Anyone who has visited China knows the scene: row upon row of American and other foreign films, their artwork laser-printed nicely on cardstock with a flimsy plastic sleeve inside holding a normal-looking DVD.
Banking in China can be confusing. Staying this summer in the western province of Qinghai, I did not have access to more than one bank that could change U.S. dollars or make a withdrawal from my bank account using my check card.
Some of you readers may have been wondering something since you started reading The Waking Dragon – why doesn’t Sam talk about China as “the world’s workbench” or recommend China plays that highlight the country’s role as provider of low-cost labor to the world?
It’s hard to learn Chinese script. Reading and writing the language of Confucius, Sun Yat-Sen, and close to 2 billion Chinese worldwide is quite difficult for westerners raised with alphabetic writing systems.