在王建硕的博客上看到这样一封读者来信,感到莫名的难过,如果我们自己是外来者,和这位可敬的老外的感受会有什么不同吗?

你好建硕,

我读你的博客已经有几年了,我是在2004计划去中国旅行的时候发现你的博客的,你的那篇北京到上海的列车时刻表帮了我的大忙。继续努力。

我总是想问问你对一件事情的看法,这件事情困扰了我很久–关于在上海这样的大城市中,人们对乞丐和无家可归者的态度。

我不能在餐馆中吃完我的食物,我总是想把它们打包,然后送给那些我碰到的无家可归者。偶尔我碰到上了年纪的人,比如一位老妇人,我会给他们一点钱。在旅行中我这样做了,但我的中国朋友告诉我不要这样,因为这些人都是假装行乞的。

有一件我印象极其深刻的例子发生在我旅行到安徽省的时候。我看到一位老年妇女在收集塑料饮料瓶,我猜她是要到回收站换一点钱。她被几个年轻人耍弄,老妇人看起来乞求那些年轻人把刚喝完的瓶子给她,但是他们不但没有体面的那样做,而且将瓶子踢到湖里老妇人无法够到的地方。在老妇人试图从湖中捞那个瓶子的时候,我不得不把她拉到一旁以免她不慎落水。这件事令我愤怒了很久。。。

在我看来,这位妇人做了一件对每个人都有益的事情,她把这些空瓶子搜集起来送到回收站,它使得环境保持清洁,并解决了塑料不能降解的问题。我对这些人持尊敬态度,这些他们一生下来就为了生存而不得不做那些不足挂齿的但他们力所能及的小事情。与那些富有的但被宠坏的一天没工作过只知道花父母血汗钱的孩子相比,这真是另一个完全的极端。人们戏耍没有自己幸运的人的态度令人作呕。

我不知道你能不能告诉我,在中国,这是不是个普遍的问题。你会,或者你曾经为这些乞丐和无家可归者做过什么吗?

我想到这些是因为我看到你今天的帖子,讨论为什么星巴克是欣赏外滩风景最便宜的地方,因为一杯咖啡只需要25块人民币。我确信这些钱可以为那些无家可归者买些肉了。这件事提醒我,会不会有一天中国与日俱增的贫富差距,会成为一个不可救药的问题?

不管怎么说,这是个长期的挑战,我希望你能告诉我你对这件事的想法,先这样吧。

Beggers in China and People’s Attitude


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  1. Hi ffish, thank you for translating this post from Jian Shuo’s blog. The only thing you got wrong is I’m not really a Lao Wai (in the strict sense) :) .

    I was born in Shanghai and spent my childhood in that metropolitan before moving to the UK, however I have now lived in the UK longer than China, so even I can’t be sure which is my real ‘root’.

    I visited China for the frst time in 15 years, in the year 2002, and I felt like a tourist. Things were very different from when I lived there.

    People’s attitude towards life was changing – for better or worse. Some of the traditional value and virtue hold dear by my parents’ generation seem to have been diluted. On the other hand people are also becoming more open minded about new ideas. I’m glad I can still understand and appreciate the unique way Chinese people thinks and talks :) .

    It’s great to see nice people like you and JianShuo doing whatever they can to help in a dynamic enviroment that is China today.

    Thanks again and if you feel like a chat etc, you can drop me an email at y_zhang747@hotmail.com

    Adios

  2. Hi Ying Zhang,

    I feel very sorry to reply so late – as you may noticed, i update my blog infrequent so i only got a few comments over years. that’s why i didn’t check my blog so often. as a result, wow, i noticed your reply two months after you made it here.

    I have leave comment on Jian Shuo’s blog regarding to your origional post, but it seems Jian Shuo just didn’t authorize it and make my comment public. I can understand that, he is some kind of "public figures" and your comment as while as mine may hurt his blog – i assume you understand the reasons.

    In my discarded comment, I was trying to convince you, it is not Juan Shuo’s or any of other individual’s responsibility to *solve* other people’s troubles – individual just can’t and shouldn’t do whatever the government should do.

    Many foreigners feel a bit hard to understand this. let me given an example: suppose there is a country which have 100 persons with it. if 95 persons are rich and satisfied with his life, they would help other 5 less-lucky guys a lot, even much more than the 5 guys would expected. but if there are only 5 lucky guys and all of the rest are trying them best to just *alive* in the world, that would be totally another story.

    Anybody saw your post will definitely appreciate your helps on those poor guys, however, believe it or not, 95 percent of people in current china themselve is the poor guy.

    The really sad news is, the help you and many other kind people trying to make can not solve other people’s problems from the *root*. that’s the true reason why so many chinese are not going to given their helps to others like you do.

    Like you said, chinese people have their unique way to thinks and talks, that’s right, maybe actions. they refuse to help, so the serious problems will not be proper covered under the sun.

    Anyway, thank you for sharing you experiences(bad or good) with us, let me know if you have new ideas on this.

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