This book makes me feel grateful and ashamed, for obvious reasons. The Economics milieu in China, Taiwan, and Hong Kong should be grateful to Trescott for telling us such an interesting story about how Western Economics was introduced into China. Ashamed, simply because we need an American scholar to tell us our own story in English.
For Western readers, what is an appropriate perspective to read this book? I think this book can be considered as an important link in the "internationalization of Economics", zealously advocated by A. W. Coats in the early 1980s. The Chinese case in the pre-1950 period, as Trescott laboriously worked out, is a significant addition to this subject. ~~~ Cheng-chung Lai, National Tsing Hua University