In our collaborative research project spanning six years we have accumulated
numerous debts. At the University of Washington, we hosted a number of
speakers’ series and workshops on the Modern Girl. In addition to Davarian
Baldwin, Timothy Burke, Liz Conor, Anne Gorsuch, Mary Louise Roberts, and
Miriam Silverberg, whose work appears in this volume, Antoinette Burton,
Judith Henchy, Ali Igmen, Miyako Inoue, William Mazzarella, Linda Mize-
jewski, Vicki Ruiz, Yiman Wang, Claire Wilkinson Weber, Richard Wilk, and
Paola Zamperini participated in those forums and contributed to the develop-
ment of our project. We also thank colleagues at the University of California,
Los Angeles, Duke University, and the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study,
Harvard University, who invited us to present our collaborative work in prog-
ress. Those who attended our presentations at the University of Washington
and the meetings of the Berkshire Conference on the History of Women (2002),
the Modern Studies Association (2003), the Modern Language Association
(2004), and the American Historical Association (2005) similarly offered in-
sightful commentary.
We have learned a great deal from engagement with members of our Tokyo-
based sister research group, The Modern Girl and Colonial Modernity in
East Asia, which includes Angelina Chin, Kim Eunshil, Sakamoto Hiroko, Ko
Ikujo, Dai Jinhua, Tachi Kaoru, Muta Kazue, Vera Mackie, Adachi Mariko,
Kohiyama Rui, Ito Ruri, Barbara Sato, and Tani E. Barlow. In September 2004,
our two groups cosponsored a workshop at Ochanomizu Women’s University
in Tokyo. We appreciated the members of the audience who so actively partici-
pated in that four-day event.
We gratefully acknowledge support from the following units at the Univer-
sity of Washington: the Walter Chapin Simpson Center for the Humanities and
especially its director, Kathleen Woodward; the Institute for Transnational
Studies; the Office of the Divisional Dean of Social Sciences; the Graduate
School; the Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies; the International
Studies Center; and the Center for Comparative Study of Law and Society. We
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