ReadNUS Issue 53

AUG 2022 | ISSUE 53
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Here’s Your Reading Summary

What are free trade agreements? After the heightened economic sanctions across the globe in the past year, a free trade agreement may seem far from relevant. Yet, free trade agreements remain an important mechanism in the global economy today. To learn more, here are four titles about Free Trade agreements and their importance in the global economic system.

This Week’s Reads: Free Trade Agreements

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This book examines the concept of free trade in agreements, such as the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP), and China-Australia Free Trade Agreement (ChAFTA). It questions whether such agreements enhance trading relationships between partner nations, strengthen commercial ties and foster economic growth.

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The European Union’s (EU) Free Trade Agreements (FTAs) with South Korea, Canada and Japan are compared in this article. This is to analyse the enforceability of the EU’s Trade and Sustainable Development (TSD) chapter, which provides for environmental and labour commitments.

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A useful resource for scholars and policymakers looking to better understand the dynamics of free trade policy in East Asia. Also a valuable source for students of international political economy and international trade in East Asia, particularly those focussing on Japan and South Korea.

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Singapore has abandoned the ‘old’, and has joined the bandwagon of next-generation FTAs; yet, shrewdly, it is not fully convinced about the ‘new’ either.
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Ancient Stories Retold

The experience of loss a thousand years back – By Elijah

Izumi Shikibu is Japan’s, and the classical world’s most revered poetess. Her writing is forever immortalised in the anthologies handpicked by royals, scholars and poets alike. But what can we learn from her about loss? What experiences of loss can a courtly lady from the Heian era tell us about this universal suffrage?

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Ancient Stories Retold

Still Alice  – Review by Megan

What is it like to forget all that you know and love? To lose your sense of self, grasping desperately in the dark for familiarity when all becomes foreign?

In this week’s review of Still Alice, Megan explores the tragic effects of dementia through the eyes of a fictional psychology professor at Harvard diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer’s. We follow Alice as she struggles to hold onto everything she holds dear, from memories of her family to the ability to read and write.

If you’d like to learn more about Alzheimer’s, Still Alice presents a terrifyingly real illustration of how the disease gradually changes and upends one’s life. But beyond that, it’s also a story about hope, love, strength and empowerment in the midst of vulnerability.

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Ancient Stories Retold

Pssst…Fight Club is really all about daddy issues – An article by Sean

Fight Club is an infamous novel known for its anarchic ideologies, violence and critiques of consumer society. In this week’s article, however, Sean explains why Fight Club is really rooted in the narrator’s daddy issues.

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Ancient Stories Retold

For One More Day – A review by Nicole

What can we learn from a fictional tale of a lifetime of love experienced by someone, and their regrets?

In this week’s book review, Nicole reads For One More Day by Mitch Albom. There is much to be said about Charles Bonito, his baseball career, his marriage and his relationships with various family members. This review focuses on his relationship with his mother and what he regrets about their mother-child relationship.

For One More Day offers us fictional ‘hindsight’ into the future in which our loved one is no longer with us. What would we do differently from now after being reminded of this reality?

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