This book would not have been possible without the help of a large number of people, too many to list here by name. I would like to acknowledge the key role played by the Globalization Research Center (GRC) at the University of Hawai'i -Manoa in making the publication of this book possible: first, by having the vision to see how my doctoral work fits in with the research mission of the GRC; second, by giving me time off from my other duties as a researcher and editor with the GRC during the summer of 2001 to revise the manuscript, while continuing salary support; and third, by providing me with the manuscript preparation skills of Sally Serafim. Moreover, upon my request, GRC made it possible for me to work with my good friend and colleague Manfred B. Steger. His editorial expertise and hard work on behalf of this publication have been invaluable.

A number of people have read all or parts of the book manuscript at various stages and offered important suggestions. In particular I wish to thank Peter Manicas for his unfailing support and insightful comments throughout the project. I thank my doctoral committee members Emanuel Drechsel, Leslie Sponsel, Alvin So, David Swift, and my Chair Herb Barringer for giving me free rein in pursuing my interests during the dissertation research, which provides the basis for this book. A note of thanks also goes to my colleagues and friends at the University of Hawai'i for freely sharing new ideas and resources, and to Kayomi Kaneda, whose good spirits enabled me to bear with the rather depressing topic of this study.

Finally, I want to express my thanks to the East-West Center at the University of Hawai'i-Manoa for granting me a Visiting Fellowship in the summer of 2000, which enabled me to develop relevant ideas and resources. I am grateful to the many others who have provided feedback, data, or simply old-fashioned encouragement and support. In alphabetical order, they include among others Ann and Ron Kirk, Anneliese Moore, Arthur Getz-Escudero, Anthony Medrano, Barry Barnes, Barry Smart, Carole and Shi-jen He, Charles Luce, Chris Barker, David Goalstone, Deanna Donovan, DevinJoshi, Dorothy and Rom Goldsborough, Eric and Margaret Dornauer, Floro Quibuyen, Glen Dolcemascolo, Hermine Landstaetter, Jennie Peterson, John and Rene Gutrich, Joseph and Renate Sanladerer, Kit Collier, Leopoldine and Franz Ambichl, Lynn Ann Mulrooney, Manfred Henningsen, Manfred Junghans,

Mark Valencia, Perle Besserman, Rosarita and Johann Sonnleitner, Yow Suen Sen, Stephen Philion, Tian Chenshan, Val Burris, Vinod and Manju Mishra, and Wolfgang and Susan Sperlich. A mahalo nui loa also goes to the Department of Sociology at the University of Hawai'i at Manoa for providing me with the assistance to make this study possible. Despite the assistance and advice I received from numerous individuals in the course of this project, all remaining flaws of this book are my sole responsibility.

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