Thursday, January 12, 2017

A Sad Story behind a Happy Photo 快樂照片後的悲傷故事

A Sad Story behind a Happy Photo 快樂照片後的悲傷故事
Jennifer’s Photo Stories (3) 曾錚的圖片故事(3)

This is my mother holding me when I was one year old or less. I guess babies at such an age all like to push their fingers into their mouths. My mum said she tried very hard to stop me when we were taking this photo, but only succeeded with half of the effort. Can you see one of my hands was pressed down by her fingers? As her other hand needed to hold me, so I still stubbornly and successfully put my free little hand in my mouth. Funny, right?
這是我母親抱著不到一歲的我。可能這個年紀的小孩都喜歡吃手?照片證明我也未能「脫俗」。我媽媽說,在照相館拍照時,她曾奮力要按住我的手,但只成功了一半。大家看到她的手指按住我的一只小手了嗎?但由於她另一只手要抱我不得閑,我便「頑強」地將另一只小手成功地塞進了嘴裏。
Well, the picture may look nice and happy. But in reality, things were very hard to us then. My father, who was the first university graduate in his village, was accused of being a “black pawn of reactionary capitalist-roader” during the “Great Proletarian Cultural Revolution”; and was dragged out of the hospital to be publicly denounced.
照片看起來完全是個幸福家庭模樣。事實上,情況並非如此。我父親成爲全村第一名大學生時,雖然曾在村中轟動一時,但作爲一名「知識分子臭老九」,他在「文化大革命」被打成「走資派的黑爪牙」,從醫院裏拖出去挨批鬥。
And my mother was forced to write dozens of copies of “self-criticism” with big brush pen; and to post them at appointed places. She tied me to her back with cotton tape, with a bucket of self-made flour paste in one hand, a big roll of dozens of “self-criticism” in the other hand; and went out to post the “self-criticism”. It took her the entire night to post them all.
而我母親,卻被責令替我父親手毛筆抄寫若干大字報似的「檢討書」,並張貼到多個指定地點。母親用布帶把我綁在背上,一手提著一桶用面粉熬制的漿糊,另一只胳膊夾著一大卷「檢討書」,貼了整整一個晚上才貼完。
Yes, that was the sad story happened shortly after this happy photo was taken.
這就是這張快樂照片拍攝後不久的悲傷故事。
For full version of Jennifer’s story, please click here:
曾錚的故事完整版請點這裏:
https://www.facebook.com/jenniferzeng97/posts/917494741684499

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