2016賴和音樂節,閱讀賴和〈歸家〉

by 王思雯(賴和基金會秘書)

一件商品,在工場裏假使不合格,還可以改裝再製,一旦搬到市場上,若是不能合用,不稱顧客的意思,就只有永遠被遺棄了。當我在學校畢業是懷抱著怕被遺棄的心情,很不自安地回到故鄉去。
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十幾年的學生生活,竟使我和故鄉很生疏起來,到外面去,到處都似作客一樣,人們對著我真是客氣,這使我很抱不安,是不是和市場上對一種新出製品不信任一樣嗎?又使我增強了被遺棄的恐懼。
這是賴和寫於1932年的小說〈歸家〉,描寫青年受殖民教育學業有成、卻害怕回到家鄉後,不能被家鄉所用,以及想要融入家鄉生活,卻又因為今非昔比而產生的疏離感。這樣的心情,你是否也似曾相識?出外念書或是工作多年以後,選擇歸家的你,是什麼樣的心情?
我歸來了這幾日,被我發見一個使我自己寬心的事實–雖然使家裏的人失望-就是這故鄉,還沒有用我的機會,合用不合用便不成問題,懷抱著那被遺棄的恐懼,也自然消釋,所以也就有到外面的勇氣。
2016賴和音樂節以「歸家」為主題,呼應當代青年留鄉、返鄉生活的努力與堅定,也希望有更多青年加入歸家行動,重新找回自己與土地的連結,這也是賴和基金會長年推廣台灣文學與台灣文化的願景。5月7日起到賴和生日5月28日,每周都有「2016賴和音樂節:歸家系列活動」,跟著賴和去旅行、歸家青年分享會、賴和文學地景裝置展、獻一蕊花給賴和‧八卦山健康走、賴和文學音樂會、鬥鬧熱文化市集,邀您一同來參與,詳細資訊請搜尋臉書:賴和。

〈歸家〉英譯:〈The Homecoming〉,《臺灣文學英譯叢刊第十五期》

Lai Ho Music Festival 2016, reading The Homecoming of Lai Ho

“If a product is not up to standard in a factory, it can be changed and remade; if there is no use for a product once it is on the market or customers are dissatisfied with it, it will be forsaken for good. I had this same fear of being abandoned when I graduated from school and with great uneasiness, I returned home. “
“More than ten years of student life had made me feel like a stranger in my hometown. When I went out, I was treated as politely as a guest, which made me feel uncomfortable.
Wasn’t I just like a new and still-distrusted product on the market? This only increased my fears of being forsaken.”
This is Lai Ho’s novel, The Homecoming, written in 1932. It describes the state of mind of a graduated youth who fears returning home to find himself not needed, and the strange
sense of longing to fit in yet feeling everything no longer the same. Have you ever experienced this kind of feeling? After many years of studying or working in another city, what do you feel as you decide to return home?
“The only thing that made me feel easy after being home a few days was that there were no opportunities for me, which disappointed my family. There was no longer a problem of being useful and my fear of being forsaken naturally vanished. As a result, I developed a courage to go out.”
The theme of Lai Ho Music Festival 2016 is “Homecoming”, reflects the effort and determination of the young generation invested in returning to and staying in their hometown. It also hopes to encourage more youths to come home and find the special connection between the self and the land. This is what Lai Ho Cultural and Educational Foundation has been promoting along with Taiwanese culture and literature over the
years. From May 7th to Lai Ho’s birthday on May 28th, a series of Lai Ho Music Festival 2016: The Homecoming events will kick off. We invite you to embark on a literature adventure following Lai Ho’s trace. There will be the homecoming youth sharing,
exhibition of Lai Ho literary land art, Baguashan walking event and bouquet presentation to Lai Ho, Lai Ho Literary concert and cultural market. For more information, go to our Facebook event page “laiho0528”.
picture note: Lai Ho came home to Changhua and opened Lai
Ho Hospital

 

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