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《没有“中国制造”的一年》第四章:和而不同 (七)

(2011-04-21 10:48:24)









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《没有“中国制造”的一年》第四章:和而不同 <wbr>(七)

                                               A Year without Made in China

Sara Bongiorni



                                         胡宗锋  苦丁  (译)

CHAPTER FOUR   Manufacturing Dissent   

第四章                  和而不同(七)

   Mrs. Smedley warned me about web sites months ago.

“Unreliable,” she said.“ Can’t be trusted.”

      I am certain she was right, but Kevin’s dirty looks and sun-damaged eyes have got me desperate to find him non-Chinese sunglasses. Weeks have passed since he lost his Italian shades. The global grab bag of lost sunglasses has let us down. It coughed up the ill-fated pink ones and the oversized Chinese pairs, but those failed even as stopgap measures. So I can’t resist a quick Internet search for non-Chinese sunglasses. My first stop is a site that claims to list only American-made products, but after a few clicks somehow I land on a bulletin board of lunatic opinions, none illuminating on the topics of sunglasses or China.




“After reading about the United Auto Workers banning Marines from their parking lot and that they vote Democrat, I’m regretting my American car purchase,” says someone named Cherry.

“My Nissan was built in Smyrna, Tennessee,” writes Ice-Flyer. “I don’t feel guilty at all.”


     “我的尼桑是在田纳西的士麦那造的,” 冰上飞人写道,“我一点也不觉得有什么。”

“The idiots at the top of an organization do not constitute the people they claim to represent, just as the NEA does not represent my wonderful mother-in-law teacher,” types Bicycle Repair.

    “集团的高层傻瓜们根本不像他们说的那样代表民众,就像美国教育协会根本代表不了我岳母那样出色的教师那样,” 自行车修理家说。

“I try very hard not to buy Chinese stuff,” writes Ice-Flyer. “I bought my Bose wave radio/CD when I found out it was made in USA.”

This angers someone called Standing United.

     “我试图不买中国产品,非常艰难,” 冰上飞人写道,“我买了博士音响的广播和CD,因为我发现那是美国制造。”


“Are you serious? Car parts are made in Mexico now, my LaCrosse boots are now made in China. On and on it goes.”

“I buy Korean cars,” chimes in Logic. Why? Because not one cent of mine is going to union mobsters and union communist thugs if I can help it.”


 “我买韩国车,” 逻辑客Logic插话说,“理由吗?如果有可能的话我的钱一分都别想叫盗匪联邦和共产暴徒赚走。”

      I stop myself. It’s tempting to keep reading to see how ridiculous the conversation will get, but the sound of Kevin rustling around in the kitchen—I think he’s yanking on the stuck drawer handle again—reminds me of my mission. Sunglasses for the angry man in the kitchen.


     My next try brings up more nonsense. I enter “sunglasses” and “made in USA” and end up on a Made in America web site that sells goat cheese, potting benches, dog leashes, portable headrests, and old record albums, all of it apparently made in the States but none of it remotely connected to eyewear. Next I stop on a Chinese tourist information page that recommends sunglasses and a light raincoat for a spring visit to the Great Wall. I try eBay, but its dealers don’t offer anything better than what I’ve seen elsewhere: pricey Italian and American sunglasses or discount Chinese ones. Eventually, I find an American maker of sunglasses, but they are bulky and neon-colored, not the sort of thing that Tom Cruise or Kevin, who claims to look like Tom Cruise, would wear if they had any say in the matter.


      I give up and wander into the kitchen, where I sit down at the table and sketch out how much I can afford to spend on Italian or American sunglasses.

      That evening my lucks turns. I am rummaging through my purse, looking for my keys, when my fingers grip cold, thin metal at the bottom of the jumble within. I withdraw my lost Italian sunglasses from the depths of my purse, where I have searched for them perhaps half a dozen times. I try them on. They are slightly bent in the middle, with one lens coming loose from the plastic line that holds it to the frames. They aren’t as pretty as the day I bought them, but they are more or less intact.



        I get up and walk across the room to search the counter until I find the scrap of paper with my estimate of how much I can spend on new sunglasses for Kevin. I scratch out the old number and write down a new, bigger one. Since I’ve just recovered my own lost sunglasses I figure I can spend more on new ones for Kevin. After that I sit back down at the table and smile to myself. But I’m no longer thinking of sunglasses. I’m smiling because I’ve just hatched a scheme to return my husband to his formerly cheerful self with the acquisition of an inflatable Chinese pool.




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