Globalization is renowned for its Janus-faced persona. On the one hand, it provides continuing economic development for regions and/or localities within regions. East and Southeast Asia, which is the regional focus of the Special Issue of the Community Development Journal, and particularly countries in East Asia, are among those candidates benefiting from the global changes economically even though the extent of development among these Asian countries is uneven. Doing injustice to the complexity involved and the resultant diversities within the region, economic growth through export-oriented manufacturing development (Corbo, Krueger and Ossa, 1985; Lall, 1994; also Gereffi and Wyman, 1990; Haggard, 1990; Wade, 1990; Appelbaum and Henderson, 1992; Orru, Biggart and Hamilton, 1997; Olds, Kelly and Kong, 1999; Hira, 2007) is regarded as...

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