The completion of this book was made possible by the support of numerous people. My greatest debt is to all of the women who had the courage to share their personal experiences. Thanks also go to Hai Nguyen, Tuy-An Ngo, Thanh Thuy, Kathy Thuy Pham, Vietnamese Community of Orange County Inc., Thai Ha, Thanh Thao, Tarn Nguyen, Lan Nguyen, Thien Cao, Quynh Dang, Katherine Nguyen, Tuong Nguyen, Oanh Tran, and Truong Tran for their help during the data collection process.
I would like to express my sincere gratitude to Merry Morash, Katherine See, and Christopher Smith for their guidance and unwavering support throughout the study. I would like to thank Suzanne Statszak-Silva, my acquisition editor, for her faith in the project; Steven Gold, Joanne Belknap, and Claire Renzetti for their reviews of the manuscript and their comments. This book could not have been complete without the invaluable assistance from my series editor, Marilyn McShane, and her tremendous patience.