I would like to thank Chapman University and Wilkinson College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences for the tremendous institutional support they have given me for the research and scholarly activity related to this project, allowing me to travel to archives and present on my findings. The Japan Foundation of New York, East/West Consortium, and Play for Japan became joint sponsors, which provided the time and space necessary to complete the manuscript, and I am very grateful for the generosity of Florida Atlantic University in opening up their resources, as well as for the goodwill of its faculty members and staff during the year I spent as their scholar in residence. I am indebted to Tom Lay at Fordham University Press for reading through the draft and bringing my work to the attention of the late Helen Tartar that year. I would like to thank the anonymous readers for their strong support and detailed suggestions for revision; I benefited and learned much from their constructive criticism. It has been a pleasure and honor to work with Richard Morrison, whose enthusiasm and encouragement have meant a lot to me, and I truly appreciate the hard work of his team.
It gives me great pleasure to express my appreciation for the teachers, colleagues, and friends who helped me in different ways as I wrote this book. A huge thanks goes to Joanna Levin and Michael Wood for their time and attention in reading the entire manuscript. Rita Felski’s mentorship and friendship have extended over many years, and Dale E. Peterson’s presence when I needed reliable guidance has been just as important. I have been blessed to receive advice and support from Karen (p.viii) Sanchez-Eppler, Alan Nadel, Jennifer Wicke, Eric Lott, Don Pease, Yunte Huang, Rei Terada, and Scott Saul; at Chapman, there was Jeanne Gunner, Richard Ruppel, Kevin O’Brien, Stephanie Takaragawa, Mildred Lewis, and Tom Zoellner. Sylvia Chong receives a special thanks for taking me under her wing and introducing me to the Association for Asian American Studies, one of the most vibrant and critically savvy intellectual communities I have known, which has nurtured my development as a scholar in important ways. It was an unexpected gift that I came to know Stephen Vincent as a friend during the process of conducting research. His sustained interest in my work fed the drive to write, as did my interactions with Lawson Inada, Maxine Hong Kingston, Hilton Obenzinger, Jessica Hagedorn, Min Jin Lee, Monique Truong, Linda E. Norton, and Christine Balance.
This book is dedicated to my parents in Tokyo, Ukeru and Noriko Magosaki, who made it possible for me to continue my pursuit of dreams across the Pacific. I would like to honor the memory of Sumiko Iba, Karen Gifford, and Don Will alongside my close friends on both sides of the Pacific whose lives are inspirational: Akiko Saito, Takayo Ando, Eri Harada, Akoya Soda, Takako Tahira, Junko Okahashi, Miki Sode, Keisuke Goda, Aki Yoshino, Masaki Nakayama, Ami Yamasaki, Mayumi Matsubara, Noriko Shimodaira, Noriko Donahue, Nubar Hovsepian, Carmichael Peters, Anna Leahy, Jan Osborn, Justine Van Meter, Sarah Hagelin, Maria Windell, Jolie Sheffer, and Penny Freel. The last sentence of this acknowledgment has long been reserved for T.A.C., my favorite trickster and cosmopolitan in the best sense of these terms, whose resourcefulness, patience, and love form the foundation of this book. Thank you for believing in me.