I WOULD LIKE TO EXPRESS MY GRATITUDE TO THE MEMBERS OF MY Dissertation Committee, Drs. Marcus Franda, Richard Pierre Claude, Edy Kaufman, David Crocker, Richard Quester, and Daniel Fallon. Among others, my sincere gratitude goes to Dr. Marcus Franda who agreed to chair the Committee without hesitation, although he was extremely busy as Director of International Affairs at the University of Maryland at the time.
I express my profound gratitude to Dr. Richard Pierre Claude for his overwhelming support through his countless and invaluable advice and suggestions. I must also express my gratitude to Dr. Edy Kaufman, who I came to know at UCLA in the summer of 1991, and who suggested that I move to the University of Maryland. If I had not met him, I do not know how my life would have evolved. I also must extend my gratitude to Dr. David Crocker for his thorough reading and critique of my dissertation.
My gratitude also goes to Mr. Charles Egleston for his friendship in these trying times. His unflinching friendship and encouragement during my graduate study helped me to persevere. I also express my gratitude to Dr. Andrew Au for his sympathetic ear whenever I needed someone to listen, and his Chinese wisdom, which helped me to persist. Furthermore, I express my gratitude to Mrs. Helen Plack and Ms. Janet Wickham for their kindness in renting their houses for a pittance while I was working on my dissertation. Their generosity and understanding have gone a long way for a financially deprived student like myself. I also extend my gratitude to Mr. Donald Hirsch, who has helped me to improve my English writing skill over the years. I must also express my deepest appreciation to Mrs. Angela Greer for her careful proofreading of my manuscript. Finally, I would like to thank my mother in Japan for her patience for my long "perpetual" student years.