This volume is a product of a research project focusing on AIDS, sexuality, and civil society in East Asia and in China in particular (1998-2001). The book was prepared during an International Conference on July 6-7, 2000 in Amsterdam organized by the International Institute for Asian Studies. The editor acknowledges the competent support of the IIAS staff during the book production's process. I am particularly grateful to Dr Rogier Busser, Dr Dick van der Meij and Rosemary Robson (BA Hons.) for copy-editing the manuscript, and for the lay-out.
I am also very thankful to all the participants in the workshop including those whose presentations are not part of this volume, but who contributed positively to the discussions, namely Dr Han ten Brummelhuis, University of Amsterdam, Dr Liao Susu, Beijing Union Medical College, Dr Zhao Pengfei, Shanghai Family Planning Research Institute, and Dr Lily Ling, The Hague Institute of Social Sciences.
My sincere gratitude goes to the referees for their constructive comments, which have been a source of reflection for the editor and the contributors in this book. I thank all the contributors-those who have been conscientiously revising their conference papers and those who have joined us in the publishing phase. The final works appearing in the volume, however, remain their personal views and responsibility. Indeed, views expressed throughout the papers may not be shared by the editor, and to some extent, the contents developed remain the responsibility of the authors also.
I thank the European Science Foundation for its consistent financial support for the research project and the conference and the NWO (Dutch Foundation for Scientific Research) for the funding provided for the conference. Finally, I am indebted to IIAS support for my research activities as a European Science Foundation research fellow attached with IIAS (1998-2000) and as a long-term affiliated fellow (2001-2002).