2010年10月15日 星期五

作者新書演講--當10億中國人一起跳

在信箱中看到這本書的書名--當10億中國人一起跳,心中大叫這個書名取得好啊,作者怎麼這麼厲害會想到這個書名,難不成是因為大象會跳舞嗎?所以決定去看一下到底是何方神聖,立馬報名!從開學到現在,已經報名好多場演講,結果都沒去成。好佳在,這次成了。因為天下雜誌有用簡訊提醒,而且報到只要秀手機簡訊就好了,超快速的。

作者Jonathan Watts 是英國Guardian駐北京的特派員。他說小時候讓他最困惑的是到底中國有多大,而令他印象最深刻的則是,有大人告訴他,中國有多大,當所有中國人一起跳時,地球的軸心會偏離,我們所有人都會被拋到外大空,然後死掉。從此作者晚上睡前禱告都會請上帝保佑不要讓所有中國人一起跳。沒想到日後,他會住在中國,也沒想到他會寫一本有關中國環境生態的書,這本書就叫--When a Billion Chinese Jump!

這又讓我想起蘋果的賈伯斯說的,人生中的點點滴滴到頭來都會串連在一起。【Steve Jobs 對2005 史丹佛畢業生演講

作者Jonathan Watts 花了七年的時間跑遍中國的東南西北,不,應該是南北東西,他說中國實在是太大了,大到過去200年的經濟發展都同時在全大陸各地發生著。他的旅程從大陸西南開始,他要讓大家看到我們失去了什麼(螢幕上秀的是好山好水的一張照片),然後再到大西北(螢幕上秀的是沙漠的地平線),然後是繁榮的東南、失衡的西北,以及可能是未來希望的東北(solution & hope)。
very pollute > less pollute > high tech > green

中國到底是什麼顏色呢?紅色?綠色?作者的答案是:灰色
(之前也聽友人講過類似的話,現在北京已不「北京」,是「灰京」。)

很多時候會argue說經濟要成長,短期內要犧牲環境,就是先污染再把它清乾淨(Pollute now, Clean-up later);作者以Kuznets Curve來說明,X軸是愈來愈富有(Richer),Y軸是愈來愈髒(dirtier),中間的轉折點是國民平均所得在5千到8千美元之間。作者期許中國可以更早讓曲線轉彎,因為中國沒有機會像以前的國家那樣自由地于取于求。作者做了個有趣的比喻,一張餐桌上放滿了食物,剛開始都沒有人時,每個人都可以大塊朶貽,漸漸人愈來愈多,尤其是來了位大人時,那情況就改觀了。

圖片來源:http://socialist.wordpress.com/2007/10/03/the-neo-malthusians-and-the-kuznets-curve/


到底中國是要毀了世界,還是拯救世界,我們一起來看吧!

Watts, J. (2010). When a billion Chinese jump: How China will save mankind--or destroy it. New York: Scribner.
作者還特別提到因為這本書的主題太新了,還沒有「生態遊記」這個分類,所以Amazon將這本書歸到Travel & Holiday > Travel Writing,然後遭到讀者批評為是地獄旅行社安排的行程。
身為圖資人當然要來關心一下圖書館又將它分到那兒去呢?
LC給的標題是:China--Environmental conditions和Environmental policy-- China. 果然圖資人還是比較Pro!

華衷(Watts, J.)(2010)。當十億中國人一起跳(李芳齡譯)。台北市:天下雜誌。(2010年10月6日出版)
出版社對這本書的介紹:http://www.cwbook.com.tw/common/book.jsp?productID=4462
那麼中文標題會是什麼呢?ISBN給的主題標題是:
環境保護; 環境汙染; Environmental policy; 中國; China
順便一提,ISBN將作者譯為:喬納森.華茲,但是作者是英國衛報駐北京的環境特派員,書上所用的中文名字「華衷」應該是作者自己取的名字吧,在這種情況之下是否應該尊重作者,將其中文名字譯為「華衷」較為適合呢?再者,讀者如果要用中文名字找時,應該也會用「華衷」,而不會用「華茲」,因為各項行銷資訊中出現的都是「華衷」!

Hunt, A. (2010, March 25). When a billion chinese jump: How china will save the world or destroy it from http://english.cri.cn/7146/2010/03/25/2361s559160.htm

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