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「我離港前到過一間精神科醫院。當時有位病人禮貌地問,一個以作為世上最悠久民主政體而自傲的國家,如何能夠將此地交給一個政治制度非常不同的國家,且既沒諮詢當地公民,又沒給予他們民主的前景,好讓他們捍衞自己的將來。一個隨行同事說,奇怪,香港提出最理智問題的人,竟在精神科醫院。」彭定康 金融時報

“During a visit to a mental hospital before I left Hong Kong, a patient politely asked me how a country that prided itself on being the oldest democracy in the world had come to be handing over his city to another country with a very different system of government, without either consulting the citizens or giving them the prospect of democracy to safeguard their future. Strange, said one of my aides, that the man with the sanest question in Hong Kong is in a mental hospital.”Chris Patten Financial Times

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Saturday, November 14, 2009

秋葉



踏入秋天有人說由“立秋”開始,也有說是由“秋分”開始,甚至簡簡單單由九月份開始。不論在那時開始,我在見到樹梢上,漸漸黃葉片片,到見到滿地秋葉,落葉被風吹起時,枯葉被風卷起時,就知道秋天真的來到了。


中國人有一句俗語:『落葉歸根!』


全句是:『樹高千丈,落葉歸根!』意謂:人在年少時到”千里之外“
謀生,老來都回到出生地,頤養天年,死也死在故鄉!


於今世,人的運輸,更加發達,一程飛機就把人送到萬哩之外,有人到外國讀書求學,有人到外國工作謀生,有人到外國遊歷觀光,一程飛機就把人送回來了。但近十多二十年,能夠得到歐美、澳洲、加拿大收納,成功移民的華人,被視為“上等人”。


中國人往外走的風氣,自明清已經開始,當時中國人受到天災人禍,先是去到鄰近的東南亞找生活,呂宋(菲律賓)、安南(越南)、暹邏(泰國)、馬拉(馬來西亞)、獅城(星加坡)、南洋(印度尼西亞~爪洼、蘇門答納,婆羅洲一帶),這些中國人,多有回鄉的習慣,老來把積聚的財富,帶返鄉下,建屋買田,頤養天年,死葬故鄉泥土,當然也有很多,客死異鄉!


清末的腐敗,加上洋人來華,招募華工,華人被賣“豬仔”到所謂”金山“,做苦工淘金,修築鐵路,為洋人擔起厭惡性工作,三藩市有名
《舊金山》,而澳洲的麥爾缽有《新金山》之稱。當然有很多華人,積聚到財富,有人衣錦還鄉,有人反過來,把國內家人接到金山定居,老死也不還鄉。


近年華人移民美加之多,成為繼拉丁裔、意大利裔之後,最大族群,客死異鄉者一多,連當地的殮葬業墳場業,也大做華人生意,殯儀館有華人營業員,墳場設有華人墓園,風水福地,供給華人選擇,雖然客死異鄉,仍然保留一些華人習俗布置。老死還鄉,已成為祇是在歷史書中找到了罷!


『樹高千丈,落葉歸根!』其實還有著”環保意義“!


秋天發黃枯黃的樹葉,落在在樹根部份,本來就會自然腐爛、分解、成為養份,再被樹根吸收,等到明年春天,樹枝上的嫰芽,就再次長出花朵、綠業、結菓、落葉,週而復始,遁環再遁環! 但自有了人類之後,長在人類社會中間的樹木,到了秋天落葉時,落葉卻被掃去清除得乾乾凈凈,泥土裡的養份,耗盡了後,樹木不能健康生長,人類就唯有加入一些人工的化肥,幫助樹木生長,破壞了生態。


記得前年秋天,剛巧在秋天探訪楓葉國的親戚,他們後園有間小木屋,屋裡面有兩個大木桶,據聞是上一手的本地白人屋主人,建來安放 composter (大木桶),讓每年秋天收集得的黃葉枯葉,自然腐爛、分解、成為養份,可以用來當肥料用。但因為腐化過程,發出惡臭,華人購買了房屋後,都沒有這個環保措施,總把枯葉放入需要錢買來的大紙袋,讓市政府負責收集 Yard Waste 的工人收去,明年春天,到冰雪融化了後,就需要人工化學施肥,好讓樹木草地一片綠茵。


秋葉!竟然寫了那麼長。好了,我要睡覺了!





