Itâ€™s Memorial Day in the States, and to celebrate we had a pan-Asian party yesterday for staff and some of our farflung freelancers. It was great to see Francesca, who has worked for us since the Encyclopedia of Modern Asia: her particular expertise is Japan, and her contribution was sticky rice in sweet wrappers. Margaux brought southeast Asian noodle-and-peanut-sauce spring rolls, and there was a tray of sushi, too, along with the Korean barbeque and Chinese dumplings (jiaoxi) weâ€™d made. Tom is heading off to Shanghai soon, and his Chinese professor John Weinstein came to join us. There were a couple of librarians, too, including Dana Cummings of Simonâ€™s Rock College, who has been a fan and advisor for nearly as long as Trevor Young has been tackling our IT challenges. A farewell to Tom, a celebration of the start of summer (and Margaux and Mattâ€™s new house!), and also a signal that Asia is again on our horizon.