KCRA Chinese Businessmen In Sacramento
A delegation of Chinese government leaders and businessmen from Funan County in China are visiting Sacramento, considering setting up a distribution center here for their products — baskets and woven furniture. I’ve seen woven baskets and rattan and bamboo furniture from Asia since I was a kid, but I never imagined that it could provide so many jobs. Also, it’s completely green, relying on renewable plants as the sources for the products. It’s also inexpensive to purchase and last for years and years.
It’s been a while since I’ve done one of my reporter-photographer packages for KCRA, but yesterday a reporter was off so I was asked to turn that story around myself. This is exactly the reason why I’ve been doing these one-man reporter-photographer stories — to be able to fill in and contribute when I can. I have no interest in taking a reporter’s place, just as I don’t want a reporter to take my place. But when the team is down a person for the day, you step in and help out the team.
Much to my surprise, I was the only journalist covering the event, which was also attended by Sacramento mayor Kevin Johnson and City Councilman Kevin McCarty. The event was arranged by the Stockton Boulevard Partnership, which has been working with the Chinese to bring their import facility here.
Amazingly, when the Chinese delegation were being given a tour of the Jon’s Furniture building (sadly, after 57 years of being in business, Jon’s Furniture closed eighteen months ago due to pressures of the current economy), the businessmen suddenly started getting excite and beaming proud smiles as they discovered many of their products among the items still in the store. As it turned out, Norma On, of Jon’s Furniture, had been importing baskets and woven products from Funan for the past twenty years. This made a big impression on the Chinese.
As I said, it’s been a while since I’ve covered a story as a one-man reporter-photographer, so I felt a little rusty getting back into it. But that made it challenging and was something I like to do. I hope it won’t be so long before I can do another. Ideally, I’d like to do one a week.
Covering stories as a reporter-photographer is also the subject of my forthcoming book, One-Man Newsman, which I am in the very final stages of editing. The book should be available on Amazon in just a very few weeks.