The 1987–88 academic year was a truly outstanding one for me. It began with the award of a sabbatical for the fall semester. I was doing research on Soviet-Vietnamese relations in the hopes of expanding a monograph I had written on the subject (during a recent fellowship at the RAND Corporation) into a book. Thanks to Asian colleagues I met at a series of seminars at the East-West Center at the University of Hawaii, I was invited to speak and conduct interviews in several Asian countries. So Judy, who was not about to miss out on an excursion to Asia, and I made our first trip to China as well as return visits to Thailand, Singapore, Indonesia and, nostalgically, Malaysia. We saw many old friends and colleagues, met several new ones and I gathered a substantial amount of information and insights for my project. It was wonderful to be back in Asia and it was a terrific trip!