A Truly Global Typography Lesson?

I am looking for a good primer on Global Typography, i.e. the 'ins' and 'outs' of working with multiple translations and language/character sets (English, Chinese, Japanese, Cyrillic, etc)

could be as simple as a break down of terms: 'what's a sans serif' equivalent called in Chinese simplified? to more technical side of working with fonts across languages (addressing missing characters, accessing and using fonts etc.)

anyone have some good reference sites or pointers?

many thanks

Chinese Font Foundries

I've come to draw upon your collective knowledge for some insight into quality Chinese foundries. I'm looking specifically for simplified Chinese fonts, and I would be doubly satisfied to find people who design fonts that have both traditional and simplified character sets.

I'm not so much interested in individual fonts as the designers themselves, because I'm interested in the development and evolution of what's been brought out.