Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Jennifer’s Photo Stories 曾錚的圖片故事(4)

Living with mom alone 父母分居的幼年生活

How an Australian’s Shock Shocks Me


These two photos were taken when I was 2 and 3 years old. At that time I lived with my mother; whilst my father lived in another city of some 100 kilometers away.
There was one experience that I will never forget: When the editor of my publisher for the Australian version of my memoir was revising my book, and when she read the sentence “I moved to Mianyang with my father," she immediately changed “my father” to “my parents”. As an Australian, she thought that when the family moved from one city to another, everybody in the family should move together. She thought I must have mistakenly written “my father” instead of “my parents”.
I had to explain to her that no, in China, everything is controlled by the government. And my mother wasn’t allowed to move with my father that time. She was so shocked to learn this “little fact”. For us Chinese, this is just our everyday reality. And I was also very shocked by her shocked reaction. It made me realize that it seemed that people in a normal western society are living in a different world compared to that of China. The social environments and systems are so different, thanks to the Communist party, which has brought about so many disasters.
So let’s go back to these two photos. My parents weren’t able to live together since they married in 1995; and until I was already 7 years old. Life has been extremely tough for the entire family.
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