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文章标题:2019年光华中文学校教师答谢晚宴(2019 Teachers’ Appreciation Dinner of GHCS)发表日期:2019-02-17(2019-03-25修改)
作  者:儿歌(英)―红霞(译)出处:原创浏览507次,读者评论0条论坛回复0条
2019年光华中文学校教师答谢晚宴(2019 Teachers’ Appreciation Dinner of GHCS)
文/儿歌(英)―红霞(译)
2019年02月17日,星期日

        While being a teenage teacher has his moments, receiving invitation to an appreciation dinner incites a rather satisfying feeling. Granted, the honor to such exclusive banquet comes from the endeavor to promote Chinese heritage in spite of hardship, because having money spent on food for teachers is exactly what Guanghua Chinese School (GHCS) would want.

        Social commentary is something that you often see me write about in my experiences. Personally speaking, explaining the “delicious” food at this banquet for the teachers would be quite minuscule. I’ve been to China ergo I’ve experienced far superior dishes. So while I would enjoy describing the process of crunching down on some fried shrimps with salt and pepper, I do believe a better use of time should be given to unfolding some of my thoughts regarding GHCS.

        GHCS has always been run on self-reliance and a slight annual tuition fee for classes. Its goal is to promote Chinese education to local families. Over the years it has gained quite the support. Evidence of this can be seen in the ever expanding classes and number of new students and also in the growth of the recent Chinese New Year Gala. While I do not have any numbers to support this claim, it’s safe to say participants at the gala were not lacking in any sort. In fact, a friend of mine even brought a small jazz band from his high school for filling performances in between set changes, symbolizing the expansion of GHCS into other areas.

        Another great example is the somewhat recent opening of the Greater Philadelphia Chinese Cultural Center (GPCCC), which I had helped write a mission statement (more of a paragraph) for. Inviting not only Chinese but anyone who wishes to learn more about our culture, the GPCCC is a decent success. 

        As of right now, you’re probably thinking: There hasn’t been much “commentary”. Well, here it comes.

        For as long as GHCS existed, most students enrolled in Chinese classes hold a tough unfavorableness towards their parents. Not only do they disfavor spending an entire Sunday afternoon in a classroom locked with other kids not enjoying their time, but they also are given “homework” with no real consequences, which to some essentially obligates them to not do it.

        An idea of reluctance sprouts into the mindset of unfavorableness. Weekends would not be looked forward to but rather dreaded. Once high school sets in, kids who challenge themselves have a difficult time to keep up with. 

        And so on and so forth.

【英译中】

        应邀参加谢师宴对于一位青少年教员来说确实倍感激动,诚然,为了犒劳那些克服困难努力传播中国文化的老师们,光华中文学校才会不惜代价。

        你常能看到我公开发表的所见所闻,从个人观点而言,其实谢师宴上美味佳肴并不重要,何况每次回国我都比这顿宴席吃得好,因此在津津乐道椒盐炸虾的同时,我还是想借此机会抒发一点校园感受。

        光华中文学校一直自给自足,每年所收学费微不足道,其目标旨在为当地居民推广汉语教育,多年来已得到社会各界不少帮助,从日趋增加的班级额度和新生人数以及最近举办的春节联欢会规模上足以略见一斑,尽管我拿不出具体数字来证明上面陈述的事实,但可以肯定地说,刚刚出台的“春晚”节目丰富多彩,事实上,我的一位哥们还带来其高中小型爵士乐队现场助兴,在“春晚”间隙进行客串表演,象征着光华中文学校正朝着其它领域发展壮大。

        另外一个很好的例子就是大费城华人文化中心的成立,我曾亲笔起草其使命宣言(几段文字),呼吁包括同胞在内的任何人了解中国文化,迄今卓有成效。

        写到这里,你也许纳闷怎么没见到什么“评论”,好吧,接下来就来谈论这个问题。

        自从光华中文学校建校以来,前来上课的多数学生都对父母满腹牢骚,除了整个星期天下午被关在教室内不能跟班上其他同学玩耍外,还要完成无关紧要基本用不上的“家庭作业”。

        内心困惑引起精神抵触,周末不再是盼望的日子而是恐惧的时刻,一旦进入高中,学生们更没工夫学中文。

        等等、等等……


光华中文学校教师(Teachers of GHCS 02/17/2019)


光华中文学校已毕业的高中生
(Graduates of GHCS 02/17/2019)


高二—高四学生(10th—12th Kids 02/17/2019)


光华中文学校义工们
(Volunteers of GHCS 02/17/2019)


光华中文学校春节联欢会·安頔和爵士乐队
(Andrew and Jazz Band @ CNY Gala of GHCS 01/27/2019)


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