The editors wish to thank Hsin-Huang Michael Hsiao, the former director of
the Center for Asia-Paciﬁc Area Studies, in the Research Center for Humani-
ties and Social Science, Academia Sinica, Taiwan, for his great support of the
two workshops in late 2005 and early 2007 that eventually led to this book.
We are also grateful for a competitive publishing subvention that we received
from the Chiang Ching-kuo Foundation. Finally, the editors wish to thank
the Yenching Institute at Harvard University and the Center for Southeast
Asian Studies at Kyoto University for sabbatical leaves spent by the editors
at these two institutions. We also wish to thank Valerie Millholland, Miriam
Angress, Danielle Szulczewski, and Neal McTighe, all at Duke University
Press, for all of their persistent eﬀorts and help with this book.