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[生活] 老外观春运:满怀希望的旅途,胜过抵达

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在脸书和推特上做春运直播节目那天,正好是中国的小年和大寒赶在了一起,我跟搭档Helen说,what a double joy (双喜临门),Helen只是回答:脚趾头快冻掉了(my toes are off)。

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直播结束后,Helen说感谢这场直播,在中国坐火车给了她不一般的感受,于是写下了这篇手记。我们将原文播发并翻译如下(文末有彩蛋哦~)——编者按 满怀希望的旅途,胜过抵达It's better to travel hopefully than to arrive我一直喜欢火车。我在北威尔士山谷的一个小村庄里长大,火车给了我最想得到的东西——一种离开方式。

(Helen说她是一个乡村的孩子,那时十分渴望城市的生活。)

I have always loved trains. Growing up in a tiny village in the valleys of North Wales, trains offered the one thing I desired more than anything -- a way to leave.

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2017年1月20日,Helen 拿着一张春运火车票,即将登上列车。 高杉 摄影

所以,这个月我在北京火车站报道中国春节前后的出行高峰——春运时,当我发现被数百名和自己恰恰相反、因为回家而兴奋的人包围时,我必须承认,我感到有些特别。

So, when I found myself at Beijing Railway Station this month covering "Chunyun", the busy travel period around Spring Festival, surrounded by hundreds of people excited about the exact opposite -- going home, I must confess, I felt a little peculiar. 改革开放三十多年来,越来越多的人离开他们的故乡和家庭去中国的城市中寻找工作和改善生活的希望。

Since the opening up and reform era began in earnest some three decades ago, more and more people have left their homes and families to seek work and the promise of better lives in China's cities.

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春运直播中,Helen在品尝北京传统小吃。 高杉 摄影我认为,任何西方人都很难真正理解中国农民工的牺牲。家庭分裂,孩子们几个月也见不到父母一面,祖父母通过干农活带着孙辈们勉强度日。春节常常拿来与圣诞节相提并论,但春节似乎更加简单。春节是一家人团圆,一起吃、一起笑、一起喝酒。春节并不拘泥于一些过时的大叙事(意为“完整解释”,即对某件事加以历史意义、经历和知识的阐释,这里是与圣诞节相比),也与某些虚构的角色关系不大(Helen对中国的春节文化了解并不深刻,其实我们还是有一些传统神话中的人设的,比如“年兽”),春节就是与你爱的人在一起。


It's hard for any Westerner, I think, to truly understand the sacrifices of Chinese migrant workers. Families are split up, children don't see their parents for months at a time, grandparents juggle bringing up their grandchildren with eking out an existence from farm work. Spring Festival is often compared to Christmas, but seems much more simple. Spring Festival is about getting the family together, eating, laughing, drinking. It is not bogged down by some out-of-date meta-narrative, it is not so much about some fictional character. It's just about being around the people that you love.

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北京站拿着行李的旅客 吴凯翔 摄影

我和北京站的旅客交流,他们将要坐18个小时的火车,有些人还要一路站回家。然而,他们乐观、积极而且异常兴奋。他们兴高采烈地回家去,讲述过去一年的故事,将婴儿抱入怀中,亲吻他们的祖母或外祖母。

I spoke to people at Beijing Station who had upward of 18 hours on a train ahead of them, some of them will be standing that whole way. Yet, they were upbeat, positive, and more than anything excited. Excited to go home and tell stories from the past year, hold babies in their arms, kiss their grandmothers.

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北京站等待检票的旅客 吴凯翔 摄影

当长长的绿皮火车车厢今早驶离火车站,把成千上万名旅客带到千里之外的地方,我突然明白了。一直以来,我都在误读火车旅行带来的感觉。火车并没有带我离开,它们只是把我运到下一个地方:去遇见新的境况、新的人和新的体验。

As the long, green train cars pull out of the station this morning, taking thousands of people hundreds of miles away, something dawned on me. I had been misreading my feelings about train journeys all this time. They weren't taking me away at all. They were just moving me to the next place; to new situations, people and experiences.

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