The Women's Caucus of the Asian Studies Association of Australia has been an important source of support for women in Asian Studies and for those working on women and gender in Asia in particular.The completion of this volume owes a great deal to the members of the Caucus who variously participated in conferences, contributed to the newsletter and served on the ASAA Council.Of particular significance has been the support of Beverley Hooper and Susan Blackburn.Over the past few years Bev and Sue have been friends and mentors for innumerable women in the field and our thanks go to them.
The continuing value of the ASAA in providing the location for productive interactions between academics and students working across the entire Asian region and within a wide range of disciplines is indisputable. John Butcher and John McKay, as Publications Officers for the ASAA have been instrumental in ensuring that the four ASAA Publications Series continue to thrive and we would like to thank John Butcher in particular for his help in smoothing the progress of this volume.
We would also like to thank the publishing team at Allen & Unwin for their help and support in the production of this book. Patrick Gallagher, Bridie Henehan and Rebecca Kaiser have provided invaluable advice and support.
Finally, Mina and I would like to make a special 'thank you' to the contributing authors of the various chapters.Each completed her chapter quickly and expertly and, in the course of our many conversations across the ether, made this project thoroughly enjoyable.