China’s most famous foreigner Mark Rowswell

China Daily Mail

Mark Rowswell liked to tell his Chinese audience a joke that when he showed his father his Chinese name 路士伟 , his Dad said, “it looks good, but … what are the plus and minus signs in the middle for?”

Rowswell is a Canadian and began learning some basic Chinese at the age of 19. In 1988, he came to China to further study this language. He learnt it quickly and so well that he could speak Putonghua (Mandarin) not just fluently but also perfectly in the same accent as those native speakers born in Beijing.

After several Chinese crosstalk performances (which are similar to the tongue twister songs e.g. ‘Peter Piper picked a peck of pickled peppers’ in English) on TV, including the CCTV New Year’s Gala which yields 550 million views every year, he won millions of Chinese people’s love. Alongside developing his career as a…

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