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Note on Translations and Transliterations
All Chinese–English translations are the author’s except in cases where the
work of other translators is cited.
This book uses the Hanyu Pinyin system of transliteration for Chinese words,
names, and phrases, except in cases where a different conventional or pre-
ferred spelling or pronunciation exists, as is frequently the case in Taiwan
and Hong Kong with personal names (for example, Tsao Jui-yuan; Wong Bi-
kwan), character names in films or novels (for example, She Shih; Foon),
place names (for example, Hualien), and other proper names (for example,
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