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被遗忘的冷战铁幕:苏台德
匈牙利的马扎尔人把自己塑造成来自中亚草原的民族。每一个匈牙利教师都在向学生描绘着马扎尔人的迁徙史和他们的故乡。当学生被这种浪漫的乡愁所打动,他们当中的很多人真的踏上了走向亚洲的道路,比如布达佩斯的犹太人斯泰因,他一直走到了敦煌。

1938年曾在慕尼黑被迫向希特勒妥协的捷克总统爱德华·贝奈斯决心从根本上解决捷克斯洛伐克的民族问题,他的选择就是《贝奈斯法》。根据二战后的《贝奈斯法》,捷克斯洛伐克共和国把国内第二大民族的德意志人全部没收财产、驱逐出境。两百多万德意志人被赶出捷克来到德国后,捷克真的成了一个民族国家。也正是在他们离去的背影里,铁幕无声地降下。横亘在这些被驱逐者和故乡之间的就是这条被遗忘的“冷战的静谧边界”。

捷克和德国之间的这条边界北到瓦尔德萨森、南到帕绍。在很多时候,这条边界看起来和东西德国之间、东西柏林之间的分界线没什么两样。

对一个美国知识分子来说,即使是在中欧这样的多民族地区,民族国家依然被看作是最理想的选择。希特勒固然令人厌恶,但他们也不反对《贝奈斯法》,况且《贝奈斯法》还是以“反纳粹”这个名义下制定出来的。

即使西方的经济起飞让他们当中的很多人改善了自己的处境,但故乡依然是难以忘却的。“在柏林看不到一座像家乡的山”,他们开着汽车或租用大巴回到这条遍布山峦和森林的边界,目的只是看一看自己的家。他们甚至靠捐款在边界的西侧修建了眺望塔,那里站得更高,像是登上了蒂伦高耸的山峰。

在这条边界上,铁幕战胜了他们,等待着他们的只能是忘记自己的过往,也最终被别人遗忘。
ww2  nation  state  ethnic  deutschland  coldwar  nostalgia  population  czech  book 
9 weeks ago by aries1988
酱油膏(选自《台湾味道》)

好酱油回味悠长,“酱油宴”之后的翌晨,我犹感觉那酱油膏的香气缠绵在口舌间。它的味道强烈,有时还透露出严厉的表情;然而强烈中又不乏细腻,品尝它,仿佛品尝大地的精华:嘉南平原的沃土和气候,浊水溪甘美的泉水。它是法文“风土”(terroir )的具体表现,也令我对台湾的酱油工艺学充满期待。
taiwan  food  soja  sauce  moi  nostalgia  deutschland  porc 
july 2018 by aries1988
The Classics (Bonus Track Version) - The Shanghai Restoration Project - 专辑 - 网易云音乐
上海复兴方案(The Shanghai Restoration Project)系为毕业于哈佛大学的华裔美人梁文伟(Dave Liang)的得意之作,其创作灵感来源于30年代旧上海夜总会中的爵士乐,而在融合了传统中式乐器的基础上,乐曲又被创作人赋予了嘻哈、电子、沙发等西式风格化标签,由此绽放异彩。“The Classics”已是梁在此项目名下发布的第12张作品,本张专辑主要注重对经典上海爵士乐的解
shanghai  music  nostalgia 
april 2018 by aries1988
印尼炒饭

一个西裔女人招待他,拿过来一份菜单。他没有翻开,只问她,Nasi Goreng 有没有。女侍点头。他就说,好吧,就来一份Nasi Goreng, 一罐啤酒。

印尼炒饭,三年前他吃了整整两个月。那是个一月份,他上了一个雅加达的项目,印尼的一个客户寻求国际并购的机会。印尼是穆斯林社会,风气保守,晚上十一点,肚子饿,唯一开着的餐饮是路边大排档。大排档都一式一样,Chicken Satay, Gado Gado, Nasi Goreng. 所以他每个夜晚就吃这三样,烤鸡肉串,加多加多色拉, 印尼炒饭,配一瓶啤酒。他坐在大排档的塑料棚下面,雨点打在棚面响声如雷。店主在一口大锅前不停翻炒,脸上不停滴下水,不知是汗还是雨。老板娘收钱、擦桌子,扫地,兜里的钱票子都是湿的。大排档粗陋,盐不是放多就是放少,还要不就是没调开, 一口淡一口咸,镬气倒是十足,火候好。他就坐在那条塑料板凳上,这三样吃了两个月。

