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文章标题:抖空竹过狗年(2018 Lunar New Year of Dog Celebrated w/ Chinese Yo-Yo)发表日期:2018-02-25(2018-03-05修改)
作  者:儿歌(英)―红霞(译)出处:原创浏览612次,读者评论0条论坛回复0条
抖空竹过狗年(2018 Lunar New Year of Dog Celebrated w/ Chinese Yo-Yo)
文/儿歌(英)―红霞(译)
2018年02月25日,星期日

        Chinese New Year, what a wonderful time. We relax, eat delicious food, drink fantastic stuff, and sleep in. It’s the very biggest holiday of the year that everyone deserves a break and feels good to be out of school… wait, we’re in the US.

       For a country built on immigrants, it’s really ironic to see it pretty much grazed over the largest holiday of the largest population in the world. Only one of the few hypocritical attributes held by the US.

       Instead of giving an official holiday, the school system celebrates the Year of Dog with General Tso’s Chicken and green-brown rice. What is a bite of China? This puts even more stress on the Spring Festival annual gala. If this doesn’t go well, most of the local Chinese people will have New Year celebrations destroyed. Since only one public school in the suburb of Philadelphia takes the Lunar New Year off, I’m assuming other than a family dinner, this is as much celebration people would get. Granted, for performers, stage crew, staff, and organizers, Guanghua Chinese School Gala isn’t much of a ‘break’. Instead, it’s a busy five hours of scrambling around, getting mentally ready, and trying not to absolutely mess up your role in a large behind-the-scenes machine.

       A series of practices and two slices of pizza later, we performed Yo-Yo as the opener, which went “meh”. Not our best showing by a long shot, but it was bearable. After a few sighs of depression, a group of friends and I left for a far corner in the school to chillax and munch on pocky sticks. It was nice. Finally, a chunk of time where it’s just a simple chat with friends without any desperate project due the next day. Speaking of which, I have an essay due in two days. Better start typing. 

       Anyway, this brings quite an annoying topic to mind. What determines which holidays in the US are important? If the measurement is by ethnicity and each one’s population, then Chinese New Year should be a huge holiday. Looking at the current holidays outside of national historical moments (i.e. the 4th of July), there’s really isn’t a certain rubric that people follow. After some research, I discovered that all national holidays have to go through Congress, but that doesn’t really answer my question. Where does the incentive to make a certain day special arise from? It’s not like Congress says Chinese New Year isn’t a native holiday. If so, that’s extremely ironic and hypocritical of them, since America isn’t much more than a melting pot of different-tasting cheeses. 

       I totally understand that making a new holiday isn’t on the top of our government’s list, but there is more and more argument for making the Spring Festival a holiday. As a large ethnic group in the country, the Lunar New Year is celebrated by many people, not just Chinese. Yes, the festivity does last 15 days, but just having the first day off is good enough. I mean, if there’s a holiday for a groundhog, can’t you have a holiday for 3.7 million people in the country? Perhaps I’m being a bit prideful, and there are already enough holidays, but the truth is, I just want another day out of school.

【英译中】

        中国新年,喜庆的时刻到了!大家放松身心,吃喝玩乐不困不休,正因为它堪称一年当中最为重要的节日,人人都该让自己歇息片刻,好好享受不上学愉快时光……且慢,我们身居美国哟。

        对于一个建立于移民基础之上的国度来说,明知它是世上规模最大气氛最浓的新春佳节却并毫无表示,真令人不可思议,这种言行不一的教条行为在美国实属罕见。

         既然官方没安排放假,学校隆重推出“左宗棠鸡”翡翠糙米饭来庆祝狗年春节,所谓舌尖上的中国?这就给当地一年一度的春节庆祝活动造成莫大压力,如果搞砸了,势必影响到绝大多数华人过节心情。鉴于费城郊外仅有一个学区专为农历新年放假,我觉得除了阖家共享年夜饭,“山寨版春晚“无疑成了玉犬送金鸡最佳方式,这下只好烦劳所有参与光华中文学校联欢会演出的演员、舞台剧务、工作成员、节目策划舍弃很多“休息”时间,五个钟头连轴转,幕后全班人马非但要精神饱满,而且还得保障绝对不能出现任何闪失。

        经过反复排练并拿来两片披萨充饥之后,我们作为开场舞演员为联欢会带来了空竹表演,总体水平发挥“一般”,虽然算不上出色,但演技说得过去。缺憾之余,我和一帮朋友躲到楼道尽端拐角处口嚼百奇饼干棒自寻其乐,总算偷得浮生半日闲。末了哥儿们胡吹乱侃大半晌,避而不谈明天烦心课业。说到课业,两天后我要交作文,还是提早动笔为妙。

