Featuring over 350 beautiful photographs, Chinese Houses of Southeast Asia captures the architectural heritage of a vibrant community. The multiple Chinese migrations from southeastern China to Southeast Asia have had important implications for both regions. In Southeast Asia this influence can be seen in the architecturally eclectic homes these migrants and their descendants built as they became successful; homes that combined Chinese, European and local influences, especially during the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Chinese Houses of Southeast Asia strives not only to be an informative but also an authoritative book on the subject of hybrid architecture—filled with stunning color photographs and essays on nearly thirty well-preserved homes. An introductory essay portrays the historical circumstances that gave rise to Chinese houses overseas, and includes historic images, color photographs, paintings and line drawings. At the core of the book is a comprehensive set of stunning color photographs of nearly thirty well-preserved homes built by Chinese immigrants and their descendants in various countries of Southeast Asia. Images and drawings from southeastern China help clarify similarities and differences. For each home, extensive captions accompany the photographs and the essay supplies background information concerning the individual and family who built and resided in each house. The historical context, nature of the building, and the restoration history of the home is included. Extensive information about the symbolism implicit in the decorative elements that make up each of the homes is presented. This includes an examination of ornamental elements that are Chinese in origin as well as those decorative components that are Western. Chinese Houses of Southeast Asia has been written in a nontechnical style, accessible to lay readers who are interested in the extraordinary architectural heritage of China, much of which is only now beginning to be appreciated.
Dive into the 27-page classic "Art Under Plutocracy" by William Morris, a thought-provoking exploration of art's role and challenges in a society dominated by wealth. Written in the 1890s, Morris delves into the intersection of art, society, and economics. His insights and critiques remain relevant, making this a must-read for art enthusiasts and historians alike.
The Tyranny of Merit: What's Become of the Common Good? by Michael J. Sandel: Conversation Starters
The Tyranny of Merit is Sandel's latest work where he directs us to an unusual yet optimistic political perspective aimed to achieve more positive governance for the common good. Sandel aspires for a new political system geared towards a more hopeful society. He reveals that in moving forward and overcoming the barriers capsizing our times, we must modify our views on what it means to succeed and what failure entails. Sandel suggests a shift in our paradigms of thinking. In the conquest for a re-engineered politics and economy, he offers alternative actions with great emphasis on the virtue of humility, the function of luck, and the paramount importance of the dignity of work.
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EVERY GOOD BOOK CONTAINS A WORLD FAR DEEPER
than the surface of its pages. The characters and their world come alive,
and the characters and its world still live on.
Conversation Starters is peppered with questions designed to
bring us beneath the surface of the page
and invite us into the world that lives on.
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