Today was the beginning of the second China Sourcing Fair. I'm surprised
by the somber and withdrawn atmosphere among the vendors. One of the employees
of Global Sourcing listens to my perception of this fair as compared to the
one last week and he accompanies me down one of the isles and sees it as
I do. It is quite a departure from the typical energetic presentation and
salesmanship usually practiced by the Chinese people.
In spite of the depressed mood I manage to meet a number of very enjoyable
people. The most remarkable being Chester,
a man of my own age, born but days after I was. There exceptional moments
in life and this was one of them. Rarely do I have anyone speak to me with
such deep feeling. He is the president of Alpha Metal Corporation which
manufactures aluminum ladders that can be configured in a variety of forms.
While he travels during moments of waiting he draws images of the places
he visits and writes very profound and insightful comments on what he sees.
I can feel from his emotional words that his life being born in China during
the Second World War and growing up since then has been very difficult at
times and much different than the fortunate peace and security that I have
experienced. It is amazing to me to see his radiant personality and nobility
of character. No words can express the quality of the spirit of our short
time spent together. I hope to see him again in my future and wish everyone
could meet his like each day of life.
I also met a man and his wife who were very interested in the idea of offering
social and business English conversation training. She sincerely wants to
participate in such a program by including etiquette classes along with the
I also enjoyed the few minutes at the booth of Sunlle (Zhong Shan) Electronic
Co. ,Ltd. hosted by Anita Sun and Jacqui Lee. The radiant friendliness of
such lovely young ladies makes the business environment of China a very pleasant
experience to enjoy. I don't think there is anywhere else in the world with
quite the same qualities of poise, competence, charm and professionalism.
Ken Emobo and I go together to meet Zhi Ting and her friend for supper. We
have a very nice time and I catch up on the news regarding Chris's return
to his home in Nanhui with his wife this coming weekend. Since he will require
a couple of days to become comfortable being back home I decide to take the
opportunity to spend another Sunday at the People's Park and extend my stay
here at this hotel until Monday when I plan to move to Nanhui.
While I'm writing this I hear a long series of small short explosions, sort
of like the propane cannons used to scare birds out of the orchards in the
Okanagan. From the location and duration I imagine it is from the construction
site nearby where they may be demolishing old concrete to make way for new
While I watch the news about China's role regarding the WTO I hope the government
will establish the principle that the economy of a healthy society involves
more than free market consumerism and must take into account the social
responsibility that those who accumulate wealth from society also have a
moral responsibility to ensure that the wealth they acquire must also assist
in the establishment and maintenance of the general health of the society
from which they obtain their money. As it is, it is too easy for those who
have come into possession of unimaginable wealth to believe that it is done
by their own deeds while ignoring the fact that a society is required from
which to accumulate the wealth.