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These conference essays, first published in China Quarterly, no. 136 (December 1993), explore the implications of the cultural, economic and political 'China' which is no longer confined to national boundaries, but which, built on political and family networks, encompasses the People's Republic, Hong Kong, Taiwan and Southeast Asia.

Nathan, Susan E. Nelson, Mary Backus Rankin, Thomas Rawski, John Regan, John Rohsenow, Morris Rossabi, Richard Smith, Nathan Sivin, Mark Swislocki, Bryan Van Norden, Arthur Waldron, Philip Williams and Dali Yang. Graduate students who gave careful and cheerful assistance include Rand Blackford, Nicole Butz and Edna Tow. During my teaching at Stanford, I occupied the office and used the book collection of James Ketelaar, who displayed (nearly) perfect forbearance. The office staffs of the Associated Colleges of the MidWest, and of the Northwestern and Stanford History Departments, especially Carmelita Rocha and Nan Bentley, were wonderfully supportive in both logistic and psychological ways.

Therefore, to reconcile Chinese practice, readers' convenience and bibliographical consistency presents problems which can be confronted but not overcome - at least, not until we all use Chinese! The most daunting problem is that of romanization or transliteration, that is, representing the pronunciation of Chinese characters by writing them in the Roman alphabet. Pinyin, developed and altered a number of times from a system originated by Soviet scholars in the 1920s, is now official in the People's Republic and the most common romanization around the world.

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