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香港这座城市还有救吗?
赵皓阳 大浪淘沙

我非常非常享受这种对香港同龄人、台湾同龄人智商上的降维打击,我觉得他们太蠢了,基本的历史不了解,基本的政治常识不知道,就只会喊喊口号打打鸡血。就像我这样的,随随便便就碾压他们,特别享受他们那种毫无还手之力的快感。

香港整个地方太小了,太闭塞了;而本地人又因为曾经得天独厚的地理历史因素,弥漫着一种发达过后弄弄的傲慢情绪。可以说整个地区的人都丧失了批判性与反思性,固步自封。如果抛去了香港优越的先天环境,香港年轻人(除0.1%的精英外)所受的教育和专业素养,至完全不足以在一个大市场中与大陆青年竞争的。同时香港长久以来受到西方价值观的冲击,普通民众很容易被蛊惑,上一次街,游一次行,就能获得一些虚伪的满足感,觉得自己多光荣多正义多威武霸气了,然后继续用自己的血肉去供养地产资本家,被人卖了还替人数钱还可开心呢。

人口红利,不是单纯的人多,而是能够达到工业化生产要求、能够纳入经济体系的劳动力多,这才是真正的“红利”。义务教育带来的是高素质劳动力,这个“高素质”不一定是要读到本科硕士之类,而是针对经济活动来说的。

现在社会其实有一些很不好的端倪了,国家对医疗和教育的财政支持不够,医生待遇低,用药品回扣、滥开检查来弥补;教师待遇低,优秀老师纷纷流入私立学校,而公立学校师资力量越来越弱,老师越来越混日子划水;精英子女要么出国要么去昂贵的私立学校。看看美国和日本,公立学校都是什么样子,这样下来社会更加固化,精英永远是精英,屁民就在看不起病、上不起学的泥潭里烂掉了。
2019  capitalism  hongkong  manif  politics  youth  critic  anecdote  economy  immobilier  education  feelgood 
8 weeks ago by aries1988
来自上海的同学 ... - 惠明的广播 - 豆瓣
惠明的豆瓣广播:来自上海的同学第一次洗衣服晾了半个小时就欣喜若狂地穿上说干了干了伯京老灵的。我说没干,他们坚持说干了,我让他们摸摸我的衣服,他们说这个干过头了。
shanghai  fun  beijing  weather  anecdote  meteo 
10 weeks ago by aries1988
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和我爹一起看了HBO的切尔诺贝利,他说爆炸时他就在周围不远,和基辅人民差不多到30日才知道事情可能有点严重,因为有个苏联部长的儿子跑了。于是去找中国大使馆问,大使馆官腔曰:支持社会主义阵营别跑,你说辐射危险,你们有证据辐射量有多少…
anecdote  1986  chernobyl  nuclear  disaster  tv  china  embassy 
11 weeks ago by aries1988
自认“逃兵”的谢三泰,30年后解封的民运照片——那个春夏之交,在“北平”的台湾记者们(下)

是人前激昂呐喊,人后仍有拉撒需求时候:“有把公车拿来当作屏障,也有把公车改装成厕所的,我就进去过一次。一进去,每个屁股都对向我,学生也是,大妈也是,前后左右都开放的。那味道我不会形容⋯⋯到现在我还记得那景象,很可怕,我真恨自己,当初怎么不拍一张照片。”

“后来我辗转拿到北京出版社出版的摄影集,我发现中国官方通过影像,意图要将八九学运群众定性为暴民。”说起这事,谢三泰语气有些高亢,“那些照片远比我想像的还血腥,尸体多到我看了震撼不已⋯⋯但他们只片面呈现官方的死亡,通过照片想扭曲事实为:是这些暴民纵火等暴动行为,致使解放军不得不展开镇压。”
“我在上纪实摄影课的时候,我跟中国交换学生说,中国1989年有一个叫做六四天安门事件,知道吗?他们说,不知道。纵使知道,他们也说不知道。”谢三泰像在绕口令,“他们那是选择不知道。是家长要他们噤声,或是家里和学校根本不告诉他们。”
1989/6/4  journalist  beijing  story  wc  youth  anecdote 
11 weeks ago by aries1988
平成:日本第一位新式天皇的谢幕|大象公会

二战期间,日本让荷兰丧失了荷属东印度殖民地,拘捕十余万荷兰平民,结果战后荷兰社会长期对日本保持敌对情绪,1971年昭和天皇访欧途径荷兰期间,有大量愤怒民众高举「战犯」标语,要求审判天皇,甚至向迎宾车队投掷鸡蛋和保温瓶,酿成严重的外交风波。

