Queen of the button empire the commercial legend of China’s first private business owner

币游国际游戏

2021-06-23

“,andIhadtofindawaytosurvive,anddoingbusinesswastheonlyoptionthen,”,theteenagedZhangbecameastreetvendorsellingsmallcommoditiessuchasbuttons,,butthatwasalmostenoughtomeettheentirefamily’’sbiggestfearbackthenwasthatshemightbedetainedforconducting“speculativeactivities.”Backinthe1970s,theterm“businessman”wasequivalentto“pettycriminal”inChina,asthecountrystrictlyforbadeprivate-ownedbusinesses,evenifthisso-called“business”wasnothingmorethananoutdoortablepiledwithknick-knackslikebuttonsandzippers.“,andIhadtosetupmystalloutsidemyhouse,sothatwhentheofficialscame,IcouldwrapupeverythingandfleeasfastasIcould,”ouldsoonbejumpingonthebandwagontobecomeChina’,thedebateonw,Zhangquicklyappliedforabusinesslicensebysubmittingherpersonalinformation,,shebecamethefirstofmorethan2,000vendorsinWenzhou,“,Iwasnolongeraspeculator,andmychildrenwouldnotbeteasedbecauseofmyoccupation,”,Zhangtriedherhandatanumberofdifferentbusinesses,,oncewhenherbrotherwasbadlyinjuredandshehadtocoverthemedicalbills,andtheotherwhenanunsuccessfulinvestmentinleathershoesincurredtensofthousandsofyuanindebt,adevastatingamountatthattime.“Atthemostcriticalmoment,,onlyfocusingonbuttons,butwithmyowndesignofthelatestfashions,”,with200squaremetersofshopfloorinWenzhou’scommercialcenter,alongwithdesign,,andhasbec,,“ladyboss,”shewasactuallya“boss”,Zhangdecidedtoretire,,withwhichashygirlwitnessedChina’srapideconomicdevelopmentandprogressover40years.“Afterall,weareallsmallbuttons,butdon’tforget,buttonswillalwaysbeneededandwillalwayshavetheirplaceonclothes,”。