The Esherick-Ye Family Foundation has just been established.  Our history is accordingly still very brief.  The Foundation was formed so that we could use our modest savings to support the sort of scholarship to which we have devoted our lives. To us, there is no higher praise for scholarly work than “solid.”  Careful, empirically based, clearly reasoned scholarship is far more valuable than work with the superficial appeal that comes with novelty or clever speculation. This is the sort of work that Esherick encouraged from the students he mentored at UCSD, and Ye Wa has promoted in archaeology. We hope, in the years to come, to continue to promote this sort of research in the China field through small grants to young scholars. There will be annual competitions for small grants, with the grantees and their projects announced each spring.