2019年1月2日,明仁天皇出席了平成时代的最后一次「一般参贺」,向前来庆贺的国民致以新年问候,笔者也在现场。
与想象不同,现场除去十几名穿着国旗样式服装的日本右翼外,很少有人高喊「天皇陛下万岁」,更多人说的是「你好」、「这么多年辛苦了」、「谢谢您」、「祝身体健康」等问候语。
japan  emperor  ww2  netherlands  anecdote 
april 2019 by aries1988
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有一次我在波士顿等地铁,坐在站台椅子上感觉到了一点儿风的变化,于是随口嘀咕了一句“车来了”,旁边一个美国人听到后走到站台边缘探头看了看隧道,回来对我说“How do u know that?”
fun  life  anecdote  communication  language  gaijin 
april 2019 by aries1988
好文!旅法30多年翻译详述法国目前社会动乱“黄马甲运动”及法国的现状!

欧盟为各国制定的未来发展方向是: 法国和意大利是专门旅游国, 西班牙和葡萄牙种菜和水果, 德国荷兰丹麦养猪牛, 波兰种粮食; 东欧各小国按人口总额交纳的欧共体分摊金少, 但领取的补助因货币比值差距大而实际受益最多。

俄和前南诸国向西欧贩卖军火, 大量投资滨海房产, 黑社会势力强大, 东欧的蛇头、娼妓、少年惯偷群, 波兰的长途运输业+电工和建筑工, 北非转来的毒品, 大量新老移民轻易获得法国(和西欧其他各国) 经过历史长期斗争而获得的社会福利, 诸多头疼问题导致各国极右翼迅速发展。

美中俄的威胁

法国的税项门类和总额, 被"世界经济发展与合作组织"排名为欧洲最高额国家之一(丹麦第一, 德国第二, 法国第三)。 在至少十多种赋税和社会分摊金以及行业分摊金中, 增值税 1° 收益最大, 其次是社会保险税 2°, 然后依次为: 收入所得税 3°, 公司所得税 4°, 土地税 5°, 居住税 6°, 烟草税 7°, 社会奉献普及税 8° (法文缩写CSG), 以及颇有争议的 巨富团结税 9° (法文缩写 ISF)。

该税始创于1791年大革命时期, 1953年以法律形式正式确定。 几十年来, 法国所有城镇的基建和福利费用所需: 道路修缮, 垃圾清理, 街心花园, 体育中心, 图书馆, 幼儿园, 中小学交通和食堂等, 全指靠国家对此税收的反还款。

跟世界各地的都市布局和建筑艺术相比, 看来看去, 总觉得法国别具一格: 建筑群内临近楼房的风格一致,建筑物本身的外貌与内部功能一致, 内部装饰物的质地和颜色格调一致, 当时利用与未来的长远发展一致, 一句话, 各个市镇的规划设计, 体现出法国人对美的欣赏水平, 整体上高于其他国家。这正如法国人的穿衣习惯,当今世界生活普遍以务实为主, 不管出身是何层次, 穿着是否品牌, 法国人都注意上衣下裤鞋袜的式样搭配和颜色协调。 跟生活水平差距并不大的南欧北欧和德国相比, 法国人的这一点比较突出, 从旅游团的穿戴就能断定是否来自法国。

** 美国飞机向法国空投了3000台钢琴, 几万份爵士乐谱, 意在传播美国生活方式。

左翼上台后根据他们对"社会主义"理念的理解, 实施人人平等, 全民自由, 对犯罪分子从轻判决, 相信他们能自身改造思想, 实际是放纵坏人罪人。 他们主张"不要隔绝罪犯, 使他们远离生活现实, 不利出狱后再融入社会"。 这种对一小撮人的自由, 势必造成社会紊乱, 人身安全无保障, 更谈不上全民自由! 法国的传统左派应当对此负主要责任。

1986年6月我来到法国, 那时社会比现在稳定, 在"巴黎高等翻译学校"上课, 有时晚上11点乘公交车返回郊区住处, 毫无安全问题; 物价呢, 过去50法朗(折合现在7欧元)能买很多东西, 可现在100欧元(折合过去700法朗) 却买不到啥。 由此可见法国的物价涨幅, 人民的普遍购买力和生活水平下降多大, 我深有体会, 所以同情支持。

