Diff-Dutch Light

i Amsterdam-based Gypsy Scholar.

親子馬拉松

作者:荷玟

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“媽媽,請帶我去柏林,我要和你一起去跑馬拉松!”,女兒(小名:一萬)稚嫩又堅決的請求讓我想起從前。我本是個害怕跑步的人,因為小時候常摔跤。後來讀博士的時候,為了緩解壓力,在先生的建議下,我開始在夜晚跑步,並一發不可收拾地愛上了流汗和心跳加速的暢快感覺。最近一年,我開始帶著一萬一起跑步。

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Romantic Challenges in Asia (R.C.A.)

by Yiwen Eliens

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Photo: taken in the Langmusi village, China

After I finished my Ph.D. in 2011, I took a year off, to travel in China, together with my husband Anton and our baby Yvette (18 months).

Why travel in Asia for one year?

My Ph.D. research was related to the domain of cultural heritage, especially in the Netherlands. Now, what is the current status of the cultural heritage in China and the related scientific research in this domain? And how can I contribute with my knowledge and experience? Very interesting questions for me to investigate.

China is a big country with great diversity. As a Chinese, I have limited knowledge about my own background. As a kind of field research, I wanted to see, to feel and to understand more about the culture, the landscape, most importantly, the people and their life. I hope I could get more information about my own identity and new inspirations for my future life.

Because of visa issues, we had to move often between China and other Asian countries/areas (Laos, Thailand, Korea, Malaysia, Taiwan, Hongkong, etc.) by crossing the country border. Travelling in other Asian counties enriches our knowledge and experience in Asia, most importantly, it provides a comparative insight between China and its neighbors.

At the end of travelling, we were back in Shanghai, my hometown in the east of China. Together with Anton, we both participated in the workshop “China Dream” (by JUCCCE 聚思) for which the sketch gives a visualization of the dreamer, taking the time to rest and reflect on issues of daily life, against the background of urban setting(s).

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阿姆斯特丹“唐人街”的基本構成:一座菩薩廟,兩三個偶爾出售過期中國食品的小超市,四五家油膩膩黑漆漆飄著燒臘味的中餐館。本地發行的幾份華文報紙充斥著各類金主們出錢刊登的“小本生意買賣轉讓,僑團領袖婚喪嫁娶,回國機票打折促銷,勞工移民免費諮詢”。烏克蘭仿佛存在于另一個星球,不聞不問天下事,華人賺錢最大。

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Moderne Hippies Markt at Amsterdam Roest on feb. 23 >>> The 60’s, 70’s Hippies used their distinct art and music to rebel against authority and fight for free spirits, love and goods. However, from apple pie, cloth to hair cut, everything on the Markt is pricey instead of free. The Moderne Hippies Markt without flowers become a commercial urban fashion event. What a nice space.

專欄介紹

“白荷媽媽” 是白瑩與荷妏合作,於2014年2月20日開始,在荷蘭的華文報紙《聯合時報》(United Times)上開設的親子育兒專欄,由荷妏主筆。專欄名稱 “白荷” 取自兩位合作者名字的第一個字組合而成。白瑩與荷妏是兩位分別來自中國廣州與上海的媽媽,她們在荷蘭成家立業,生兒育女。正所謂,“十月懷胎,喜為人母,辛勤育兒,自知甘苦”。在東西方不同文化的熏陶下,究竟她們是對孩子嚴厲要求的中國式“虎媽”,還是自由放養的荷蘭式“羊媽”?希望藉由此專欄,和讀者分享她們在荷蘭養育孩子的故事。