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汉英版《为排华法案道歉》给我的感触

汉英版《为排华法案道歉》给我的感触(朗誦詩)

‘Apology for the Chinese Exclusion Act’ gave me the Feeling    
(Recital Poem), Bilingual Version                
       

(美国康州)景庄    By Heng Suan Tan (Connecticut)


2009年8月读报得悉加州州长签署法令为政府1882年的排华法案认错道歉,心情激动,我在记事本上以朗誦詩形式记下此文。

In August 2009 when I read the newspaper and realized that the Governor of California had signed a decree to apologize for the Chinese Exclusion Act of the government in 1882, I felt very excited and wrote down these words on my notepad in the style of a recital poem.  

为排华法案道歉 –
To apologize for ‘The Chinese Exclusion Act’
         
加州先开头、
California has taken the lead

纽约将跟上、
New York will keep up

国会也快动起来了。
Congress should also take action soon
               
这是让全美华人,
This is a historical event
            
深感欣慰和有意义的
With great significance that

一件历史大事!
Lets all the Chinese Americans be deeply gratified


一百多年前排华法案出笼,
Enacted a hundred years ago, ‘the Chinese Exclusion Act’
     
华裔的遭遇更浸透着血与泪。
Immersed the Chinese Americans in misery with more blood and tears
           
华裔不能申请公民权、
Chinese Americans were prohibited to apply for citizenship
             
不能娶妻买房还被强征税。
Not allowed to get married, to buy a house, but were forced to tax
                   
鋪設横跨美洲铁路、
Chinese predecessors who built the transcontinental railroad 
                          
开发西部华工前辈们
Across America and who had developed the Great West 
    
历史终于还回你们公道!
History eventually returns you with justice



华人的勤劳刻苦传统、
The Chinese people’s tradition of diligence and hard working
        
与人为善和默默耕耘精神,
Their Spirit of cooperation and concentration on careers 
          
赢得世界的认同和赞扬。
Have won recognition and praises of the world
                     
世界哪里有开拓,
Wherever in this world needs developing 
                   
那里就有华人。
There will be Chinese people there                   

哪里有华人,    
Wherever there are Chinese people
                 
那里就兴旺和欣欣向荣!
There will be thriving prosperity


何止在阿美利加洲的南和北?
Far more than the North and the South of America
     
从威尼斯到杜拜,
From Venice to Dubai
         
从好望角到菲济岛国,
From the Cape of Good Hope to the Fiji Islands
             
从阿拉斯加到世界 -
From Alaska to any corner of the world  
                 
任何有水流的角落,
Where there is running water 
  
多少他乡中国人的故事
All the stories from the Chinese in foreign lands
                         
都充满着感人的歷史传奇!
Are filled with touching legendary records of history  


婆罗州的胡椒、
The pepper from Borneo
    
印尼的丁香和烟叶  
The clove and tobacco from Indonesia         

星马的锡矿、橡胶和油棕 -
The tin, rubber and oil palm from Singapore and Malaysia             
       
你可知道 - 谁
Have you ever known  -  whom                   
              
是最早的种植者?
Were the earliest planters of those products?                 
        
是中国沿海被 ‘卖猪仔’
They were the first group of ‘contract laborers’
        
去南洋的第一批华工!
From the coast of China, sent to Southeastern Asia

忠厚的东南亚华人,
The honest Chinese people from Southeastern Asia
   
为历史创造文明和财富, 
For history they created wealth and civilization, but how many times 
       
却多少次遭受血腥排华?
They suffered bloodily from the anti-Chinese campaign?
           
商店被焚毀、财物被掠夺。
Shops were burned and property looted
           
当今还有些地方在禁止
Even today in some places, Chinese are forbidden to 
                 
华人使用中国人的名字、*
Use Chinese names or, the government 
                   
实行歧视华人的经济政策。**
Carries out economic policies that discriminate against Chinese


“要平等待我之民族”- ***
“Must equally treat my nation”***
       
     
怀抱了一个世纪的夢想,
A dream that has been embraced for one century
         
由于中华人民共和国的崛起,
Because the rise of the People’s Republic Of China
             
今天必定会一步步地实现。
Today inevitably it will come true, step by step
                 
愿海内外的中国人珍惜
Hopefully all the Chinese people at home and abroad treasure
                       
真誠团结和自我的提升,
The sincere solidarity and enhance self- improvements
                               
為達到目的“共同奋斗”***不懈!
To achieve the goal, let’s ‘strive together’ **** and never retreat


道歉体现伟大胸襟,
Apology shows the great breadth of mind
     
认错勇气令人欽佩。
The courage to admit one’s wrong is admirable
         
它不是停留在嘴边的口号、
It’s not words that stay in mouth
           
也不是刷在墙上的标语,
Nor is it a slogan painted on the wall
               
是已付诸实际行动的法令。
It is the decree that has been put into practical action
                     
我们感谢加州政府和议员!
We thank the Government and the senators of California
                         
向你們致崇高的敬意!
We salute our great respect to you

                                                                                             
2010年5月14日May 14, 2010


* 印尼、菲律宾和泰国禁止华人用中国人的名字
*In Indonesia, the Philippines and Thailand, Chinese are forbidden to use Chinese names 

** 马来西亚提供优惠巫族歧视华族经济政策
**Malaysia offered to Malays favorable policies of economy, but discriminate against Malaysian Chinese

***“要平等待我之民族”  ****“共同奋斗”,中华民国国父,孫中山先生语录
*** ‘Must equally treat my nation’ **** ‘to strive together’, are quotations from Dr. Sun Yat-sen,the father of ROC
 


二〇一一年十一月二十五日修订  Revised on Nov. 25, 2011





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