Yesterday I helped out during a meeting between German buyers and Chinese suppliers. The meeting was going well, not much translation was needed because the supplier spoke perfect English, so I was mostly resting in a corner. There were also some other Chinese girls in the meeting, mainly the buyers "helpers" (when it comes to translating and price negotiating). When we had a moment to rest the supplier suddenly turned to them, started to chat in Chinese and showed something on her neck. I was kind of tired so I didn’t pay any attention.
However, moments later the Chinese girls suddenly told us all (in English):
-Our supplier has a tumour on her neck!
-WHAT?! We all said, chins dropping to the floor.
The supplier proceeded to show us all a rather hefty lump on her neck. We were all kind of flabbergasted.
-We all have to convince her to go to the hospital! The Chinese girls continued.
-WHAT? We all went again. You haven’t seen a doctor yet?
-Eh… I am too busy… I have so much to do at work! The supplier said.
-Too busy to save yourself?! One of the German buyers said. You should not be in this meeting but at the hospital.
-Well I will go soon… the supplier said evasively .
It was hard to go on with the meeting after that “bomb.” I could hear the Chinese girls telling her after the meeting: “you have to go, this is nothing to joke or laugh about. You have to go!”
Let’s all hope she will.
Who’s too busy to save themselves? That’s just incredibly sad.