|Jorge Iram Chacon: My story with Jinhua|
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Jorge Iram Chacon
Jorge Iram Chacon
Jorge Chacon came to Jinhua in 2013 for the first time and has been living here for several years. "The city has developed very rapidly, and I have witnessed its transformation as it has become more beautiful and more modern," said Jorge.
In 2000, Jorge worked as quality management manager at an American bag company. In 2015, the company launched a long-term partnership with a Jinhua-based bag factory, and he was sent over to be in charge of quality control and supervision. He also became responsible for the global purchasing of raw materials.
Impressed by hospitality of Jinhua people
After seven years in Jinhua, the warmth and friendliness of locals is what has impressed him the most. He has made many good friends over the years.
Jorge had to commute between Jinhua and Yiwu for work. At the time, the two places were connected only by bus, and the trishaw drivers at the stations knew him well. Every time they saw him getting off the bus, they would call out "Mexico! Mexico!" and take him either to the factory where he worked or to his home.
Jorge was also impressed by the wonderful food and customs in Jinhua. Despite differences in eating habits between Mexico and China, he likes Chinese food very much, especially the street food and snacks, such as steamed buns and malatang. He is also fond of Jinhua's steamed bread with braised pork.
Appreciating Chinese family values and
Jorge believes that both Jinhua and Chihuahua are extremely beautiful. He is particularly struck by Chinese people's deep commitment to family and to the transmission of traditional culture. In China, family members reunite frequently and are willing to help each other in need.
Jorge also likes to travel and explore. He thinks that Jianfeng Mountain and Shuanglong Cave in Jinhua are particularly beautiful and hopes to share them with people back home. He also wants to introduce Cancun, a city in southern Mexico, to his friends in Jinhua. The beaches there are very beautiful, while in northern Mexico, where Chihuahua is, the old pyramids and Native American culture are worth visiting. He said he hopes his friends in Jinhua will have the chance to visit his hometown.
Hoping his family will visit Jinhua
Over the years, Jorge has traveled the world for work. He used to like this kind of life, being on the move and meeting a lot of different people. But after he gets married, he wants to have a home where he can settle down. He said he hopes to live a life in which he can go grocery shopping by himself and cook at home after work.
Speaking of his plans for the future, Jorge said he wants to continue to work with Jinhua. It is located near Yiwu, Taizhou, and other raw material-producing areas, and is well-connected to the ports of Shanghai and Ningbo, making it very convenient. The pandemic, though, has brought about some inconveniences in Jorge's work. He plans to stay in China for the rest of the year and expressed hope that in the near future the situation will improve so that his family can visit him in Jinhua.
(Text and photos by Jiang Xinyi, additional photos provided by the interviewee, translated by Marco Lovisetto, edited by Kendra Fiddler)