hedgehog对《Oracle Bones》的笔记(9)

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Oracle Bones
  • 书名: Oracle Bones
  • 作者: Peter Hessler
  • 副标题: A Journey Between China's Past and Present
  • 页数: 512
  • 出版社: HarperCollins
  • 出版年: 2006-05-01
  • 第62页

    <原文开始Later that summer, I decided to make a research trip a Chinese city called Dandong, which was just across the Yalu River from North Korea. I figured that I could find something to write about on the border of such an isolated country. When I mentioned it to Polat, he laughed and said that North Korea was the kind of place that made China look good.</原文结束>

    2012-09-18 03:34:26 回应
  • 第115页
    I am also worried about possible mispreceptions of the United States. In China, people who had never been to America tended to take extreme views, and often both sides were equally inaccurate. I met many Chinese who believed that America was evil incarnate, but I also met others who had complete faith in the wealth, opportunity, and freedom of the United States. In conversations, I often tried gently to push people away from both extremes, but it was difficult without any context. America was an idea, not a place.
    引自第115页
    2012-09-26 03:15:23 回应
  • 第167页
    I asked if she wanted to leave Shenzhen, and she shook her head. In her opinion, the isolation had some good aspects, because it pressured people to make decisions. "The result is that people will have more ability," she said. "And they'll have more creativity. Afterward, there will be more different ideas. It won't be a matter of everybody having the same opinion." I said, "How do you think this will change China?" She fell silent. I had no idea how I would answer the question myself, althought I liked to think that once people learned to take care of themselves, the system would naturally improve. But I had seen Shenzhen's fragmentation -- the walled city, the walled factories, the solitary people far from home -- and I wondered how all of it could ever be brought togehter into something coherent. I looked at Emily and realized that the question wasn't important to her. Since coming to Shenzhen, she had found a job, left it, and found another. She had fallen in love and she had broken curfew. She had sent a death threat to a factory owner, and she had stood up to ther boss. She was twenty-four years old. She was doing fine. She smiled and said, "I don't know"
    引自第167页

    前半段与留学经历共鸣,后半段与回忆历史的不堪共鸣,禁不住喜泪交织

    2012-09-29 04:53:11 回应
  • 第235页
    The sidewalk (Rhode Island Avenue in Washington D.C.) was strewn with broken glass and litter; apart from the trash, there were few signs of life. Building lay in disrepair; shops were shuttered; the streets were empty. I couldn't rember the last time I'd been in such a silent city. In China, every urban landscape bustled with activity -- street peddlers, repairmen, noodle stands, roadside shops, beauty parlors. Even in cities that had been decimated by the reform of state-owned enterprises, locals seemed to be on the mode. And there was always construction -- the endless clink of chisels and rattle of jackhammers.
    引自第235页

    跟密尔沃基很像

    2012-10-05 03:54:51 回应
  • 第357页
    That link between generations was another type of virtual archaeology: the young men in Anyang, reading the earth cores; and the old exile in Taipei, reading the faxed maps and remembering the fields that he had abandoned so long ago.
    引自第357页
    2012-10-14 02:21:18 回应
  • 第388页
    The reporter continues, "Scholars in this country (China) are like that. It is a very dark group of people --- many of them did things that they shouldn't have done. I've heard that after Chen Mengjia killed himself, scholars went through his office, reading his notes, and some of them later published his ideas as their own. There are many scholars who did things lke that in the past, but they won't admit it. The Chinese don't like to examine themselves in this way. It's rare for them to admit that they were wrong."
    引自第388页
    2012-10-16 02:21:00 回应
  • 第416页
    The Cultural Revolution is preceived in diferent ways: some blame Mao; others blame his wife and the Gang of Four. But a longer perspective views the period as a climax of China's long disillusionment with its own traditions. For more than half a century, the Chinese had chipped away at their culture, trying to replace the "backward" elements. During the Cultural Revolution, this process became so fervent that it reached the point of pure destruction: people hated eveything Chinese, but they also hated everying foreign.
    引自第416页
    2012-10-18 03:28:12 回应
  • 第417页
    Like most linguists, he describes the simplification of the characters as a failure. There's no evidence that simplification has improved literacy rates, because the fundamental structure of the writing system didn't change. If anything, character simplification only divides the Chinese literacy world. Taiwan, Hong Kong, and most other overseas Chinese communities still use the traditional characters.
    引自第417页
    2012-10-18 03:31:48 回应
  • 第426页
    Whenever a person studied another language, and went to another place -- or even imagined it -- there was a chance that he would gain a new perspective. He might misinterpret information, and the material might confuse him; I had seen that happen time and time again. But if there were patience and determiination and honesty, then a glimpse outside might help somebody become more comfortable with his place in the world.
    引自第426页
    2012-10-19 03:10:45 回应

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