有位法国老知识分子曾对我说, 美国人称呼新闻媒介为"第四权力" (西方是"三权"鼎立), 此次法国的"黄马甲"运动, 我深有感触。
The derivation of the term fourth estate arises from the traditional European concept of the three estates of the realm: the clergy, the nobility, and the commoners. The equivalent term fourth power is somewhat uncommon in English but is used in many European languages (see: es:Cuarto poder and fr:Quatrième pouvoir, for example) referring to the separation of powers in government into a legislature, an executive, and a judiciary.
analysis  france  anecdote  stereotype  media  2018  question  future  crisis  populism  history  français 
december 2018 by aries1988
Being There - The Atlantic
Let me bore you with the old days: In the early 1980s, nobody had advance notice of my arrival anywhere. I’d fly to Addis Ababa to cover a famine, or to Sarajevo to cover the preparations for the Winter Olympics, armed with only about eight names and telephone numbers. Because I did not have to waste time sending e-mails back and forth for days to set up appointments, I had that much more time to read about the history and geography of the country to which I was headed. And you know what? When I arrived and dialed those numbers, about half the people on the list answered and were pleased to meet with me: after all, I had come all this way, completely dependent on their hospitality. And so hospitality was offered. And those people introduced me to other people. It was all so much more efficient then. Now, after corresponding for days with someone just to arrange a meeting, when you arrive at his office thousands of miles away, he answers some of your questions by referring you to a Web site.
1980s  journalist  anecdote  voyage  east-europe  self  now  experience  local  opinion 
october 2018 by aries1988
Naomi Osaka, a New Governor and Me

When we moved back to California two years later, I entered fourth grade and suddenly, I was the Asian kid. Ching chong chang chong ching! boys chanted on the playground, tugging at the corners of their eyes. Classmates scrunched their noses at the onigiri — rice balls wrapped in dried seaweed — that my mother packed in my lunch bag. When our teacher mentioned Japan during a social studies lesson, every head in the class swiveled to stare at me.

Here we are known as hafu, which comes from the English word half, and our existence challenges the strain in Japanese society that conflates national identity with pure-blooded ethnicity.

Ms. Osaka delivered the best possible reply: I’m just me.

When I have been reserved or less assertive than people think a situation calls for, they have attributed it to my Japanese side.

when colleagues have mistaken me for another Asian employee in the newsroom, I realize some people still instinctively want to pigeonhole me as one, but not both.
japan  japanese  identity  gaijin  anecdote  society  self  conflict 
october 2018 by aries1988
Meeting Her Parents, Meeting Her Country: an American's Taste of Korea
Garam returned with a triangle-shaped, seaweed-wrapped rice ball, and a short, rotund beverage container full of banana-flavored milk. She handed me the ball and explained how to open it: you were supposed to pull the tab marked “1” on the the back of the plastic wrapper which bisected the triangle, then you gently tugged on the corner marked “2” to remove half of the plastic wrapper, pulling next on the corner marked “3” to remove the rest of the wrapper.

Pleased with my triangular snack, I tried the banana milk, which made me question why it had taken me until the age of 24 to discover such a taste halfway around the world from my native country.
gaijin  korea  anecdote  food  plane 
september 2018 by aries1988
Notes on Being Very Tall
From there, every inch takes you further from attractive and deeper into a realm of the freakish, toward human spectacle.

If you asked me who I was then, I would say that I was a reader and a writer, the son of an immigrant, an avid traveler, still a bit too much of a talker. But my body always preceded my person, my mind. My height was an identity that I didn’t identify with, one that was imposed on me externally and that only over time did I learn to internalize.

The usher kept coming down the aisle and shining his flashlight into Palmer’s eyes.
story  growup  body  young  tall  aesthetics  self  anecdote 
march 2018 by aries1988
Thinking about Chinese student experience
At the outset of my classes I explain and exemplify how there are usually two sides to any story,
anecdote  chinese  student  young  behavior  conflict  university  teaching  west 
january 2018 by aries1988
梁文道:講究

景從

南方人對於北方人喝茶習慣的整體印象。在我們這裏,有人喝茶,喝到能夠分辨出一款茶到底是產自武夷山某座山峰的向陽面,還是向陰面的地步。而北方人呢 ,我們總以為他們所謂的喝茶,就是抓一大把茉莉茶碎丟進大缸,然後不管三七二十一地把熱水猛灌進去了事。

我看來最簡單的辦法就是看他講不講究。真正的酒鬼,是不必去多理會他在喝甚麼酒的,酒的味道和品質也不重要,最重要的是酒精的存在。

在正派人士看來,煙酒都不是好東西,為良人所不取。那我們就專心說茶跟咖啡好了,這今天世上最通行的四大致癮農產品當中比較健康,也比較正常的兩樣。

注水的動作。其他人多半都是手臂轉動,把水壺的壺嘴朝着盛載了咖啡粉的濾杯,由內向外一圈一圈轉出去。可他卻手臂不動,用上了整個腰部的力量,站在原地像是跳韻律舞一樣的打圈。

