The Record of an Envoy's Voyage to the West
     John D. FRODSHAM

Pearl Buck and the Chinese Novel
     George A. CEVASCO

Asian Communist and the Problem of Nationalism
     Allan SPITZ

The 31st General Election in Japan: Political Turning Point?
     George AKITA

Indian Elections and After
     S.N. RAY

An Essay on the Political Functions of Corruption
     James C. SCOTT

Economic and Technical Feasibility Study of Cooperatives and Credit in Laos
     Nathaniel B. TABLANTE

The Colonial Origins of Manila and Batavia: Desultory Notes on Nascent Metropolitan Primace and Urban Systems in Southeast Asia
     Robert R. REED


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