伸延閱覽:
「舊金山」在美國,「新金山」在那裡? cnausa.org
Decompsition 維基百科
Decompser 維基百科
Backyard Composting City of Markham

我的舊文:
千里之外~費玉清 周杰倫 版
三及第





20 comments:

xiao zhu said...

這篇好!

微豆 Haricot said...

Space: I agree, a well written article. You are on a roll these days !!

新鮮人 said...

對不起,
我没有上面兩位的感覺,
普普通通咁囉! =P

Ruth Tam said...

We live on earth village. It doesn't matter that much for me where I stay.

the inner space said...

先多謝小朱姐留下美言!

究竟“這篇好”咩咩呢?
給新鮮兄一提醒,
咩咩=普通?
咩咩=沉悶?
咩咩=幼稚?

the inner space said...

Hari 兄:Thank you for your generous compliment!

the inner space said...

新鮮兄:先多謝你起碼都有讀過我篇文!
各人背景不同,感受也不同!正反的意見都是歡迎的。

the inner space said...

Ruth 姐:地球邨 earth village 這個concept 祇是一個理想。

新鮮人 said...

唔多謝,
我時常胡言亂語,
唔好見怪!

the inner space said...

嘻嘻嘻!新鮮兄我唔止胡言亂語我比你嚴重仲有胡思亂想胡扯亂噏胡書亂寫甚至思覺失調。

微豆 Haricot said...

Just to show how much I enjoy your article, I am writing one in response !!!

http://lotusandcedar.blogspot.com/2009/11/canadian-immigrants-live-and-die-in.html

Please feel free to make comments (but don't take my article too seriously :)

the inner space said...

Hari big brother, you are very welcome! I have read your unfinished work. I wish to point out there is higher tendency of getting assimilated 反被同化了。

Anonymous said...

I highly recommend "The Chinese in America" by Iris Chang. It was well written.

exile

Anonymous said...

I am actually quite curious what HKers think of Chinese people overseas?

America isn't perfect but it is home to me after all. Just like HK to many of you, HK isn't perfect but it's home. As far as assimilation, I was told by some "real" Americans that immigrants can't really assimilate. We integrate. I digress. I know some second/third generation American born Asians who are still quite confused about their cultural and racial identities. Yes, there is loss. I believe you gain some and you lose some. As long as I'm happy, I don't care where I live.

exile

the inner space said...

果然是 ”上等人“啊!Madam Exile,

At this difficult times you are still affordable to go on a 9 day-vacation. I remember I said before,"the Chinese Americans are the last group of americans to go under."

They still retain some good DNA from their ancestors though they lived among the general americans and dreamt in english than in chinese.

As far as I recall, Iris Chang Shun-Ru committed suicide in 2004. I have not read her book "The Chinese in America" . Rumours said she was actually killed by CIA agents or being terrorized by CIA so much that she rather died than living.

the inner space said...

Oh! Exile, assimilation?

that was my reply to haricot’s introduction of the concept 【生物擴散論】, people praised Canada for their multi-culturalism but said the USA is a crucible of culture(s).

Anonymous said...

"上等人"?

Haha...nah, you've got to be kidding! I refuse to go under with or without Chinese DNA! I went on a 8-night cruise to Mexico. It was a lot of fun. I still feel like I am floating on water.

"The Chinese in America" is a must read for all Chinese living in America. Space, you must read quite a bit of conspiracy theory about the U.S. Yes, I heard the CIA theory too, also if you believe it, I heard she may have been killed by Japanese right wingers. Anyway what a loss.

exile

the inner space said...

Exile, cost for 8-night cruise to Mexico more than enuf for U to fly back HK for 7-night stay.

"The Chinese in America" is a must read for all Chinese living in America. SO I can be exempted.

Wikipedia said HER death involved CIA she left behind 3 notes.

嘿嘿 said...

写得好,感情投入!

the inner space said...

嘿嘿大哥:terima kasih X2