Dashan (大山), everyone’s favourite Canadian and a “bona-fide domestic celebrity” in China (at least according to Wikipedia), is getting some long-deserved recognition back home. Mark Henry Rowswell received the Order of Canada last Saturday, an award that recognizes “a lifetime of outstanding achievement”. Rowswell’s appointment to the Order of Canada was originally announced in 2007, but the formal award ceremony did not take place until this past weekend.
Canada’s most famous laowai is known locally for his language skills; the BBC attributes his fame to his “now legendary ability to speak Mandarin Chinese better than many Chinese people.” Earlier this year, in fact, he won the 2008 White Magnolia Award for Best Supporting Actor for his role in “The Dinner Movie”, becoming the first Westerner to win such a prestigious Chinese award. He also became, in 2004, the first foreign national to make the list of “Top Ten Outstanding Young Adults of Beijing”; a feat that is especially impressive when you consider that he was 39 at the time.
Picture from Xinhua