所有人聚精會神,先是有點裝模作樣地先聞一聞它的香氣,然後恭恭敬敬地用雙手舉起杯子淺吮,再長長吁出一口至福的嘆息(他們是日本人,你懂的)。

請不要誤會,我不是主張甚麼品味上的區隔,搞一些沒必要的歧視。我衹是簡單的以為。茶跟咖啡反正是我們常喝的了,與其漫不經心的把它們吞進肚裏。我們其實可以稍微講究都那麼一點點,讓它們為我們的生活帶來一些間歇的美好,暫時中斷乏味日常的庸碌,泛進一股色彩別樣的幽香。真的,一點點就好,不必太多。
anecdote  tea  coffee  howto  culture 
december 2017 by aries1988
À quoi rêvent les femmes américaines

il est difficile d'entretenir un climat d'intimité avec une femme outre-Atlantique, tant elle ponctue systématiquement la conversation et cela avec la sonorité d'un klaxon par des expressions peu confidentielles du genre : «It's absolutely crazy !» (C'est vraiment dingue), «Unbelievable !» (Incroyable !) ou «This dinner was amazing ! The best dinner in my whole life !» (Ce dîner était étonnant. Le meilleur que j'aie eu dans ma vie entière). Tout cela pour dire : «OK, c'était sympa !»
anecdote  usa  american  female  wife  marriage  français 
september 2017 by aries1988
East Goes West

In the life of a Chinese tourist, guides play an especially prominent role—translator, raconteur, and field marshal—and Li projected a calm, seasoned air. He often referred to himself in the third person—Guide Li—and he prided himself on efficiency. Everyone, our watches should be synchronized, he said. It is now 7:16 P.M. He implored us to be five minutes early for every departure. We flew all the way here, he said. Let’s make the most of it.

We might think you could just make a fake card or manipulate the records—no big deal, Li said. But, if you get caught, the fine starts at eighty-eight hundred euros, and they take away your license! That’s the way Europe is. On the surface, it appears to rely on everyone’s self-discipline, but behind it all there are strict laws.

In Europe, he warned, tactfully, Throughout our trip, breakfast will rarely be more than bread, cold ham, milk, and coffee. The bus was silent for a moment.

some of his older travellers used to have a habit of hiding cash in the toilet tank or the ventilation ducts. The worst case I’ve had was a guest who sewed money into the hem of the curtains,

At a Malaysian casino hotel in 2005, some three hundred Chinese visitors were issued special meal coupons bearing cartoon pig faces. The hotel said that the illustrations were simply to differentiate Chinese guests from Muslims, who don’t eat pork, but the offended Chinese tourists staged a sit-in, singing the national anthem.

Handy and Karen kept an eye on every cent. Within a few days, they could tell me exactly how much we’d spent on each bottle of water in five countries.

On average, a Chinese tourist buys more than a thousand dollars’ worth of tax-free stuff abroad—more luxury bags, watches, and designer clothes than any other nationality, including the Japanese, according to Global Blue, the tax-free-shopping refund service. Chinese tourists abroad spend nearly twice as much on shopping as they do on hotel rooms. Several in our group told me how sorry they were that we weren’t stopping at a place called Aotelaise. The name baffled me. Someone explained that it’s a new Chinese word: outlets.

I didn’t sense overwhelming sympathy. The Chinese have been the world’s most abundant migrants, but these days many believe that they have better job prospects at home than abroad.

He was a sanitation specialist by training, and he couldn’t help but notice Milan’s abundant graffiti and overstuffed trash bins. As Li had explained it, The government wants to clean, but it doesn’t have enough money. Handy tried to be polite, but he said, If it was like this in Shanghai, old folks would be calling us all afternoon to complain.

I was struck that, for all his travels, Zhu saw an enduring philosophical divide between China and the West: two different ways of thinking, as he put it. We will use their tools and learn their methods. But, fundamentally, China will always maintain its own way, he said.
europe  china  tourist  story  youth  gaijin  reportage  travel  shopping  thinking  anecdote  world  work  stereotype  tourism 
august 2017 by aries1988
Hong Kong côté coulisses
Etonnante métropole de plus de 7 millions d'habitants, Hong Kong a été "restituée" à la Chine par le Royaume Uni il y a juste vingt ans et - business as usual - tout semble y continuer comme avant, avec un pragmatisme déroutant.
hongkong  story  book  anecdote  china  opinion  bio 
june 2017 by aries1988
Computer says “non”

As Adam Gopnik once wrote about living in France: Parisians emerge from the government buildings on the Ile de la Cité feeling just the way New Yorkers do after a good workout: aching and exhausted but on top of the world.
français  administration  bureaucracy  anecdote  british  fun  driving  comparison  bac 
january 2017 by aries1988
No one challenged me: stowaway boy who flew to Rome
Stowaway boy who flew to Rome without a passport says it was easier than homework
anecdote 
july 2012 by aries1988
The Deutsche mark lives | FP Passport
Apparently, as the Wall Street Journal reports, Germans still haven't quite given up on the Deutsche mark:
germany  anecdote  deutschemark 
july 2012 by aries1988

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