现在他老婆短发,他的发迹线有点太高。第一只猫头鹰已经被女儿睡得太脏。他知道第二个孩子降生时,老婆会兴高采烈地给他拿出第二只猫头鹰,那一只也会无可挽回地变脏、掉毛。那家做猫头鹰的玩具厂已经倒闭,这种玩具再也买不到了;因为Bill Murray而走红世界的日本威士忌,很多牌子已经卖脱销,十几年内不会有新货。想起这两件事情,他有点伤感。

除了加班和带孩子,他们剩下的可怜的空闲时间都用来看新房和谈房贷,孩子越来越大,必须搬到好学区住才行。对于婚姻,他常常想起Before Midnight,那么烦躁,零碎,温吞吞,缓慢地死去,“也许就和化疗一样”,他有一次这么想到。他疲惫不堪,他老婆恐怕更累,却无法不去爱这一切:毕竟,他们用Lost in Translation里猫头鹰的名字命名了两个孩子:Louise 和Luis。

他还记得自己做过一个春梦,什么情节都没有,只有这个暗恋对象,在洗手台面前,一遍一遍缓慢地拧毛巾。
story  douban  love  sex  memory  nostalgia  melancholy  life  marriage  family  man  youth  middle-age  indonesia  food  work  california 
december 2017 by aries1988
Memories of Thanksgivings Abroad and In Between

I remember tweeting into the void about Brussels sprouts and cranberry sauce on the morning of my first Thanksgiving abroad. Nobody who might have cared was up yet.

In it, she writes about realizing, after becoming a foreign correspondent, that the picture she had of America hadn’t been complete—that one hadn’t seen the whole picture of America until one had left the national borders, because the whole picture included foreign interventions, cultural exports, and various modes of thought that were invisible at home.

The agonizing particulars of the Presidential race, which were doubly nerve-wracking to watch from afar, had been hard to explain to inquisitive Spaniards. I craved American company—to be able to dish and spar with some compatriots in the know. So when a group of expats invited me to dinner, I accepted, bringing a bottle of Rioja.

All of these celebrations offered, and birds ritually consumed, have led me to a single, significant conclusion: If it’s true, as my colleague Calvin Trillin long ago suggested, that everything exotic that isn’t chicken tastes like chicken—rattlesnake, ostrich, etc.—the one thing that can be said for certain, on Thanksgiving, is that no matter what you do to it, a turkey will always taste like a turkey.
gaijin  expat  home  festival  nostalgia  work  paris  ukraine  stans  turkey  food  eating  story 
november 2017 by aries1988
The Long Shot - The New Yorker
Jia is not much interested in plot. His attraction to film seems to owe more to the dictum of André Bazin, the French theorist whom he counts as an inspiration, that photography “embalms time.” Jia crams his movies with so many hair styles, pop songs, and news references that they feel like time capsules of the here and now. He has a single, unwavering theme: the liminal space in which individuals try, usually in vain, to move from one life to another—floating migrants, laid-off factory hands, restless teen-agers, all trapped on the margins of China’s boom, with enough technology to glimpse the wider world but no way to reach it. In Jia’s cosmology, trains usually speed out of sight before you can catch them and motorcycles break down.

His characters are often inspired by people he grew up with—friends, in his words, “as ignorant and coarse and full of vitality as roadside weeds.”

the movement made a searing impression on him. “Although it failed, it didn’t really fail,” he said, “because it took freedom and democracy, individualism, individual rights, all these concepts, and disseminated them to many people, including me.”

Jia immersed himself in films from Taiwan and Europe, often watching three a day. Those which he could not find in the school archives he found on the street, as pirated V.H.S. tapes. He often pedalled his bicycle across town to watch screenings at a French cultural center in Beijing.