        不管怎么讲,心里总放不下困扰已久的话题,决定美国节日重要性的因素究竟是什么?如果单从种族及其人口数量方面考量,那么春节当之无愧。暂且撇开全国值得纪念的历史时刻(例如七月四号独立节),细数现有其它节假日确实让人找不出特别标准。经过一番研究,我发现所有国家法定节日必须通过国会审批,但这并未真正回答我的问题,是什么契机让某一天成为法定节日?总不会像国会认为中国新年非本土节日那样吧,假如真是如此,岂不既滑稽可笑又虚情假意,好歹美国称得上一个多元文化大熔炉。

        我完全理解政府尚未打算新增节日,但要求春节放假的呼声愈来愈高,作为全国一支庞大的少数族裔,很多人欢度农历新年,并非仅仅局限于华夏子弟。没错,节日庆祝活动长达十五天,但只要头一天休息就成。依我看,既然能给土拨鼠过节,怎么就不能给全美370万民众放假呢?也许我带点民族自豪感,本来节假日已经够多的,可说白了,我还想多要一天不用上学的日子。


登台前补妆(Final Touch Prior to the Gala)


化妆(Makeup)


演员们(Performers)


都柏林高中礼堂(Auditorium of Upper Dublin High School)


抖空竹·红红热闹闹(Yo-Yo: Bustling Chinese New Year 02/25/2018)


舞蹈:锦鸡乐(Golden Pheasant Dance)


一年级A班·歌舞:狗年好热闹
(Song & Dance: Happy Chinese New Year by G1A)


学前A班·歌舞:快乐闹新春
(Song & Dance: Happy New Spring by KGA)


表演艺术班·海鸥飞翔(Seagulls Flying by Performing Art)


学前B班·说唱:十二生肖(Rap: 12 Chinese Zodiac Signs by KGB)


光华舞蹈中班·笋儿尖尖(Spring Bamboo Shoots by Dance Troupe)


成人舞蹈高班·阿里郎(Arirang by Adult Dance Advanced Class)


幼儿班· 民谣:兔子舞(Ballad: Dancing Rabbits by Pre-K)


纽约总领事馆侨务组组长朱家耀为具有廿年教龄的时老师和朱老师夫妇颁奖
(20-Yr-Teaching Service Award Presented by
Jiayao Zhu from the Consulate General of NYC)


童声合唱·春晓(Spring Morning by Children Choir)


中文二外一班·表演唱:学中文识数字
(Ballad: Counting Numbers in Chinese by CES1)


二年级A班·歌唱:龙的传人
(Singing: Descendants of the Dragon by G2A)


中文二外九班·舞蹈:再见(Dance: See You Again by CES9)


成人声乐班·合唱:鸿雁
(Choir: Swan Geese by Vocal Lesson Adults)


表演艺术班·采蘑菇的小姑娘
(Mushroom Picking Girls by Performing Arts)


童声声乐班·合唱:乘着歌声的翅膀
(Choir: On Wings of Song by Vocal Lesson Kids)


三年级A班·小话剧:新版狐假虎威
(Skit: New Version of the Tiger and the Fox by G3A)


表演艺术班·古典舞:雨中花
(Classical Dance: Flowers Blooming in the Rain by Performing Arts)


五年级A班·小话剧:三打白骨精
(Skit: Subdues White-Skeleton Demon by G5A)


大费城地区文化中心交谊舞俱乐部·舞蹈:摇摆舞
(Dance: Swing Formation by GPCCC Ballroom Club)


九年级A/B班·合奏:茉莉花
(Instrument Ensemble: Jasmine Flowers by G9A/G9B)


交谊舞班·欢乐颂(Ode to Joy by Ballroom Dance)


四年级A班·手语/歌曲:感谢
(Sign Language Singing: Gratitude by G4A)


成人瑜伽班·玫瑰花香(Smells of Roses by Adult Yoga)


八年级B班·歌唱:举杯同庆迎新春
(Singing: Toast to Celebrate the Spring by G8B)


家长舞蹈班·现代古典舞:化蝶
(Modern Classical Dance: The Butterfly Lovers by Adult Dance Class)


合唱:我的中国心(Choir: My Chinese Heart)


光华舞蹈大班·古典舞:且吟春语
(Classical Dance: Humming in the Spring by Dance Troupe)


六年级A班·合唱及诗朗诵:大中国
(Singing & Poem Recitation: Great China by G6A)


广场舞班·探戈:恰恰
(Tango- Chacha Line Dance by Dance Troupe)


七年级A班·诗朗诵:沁园春雪(Poem Reading: Snow by G7A)


太极拳班·陈氏太极拳精要十八武
(Eighteen Essentials by Tai Chi Class)


成人舞蹈班·藏族舞蹈:喜悦
(Tibetan Dance: Tashi Delek by Adult Dance Class)


成人舞蹈班·藏族舞蹈:喜悦
(Tibetan Dance: Tashi Delek by Adult Dance Class)


结束曲·难忘今宵(Closing: Unforgettable Tonight)


狗年新春联欢会·部分义工
(Partial Volunteers for Chinese New Year Gala Hosted by GHCS)


舞蹈演员(Adult Dancers)


祖母们(Grandmas)


游戏晚会(Post-Gala Gaming)


游戏晚会(Post-Gala Gaming)


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