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疫情带来的思考,少年有话说

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本文作者小樊同学,是一位就读于国际学校的8年级少年。

如果没有这次疫情,作为一个14岁的男孩子,可能他的世界还是会像以前一样,更多是关于学习、游戏和足球。但是因为疫情,他开始去关注各类政治和社会事件,有了很多自己的思考并且形成了观点,还写成了英文文章。

让我们看看他是怎么说的吧!

小樊有话说之一

了 解 事 件 的 原 貌

首先,自媒体的内容经常带有偏见。

因为作者在写作的时候,代入了强烈的个人观点。网络上的文章和新闻经常不是事实的全貌。作者可能只会在一篇文章中阐述一部分事实,然后为达到引导公众的目的而加入撒谎。

比如,在2020年3月中旬,美国召开了一场关于新冠病毒的会议。但是,通过社交媒体和新闻我们看到,特朗普使用了“Chinese Virus(中国病毒)”这样的词语。

许多人为此感到生气,在推特等社交媒体表达自己的观点。但是后来,我们都知道这样的措辞是会议之前故意被换掉的,原文是“Corona Virus”(冠状病毒,与英文的“中国病毒”发音相似)。特朗普事后告诉记者,之所以会这样做,是为了强调病毒首先在中国被发现,因为当时有谣言说病毒来源于美国。

如果我们不了解事情的全部经过,那么就会仅仅凭借着片面的新闻而获得信息,从而变得更加偏激。

 CNN关于特朗普解释的报道 (以上图片来自网络)

小樊有话说之二

关 注 身 边 的 世 界

我的同龄人其实不太关心周边发生的事情,我们总是认为那与“我”无关。但是,随着病毒大规模爆发,无论国内外都有很多人的生活受到冲击,我们不能再置之不理。

每天当我们打开网站,主页的新闻都与病毒有关。从这些报道中,我可以间接了解到病毒如何影响着其他人的生活。我看到网上有很多新闻,报道各地的工人们在隔离期间无法获得足够的收入。这些人大部分都是服务行业从业者。

自从疫情爆发以来,人们都呆在家里,许多餐馆和其他的企业都在隔离期间关门,他们就失去了生意,失去了收入来源。我还看到有感染的人群,因为医院缺少物资而无法入院接受治疗,这些病人可能会因为免疫系统失调而失去生命。

这些新闻似乎离我很远,但这次疫情让我切实地了解了他们的生活,更明白了我们共同生活在这个世界上。

小樊有话说之三

尊 重 多 元 文 化

不同文化背景下的人们对于疫情有不同的反应,这是不可避免的。尽管在中国所有人都戴上了口罩,但是在美国很多人都不戴口罩。这是文化差异造成的。在中国,人们戴上口罩是为了保护自己,然而在美国,只有人生病了才戴口罩。

他们认为口罩是一种他人的措施,而不是防止自己得病的方式。其他可能存在的原因也包括,如果普通人都戴上了口罩,那就没有足够的口罩提供给医务人员。所以有一些国家的人暂时不鼓励全民戴口罩。而且中美的人口密度存在差异。中国人口密度很大,所以选择居家隔离,减少人际接触来控制疫情。

西方一些国家人口密度小,他们的文化里更在意“自制”,所以没有“居家禁令”。

不同的种族和国家,由于历史和地理的关系所以形成了截然不同的文化,我们应该尊重这样的事实,而不是不接受“不同的声音”。

美国人对于口罩的认知,与中国人不同 (以上图片来自网络)

小樊有话说之四

地 球 是 一 个 “球”

我认为经济全球化很重要。

国家之间的经济连接,伴随着贸易路线衔接、先进的运输系统和通信的发展而形成。经济全球化可以给我们带来国际化的大公司,与更加便利的生活。

例如,著名的巧克力品牌费列罗,它的生产供应链就包含了许多地区。可可豆来自南美,加工厂在意大利,然后成品再被运输到其他国家。这个链条上每一个地方的经济发展,都可能受益于巧克力的生产。所以当一个地区的经济受疫情的影响而暂停发展,甚至商业崩塌,所有其他地区都将受到波及。

