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.
In my other life as a disc jockey, I’ve witnessed the rise of many previously unknown talents. Artists in every branch of music, from experimental noise to straightforward rock ‘n’ roll, depend on DJs to expand their audience and turn them into household names.