Yale Club of Singapore: Yale Club Makes Batik

Date and time: 17th Oct (Wed), 7-9pm
Venue: Goodman Arts Centre, 90 Goodman Road, Blk E #03-31, Singapore 439053

Batik is a traditional wax technique for decorating cloth originating from Java. It is also an interesting medium for painting pictures. Participants at this open studio by Kamal Art (http://kamaldollah.com/batik/) will be introduced to the traditional methods and be guided on the proper use of tools and processes like waxing with the ‘tjanting’ and dyeing. Newbies will work on 20cm by 20cm squares.

No pre-requisite skills required. All materials provided. Please do not buy any art materials prior to attending. You may bring in dinner, but halal food only.

Fee: $20 per student, to be paid at the class
Registration: Email Sarah at sarah.ong@aya.yale.edu. Guests are welcome but note that the minimum age is 9 years old, and that there is no handicap access to the 3rd floor where the studio is.

LIVING IN A SACRED COSMOS: Indonesia and the Future of Islam


Yale Southeast Asia Studies Monograph #66

Indonesia and the Future of Islam

by Bernard Adeney-Risakotta

The future of Islam lies in Asia. Is there hope for peace and justice between Islam and the West?  An answer may lie in the ancient, unique civilization of Indonesia, where modern, religious people still live in a sacred cosmos. Indonesia is experiencing an Islamic renaissance: a flowering of religious ideas, art, literature, architecture, institutions, and intellectual creativity, stimulated by civil freedoms, democracy, education, and prosperity. This community is more religiously diverse than it has ever been, even though it is threatened by growing Islamic radicalism. What do Muslims think about democracy, scientific rationality, and equal human rights for all, especially for women and non-Muslims? How do Muslims respond to the global environmental crisis? This book addresses these questions through the lens of empirical research on the views of people in Indonesia, the largest Muslim country in the world.

“Here is a prophetic, erudite, surprising voice from Islam’s largest country and most promising democracy. A philosopher and social scientist, Professor Adeney intimately understands the challenges, strengths and failings of this experiment in democracy. Indonesia accommodates astonishing religious, ethnic, and political diversity. Professor Adeney shows how Indonesian informants negotiate between seemingly incompatible languages of scientific rationality, religious conviction, and experience of an unseen world, and the absurdity of expecting a ‘sacred cosmos’ to disappear into modern rationalism or religious dogmatism. Indonesians have much to teach the world about the civilized and dynamic coexistence of multiple world views both in ourselves and in complex societies.”
Anthony Reid, Professor of History, Australian National University

Bernard Adeney-Risakotta was born in China of British and American parents. He was founding director of the Indonesian Consortium for Religious Studies (ICRS) at Universitas Gadjah Mada in Yogyakarta. He studied in Wisconsin, London, and Berkeley, where he taught for nine years before moving to Indonesia in 1991. Among his many publications is Strange Virtues: Ethics in a Multicultural World.


>Paper $28.00; ISBN 978-0-9850429-6-7
*Cloth $39.00; ISBN 978-0-9850429-7-4

See Yale Southeast Asia Studies Monographs for ordering Information and full list of other available books.

Yale Club of Singapore: Strategies to Increase Adoption of Welfare-Improving Behaviours in Developing Countries

Strategies to Increase Adoption of Welfare-Improving...

Yale-NUS College

Tuesday, September 11, 2018 from 5:30 PM to 8:00 PM (Singapore Standard Time Singapore Time)


Yale-NUS Lecture on Global Affairs

Sponsored by Professor Saw Swee Hock

Eighty percent of the world’s population lives in developing countries. Living conditions are often dire: almost 2.5 billion people live on less than $2 per day, over one billion remain without access to electricity. A central puzzle in development is that effective, inexpensive technologies with the potential to address many of these problems exist, but are often not adopted or used. Prominent examples include health products, along with financial services, agricultural technologies, and other rational response behaviours that improve economic productivity. This lecture will explore different aspects of these low-adoption problems and their development consequences. It will draw on Professor Mobarak’s pioneering research, based on microeconomic models of technology adoption and behaviour change, in Asia and Africa.


5.30 pm  – Tea reception

6.30 pm  – Yale-NUS Lecture on Global Affairs


About the Speaker

Ahmed Mushfiq Mobarak, is a Professor of Economics at Yale University with concurrent appointments in the School of Management. Mobarak has several ongoing research projects in Bangladesh, Brazil, Chile, India, Indonesia, Kenya and Malawi. He conducts field experiments that explore ways to induce people in developing countries to adopt technologies or behaviors that are likely to be welfare improving. He received a Carnegie Fellowship in 2017.


Yale Club of Singapore: Informal Gathering

Date and time: 5th Sept 2018 (Wednesday), 10am-1:30pm
Locations:  The Peranakan Museum is located at 39 Armenian Street (City Hall or Bras Basah MRT). The second location is Chilli Padi Nonya Cafe, which is located on the NUS Campus at 29 Hang Mui Keng Terrace (06-21 Ground Floor).
Cost: Pay as you go
Registration: Please RSVP by Friday, August 31, to leighanna@reichenbach.org

New to Singapore?  Still finding your feet here?  Been meaning to explore the city, but haven’t had the chance?  Then come join us for an informal monthly gathering to welcome Yalies to the Little Red Dot.

For our inaugural meet up, we’ll dip into Peranakan (meaning “locally born” in Malay) culture and food.  Meeting at the Peranakan Museum at 10:00 a.m., we’ll spend an hour or so exploring this rich hybrid of ethnic traditions before heading by car or shared Grab rides to the NUS campus for a Peranakan lunch at Chilli Padi Nonya Cafe. Join for part or all of the experience, as your time permits.

6 July 2018: Yale-NUS team emerges champion in Shell’s Imagine the Future Scenarios Competition

On 5 March 2018, a team of Yale-NUS students emerged champions in the regional finals of Shell’s Imagine the Future Scenarios competition.

The team, comprising Joshua Phua, Adila Sayyed, Benyamin Jamieson (all Class of 2019), Wen Kin Lim, Aditya Karkera and Ann Chen (all Class of 2020), impressed the judges with their rich references to history and comprehensive exploration of how technology, politics, society and individual choices will shape the future.

Since 2016, Shell has organised this competition for university students to imagine the future of more and cleaner energy in Asian cities and how it will change the way people live, work and play. This year, the theme of the competition was ‘More and cleaner energy in urban Asian and Middle Eastern homes in 2050: How we live, work, and play.’



Indonesian Voters Debate Globalization

Indonesian President Joko Widodo meets with President Xi Jinping during a visit to China; Islamist group protests against the Indonesian government

Indonesia, the world’s fourth most populous nation and Asia’s fifth largest economy, is “a sprawling, 3,000-year-old civilization with more than 360 ethnicities, 707 languages and dozens of religions,” writes foreign policy analyst Niruban Balachandran. “Perhaps this diversity and openness to trade and exchange contribute to Indonesians’ surprising embrace of globalization.” That is not to say that the country escapes the pressures of economic nationalism, including price controls or worries about foreign workers competing for jobs. President Joko Widodo and Indonesians appreciate the benefits of new infrastructure associated with China’s Belt and Road Initiative and other foreign investments, but worry about debt, overwhelming controls and big cultural changes. Indonesia’s subnational elections in late June and national election in 2019 are a referendum on how the government manages globalization, and whether all segments of society will benefit, as the economy is on pace to being among the world’s top five economies before 2050. – YaleGlobal