在疫情爆发期间,大部分中国的工厂都暂时关闭了,许多国际大公司需要从中国进口零部件去生产产品,所以在这个时候,其他国家的经济也会下滑,因为他们没办法生产,从而失去在市场流通的现金。

交通和通讯的发展让全人类都共享未来。很典型的例子就是隔离结束之后,中国的形势开始变好,其他国家的形势在变差。虽然中国每天的新增确诊数据减少到个位数,但依然面临国外输入的巨大压力。所以只要这个地球上任何一个地方还存在新冠病毒,对其他地方来说就存在风险。

最后我想说,此次的疫情真正让我懂得,身为青少年,我们应该关心更广泛的世界,也要带着更加包容的心态来了解不同的地区与文化。

樊同学英文原文:

First, the contents in We Media are always biased because they are written by a single person who would definitely include their own opinions in it. The articles and news on the internet aren’t always the whole truth either. An article might only contain a portion of the truth as well as a complete lie to serve its purpose. For instance, in mid-march of 2020, there was a press conference about corona virus in United States. In many news and articles on the internet and social media at that time, it was said that Donald Trump was discriminating China because during the conference he was keep using the word “Chinese virus”. Many people then became angry at him and posted their opinions about it on social medias like twitter. However, the words “Corona Virus” was actually intentionally changed temporarily right before the conference started. Trump told journalist afterwards that it was to emphasize the fact that coronavirus was first found in China because there were rumors that suggest coronavirus originated from United States. If people don’t care about the whole process of events and only get a portion of the truth from the news, their opinions will become more radical.

Second, people my age rarely care about the news and what’s happening around us. We would think that it doesn’t matter to us. However, with the coronavirus outbreak largely disturbing our lives and many other lives outside of China, we cannot ignore it anymore. Every day when we go online, the news on the home page discuss topics related to coronavirus. From the articles I can indirectly know how coronavirus affected people who are different than me. On the internet, there are many reports about working class people who were not earning any many during the quarantine. Most of them were working in service industries. Since people were staying at home, they didn’t have any customers. Many restaurants and other businesses closed down during the quarantine. There were also people who had been infected by coronavirus but were not accepted by the hospital due to the lack of resources. They might die if they do not have a good immune system. These people might seem to be far from us, but the outbreak reminded us that people with such life and us live in the same world.

Third, people with different cultural backgrounds also react different during the outbreak which is inevitable. Although in China all people have to wear masks, most people in United States weren’t wearing masks. People in United States recognize wearing masks as a way to protect others instead of to protect themselves from the virus. This difference is caused by different cultural backgrounds. Other possible reasons are that in United States there might not be enough masks for medical workers if common people also wear masks and the difference between population densities. The population in China is very dense so the government decided to use quarantine to minimize interactions between people to control the outbreak. In some of the western countries the population is sparse and they are more democratic so there are no quarantine. Different histories and geographic factors of each countries and races formed different cultures. We should respect each other’s cultures instead of to deny them.

I believe economic globalization is the connection of economy between countries. It develops along with trade routes and advanced transportations and communications. It urged the creation of international companies and more convenient lifestyle. For instance, the famous FERRERO ROCHER chocolate’s production supply chains contain many different places. The cocoa beans might come from South America, manufactured in factories in Italy and then transported to other countries. Every place on the chain is necessary for people to enjoy the chocolate while their economy will benefit from the production of Chocolate. However, if one of the places’ economy is affected by the outbreak and businesses closed down, it will affect the whole chain. During the outbreak, most of the factories in China closed temporarily. Many international companies needed the components from China to manufacture their products. When the factories in China are closed, the economy in other countries would also go down because companies didn’t have any products to sell and the money would not be flowing swiftly in the market. The development of transportation and communication also cause a shared future for all of mankind.

There is a example of it during the coronavirus outbreak. After the quarantine, the situation in China got a lot better while the situation in other countries was getting worse. Despite the fact that the new confirm cases of Chinese civilians each day was reduced to single digit according to the official report, China still had to face the pressure from the cases imported from abroad. So if any place on earth still has coronavirus cases, it will be a threat to all the other places.

To summarize, this coronavirus pandemic made me realized that as teenagers, we should care about the larger world and learn about different cultures while accepting them.

作者:Bob Fan
中国 · 上海

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