It is my pleasure as well as my obligation to convey thanks to some of the many people and institutions that have contributed to my research.
My closest family members—my parents, Charles and Helen Read; my sister and brother-in-law, Emily and Rob Davies; my wife, Qi Yingwei; and my grandparents, the late Lelan and Elizabeth Read—have given me tremendous encouragement and love over all the years. I hope that Yingwei and I can give the same to our daughter Hazel. I dedicate this book to all of them.
Roderick MacFarquhar, Elizabeth J. Perry, and Robert D. Putnam of Harvard University’s Government Department provided wise guidance and inspiration. I especially thank Liz for her counsel and untiring support over many years. I am also grateful to Vivienne Shue for teaching me and nudging me onto this path.
Among many outstanding academic colleagues in China, Taiwan, and South Korea who also provided extensive help and stimulation, I particularly thank Chen Chun-Ming, Chen Dung-sheng, Cho Soosung, Dai Jianzhong, Hsi Dai Lin, Li Lulu, Chan Wook Park, Shen Yuan, and Yu Yanyan. The generosity and hard work of Ethan Michelson made possible my participation in the Beijing Law and Community Survey; his companionship as friend and research collaborator has been wonderful. Working on the Taipei survey with Amanda Ho and the other careful and competent staff at Focus Survey Research was a pleasure as well. Robert Pekkanen collaborated with me on a conference and edited volume that enriched this book, and he kindly shared a draft of the English version of his coauthored book reporting results from a large survey of Japan’s neighborhood associations.
At all stages in the project, fellow social scientists and others based at U.S. institutions provided what were often invaluable thoughts and comments, as