历的作品。动荡的森林游击生活，对任何人都是极为严峻的考验。由于传统观念和妇女体质上的一些弱点，她们要承受 大于男性的压力和困扰。波兰对女游击战士的生活娓娓道来，细述了许多鲜为人知却惊心动魄的故事和妇女在游击生活所面对的种种困难与艰辛。
Date : 25 October 2015, Sunday
Time : 2:30 pm
Venue : Rumah Gerakbudaya, No 2, Jalan Bukit 11/2, 46200 Petaling Jaya, Selangor
SIRD is soon to release the hotly anticipated travel diary / music chronicle of Marco Ferarrese, “Banana Punk Rawk Trails: A Euro Fools Metal Punk Journeys in Malaysia, Borneo and Indonesia“. Whilst Marco is perhaps best known to the average Malaysian as the author of the infamous Nazi Goreng, he is known to the average Malaysian punk as the guitarist for Malaysian thrashcore metal band WEOT SKAM which for years he has traveled around Southeast Asia with as the “white elephant in the room” providing him with an outsiders perspective on which to write about the punk scene in the developing world.
Greg Lopez over at New Mandala has been assessing the legacy of Malaysia PM Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi and comparing his reputation as being Malaysia’s Mr Clean with the reality of his time in power. Using Bridget Welsh and James UH Chin’s Awakening: The Abdullah Badawi Years in Malaysia (also published in Malay as Bangkit: Tempoh Pentadbiran Abdullah Badawi di Malaysia) he attempts answer the question of whether or not Pak Lah attained the status of an ethical leader especially in relation to his religious background.
Tarikh : 10th October 2015
Masa : 8:00 pm
Tempat : Rumah Gerakbudaya.
No 2, Jalan Bukit 11/2, 46200 Petaling Jaya, Selangor.
Date : 3 October 2015, Saturday
Time: 2:30 pm
Venue: Rumah Gerakbudaya.
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Greg Poulgrain was interviewed recently on Australian radio about his second book with SIRD “The Incubus of Intervention: Conflicting Indonesia Strategies of John F. Kennedy and Allen Dulles“.
Our first three events in the Symposia series have all been concerned with the current state of Malaysian higher education. In particular they have been concerned with the Malaysian Education Blueprint 2015-2025 (Higher Education) and the ideas behind the Blueprint and its potential to transform the nature of Higher Education in Malaysia.
This monograph examines the education of ethnic minorities in plural societies within the broader context of majority-minority relations. It comprises eight theoretical chapters dealing with various aspects of the education of ethnic minorities. The education of ethnic minorities in plural societies has always been a hotly contested area, having a dynamic of its own, often involving minority linguistic and cultural claims that go against those of the majority. This is especially true in the case of non-marginal minorities or active minorities who are in a position to make such claims. Notwithstanding the right of the minority groups to use their own language in plural societies, when such claims are pitted against the majority language, they have to accept the fact that the majority language is usually recognised as the language of national integration and the sole or the main medium of instruction in the national educational system and as such, their claims for minority linguistic rights should not override the supremacy of the majority language. It is perhaps for this reason that ethnic minorities have to take a middle course so that their linguistic and cultural claims do not jeopardise their social mobility as well as the nation-building process in plural societies. Such an act of balancing is not only necessary but also crucial to the survival of ethnic minorities within the mainstream society. It is essentially a matter of choice between maintaining their ‘life styles’ or ‘life chances’. It is against this backdrop that bilingual education is perhaps a viable option for ethnic minorities to accommodate their educational needs as well as their role in the national-building process. While there are different models of bilingual education, the Malaysian model of transitional bilingual education for the ethnic minorities merits our attention. Despite some shortcomings in its implementation, this model of bilingual education has been able to ensure language maintenance within a wider shift to the majority language.
About the Authors
Dr. Tan Yao Sua is Senior Lecturer and Research Fellow at the Centre for Policy Research and International Studies, Universiti Sains Malaysia, Penang. His main research interests include minority education, educational policy analysis, bilingual education, sociology of education and Malaysian Chinese Studies.
Prof. R. Santhiram is Professor and Dean of the School of Education, Languages and Communications, Wawasan Open University, Penang. His main research interests are in the areas of education for ethnic minorities, educational policy analysis and history of education.
Date : 19 September 2015, Saturday
Time : 3:00 pm
Venue : Rumah Gerakbudaya.
Date: 13th September 2015
Venue: Rumah Gerakbudaya
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