David Holm is a Professor in the Department of Ethnology at National Chengchi University in Taipei. He completed a first degree in Classics at the University of Glasgow and holds a D.Phil. in Chinese from the University of Oxford. He conducted fieldwork in the northwest of China during the 1980s and published a monograph on the performing arts and Chinese Communist Party cultural policy (Art and Ideology in Revolutionary China, 1991). Since the early 1990s, he has been engaged in fieldwork on Zhuang and ritual theatre in Guangxi, and produced two collections of edited Zhuang ritual texts (Killing a Buffalo, 2003 and Recalling Lost Souls, 2004). More recently, he has conducted systematic surveys of the traditional vernacular character scripts of the Zhuang and other Tai speakers in southern China and northern Vietnam, and has published a compedium Mapping the Old Zhuang Character Script (Brill, 2013). He is currently editor-in-chief, along with Professor Meng Yuanyao of Guangxi Nationalities University, of the series Zhuang Traditional Texts, published by Brill.