旅行,總是有一些感動的時候。西歐,”移民”是個問題。我是遊客,一個只停留幾天或幾小時的移民。和一個荷蘭的人在火車聊,他說,荷蘭可以建立這樣的社會制度,是他的祖先幾百年的奮鬥。不管非洲、中東或亞洲,如果不滿自己的環境,就該自己奮鬥,不能選擇移民造成他們的問題,荷蘭沒有義務幫移民解決問題,因為那不是荷蘭的問題。
這是西歐普遍的氛圍。這是一個荷蘭的市井小民,我沒辦法跟他說,殖民,或是美國人的世界角色,當然,甚麼是”美國人”和”世界角色”,都是要辯論的問題。法國、西班牙、英國那些令人驚艷不已的歷史建築,都訴說了殖民帝國的財富與權力。
我想起 WTO在西雅圖,我剛好在那裡寫論文,因為想賺打工錢幫台灣團打雜,每日坐公車到西雅圖市中心,在高大鎮暴警察之間的街道穿梭,真是難忘的記憶。
那時,世界的牆要打開,流動的人和資本,正要流竄到世界的各角落。都市的建設,是要吸引流動的人和金錢,旅客是個重要的名詞,是都市的主角。
此時,世界的牆又開始漸漸高築,邊界漸漸關閉,許多都市漸漸改變,把晚來者變成他者和異鄉人。全球化已變成一個充滿張力的負面詞。
Travel is amazing because of certain touching moments. In Western Europe, "immigration" is a problem. I am a tourist, an immigrant who only stays for a few days or hours.
I talked with a friendly Dutch man in the train. He said the Dutch society is built by the sacrifice of his ancestors. The people, no matter in Africa, the Middle East or Asia, should fight for themselves. They should not move to other countries to cause the problems of other countries. The Netherlands does not have a duty to help solve the problems of other countries. It is not the Netherlands’ problem.
This is the general atmosphere in Western Europe I felt when I traveled. This man is a usual person. I cannot tell him about colonization, or the role of the Americans in the world. Of course, what are "Americans" and "world roles" are issues to be debated. The stunning historical buildings of France, Spain, and Britain all speak of the wealth and power of the colonial empires.
I think of the WTO in Seattle. I was a poor doctoral student when the WTO conference was held in Seattle. I got the hourly paid job to assist the delegates from Taiwan. It was an unforgettable experience to walk in the city full of tall riot police.
At that time, the walls of the world were to be opened, and the flowing people and capital were about to pour to all corners of the world. The construction of the city is to attract mobile people and money. Tourists are an important term and the protagonist of the city.
At this time, the walls of the world began to build again, the borders gradually closed, and many cities gradually changed, turning latecomers into others and strangers. Globalization has become a negative word full of tension.
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