In contrast to the epic historical Chinese dramas that were popular at the time, Jia had revealed a bitterly unadorned image of contemporary life and its discontents. To older Chinese admirers especially, the film’s honesty was bittersweet. “We had been forbidden from telling the truth for such a long time that once we were allowed to do so, we did not know how to tell the truth,” the painter Chen Danqing wrote of the film.

He felt powerless. “My motivation for making films was not simply a love of movies but also a sense of idealism, a hope that I could help to change society.”

In “Still Life,” a building launches into the air like a rocket, and a flying saucer zips across the sky. (As Jia has explained to a film magazine, China’s “official speeches and pictures are like U.F.O.s that never touch the ground.”)

“Not because they are kung-fu movies—I like kung-fu movies—but because the film underscores power, that we should ‘bow down’ before power! For ‘harmony in the world,’ we should give up individual fights and efforts. The ‘authority of power,’ the focus of his films, is what makes me extremely uncomfortable.”

“My expression, my view on history, my view on the truth must be independent,” he says, “but I tell myself not to get marginalized, because being marginalized means you can’t do anything. Marginalization can be a kind of pleasant stance—I really admire many of those people—but I would rather expend enormous energy trying to dance with the many levels of the era in which we live.”
reportage  bio  movie  chinese  china  leader  art  idea  people  nostalgia  countryside  shanxi 
june 2017 by aries1988
Peace and prosperity: it is worth saving the liberal order
The system established after 1945 was built on US power. But it endured and, after the end of the cold war, expanded because US leadership was embedded in multilateral rules and institutions. Everyone had a stake. Washington sometimes over-reached — in Vietnam or with the invasion of Iraq. By history’s standards, however, the Pax Americana was essentially benign, resting as much on the force of example as military might.
history  uk  world  order  crisis  challenge  china  populism  brexit  nostalgia  immigration  society  politics 
february 2017 by aries1988
What makes train travel such an antidote to life’s stresses? | Aeon Essays
trains blurred the line between public and private. ‘Train travel requires people to do private things in public,’

And what’s fascinating about it is the possibility of being able to observe strangers. For women in particular who don’t have a lot of geographic mobility in urban spaces, riding on a train is as close as they can get to that flâneur experience of urban life – where you can sit and you can watch people and you can eavesdrop on conversations.’

When, several years ago, I returned to Russia after a long absence, I booked a 24-hour train journey for myself and my eight-year-old daughter from St Petersburg to Odessa in Ukraine. I wanted her to experience what I remembered: a whole day together, an uninterrupted passage of hours filled with books and conversations, an opportunity to spend time entirely on ourselves, by ourselves, and with ourselves.

Just like my mother more than 30 years earlier, I packed boiled eggs, tomatoes, cucumbers, bread, cheese and apples. We ate all three meals together without television, telephone or the internet. When the conductor brought tea – much like I remembered from the Sochi express times, with two cubes of sugar, in a classic railway cup – we drank it with sweets we bought at an intermediate stop, looked out of the window, and talked.
essay  train  travel  transport  story  russia  family  nostalgia  history  people  female 
july 2016 by aries1988
From Pokémon Red to Pokémon Go, How Nintendo's Video Game Franchise Captured the Experience of Leaving Home - The Atlantic
The original Pokémon (first released for the Game Boy in 1996) is a bildungsroman, or coming-of-age-story, disguised as a bug-collecting challenge.

It works because it captures the original game’s spirit of exploration, even if its players said goodbye to their childhood home years ago.

The way Tajiri describes his childhood in that interview alludes to the game’s bildungsroman quality, that of a child learning about the world around him by physically grappling with it. “If I put my hand in the river, I would get a crayfish. If there was a stick over a hole, it would create an air bubble and I'd find insects there,” he said. “In Japan, a lot of kids like to go out and catch beetles by putting honey on a piece of tree bark. My idea was to put a stone under a tree, because they slept during the day and like sleeping under stones. So in the morning I'd go pick up the stone and find them. Tiny discoveries like that made me excited.”

