A C K N O W L E D G M E N T S
I am grateful to Reynolds Smith and the staff at Duke University Pre
for helping me to finally bring this book to print. I also want to tha
the Taiwanese American Foundation of San Diego for the generous gra
supporting its publication. It has truly been a long, long road.
This project has been through numerous incarnations and is the res
of many, many years of on-again, off-again writing. It would be imp
sible, therefore, for me to thank by name all of those who have touch
it along the way. Instead, I would like to offer my heartfelt gratitude
the countless individuals—professors, colleagues, and students—at H
vard, Princeton, New York University, and ucla—who have helped th
project to fruition. Your teachings have inspired me, your enthusias
has sustained me, and your insights and critiques have been invaluab
to my work. My deepest dept of appreciation, though, is reserved f
those who have been most intimately affected by my commitment to th
project: my family. To my parents, Wai-lim and Tzu-mei, thank you f
your patience, for your guidance, and for never allowing me to quit.
my husband, David, thank you for your unconditional love and nurt
ing throughout these many years. Finally, I especially want to thank m
children, Justin, Dylan, and Griffin, who have sacrificed more than th
know. Thank-you for bringing me such joy and for reminding me daily
my priorities in life. Thank-you for your patience and respect—for und
standing that my closed office door means ‘‘Not now, Mom has to wor
I’m so happy I can finally say, without hesitation: ‘‘Boys, let’s play!’’
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