This book has benefited from the contributions of many people and organizations and is a culmination of research spun over a number of years. The book would not have been possible without the hard work of thirtyfour China scholars and authors who often endured multiple rewrites of their chapters and had to address comments from multiple reviewers as well as from myself, the book's primary editor.
The reviewers of this book much improved the quality and finality of the authors' work and deserve recognition for their dedication to a difficult task under tight deadlines. They are: Moshe Banai, Howard Davies, Alev Efendioglu, Stephen Grainger, Baban Hasnat, Xiaohong He, John Jackson, Jonatan Jelen, Lu Le (Luliana), Rich Lee, Mingfang Li, Sid Lowe, David Reid, Susan Stites-Does, Jeffrey Strieter, and Mark Weinstock. Rich Lee, and Robin Bonner, Nancy Elgin, and Linnea Hermanson of NOVA Graphic Services, were also responsible for the English editing of the chapters.
I also want to acknowledge the generous financial support of various organizations, including the Better Community Coalition, the Office of International Education, the Department of Business Administration and Economics, the Department of Political Science and International Relations, the Department of Foreign Languages, and Delta College (SUNY Brockport), as well as the Rochester Chinese Association.
I am also indebted to my mentors—David L. McKee and Moshe Banai—for their continued support of my work.