I thank Dr. Gregory Clancey, the leader of the
at the Asia Research Institute
National University of Singa-
pore, for welcoming me as a se nior research fellow in 2010. Dr. Chua
Beng Huat, the chair of sociology/anthropology, and Dr. Lily Kong,
at that time the director of
were gracious in inviting me to join
in the academic and social worlds of Singapore. I certainly devel-
oped an appreciation for the ambitious efort involved in navigating
a shift from British to American medical practice, as the Biopolis
venture is perhaps a not- so-surprising science strategy for reimagin-
ing the pres ent-future of this metropolis, and perhaps the region.
Back in Berkeley, I thank the Institute of East Asian Studies and
the Center for Chinese Studies for funding multiple phases of re-
search and writing. I am especially grateful to Jerry Zee and Gabriel
Coren, who read ﬁnal, ﬁnal drafts of the manuscript. Their helpful
questions and suggestions, as well as moral support, kept me going.
Early versions of some chapters were read by Andrew Hao and
Limor Darash- Samarian. An earlier version of chapter 1 was pub-
lished as “Why Singapore Trumps Iceland: Gathering Genes in the
Wild” in Journal of Cultural Economy 8, no. 3 (2015): 1–17.
I appreciate the two anonymous reviewers whose comments
helped clarify the structure of the book. Thanks to Ken Wissoker,
press editor extraordinaire, for his continuing interest and patience.
As always, I received the unstinting support of Robert R. Ng.