Nicholas Tapp (1952-2015) was Senior Fellow, Department of Anthropology, Australian National University. He has researched the Hmong in Thailand, Laos, Vietnam, and China, and his previous works include Sovereignty and Rebellion: The White Hmong of Northern Thailand (Oxford, 1989).
"...an excellent and thorough ethnography." "... Many of the translations of Hmong songs and stories are exquisitely beautiful, and Tapp's translations are good enough to read as work of art." "...This book should convince anyone of the value, not just to scholarship but to the human spirit, of publishing texts and contexts." - E. N. Anderson, in: Choice, 2002