Chen Jing: China's development makes me feel proud
Editor's note: East China's Zhejiang province is renowned for its large international population. Aloft on the wings of China's reform and opening-up policy, a group of Zhejiang people have gone abroad to make a living since the 1970s. As this year marks the 40th anniversary of the policy, the Zhejiang website (www.ezhejiang.gov.cn) is launching a series of stories about overseas Chinese who are originally from Zhejiang, as well as those who are active in the province's development. Stories courtesy of Zhejiang Federation of Returned Overseas Chinese and Zheshang Magazine
Chen Jing at the 4th World Zhejiang Entrepreneurs Convention in 2017 [Photo/Zheshang Magazine]
In the 1990s when Chen Jing, a Zhejiang native went abroad, China was sometimes compared to a slow train due to its sluggish economy. However, after three decades, the world is stunned by the "Chinese speed", which is resonating with overseas Chinese.
Chen has been residing in Australia for 28 years since she went to Melbourne for further education in 1990. After gaining her master's degree, the Zhejiang native worked in the international trade business at a local company and engaged with the Chinese market.
"I learned about the ins and outs of international trade at the company, which opened a window for me to build my own trading businesses," Chen said.
Inspired by the dream of running her own businesses, Chen began to seek opportunities and finally found one in golf gloves made from kangaroo leather.
She set up a factory in China and advertised her products in Australia. Eventually her company cracked the market and her gloves became popular with golf players. Later, the business was quickly expanded by applying kangaroo leather in other products including bags and shoes.
After a few years, Chen turned her eyes to more business types and started to dig for gold in the industries of real estate, finance, healthcare and mining resources.