More than five years have passed since we started East Asian STS activity. It is growing more rapidly than we expected. The number of STS'ers joining in is increasing rapidly. East Asian conferences provide important meeting places for exchanging our regional experiences from and with each community. At last, the East Asian STS journal is coming into being, thanks to the enthusiastic commitment of the Taiwan STS community.

Though the future of East Asian STS seems to be bright, we have, of course, our difficulties. The biggest seem to me to be the differences in the orientation of research interests, which could lead to deep antagonism. It is true that differences are a stimulus to productivity. However, to make use of them, we need...

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