it’s still managed to turn its fans into a nation of Dr. Bugs, even if we aren’t turning over stones or baiting trees with honey. At its best, it can evoke a little wonder in the mundane world around us—or force us to realize the world we live in was never mundane in the first place.
game  children  iOS  animal  insect  discovery  nature  nostalgia  city  essay  neighborhood 
july 2016 by aries1988
消防队里的童年
文冤家阁大学士谨按:作者“小黄毛”是我的朋友。天津的悲剧发生后,我看到她在朋友圈说自己童年是在消防队度过的,就请她写了这篇文章。我在魔都,离天津很远,无论是祈福还是问责,我去做,都自感无力至极。所以,只能借朋友的这篇文章,寄托哀思,并向依然战斗在那里的“逆行英雄”——消防队员们致以崇高的敬意,不管他们有没有编制!…
story  children  nostalgia  fire  life  death 
august 2015 by aries1988
Goodbye F.A.O. Schwarz: Toy Lovers Prepare for Store’s Closing - NYTimes.com
“But it was really the experience of going. It was like a kids’ museum. I would go to the natural history museum with my mom for the educational angle, but I would make my aunt and uncle take me to F. A. O. Schwarz. That, to me, was a kid’s dream.”

But — and this hints at the challenges facing a retailer like F. A. O. Schwarz — she remembers only one purchase, a pink Penelope the Pup toy. She still guards it, to the extent that she can from 60 miles away in Manhattan, where she now lives. “My mom, every so often, tries to move stuff up to the attic — that dog and my collection of Gund teddy bears,” she said. “I won’t let her.”

“Walking out of there with a $7.99 Barbie, I was out of my mind with happiness,” she said. “For my parents, as an immigrant family, not to have to spend a lot just to experience being in this massive toy store, it didn’t matter the price point of the toy. That was the great thing about F. A. O. You could spend $8 or $1,500 and your child would walk out with the same feeling.”
toy  store  newyork  nostalgia  children  2015 
may 2015 by aries1988
Julie and Julia and an iPad - The New Yorker
I’m no paper purist—I love having all five “Game of Thrones” novels at my fingertips at all times—and the conveniences of the iPad will surely keep many of my cookbooks moldering on their shelf. But certain books need their weightiness, their awkwardness, to take on their full meaning. “MtAoFC” on the iPad is more practical, but it’s far less personal.
book  comparison  cuisine  ebook  gadget  nostalgia  story 
march 2015 by aries1988
China Says Goodbye in the Key of G: Kenny G
In China, Kenny G’s instrumental “Going Home” has been used for years as a way to tell people to leave.
BEIJING — There are many things about modern China that…
nostalgia  randomness  song  chinese  memory  music 
october 2014 by aries1988
异国蔬菜故乡味
“异国蔬菜故乡味” – 豆瓣: 艾小柯 –
from:rss  nostalgia  expat  food  list  howto 
october 2014 by aries1988
在南京
九月末因事回南京,正好遇上桂花盛开时节,满城香气。一下火车,站在站台上,就闻见远处风送来的桂花香气,心里十分珍惜而欢喜。翻检过去日记,自从离开南京以后,就再没有关于桂花的记录,而此次重逢,何其幸运。夜里住在虎踞路,出去散步,沿着悬铃木遮蔽的大道走,一路有市民从对面走来,手里捏几枝折来的桂花,路边一家卖烟酒水果的小店,角落里也用饮料瓶子养了几枝。这样的场景,看着觉得很有意思,因为贴近普通人的生活。一般人对香味的爱慕与追求,桂花大约是顶点了吧。所以虽然一向厌人折花,但对折桂花却好像能多一点理解似的。再往前走,才发现原来前面是一个种满桂树的小公园。夜色深浓,行人散去,只有桂花开得成枝成球,浸透了这秋分时节的夜气。
life  china  nostalgia  flower  nanjing  people 
october 2014 by aries1988
人人网日志- 吃!才是无法跨越的cultural shock
这不是说,我不喜欢西式餐饮——本着一个非学院派民间吃货有食无类的广博胸襟,天下大同的崇高眼界,至今在味觉上可以一次完败我的东西,只有豆汁和一种生猪肝做成的、用于涂抹面包的德国香肠。食物范畴内,我几乎没有不吃的动物蛋白,没有特别接受不了的烹调方法。生冷不忌,荤素随意,连甜咸豆花、甜咸粽子、枣粥肉粥这样的国民争端也丝毫不能影响我和南北方同学的革命友谊——因为我根本就什么都吃,也许还要滴上木姜子油,放上鱼腥草,再加上自己热油现制的红辣椒。

