Title: Southeast Asia in the Global Economy: Securing Competitiveness and Social Protection
Professor Helen E.S. Nesadurai
School of Arts and Social Sciences
Helen E.S. Nesadurai is Professor of International Political Economy at Monash University Malaysia where she is also the Head of the School of Arts and Social Sciences. Originally trained in biochemistry, she holds an MSc in Economics for Development from the University of Oxford and a PhD in Politics and International Studies from the University of Warwick. Prof Helen Nesadurai’s current research examines transnational private governance as a new mode of authority in world politics, focusing on the case of private standards for sustainable palm oil.

While economic globalization benefited Southeast Asia, especially during the 1990s boom, the region now seems to be caught between two emerging economic giants - China and India. What challenges and opportunities does the rise of China and India pose for Southeast Asia and how should policy-makers respond? Are bilateral free trade arrangements and bilateral economic partnerships a boon or bane for competitiveness? This edited book brings together various studies to show why and how the economic goal of competitiveness must be balanced by social protection goals and practices if economic growth and development is to lead to progressive and equitable outcomes for people and countries. The book acknowledges and discusses the problems of inadequate technological and innovative capacity and the problems of managing labour productivity in Southeast Asia. However, the book also cautions against focusing on people solely as productive labour, whether in production or in the knowledge sector. By highlighting the adverse social, economic and political consequences of ignoring social protection issues and challenging the myth that addressing social protection undermines competitiveness, the book emphasizes the social responsibilities incumbent on governments and firms in this age of growing economic insecurities.

Co-author: J. Soedradjad Djiwandono
Title : Varieties of Capitalism in Southeast Asia
Dr. Joel Moore
School of Arts and Social Sciences
Dr. Joel Moore is a Senior Lecturer in Global Studies in the School of Arts and Social Sciences. He received his Ph.D. in Political Science at Emory University in 2011. His recent book, The Varieties of Capitalism in Southeast Asia, examines the impact that structural and institutional factors have in constraining policy makers and shaping economic governance systems in Thailand, Malaysia, and Singapore. His research findings have directly influenced World Bank development strategies.

This book explains the political determinants and evolution of capitalist institutions in developing countries by looking at distinct patterns in the electronics industry in three Southeast Asian countries: Thailand, Malaysia, and Singapore. An analysis of the political determinants of these patterns has a number of theoretical and practical implications. It includes a new explanation for family business behaviour, a unified framework for explaining capitalist varieties, a guide for institutional reform, and a comparative examination of three dynamic Asian economies that provide important insights to students, scholars, and people in business.

Economic growth has the potential to either lift billions out of poverty or aggravate existing inequalities within societies. This work has identified the ways in which the distribution of political power in a country can shape the economic decisions of private actors and thereby lead to enduring national economic patterns. Highlighting this can enable reformers to change the underlying political constraints that cause unsustainable development rather than to focus on superficial changes and laws. This, in turn, can reduce related ethnic tensions and bolster legitimacy for the government in Malaysia and, more generally, for the region.
Title : Intimating the Sacred : Religion in English Language Malaysian Fiction
Associate Professor Andrew Hock Soon Ng
School of Arts and Social Sciences
Andrew Hock Soon Ng is Associate Professor of Literary Studies and Writing at Monash University Malaysia where he researches on gothic and horror narratives, postcolonial writing, literary theory and postmodern fiction. He is the author of four books, the most recent being Women and Domestic Space in Contemporary Gothic Narratives (Palgrave, 2015) and has contributed many articles to various peer-reviewed journals and collections of scholarly essays.

This book was inspired by the author’s interest in the representation of religion and religiosity in Anglophone Malaysian fiction. It explores the practice of everyday religiosity as represented in literature that is often starkly opposed to the impression created by religious rhetoric promoted by the state. By examining the intersections between (post)modernity and religion, the book highlights links between religion and other facets of colonial and postcolonial identity such as class, gender, sexuality, and, most importantly, race.

This monograph is thus far the only book-length study of Anglophone Malaysian fiction, and portions of it have been used in local university syllabuses relating to Malaysian literary studies. This book demonstrates how writers combine the force of literature and religious belief to question and challenge the way state agendas manipulate religion and fiction for political ends – an attempt that these writers subtly resist, and as such, reveal the ideological disjuncture between what the state desires for the ordinary Malaysian people, and who these people really are in terms of their racial identity, cultural practices and sense of belonging.
Title : Nanotherapeutics : From Laboratory to Clinic
Associate Professor Md Ezharul Hoque Chowdhury
Jeffrey Cheah School of Medicine and Health Sciences
Dr Md Ezharul Hoque Chowdhury holds a Doctorate of Engineering from the Tokyo Institute of Technology. He has created a new branch in nano-medicine delivery by developing pH-sensitive inorganic nanoparticles with special properties which confer notable advantages over conventional carriers. Thus far, Dr Ezharul has achieved 25 research grants as principal investigator and is currently supervising 10 PhD and Masters students. He has published more than 100 original articles in internationally reputed journals in addition to a complete written book. He is the inventor of 7 US, Japanese and Malaysian patents (published and filed).

