Another revealing conversation with the Sino-Autentico. In the town of Big Shaft, last Saturday.
SA: Americans just don't respect artists like they do in China.
Me: Tell me about how artists are treated there.
SA: People respect them like they are a doctor or a lawyer. They get paid well and are revered.
Me: If the artists are so exalted, then there must be a lot of competition to become one. (I was thinking about how hard it is to become a doctor or a lawyer here)
SA: Oh Yes! There is lots of competition, not every one can do it. People work very very hard.
Me: I got into art because of the lack of competition, I don't think I could've hacked it in China. (Gee, am I even hacking it here in America?)
SA: Ha ha ha