Grant Evans taught anthropology at the University of Hong Kong for 20 years and has published widely on Asia, and Laos in particular. His books have been translated into Vietnamese, Chinese, Lao and Thai. His Asia's Cultural Mosaic: An Introduction to the Anthropology of Asia is well known, and he has edited a book with Maria Tam, Hong Kong: The Anthropology of a Chinese Metropolis. His most recent books on Laos are A Short History of Laos: The Land Inbetween, and The Last Century of Lao Royalty. Since 2005 he has mostly lived and worked in Vientiane Laos, where he is an adviser to the Academy of Social Sciences.