From start to finish, this book involves so many people. It began with an idea back in the winter of 2003 in Calvin Morrill and David Snow’s Field Methods seminar at the University of California, Irvine. Nearly ten years later, the idea evolved into this book – Asian Indian Professionals: The Culture of Success.
I am incredibly grateful to the following people for their sociological insights and suggestions during various stages of writing this book: Calvin Morrill, Jennifer Lee, Frank Bean, Susan Brown, Leo Chavez, Sandra Chiaramonte, Dan Dexheimer, Anke Schulz, David Snow, Joy Pixley, Cynthia Feliciano, Rubén G. Rumbaut, Alma Garcia, Matt Huffman, Adrian Favell, Wang Feng, Marilyn Fernandez, Sarah Thompson, Chunyan Song, Mike Ballen, Gloria Hofer, Monica Trieu, Laura Nichols, Christine Oh, and Charles Morgan. Many of their comments and suggestions are included in this book and have made it a better publication.
I also appreciate the opportunity to publish this book in The New Americans series through LFB Scholarly Press. I thank Leo Balk, Steven J. Gold, and Rubén G. Rumbaut for their review of my manuscript and inclusion in a series committed to understanding how immigration is changing the United States.
Part of the research that this book is based on is funded by the School of Social Sciences Regents Dissertation and Writing Fellowship and the Frank Lynch Endowment. I thank the University of California at Irvine’s Graduate Committee, Dean Barbara Dosher, and Mr. Frank Lynch for their generous contribution and insightful comments regarding this research.