David N. Keightley, a famous American oracle-bone scholar, isthe pioneer and authority of oracle-bone inscriptions and Early China study inNorth America. Using oracle-bone inscriptions as the main object, he devotesall his life to the research of the country, politics, religion and other aspects inlate Shang China. So far, he has published three monographs on oracle-boneinscriptions study, including the first general theoretical oracle-boneinscriptions book that written in English in western counties; published over tenbook reviews and hundreds of articles on oracle-bone inscriptions. Moreover,he is the founder of Early China and promotes the "Early China" to be anindependent field of study and initiated the oracle-bone inscriptions-orientatedstudy of “Early China” in North America.... Therefore, he has a profound impacton the formation and development of oracle-bone inscription and Early Chinastudy in North America.