The articles in this volume focus our attention on an ever important and defining part of the ethnic studies project. That is, the continuing quest to seek out information and to form perspectives which better - more completely and accurately - inform the multilayered experiences of ethnic groups. This is a critically important part of what we do in ethnic studies: push the boundaries of what is known towards what is unknown with the belief that more still is knowable. This heuristic feature of ethnic studies insures a dynamism not always found in other disciplines. Ethnic studies scholarship reflects a willingness to search out new information, form new perspectives, craft new epistemologies through which to know and better understanding the experiences of ethnic groups. It is within this tradition that these articles make both substantive and theoretical contributions to what is known and knowable about the lives and experiences of ethnic groups.