I want to thank my advisor, Professor J. Lee Greene, for adding depth and humor to the process of cultural understanding and for his careful and patient guidance of this project in its early stages. I would like to express my gratitude to Professor Lilian R. Furst for her encouragement. I also wish to thank Professor Eugene Falk and Professor S. K. Heninger, Jr. who opened the door to theory.
I am grateful to my editor, Heidi Burns, who calmly and competently dealt with my " Swenglish."
I also want to thank my friends who, knowingly or not, have contributed to this book in various ways: Eva Lyckegård, Maria Nyström Reuterswärd, Märit Thurborg Gaimster, Deborah Clarke, Mojdeh Karamooz, Steve Slobodski, Emmett F. Steward, Susan Kornberg, Chris Schreiner, Amy Elias, Marilyn Elkins, Andrea Kwasny, and especially Posoon Sung who made the cover for this book.
Finally, a special thank you to my parents, Sten and Siv Theander, who taught me to ask questions, and to Paul and Susanne Kester who showed me the meaning of tolerance. And, most of all, I want to thank Daniel, Anya, and Shiri Kester who mysteriously and gracefully share their lives with mine.