In preparing this manuscript, I've benefited from the advice and sup-port of many friends, colleagues, and associates. I would especially like to thank Byron Stewart, Tammy Stewart, Willa Garrett, Lynn Cline, and the entire staff of Southwest Missouri State University's Duane Meyer Library for their help in obtaining numerous materials relevant to this study. I also would like to thank the Chiang Ching-kuo Foundation for International Scholarly Exchange. Without the foundation's generous support, I would not have been able to travel to China, Taiwan, and Japan during my sabbatical in 1998. Southwest Missouri State University provided financial support that helped me return to East Asia in 1999 and 2000, and I am most grateful for this assistance. I would also like to express my gratitude to the friends in Beijing, Shanghai, Taipei, and Tokyo who helped arrange interviews with various officials, scholars, and businesspeople over the course of the past several years. These discussions proved most enlightening—even those that were conducted on the condition that I guarantee the anonymity of the person interviewed. A special note of thanks goes to Pauline Woods, administrative secretary of the Department of Political Science at Southwest Missouri State University, for her help in editing the manuscript. It is my sincere hope that she never retires. Finally, I would like to thank my wife, Cheng-May, for her patience, endurance, and suggestions while I completed this project. Her insights, assistance, and humor are also most appreciated. Without her guidance, I probably would be lost somewhere in China or Japan. Worse, I may never have left Austin, Texas.
Despite the best efforts and advice of friends and colleagues, errors undoubtedly remain in the text. In expressing appreciation for their advice and support, I do not mean to suggest that any of the above individuals or institutions agree with the ideas in this book. I assume sole responsibility.
—Dennis Van Vranken Hickey