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Ac k now l e d g m e n t s I have received a lot of support and incurred a lot of debts in the completion of this book. Josephine Nock-hee Park was, and continues to be, an exemplary scholar, researcher, and teacher. Her scholarly integrity and generosity have been essential in my developing the book to what it is now. I owe her an ongoing debt. With their typical brilliance, David L. Eng, Amy Kaplan, and Heather Love challenged my ideas and helped me think through complex questions. This book has benefited a great deal from their input and support, and for that I am grateful. More importantly, these scholars have provided me with models of scholarship and scholarly life that I continue to work with and aspire to. All the shortcomings of the current study, needless to say, are my own. The English department at the University of Pennsylvania gave me the opportunity to learn with and from a talented group of peers and faculty. The vibrant intellectual environment of Penn’s English department has shaped my views on research and teaching. Among the faculty, I would like to thank Nancy Bentley, Jim English, David Kazanjian, and Ania Loomba, in particular. My graduate cohort and fellow members of the reading groups I participated in—American Literature and Latitudes—will recognize themselves here, I am sure. During my last year as a graduate student at Penn, I was able to participate in the Penn Program in Democracy, Citizenship, and Constitutionalism , directed by Rogers Smith as a graduate fellow. It was an intellectually memorable experience. He may not know this, but Rogers Smith has really pushed me to reflect on and reexamine what it means to do interdisciplinary work. I continue to benefit from his example. Acknowledgments 206 From the English department at Denison University, I have received generous support from colleagues who embody collegiality. I thank them all, but would especially like to acknowledge Linda Krumholz, David Baker, Ann Townsend, and Sandy Runzo for their stewardship of the department as chairs during my hiring and initial years. The English department, of course, would not function as well as it does without the help of Anneliese Davis. Outside the English department, John L. Jackson, Tony King, Veve Lele, Isis Nusair, Lina Yoo, Taku Suzuki, John Davis, and Christine Pae generously extended their time, support, and friendship to make Denison a professional home for me. I would also like to thank Brad Bateman, then provost at Denison, who made it possible for me to take a leave of absence from the college for personal reasons at a crucial time in the making of this book. In the long making of this book and the even longer period of my intellectual formation, I have received generous support from many scholars and teachers. I would like to thank the planners and participants of the two workshops that have been important for me in testing out the idea of this book: the EoC junior faculty workshop planned by Tina Chen and Eric Hung and the AALAC workshop for Asian American studies organized by Joseph Jeon and Yoon Sun Lee. The dedication, commitments, and intellectual rigor brought to these events by scholars in Asian American studies, including Sue Kim, Judy Wu, and Warren Liu have been inspiring. Daniel Y. Kim, Yolanda Padilla, and Crystal Parikh are amazingly generous and brilliant scholars and colleagues. At various points, Allan Isaac, Jana Lipman, Jennifer Ho, Cathy Schlund-Vials, Bill Andrews, Jim Lee, Peter Paik, Anita Mannur, and Lili Hsieh have lent their time and support. Especially from my colleagues working in the field of Asian American studies, I have received so much generous help and support. I can only hope that one day I will be able to repay all the intellectual and professional debts. Gregory Steirer, Paul Lai, Lynn M. Itagaki, Fred Lee, and Michelle Har Kim read portions of this book in its multiple stages and offered vital feedback. It is a better book now because of these friends’ care and attention. My initial interest in literature and criticism took shape in the English department at Seoul National University. I would like to acknowledge the wonderful teachers and peers from that school. I was fortunate to work with Richard Morrison and the Fordham University Press family on this book. From beginning to finish, Richard shepherded this manuscript with care, professionalism, and Acknowledgments 207 experience that made the entire process of academic publishing, well...


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