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!
Special thanks to those members whom I encountered at EFEO (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 (Hanoi), Michel Lorrillard, Pierre-Yves Manguin, Bertrand Porte (Phnom-Penh), Christophe Pottier (Bangkok), Brice Vincent.
And also particularly to Pierre Baptiste (MNAAG 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.