勇士當為義鬥爭|和仔先-賴和

賴和與我們的事

The Origin of Lai Ho Column and Who Lai Ho is

by 王思雯(賴和基金會秘書)Ssu-Wen Wang, Secretary of Lai Ho Cultural and Educational Foundation

前陣子桃園某縣議員在質詢時,高聲質問「鍾肇政是誰啊?」、「為什麼要幫他辦文學獎啊?」,引起軒然大波。然而在這件事情之前,也曾發生「陳澄波本人感到很緊張」的新聞主播誤報事件。如果這兩件事,你都不知道,請你上網搜尋,會有很多相關資訊。但是專欄和這兩件事有什麼關係?

賴和文教基金會自1994年成立以來,秉持賴和關懷社會的公義精神,致力推廣台灣文學與台灣文化,雖然已在彰化在地紮根21年,但很多時候,我們仍然會被問到「賴和是誰?」,甚至有人打電話來,「請問賴和在嗎?」。面對這樣無奈的問題,賴和基金會只能更加勉勵自己還要做得更多,才能有機會翻轉長年來台灣教育對於「本土文化」的不重視。很感謝《懷報》給我們這個機會,能和大家說一些關於賴和與彰化的故事,讓大家更認識自己成長的家鄉。

說這麼多,好像還沒告訴大家,賴和是誰?

賴和,1894年出生於彰化,1943年過世,是彰化許多阿公阿嬤口中懷念的醫生「和仔先」。也許你曾在高中課本上看過這位作家,讀的可能是不那麼容易唸得順口的〈一桿「稱仔」〉,老師也會告訴你,賴和是台灣新文學之父,感覺有點了不起。可是,在賴和基金會志工眼裡,他其實是平易近人的和哥,讀他的〈獄中日記〉更能感受到他跟我們一樣就是個平凡人,一樣會擔心、會憂愁、會生病。

究竟,賴和與彰化有著什麼樣的故事, 歡迎你來一趟彰化賴和紀念館,也請準時收看下次的專欄吧。

A while not too long ago, the Taoyuan City Councilor caused a dramatic scene by interrogating the Taoyuan City Government who Chung Chao- Cheng (鍾肇政) is and why establish a literature prize after his name. Before that, a news anchor mistakenly said “Chen Cheng- Po (陳澄波) himself is very concerned” during live broadcast. If you are not aware of these two incidents, you can find plenty of information on the internet. Regardless, what does this column have to do with these two incidents?

Since its establishment in 1994,Lai Ho Cultural and Educational Foundation has been continuously devoted to advocating Taiwanese culture and literature in accordance with its core value, Lai Ho’s righteous spirit. Yet regardless of the foundation’s 21-year local cultivation, still we get asked who Lai Ho is quite much. We even had got phone calls that were directed to Lai Ho. Under these rather embarrassing circumstances, it is apparent that we should aspire to do more to alleviate this habitual public indifference to local Taiwanese culture. We sincerely appreciate “White Post” for the opportunity to share the stories of Lai Ho and Changhua and to help you all know more about the city that we were born and raised in.

That said, we seem to have missed introducing you who Lai Ho is!

Lai Ho, born in Changhua in 1894, died in 1943, a prestigious doctor whom was called “Ho-á-sian”Dr. Ho (in Taiwanese language) in the memories of those local seniors. Maybe you have had acquaintance of him as an author in one of your high school textbooks with his rather difficult-to-read literal piece, “The ‘Steelyard’”. Your teacher might have told you that Lai Ho is the Father of the New Taiwanese Literature. He is quite impressive, right? Regardless, in the mind of the volunteers at Lai Ho Cultural and Educational Foundation, Lai Ho is a down-to-earth brotherly figure whom we call “Brother Ho”. Reading his ”Prison Diary”, readers can perceive his worries , melancholy and illness, just like any ordinary man as we are.

 

Are you curious about what more stories we will narrate Lai Ho and Changhua? We sincerely welcome you to pay a visit to Lai Ho Memorial Museum in Changhua. Also, stay tuned to the next Lai Ho column!

賴和基金會Lai Ho Cultural and Educational Foundation

電話:04-7241664 / 地址:彰化市中正路一段242號4樓

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