The First International Yi Studies Conference was supported by grants from the Joint Committee on Chinese Studies, the Wenner-Gren Foundation for Anthropological Research, the National Science Foundation, and the China Studies Program at the University of Washington. Yu Hongmo, Hsieh Jiann, Charles McKhann, and the late Tong Enzheng provided valuable expertise and commentary at the conference. Ren Hai, Almaz Han, and David Branner ably helped me translate original papers from Chinese to English and English to Chinese.
Norma Diamond, Louisa Schein, Kent Guy, and an anonymous reader provided valuable comments on various drafts of the manuscript. Bamo Ayi helped maintain contact with far-flung authors after the conference dispersed. Laura Driussi of the University of California Press shepherded the book through its first few drafts, Bonita Hurd ably copyedited it and Jan Spauschus Johnson finished it. And the guiding hand of Sheila Levine hovered benevolently over the whole project of transforming a pile of papers into a book.