Earth Dragon wrote: Also- if anyone has idea how to get in touch with Mandarin speaking Buddhists, please let me know (online).
There are LOTS of Chinese language Buddhist websites, web forums, blogs, etc. so, I think if you enter search terms in Chinese characters into Google you will find them, and you can email them. Many are in Taiwan, and many people in Taiwan speak English.
There are more people who speak English
in The Peoples Republic of China
than there are in the United States,
and China still has a lot of Buddhists too.
I am sure you can contact some of them.