我诚心地夸赞牛排的火候,芝士的香稠,牛油果的厚腻,洋葱细盐的鲜活。但不妨碍我看完那些煞有其事的餐厅推荐之后默默关上浏览器简单粗暴地想,靠,吃翔还这么多学问。
food  expat  nostalgia 
october 2013 by aries1988
消失的故乡:三百年去来 - 纽约时报中文网 国际纵览
人总是不幸的。何必自欺欺人?父母也许恨小孩。小孩诅咒父母死去。人是自私的,盛怒之下,无妨将痛苦施予他人。这就如同杨树的叶子会被夏天的太阳晒卷一样并不稀罕。幸福也有,倏忽而逝。一切恰如叔本华的话:生命就是在痛苦与倦怠间摇摆。在张村,在当年,各种认知、概念、感慨,在人的意识中不过萤虫之光。
china  history  instapaper_favs  countryside  story  nostalgia 
september 2013 by aries1988
蒸蒸糕
不上学的时候,奶奶领着我去街上买东西,闲逛着,跟街上的熟人打着招呼,有时在比较熟稔的几个人的摊位前会停下来,闲话一阵,当然也会在王嬢的摊位上停下来,这时候王嬢就会蒸蒸糕给我吃。不像蛋糕一类都是做好现成的,蒸糕是要吃的时候才一个个的蒸出来。原料是将糯米与粘米混合磨成的细颗粒,两种米的混合比例和碾磨的粗细程度是有讲究的,糯米多了,磨得太细了,糕吃着会粘牙,糯米少了,磨得太粗了,糕体易散掉,不易成形,吃起来也没有糯软之感。和面的时候,水和糖也要加的适量,正好不干不湿,甜而不腻。配料则是红糖粉、花生末、白芝麻。
nostalgia  food  moi 
september 2013 by aries1988
我的城 - 闾丘露薇的日志 - 网易博客
  我很少想过关于歧视的问题,因为我明白歧视无处不在,我也曾经有意无意地歧视过别人,所以不需要太过在意,心理强大一点就可以,只要不是制度上的歧视,影响到机会的公平,再强大的内心,也会因此感到挫折和沮丧。   我在上海出生长大,从小就体会到上海人对于那些不会讲上海话的“外地人”或者“乡下人”的心理优越感,或多或少的也会受到影响,比如会有一种负面印象,乡下人不守规矩,不爱干净等等。不过这种观念和印象随着自己长大,特别是到了大学,就彻底消失了,毕竟自己的同学来自全国各地,大家是否成为朋友,并不是口音或者来自的城市,而是因为兴趣爱好还有个性,因为这个人本身,也因为知识的累积,让自己的眼界变宽了,懂得了世界是如此之大,自己所知是如此之少,和人相处,不是因为他身上外界赋予的标签,于是,人开始变得宽容了。
http://www.instapaper.com/read/333013833
china  zeitgeist  future  nostalgia 
october 2012 by aries1988
消失的故乡 - 荐读 - FT中文网
甜瓜被刺猬拱了,这厮也知道泛香味就是熟透了。抓把草擦擦,咔嚓就是一口。小杏、小桃,总还在青春期就被我们这一茬茬的毛孩子们扫荡了,走进去看不到人的庄稼地里,刚学会骑自行车的孩子们疯跑,什么拐卖,什么打劫,完全不知道。
googlereader  nostalgia  countryside 
september 2012 by aries1988
时间与城市:北京时间•迷失在家门口
20多年前的北京,午后仿佛有人按了“停止”键,胡同里大多数人都在睡午觉 ,只有知了叫个不停。如今,北京在时间 维 度上四分五裂 ,中关村像泡沫时代的日本,朝阳区CBD与纽约曼哈顿无异,南城却又像新疆。
http://www.instapaper.com/read/345325532
life  nostalgia  beijing  essay 
august 2012 by aries1988

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