近年屢遭「內外夾擊」 「新一代」鄉紳與新社聯齊削鄉議局勢力│甘樂宜

美作家寫詩問中國美食有多少 被華裔網友批種族歧視│杜連魁

2016-4-7 21:55
字體: A A A

80歲的美國美食作家Calvin Trillin,日前在《紐約人》(The New Yorker)發表了一篇關於中國美食的詩作,但這首詩就被網友(尤其是華裔網友)批評涉及種族歧視,還有網友稱要向Trillin提出指控。

三日前發表的最新一期《紐約人》刊登了Trillin撰寫的題為「Have they run out of provinces yet?(他們的省份沒完沒了嗎?)」的詩作,用戲謔的腔調介紹中國不同省份的特色美食。詩文一開始就重覆題目,問道「他們用完他們的省份(命名食物)了嗎?」之後在第二句回答「如果沒有,我們就有理由煩惱了。(If they haven’t, we’ve reason to fret.)」

然後作者在後文「介紹」指,一開始中國美食只有廣東菜,但之後不同地方的美食如四川麻婆豆腐、上海小籠包、福建菜等開始出現。隨後作者更羅列了中國不同的省份地區如西藏、新疆及西安(陜西)等,並在最後寫道,每當一個省份的名字出現的時候,大家就會擔心有沒有漏掉該省份獨特的美食,並「抱怨」指,當年只有炒麵一樣美食的日子是多麼簡單。

該詩作在雜誌刊登並在網上流傳後,就惹來不少爭議。華裔科幻小說作家Karissa Chen在twitter上批評,指出這首詩不單有冒犯性,更毫不押韻。另一名華裔小說作家Celeste Ng則指出,這首詩隱藏的含義是在詢問「為何中國有這麼多不同地方的人。」博客用戶Phil Yu指,這首詩的代表了所有以自我為中心的西方白人的心態。

對於以上的批評,Trillin回應《衛報》的查詢時表示,網友誤解了他的詩作,這首詩只是希望用有趣的手法來取笑那些對美食癡迷的資產階級。他指,自己在2003年也寫過類似的詩作,嘲笑那些因為發現了托斯卡納(Tuscany)美食,而看不起傳統意大利菜的人。

Calvin Trillin引起爭議的詩作全文如下:

Have They Run Out of Provinces Yet?

Have they run out of provinces yet?
If they haven’t, we’ve reason to fret.
Long ago, there was just Cantonese.
(Long ago, we were easy to please.)
But then food from Szechuan came our way
,Making Cantonese strictly passé.
Szechuanese was the song that we sung,
Though the ma po could burn through your tongue.
Then when Shanghainese got in the loop
We slurped dumplings whose insides were soup.
Then Hunan, the birth province of Mao,
Came along with its own style of chow.
So we thought we were finished, and then
A new province arrived: Fukien.
Then respect was a fraction of meagre
For those eaters who’d not eaten Uighur.
And then Xi’an from Shaanxi gained fame,
Plus some others – too many to name.

Now, as each brand-new province appears,
It brings tension, increasing our fears:
Could a place we extolled as a find
Be revealed as one province behind?
So we sometimes do miss, I confess,
Simple days of chow mein but no stress,
When we never were faced with the threat
Of more provinces we hadn’t met.
Is there one tucked away near Tibet?
Have they run out of provinces yet?

(撰文:杜連魁)(網絡圖片)

請支持我們持續發展,透過PayPal或其他方法贊助我們!
金額:
分類:|發表於2016年4月7日 下午9:55

發表評論

讀取中…
【「第一家庭」濫權】梁家三口「語言藝術」聲明反露至少四點破綻 隻字不批《蘋果》變相認報道大體屬實?│范中流