It is my pleasure to thank the many people who made this book possible.
For their close and critical readings of early chapter drafts in a variety of
forms, I wish to extend my gratitude to Kären Wigen, Jennifer Robertson,
Marilyn Ivy, Niko Besnier, Ken George, Mark McLelland, Lisa Yoneyama,
John Treat, John Russell, Masao Miyoshi, Peggy Pascoe, Eric Cazdyn, and
Alan Cole. I owe a special debt of gratitude to Anne Allison, who gave
generously of her time and support in countless ways, large and small, and
who encouraged me with her enthusiasm, energy, and perspicuity. Others
whose comments I took to heart, in perhaps unanticipated ways: Akhil
Gupta, Purnima Mankekar, Louisa Schein, Ted Swedenberg, Faye Gins-
berg, and Dan Segal.
At the University of Oregon I am indebted to Je√ Hanes for his gener-
osity of spirit and ferocity of expectations. Colleagues at the Anthropology
Department at Oregon pushed me to write with clarity. I thank Terry
O’Nell, Lynn Stephen, Diane Baxter, and Aletta Biersack. From the Univer-
sity of Hawai’i, I wish to thank Kathy Ferguson, Jocelyn Linnekin, Alan
Howard, Dru Gladney, and Takie Lebra. Rob Wilson has my enduring
gratitude for sustaining me through a di≈cult time and showing me the
provocations and possibilities of critical interdisciplinary work in border-
land places. I also want to thank Geo√ White, of the University of Hawai’i
and the East-West Center, for being the kind of mentor and friend every
scholar needs. At the University of the Sacred Heart in Tokyo, I am in-
debted to Takahashi Keiko-sensei, who lent her unfailing enthusiasm and
energy to my fieldwork travails. At Duke University Press I am grateful to
Reynolds Smith and Sharon Parks Torian. Finally, a fond thank you to
Fosco Maraini for the wonderful photographs.
I am also grateful to friends who kept the spirit from wilting over the
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