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(本文根据杨瑾鸿英文稿翻译  题目为编者所加 英文原文附后)



我是个胖子,我不太喜欢运动,但我知道,加入奥克兰人的“为社区安全而跑(Run A Safe Community,或RASC)”的活动,那个夜晚非常重要。


RASC的成立是对奥克兰近期一连串对中国留学生的可怕攻击的回应。其实,我本来可以说,“这和我没什么关系,我,一不是学生,二也不是中国人。”(编者注:杨瑾鸿是个5代纯Kiwi)但最近我想了很多关于这个美丽的城市的未来——而我们可能会遇到麻烦。



所以,我觉得捧场,让我的中国朋友在奥克兰知道这是不是一个“我们”和“他们”的事情,我们都是在一起,是很重要的。如果一个人伤害了,大家都受到伤害。我也想让我的kiwi的朋友都知道同样的事情!


所以,即使我不喜欢跑步,我真的真的很喜欢和好人在一起,有机会做好事。


那么,未来呢?


奥克兰最近10年变得比世界上大多数城市都更加多样化。我们在这个城市的213不同种族,和我一样的人(新西兰出生的欧裔)不再占大多数。


这是快速和空前的变化,其中包含了很多机会和危险。


其中一个我看到的大问题,其实是小问题,可能较容易解决的。即在一般情况下,人们不太清楚其他族群的日常生活和文化。


例如,我就身处在两个社区中间,除了我自己的“kiwi”(新西兰人)社区,另一边是我的华人社区(因为这和我工作有关),另外还有太平洋岛裔社区(因为我妻子的缘故)。


在我看来,这两个群体不很了解对方!(不是任何人的错,这只……现在的情况)


对一个在奥克兰的中国人来说,可悲的是,他们的概念中,太平洋岛民就是生活在南奥克兰的那些人,他们有时有暴力或攻击倾向。


典型评判:

同样,对南奥克兰的太平洋岛裔人来说,可悲的是,他们的概念中,中国人可能是富有的,并喜欢保持自己的圈子。此外,在南奥克兰大部分小商店都是中国商人拥有。


典型评判

这是多么负面而刻板的文化形象!


因为我恰好同时和这两个社区打交道,我希望帮助建立一个桥梁。未来,我会用“我的新西兰(My New Zealand)”来建造这个桥梁。而现在,我想扔出几个问题供大家思考:


未来奥克兰怎样才能知道自己?(How can the future Auckland know itself?


无论我们是中国人,kiwi,萨摩亚,印度,非洲裔等……我们如何才能,我们怎么理解一起生活的其他族群?


念起于心,践行于后。


也许我想在这里说,最重要的事情是,它不是一蹴而就的,这是以前没有的事情。但是,生活在一个超级多元化的城市是世界上最令人兴奋的事情。


我绝不愿意用现在的奥克兰去换以前的“白面包奥克兰”(white bread Auckland),那是我小时候生长的环境。欢迎我的朋友们!我们都互相学习。


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原文

How will the future Auckland know itself?


2016-04-02 


I'm an unfit person. I don't enjoy running very much, but I knew it was very important for me to join my fellow Aucklanders in the Run A Safe Community (RASC) event last night.


RASC was formed in response to some hideous attacks on Chinese students in my city recently. It's easy for me to think "it doesn't matter to me, I'm not a student, nor am I Chinese". But lately I'm thinking a lot about the future of this beautiful city. And we could be in trouble. 


So, I felt it was important to join in, to let my Chinese friends in Auckland know that this is not an "us" and "them" situation, we are all together; if one hurts, we all hurt. I also want to let my kiwi friends know the same thing! 


So even though I didn't enjoy running, I really really loved the chance to be together with good people, doing good things. 


What about the future? 


Auckland has become more diverse in the last 10 years than most cities in the world. We have 213 different ethnicities in this city, and people like me (New Zealand born, of European descent) are no longer in the majority.


This is rapid and unprecedented change. And it has many opportunities and dangers. 


One of the biggest problems I see is actually a small one, and it might be easy to solve. That problem is that generally, we don't know much about other ethnic groups in their daily life and culture. 


For example, I am part of two communities besides my own "kiwi" community, that is, the Chinese community (through my work) and the Pasifika community (through my wife). 


It seems to me that these two communities don't know much about each other! (And it's nobody's fault, it is just the way things are … for now)

To a Chinese person in Auckland, sadly all they may know about Pacific people is that they live in South Auckland, and are sometimes violent or aggressive. 


To a Pasifika person in South Auckland, sadly all they may know about Chinese is that they are probably rich, and keep to themselves. Also, all the shops in South Auckland are mostly owned by Chinese. 


There is so much more to each culture than these negative stereotypes! 


Since I am kind of a part of both of these communities, I want to help build a bridge. I will use future episodes of "My New Zealand" to do this. But for now, I want to throw open the question: 


How can the future Auckland know itself? 


How can we, whether we are Chinese, Kiwi, Samoan, Indian, African … etc. … how can we get a meaningful understanding of our fellow citizens? 


It starts in the heart. And then, the feet follow. 

Maybe the biggest thing I want to say here is, it's not easy, and it's never been done before. But living in a superdiverse city is the most exciting thing in the world. I would never trade it for the 'white bread Auckland' I grew up in. Welcome, friends! We are all going to learn from each other. 


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