Without the generous support from many individuals and organizations I would have not been able to complete this project and the book. Apart from my D.Phil. supervisor Dr. Frank Pieke, my co-supervisor, Dr. Steven Vertovec at Oxford, gave me valuable instruction on the research. Laurence J. C. Ma, Professor Emeritus of Geography of the University of Akron, in Ohio, has advised me on both research and career development. During my fieldwork in Australia, I was affiliated with the Centre for Asia-Pacific Social Transformation Studies (CAPSTRANS), University of Wollongong. Dr. Robyn Iredale and her family, Professor Tim Turpin, and Mr. Martin Smith gave me both intellectual advice and emotional support. Professor Stephen Castles, ...

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