The work on this book took place in Berkeley and New York among a chang-
ing cohort of mentors, colleagues, and friends. The long and intermittent
process of writing this book has delayed adequate expression of my gratitude
toward them. Michael Burawoy, my dissertation advisor at Berkeley, taught
me political economy through his immediate, meticulous critique of myriad
drafts of chapters. His everydaydevotion to students’ projects and his public
participation through teaching demonstrates an invaluable example of peda-
gogy for me.The members of Michael’s 1991–1993 dissertation group—Bob
Freeland, Mary Kelsey, Patrick Heller, Chris Rhomberg, Brian Rich, Suava
Salameh, Anders Schuneiderman, Rob Wrenn, and Mona Yunis—helped me
think Manchuria beyond the framework of area studies. I was also fortu-
Gold, Peter Evans, and Lowell Dittmer. I appreciate Troy Duster for his en-
couragement when I was writing my dissertation.
Since coming to New York University, I transformed part of my disserta-
tion into this book. Harry Harootunian has rallied for the abundant insti-
tutional and intellectual support at NYU that was vital to completing new
rounds of research in China and writing. My daily conversations with Harry
it possible for me to meld my learning of cultural studies with political econ-
omy. I appreciate Rebecca Karl for important and constructive suggestions
on the entire final draft of the manuscript. Wolsan Liem offered an insight-
ful reading of chapters. I thank colleagues and friends in the Departments of
East Asian Studies and Sociology, especially Craig Calhoun, Doug Guthrie,
Moss Roberts, Marilyn Young, Louise Young, Manu Goswami, Neil Brenner,
Janet Poole, Yukiko Hanawa, and the late Dorothy Nelkin for their support.
My special thanks also go to Osamu Nakano and Chia-jung Lin for their as-
sistance in language.
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