Mark Rowswell, AKA Da Shan, is for many years the most sinicized laowai (foreigner) in the Chinese media sphere, and one that has mastered every aspect possible of the Chinese language. After making a career out of this talent, Canada, his home country, is now finding diplomatic advantages in Da Shan's popularity in China.
２００８年北京奥运会(Beijing Olympic Games)期间，大山出任加拿大奥委会特使。２０１０年上海世博会(Shanghai Expo)期间，他被加拿大任命为加拿大总代表。
Da Shan in a typical pose at the 2010 Shanghai Expo
Canada's Prime Minister Office has published an announcement that Canada's Prime Minister Harper has declared on the appointment of comic star Da Shan (Mark Rowswell) as Canada's goodwill ambassador in China. Harper said that Da Shan has built a bridge of understanding between Canada and China through his exceptional talent. The Prime Minister Office press release has explained that in the last 20 years Da Shan has become a cultural idol and celebrity in China. He is an active performing artist, a language educator and TV host.
Da Shan was born in Canada in 1965 and began studying Chinese in the 1980s. While studying in China he began showing interest in Chinese performing arts, particularly cross-talk (xiang sheng). A random opportunity has made him a character known by every Chinese within one night.
In 2008 Da Shan was a special envoy of Canada's Olympic Committee in the Beijing Olympic Games. In 2010 he was Canada's main representative during the Shanghai Expo exhibition.
Original article published by Xinhuanet.com
 总理zǒnglǐ fǔ - Prime Minister Office
 笑星 xiào xīng - Comic star
 亲善大使 qīnshàn dàshǐ - Goodwill ambassador
 理解的桥梁 lǐjiě de qiáoliáng - Bridge of understanding
 新闻稿 xīnwén gǎo - Press release
 偶像 ǒuxiàng - Idol
 表演艺术 biǎoyǎn yìshù - Performing arts
 电视主持人 diànshì zhǔchí rén - TV host
 相声 xiàngsheng - 'Cross-talk', a comedic performance, most commonly in the form of a dialogue between two comedians. This traditional Chinese comic style is conducted in the Beijing dialect.
 家喻户晓 jiāyùhùxiǎo - Become known to every family
 特使 tèshǐ - Special envoy