Special appreciation goes to my researcher, Masae Sato, for her skill, patience, good humor and general sense of equanimity.
For use of its excellent Asian library and support for several summers as a Media Fellow, I am indebted to the Hoover Institution on War, Peace and Revolution at Stanford University. Now there is a think tank; its coterie of scholars is superb. The setting and surroundings make it one of the finest if not the best example the American academy. Dr. Thomas H. Henriksen, a Hoover Deputy Director and expert on U.S.-Korean relations, has been particularly supportive.
In seeking the best and most authoritative information and analysis available on the press freedom situation in Hong Kong, I am particularly indebted to Professor Lo Ven-hwei. Department of Journalism, College of Communications, National Chengchi University, Taipei, Taiwan, for the original survey he conducted and essay portions, he contributed.
Special thanks go to several publishers for permission to quote at length from their works: particularly Aurum Press, London, for Stevc Vines' book Hong Kong: China New Colony published in early 1998, Vines is undoubtedly the best foreign correspondent writing from Hong Kong today and his work may be seen in The Independent; Prentice Hall, Australia, whose book Hong Kong and China: The Red Dawn, edited by Chris Yeung, is a feast for the Hong Kong-watcher.
A sense of humor, not to mention a finely-tuned intellect, brought to all of this was provided by Dr. George Adams, the Hong Kong raconteur whose satirical Website "NOT The South China Morning Post" is a delight. Alas, his mischievous acts like the January 24, 1999 juxtaposed (mistakenly?) photographs of Jiang Zemin and late comedian Benny Hill, may yet get him in trouble.
Finally, I wish to acknowledge the support of The Tokyo Foundation (former Global Foundation for Research and Scholarship, GFRS) in Tokyo and its president, Kimindo Kusaka and all staff members.
Review sessions arranged by The Tokyo Foundation in February 1999 were particularly helpful and contributed several suggestions, although any problems or errors are my responsibility. The reviewers were Patrick J. Killen, veteran United Press International correspondent and editor and consummate Asia Hand; Satoshi Takata, Deputy Director of Kyodo News agency Radio-TV News Section, who has reported extensively from China; Daisuke Takoh, who has been involved in research at The Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, The Brookings Institution, and The Japan Forum on International Relations; and Takahiro Suzuki, acting administrative director of The Tokyo Foundation.