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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

                                                    没有“中国制造”的一年

                                                                  (美)萨拉·邦乔妮

                                         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.

        斯梅德利夫人几个月前就警告要我提防有些网站。      

      “靠不住,”她说,“信不过。”

       我确定她说的没错,但是凯文的臭表情和被太阳灼伤的眼睛让我想找到一个非中国制造的太阳镜想得都快疯了。他弄丢意大利太阳镜已经有好几个礼拜了,全球失物招领的摸彩袋也没让我们如愿以偿。阴差阳错的粉色眼睛和那副太大号的中国镜都勉强凑合,但根本连权宜之计都算不上。所以我不能不上网找一副非中国制造的太阳镜。第一个网站称他们只卖美国产品,但是点击了几个网页后,我看到的是一个疯话论坛,话题跟太阳镜或者中国没有一点关系。

“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.”

      “读了美国汽车工人联合会的工人在他们的停车场禁止越野车并且投票给民主党的报道之后,我后悔我买了美国车,”一个叫彻里的人说。

     “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。”

      这触怒了一个叫奋起团结的人。

“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.”

“你说正经的吗?汽车零件现在是在墨西哥造的,我的君越靴是现在是中国制造,还有很多很多东西。”

 “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.

      我不看了,当然要想看看这种对话会变得多么荒谬也可以继续看下去,但凯文在厨房窸窸窣窣的声响——我想他又在拉那个坏了的抽屉的手把——提醒了我我的使命,为厨房里愤怒的男人找太阳镜。

     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.

        接下来的网页更无聊。我输入“太阳镜”和“美国制造”,结果出现的是一个美国制造的网页,卖山羊奶酪、花架子、栓狗绳、耳机和老唱片,显然所有东西都是美国制造,但是没有一个跟眼镜有关。然后我发现了一个中国旅游信息的网站,推荐春天去长城的太阳镜和雨衣。我打开易贝,但是他们的商品跟别的地方没什么两样:昂贵的意大利或美国太阳镜,还有打折的中国眼镜。终于,我找到一个美国太阳镜制造者,但是他这些眼镜笨重,五颜六色,根本不是汤姆·克鲁斯,或者声称自己像汤姆·克鲁斯的凯文想要的类型——如果他们有发言权的话。

      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.

      我没办法了,走进厨房,坐在桌子旁边,心里琢磨我能花多少钱买一个意大利或者美国太阳镜。

      那天晚上我时来运转了。我在手提包里乱翻着找钥匙的时候,在乱七八糟的包底我手指触到了冰凉的薄金属片。我在手提包里底部找到了丢失的意大利太阳镜,那包我都已经翻腾了十几遍了。我戴上了眼镜,眼镜中间有点弯,一边的镜片有点松,不像刚买的时候那么漂亮,但是不管怎么说是完整的。

        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.

       我站起来穿过房间,在柜台上找凯文新眼镜预算的纸条,我涂掉原来的钱数,加大了预算,因为我的太阳镜失而复得,我就可以为凯文的太阳镜花更多钱了。之后我又坐回来,暗自笑了。但我已经不再想太阳镜了,我笑是因为我想到了一个让丈夫回到以前的快乐日子的计划——给他一个中国造的充气泳池。

                                                                                                  汉语文字版请阅读《美文》2011年第四期

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