Metaphorical | memory http://www.metaphorical.net/feed/tag/memory Various notes tagged with Memory Copyright %2014 六四 - 二十年後 http://www.metaphorical.net/note/on/june_4_after_20_years http://www.metaphorical.net/note/on/june_4_after_20_years

An illustration (shared here) and some thoughts on the June 4th Movement in Beijing 20 years ago. Details of the June 4th Movement can be found at Open Past.

一九八九年六月四日,清早醒來,仍聽到新聞報導聲,父母仍坐在客廳看着電視,神情疲倦、哀傷、憤怒。

那年我十一歲,小學六年級。那年我第一次參加遊行,第一次感受社會動盪,第一次體會生命的意義和價值。我們這一代,在這二十年與中國一起成長的孩子和青年,也許可稱作「六四世代/Generation 6.4.」。

今年的中國已不是二十年前的中國,我們也不是二十年前的孩子。

至今回首二十年前的初夏,記得的不是死傷數字,不是標語,而是一種體認──對民族和社會的承擔,自身良知的省察,擇善固執的勇氣。

有人說,中國現今穩定繁榮,八九年春夏交際的那場政治風波,不談也罷。這種「稻草人」邏輯,不

單埋沒了歷史,也埋沒了良心。

管子說:衣食足,然後知榮辱。穩定繁榮,不是文明社會的終點,而是起點。嚴正對待事實,提昇國家文化,是社會領袖義不容辭的責任。

反觀現今中國,繁榮背後,被剝削侵犯的人,特別是孩子和女性,不可勝數。很多人面對社會的不公義,只有漠視、抱怨、以至從中取利;社會很多的「精英」,爭逐名利,富貴則淫,貧賤則移,威武則屈,延續以至鞏固了社會中嚴酷不公的制度。

八九年學生的訴求──民主改革,人權,自由,反貪污──二十年後仍沒有結果,反有倒退。

或許當年學生的行為有衝動之處,有錯失的地方,或許他們真的太傻太天真,但他們在廣場和平集會,追求的是對國家未來的期盼,一種民族未有的良知。罪總不至於死則肝腦塗地,生則監禁流亡?二十年過去,為什麼仍要混淆歷史,封殺言論,種疑於真相,更使死者不得公道,流亡者不得回國,使人民對六四事件禁若寒蟬?

民主進程,可以爭辯和妥協;自由人權,可以一步步走;但六四事件,黑白分明,為對死者和受難者交待,為對歷史和良心負責,我們必須鼓起道德勇氣,一寸也不能退讓。

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2009-06-04 00:10:30
Homage to Instant Noodle http://www.metaphorical.net/note/on/homage_to_instant_noodle http://www.metaphorical.net/note/on/homage_to_instant_noodle We shall miss you, Mr. Momofuku Ando. The inventor of instant noodles passed away, aged 96.

I love this high sodium low fiber food. Through my slurping past, I have discovered many of its virtues:

  • It is a good dinner for poor college students.
  • It prevents hangover after heavy drinking.
  • It soothes the mind at dawn, exhausted after a night of work.
  • It promotes comradeship, when hungry roomates share a cup of noodles.
  • It tastes like good old MSG.

Like wine, cheese, truffles, oyster, and cigar, an appreciation of its quality needs to be acquired, by a sharpened sense of taste, through countless years of slurping —

What is the texture of the noodles? How complex are the flavours of the soup base? Quality of the sesame oil? Quality of dried vegetables and seafood? MSG too weak or too overwhelming? Are the plastic packages easy to open? How gratifying is the after-taste?

However, Mr Ando drew his Cup Noodle inspiration from black market stalls, where he saw poor people queue to get hot ramen during the hard times after World War II.

Nowadays, you can find the premium instant noodles sell for more than the price of one whole rotisserie chicken.

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2007-01-17 21:56:33
Gadget Cat http://www.metaphorical.net/note/on/gadget_cat http://www.metaphorical.net/note/on/gadget_cat My childhood hero is this robotic cat, who lives with a middle-class family, takes gadgets out of his Kangaroo-like magic pocket and saves the day. What are Doraemon’s gadgets?

  • Gravity Paint: paint it on the wall, and the wall becomes the ground!

  • Raining Umbrella: open it and it rains!

  • Girlfriend directory: find all your future girlfriends’ information!

  • Memory bread: write notes on it, eat it, and you will remember it!

  • Story shoes: wear the shoes and walk into the world inside the story book!

  • Totalitarian button: make a person vanish by simply pressing the button!

It is sad that Doraemon is no more, and I have grown up.

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2005-11-15 00:46:09