From that interview:
1. "In my discussions with Tony, he outlined two different types of tea people. The first type see tea primarily as an agricultural product and focus on tea farming, the craft of tea-making, and tasting. The second type see tea primarily as a medium for art and spirituality."
Very interesting. I never heard of the second type. Would that make a real difference in the end product (tea)?
2. "Some western buyers are quite worried about not receiving genuine Taiwanese teas from vendor. The same worries are here locally."
Hmm. How often does this happen? Should we be concerned about it?
For point one, it would depend on your point of view. If you are impartial and not influenced by these kinds of statements, then the tea will tell you what is good.
2nd point is that most of the online vendors that we deal with are buying directly from the farms or local distributors. Teas that are coming from Thailand and SE Asia are usually not found with these vendors and are primarily used by big distributors that are on a commercial level. There may be exceptions but I trust guys like Tony, TFT, etc.