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ACKNOWLEDGMENTS This project was first inspired by comments made regarding the viability of Confucianism to rectify itself to meet the problem of gender disparity without the import of Western ethical theories during the East and West Conference held at the University of Hawaii in 1998. As a graduate student then, I was eager to get to the bottom of the issue to see whether Confucianism is indeed sexist through and through. The book finally took shape in 2002 with tremendous help from numerous mentors at the University of Hawaii, in particular Mary Tiles, James Tiles, Roger Ames,Vrinda Dalmiya, and Ming-Bao Yue. This project also benefited greatly from the comments and encouragement of my friends and colleagues at the University of Mary Washington, in particular Craig Vasey, David Ambuel, Joseph Romero, Mehdi Aminrazavi and Cindy Toomey. Robin Wang at the Loyola Marymount University also provided instructive suggestions. Lastly, the detailed and constructive criticism of one anonymous reader from the State University of New York Press was especially critical in helping this project into its final shape. I am also grateful for the continuous support of my dear husband, Corey. Of course, all the mistakes and shortcomings that remain in this project are entirely my own. I also here acknowledge the reprint of chapter 4 which was originally published in Asian Philosophy 14:1 (March 2004): 41–58 under the title “Neiwai, Civility, and Gender Distinctions”—with permission. ix ...


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