Several pages would be needed just to mention all those who, by an exchange of information or a long exploratory walk, so graciously welcome me in their respective countries. Some of them are listed below in the order of the country-specific chapters of my book, may the others forgive me. Thanks to all!
In China, the professor LI Fuquiang and his assistants in Nanning; in Kunming, Yvon Vélot and Mireille who gave access to theYunnan Museum directors and several Nationalities’ actors.
In Vietnam, both the Historic National Museum of Hanoï and the Than Hoa Museum for their nice welcome and the gracious authorisation to use their photos: Mrs Nguyen Thi Thu Hoan and her Museum colleagues in Hanoï and in Than Hoa director Mrs Nguyen Thi Thanh Hien with Mrs Sam professor of French. Academician professor Phan Hui Lé; archaeology professors Buy Van Liem and Trinh Sinh; Mrs D’Ga Dao.
In Myanmar - Mrs Tin Chan Myané, curator of Loikaw (Kayah) Museum outstanding help; Museum curators Mrs Thinn Thinn (Yangon) and Mr Myo Nyunt Aung (Bagan); Dr Guy Lubeigt (Société Asiatique)
In Laos - Mrs Tay Pikoune, so efficient; archaeology director Souksavatdy Viengkeo; Museum directors M. Naratevet in Savannakhet and Bouarpha Vanvilay in Villabouly; Dr Robert Cooper in Vientiane; in Luang Prabang Francis Engelmann (Société Asiatique)
In Cambodia - Bertrand Porte (EFEO) and director Kong Vireak (Phnom-Penh National Museum); Mrs Seng Sonetra and Mr Heng Sophady from the Royal University and Ministry of Culture; Dr Michel Tranet
InThailand-Hon.AbbotPrakhrupaladPhloenSondi(WatLadCam);MsBenchaphorn Khongchan in connexion with Dr Phadet Sookasem (Khon Kaen University); Bangkok National Museum; François Doré, “le libraire du Siam”.
In southern countries - Dr Ambra Calo, (Bali); National Museums of Jakarta and Surabaya (Indonesia) and Kuala-Lumpur (Malaysia) and Singapore; Ms Ydha, guide in Alor.
Special thanks to those members whom I encountered at E.F.E.O. (Ecole Française d’Extrême Orient) and by whose kind empathy I was greatly touched, especially, by alphabetical order: Olivier de Bernon, Pascal Bourdeaux (Saigon), Andrew Hardy (Hanoï), MichelLorrillard,Pierre-YvesManguin,BertrandPorte(Phnom-Penh),ChristophePottier (Bangkok), Brice Vincent.
And also particularly to Pierre Baptiste (Musée Guimet Curator – Paris) for our rich dialogue and his nice photos, of which is the book cover’s image; historian professor Philippe Papin (EPHE - Sorbonne); Patrick Kersalé, specialist of Asian musical instruments. Last but not the least, my deep gratitude to Ann Wadman who gave me the opportunity for stimulating dialogue when she kindly corrected my first English manuscript. Not forgetting Orchid Press and its nice staff, of whom Mrs Sujitra Samakkarn played a crucial role.