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【一帶一路故事】安德魯:中國人使我獲得了聲譽
來源:水電八局 作者:卡馬加拉?安德魯(楊宇云 譯) 時間:2019-10-15 字體:[ ]

編者按:卡馬加拉?安德魯(KAMAGARA ANDREW)是一位陽光帥氣的烏干達青年,在中國水電卡魯瑪項目部技術部工作。他憑借舞蹈天份并通過水電八局的宣傳平臺,使他與伙伴們的抖音視頻獲得超過6000萬的點擊率,后來更是通過中央電視臺的報道迅速被中國人和當地人所熟知。在這次中國駐烏干達大使館舉辦的征文活動中,安德魯一舉獲得了去中國旅游的大獎,當地報紙《未來報》刊登了這篇征文。

 

My relationship and work experience with the Chinese got me both a name and fame. My Chinese name is Chen Xiao. It all started at Karuma Hydropower Project, my workplace. This is one of the

Key projects in Uganda, funded by one of the world's most powerful and influential states- China. It is while working here that I encountered and engaged with the Chinese people, their way of life, culture and the richness of their language.

Getting the job

In August 2017, I was offered a job as an engineer at the Karuma Hydropower Project. With the little knowledge I gathered about the Chinese, I visualized a bumpy ride. However, having been recommended by a close acquaintance, I took courage and went for the scheduled interview.

During the interview, a one Peng, who was a member of the panel and the first Chinese I ever interacted with, somewhat confirmed my misconception about his kind from the hard-hitting glance he gave when I stole a couple of moments to peek.

Discovering the Chinese

Well, I passed the interview and got the job. Having learnt that the Chinese are hardworking, I focused on my job, I worked hard even when things were intense, mostly to get myself on the good side of my employer. A few months later, I discovered the actual conduct of the Chinese people, including Peng, who turned out to be the friendliest of them at the site.

The dance and fame

During my course of work, two Chinese walked into my life Leila Lang and her beau, Iian Fei - an endearing duo who opened a world of possibilities for me. Through them, I got to fully interact with the Chinese people and understand them. It all started out with Leila requesting me to participate in a dance in the Chinese festivities at Karuma, We prepared for weeks to ensure the dance was perfect. Later, l was assigned the 'role of choreographer for a dance known as the Dura.

It is a graceful dance. When passed as perfect, we shot a video and uploaded it to an app called Douyin, which when translated to English, is Tik-Tok. With little or no knowledge of what would happen thereafter, I was shocked to find that the video became an instant hit trending in China. Astonishingly, it attracted many views in a few days. This made me a celebrity at work.

Ah~Then CCTV a popular Chinese TV channel, came to interview me. I knew I had earned fame from the dance.

Around the same period, I was recognized as the best employee of the year 2018. Since then. I was baptized Andelu, the Chinese equivalent of my first name Andrew.

Learning Chinese

Later, we were introduced to educators Li and Feng from the Makerere University Confucius Institute to teach us the Chinese language and Tai Chi. These were superb characters with amazing

Personalities, who pushed us hard and encouraged us never to give up even when the odds were not in our favor.

It was during their sessions that we got ourselves awesome names in the Chinese dialect, mine being Chen xiao. These two later became part of our Karuma Hydropower Project Dance Group, which had started performing-at several gatherings, such as the Spring Festival, the Confucius Day and the Chinese New Year, which were celebrated in some places in Kampala.

Life friends

Attending events like this was incomparable, educative and brought merry and entertainment to all who were present.

I made several Chinese friends. It was saddening when my Chinese companions travelled back to further their studies and careers. I still reminisce about the memorable times we shared with them in dance, at work, in class, our meals together and the photographs taken. However, with an advancement in technology, I am still in touch with them.

Even so, I look forward to that time when a similar opportunity will come up for deeper insight into the Chinese culture and, most important of all for me, Chinese engineering, which has taken the world and Africa in particular by storm.

 

 

(譯文)我和中國人的來往和工作經驗使得我的名字被很多人知曉。我的中文名字叫陳曉。而這一切都是從我工作的卡魯瑪水電工程開始的,這個工程由世界上最強大和最有影響力的國家之一的中國資助,也是烏干達最大的項目之一。正是因為在這里工作,我遇到了很多中國人,接觸到了他們的生活方式、文化和豐富的語言。

就職

在一個好朋友的支持下,我鼓起勇氣去參加了卡魯瑪水電工程的面試。由于我對中國人的了解不多,我在腦海里想象了這一段旅程的坎坷。幸運的是,我在2017年8月獲得了卡魯瑪水電工程工程師的職位。

在面試過程中,我們小組的面試官彭先生,也是我接觸到的第一個中國人。他發現我在偷瞄他之后,友善的朝我笑了笑。那一刻,他的笑容打破了我心底里對于中國人的刻板印象。

初識

我順利通過面試,得到了那份工作。我知道中國人都很勤奮,所以我把大部分精力都放在了工作上,即使在工作很緊張的時候我也告訴自己不能懈怠。畢竟換位思考,雇主肯定也希望我們能精神飽滿的工作。幾個月的時間,包括彭先生在內的中國人用他們的實際行為,讓我感受到他們對我們的友好。

舞蹈和名譽

在我工作的過程中,有兩個中國人走進了我的生活,李浪以及她的男朋友黃建飛。這個可愛的二人組為我打開了一個充滿著無限可能的世界。通過他們,我與中國人有了充分的接觸和了解。這一切都始于李浪邀請我在卡魯瑪的中國慶祝活動上表演舞蹈。

我被指派為一種名為Dura的舞蹈的編舞。這是一種十分優美的舞蹈。我們準備了好幾個星期,以確保舞蹈是完美的。于是我們拍攝了一段視頻,并將其上傳到了抖音APP上。我完全沒想到這段視頻竟然在中國迅速走紅,幾天內就吸引了許多人的觀看和點贊。這件事也讓我在工作中成了名人。

后來中央電視臺——一個非常受歡迎的中國電視頻道采訪了我。那一刻,我知道我從舞蹈中贏得了名譽。

大約在同一時期,我被評為2018年最佳員工。從那時起。我受洗的Andelu有了一個中文發音——安德魯。

漢語

后來,項目和麥克雷雷大學孔子學院合作開設了漢語課堂,由李老師和馮老師教我們漢語以及太極。就是這些有著堅韌品質的出色的人兒,他們一直支持、鼓勵著我們,哪怕在困境中的也永不言棄。

在漢語課堂上,我們選漢字給自己取了很棒的名字,我的中文名字是陳曉。這兩個老師也加入了我們卡魯瑪水電項目舞蹈團。我們這個舞蹈團在慶祝春節、孔子節等活動上演繹了很多段舞蹈。

友誼

參加這種活動的體驗是精彩絕倫的,因為這不僅具有教育意義,還能給在場的所有人帶來笑容和歡樂。

我交了很多中國朋友。當我的中國朋友們離開烏干達,回國繼續他們的學業和事業時,我感到難過的同時也替他們開心。我常常會想起我們一起跳舞、一起工作、一起學習漢語、一起吃飯以及一起拍照的那些難忘又絢麗的時光。幸好,隨著科學技術的發展,哪怕距離如此之遙遠,我仍能與他們保持著聯系。

即便如此,我還是期待著有一個機會,能讓我更深入地了解中國的文化。更重要的是,我覺得中國的工程技術已經席卷了全世界,尤其是非洲。


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