The emergence of nano-therapeutics is attributable to the integration of nanotechnology, recombinant DNA technology and synthetic organic chemistry with medicine for treating critical human diseases in a more efficient and specific molecular approach than the therapy with conventionally designed and formulated drugs. At present, there is a clear gap of knowledge in the existing literature between the design and development of diversified nano-therapeutics for various purposes and the investigation and evaluation of potential barriers and resultant therapeutic efficacy of nano-medicine formulations.

The only one of its kind in the market to currently cover all relevant and established topics under the common theme of nano-medicine, this multidisciplinary book aims to address this particular gap of knowledge. It comprehensively and sequentially addresses the current shortcomings of classical drug therapy, the diversified approaches undertaken in order to overcome multiple barriers to develop a variety of potential nanotechnology-based therapeutic products, and the subsequent clinical trials of selected nano-therapeutics before they are finally approved for clinical use.
Title : Culture, Cognition, and Emotion in China's Religious Ethnic Minorities: Voices of Suffering among the Yi
Dr. Rachel Sing-Kiat Ting
Jeffrey Cheah School of Medicine and Health Sciences
Dr. Ting holds a BS in Psychology from National Chung Cheng University (Taiwan), an MA in Clinical Psychology from Wheaton College (USA), and an MA in Theology (USA) and a PhD in Clinical Psychology from Fuller Graduate School of Psychology (APA accredited). She then gained her licensure as a psychologist in California after completing her post-doctoral training at the University of Southern California.

Prior to joining Monash Malaysia in 2018, Dr. Ting had taught as a Senior Lecturer at HELP University (Kuala Lumpur) and as an Associate Professor at China University of Political Science and Law, School of Sociology (China).

Dr. Ting’s research niche is the qualitative study of suffering among marginalized populations, such as persecuted Christians, mentally ill people, and ethnic minorities in America and China. In this book, the suffering narratives of two religious communities—Bimo and Christian—of the Yi minority who reside in the remote mountains of Sichuan and Yunnan, China, respectively are examined in a unique anthropological psychology study. It was found that in times of adversity, traditional religious communities may differ in emotion expression, causal attribution, and help-seeking behaviour, with far-reaching ramifications in how they are uniquely vulnerable to the pitfalls of modernization. The authors hope that the voices of the study participants, heard through their harrowing narratives, may inspire a deepened sensitivity to the plight of rural Chinese communities as China races to become a global economic superpower.

Co-author: Louise Sundararajan
Title : The Political Economy of New Regionalism in Northeast Asia: Dynamics and Contradictions
Professor John Benson
School of Business
John Benson is Professor and Head of the School of Business at Monash University Malaysia and an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Management at Monash University Australia. Professor Benson’s major research interests are enterprise and employee performance, management-unions relations, and the impact of economic reforms. John has published 13 books and over 120 academic journal articles and book chapters. Professor Benson is a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences in Australia and a Senior Associate of St Antony’s College at Oxford University. He has held numerous visiting appointments including visiting professorships at Oxford University and the London School of Economics, University College Dublin, Université Jean Moulin, and Osaka and Hiroshima national universities in Japan. John has been a frequent consultant to government, business and trade unions in Australia, Japan and Europe.

The emergence of a new regional economic architecture in Northeast Asia raises important questions concerning the present global political-economic structures. This book is the first attempt to offer a holistic and integrated exploration of the political-economic framework underpinning economic regionalism. Northeast Asia has diverse, complex and sensitive issues related to the historical, cultural, political and economic characteristics of the region. While it is not possible to comprehensively discuss all of these issues, this book analyses the economic-centred approach to regionalism and demonstrates the need for a more comprehensive political-economic approach to economic regionalism.

The book has three major strengths. First, it provides a cohesive exploration of the political-economic framework, which comprises a detailed appraisal of the socio-economic, political and cultural changes reflected in the course of Northeast Asian regionalism. Second, the book draws on the considerable country experience and expertise of the authors in attempting to unravel the paradox of the market-driven economic globalisation process (regionalism). Finally, this book addresses a serious gap in the current literature relating to the political-economic characteristics and political-economic strategies of China, Japan, Korea (CJK) in relation to economic regionalism.

Co-authors: Chang Jae Lee, You-il Lee, Ying Zhu and Yoon-Jong Jang.