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2005年NPR美国国家公共电台九月-Chinese in U.S. Divided by Taiwan

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And now a story from Los Angeles, where a radio station is putting itself in the middle of the debate over China and Taiwan. Reporter Rob Schmitz of member station KPCC sent this report.

Kay Chao says Taiwanese and Chinese Americans in Los Angeles work, eat and even sleep together, usually without a hitch1. But all you have to do, she says, is throw a dash of a certain something into the mix to bring it to a boil. The spice that works best, she says, is politics.
“Usually we don’t talk about the politics, but when we talk about it, people get angry about it. And then if you are in a marriage, it cost the marriage. Probably, you know, the marriage is gonna fall apart.”

Chao, who's from Taiwan, says she's heard stories of divorce caused by arguments over the possibility of Taiwan's independence. Those stories come from her listeners. She is one of the most popular talk show hosts for the over 300,000 Angelinos, who speak Chinese.

Chao hosts a column calling show called Rush Hour on Pasadena-based AM station KAZN. Each evening at 6, commuters call in to speak their minds. Chao says recent changes in Taiwan’s political landscape are spurring a record number of calls to the show. Since 1949, Taiwan has essentially2 been operating independently of China, despite the fact that the government of China claims it as its own. For (a) decades both sides have managed to deal with this ambiguous status quo. That is until 5 years ago when Chen Shuibian, a pro-independence candidate, won the Taiwanese presidential election. He was reelected last year and has put the issue of independence front and center in Chinese-Taiwanese politics.

On a lonely stage at a hot and stuffy3 community center in Rosemeed, an elderly man closes his eyes and belts out a traditional Taiwanese song as KC Chen looks on. Chan says these are tough times for overseas Taiwanese like him.
“While China is growing more prosperous, militarily stronger and its international presence more and more obvious, you know, high profile, Taiwan is losing ground.”

Chen, who's active in local Taiwanese politics, is no fan of Kay Chao’s radio show. He says he is turned off by all the Chinese-Americans who call in. Chen laments4 that nowadays democratic countries like the U.S., Germany and France prefer to deal with China’s authoritarian5 regime rather than with his democratic Taiwan. This kind of treatment, says Chen, has a ripple6 effect on relationships between Taiwanese and Chinese here in the U.S.

“To us, the Chinese people are not as open-minded as we'd like to see. After all, we can understand. Living under a closed-circuit environment for so long. And when you talk about something like democracy, it is just not that easy to get to their mind.”

John Chen, no relation to a KC Chen, picks at a spicy7 chicken dish with his chopsticks at a restaurant in Monterey Park. He estimates that 9 out of 10 overseas mainland Chinese feel very strongly that Taiwan is a part of China. But he says he's learnt not to talk about these feelings with his Taiwanese co-workers.

Speaking in mandarin8, Chen says most Chinese-Americans here have Taiwanese friends, but not too many. The ones they do have, he says, are those who don't support an outwardly independent Taiwan. He says he and his friends don't talk to the pro-independence Taiwanese except for confronting each other at local protests or on talk radio.

Back on the airwaves of KAZN, host Kay Chao referees9 a yelling match on air and reminds her callers that this is a talk show, not a fight show. She wonders what her show would be like in 3 years when Chen Shuibian’s term is up and Taiwan holds a new election.

“So after 3 years, the election year comes, that will be very, very personal. Everybody just like, you know, get crazy about it.”
And her ratings, she says, would be even crazier.


Hitch: an unforeseen obstacle; something immaterial that stands in the way and must be circumvented10 or surmounted11.
Dash: A small amount of an added ingredient: a dash of sherry.
belt: Slang To sing in a loud and forceful manner


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1 hitch UcGxu     
v.免费搭(车旅行);系住;急提;n.故障;急拉
参考例句:
  • They had an eighty-mile journey and decided to hitch hike.他们要走80英里的路程,最后决定搭便车。
  • All the candidates are able to answer the questions without any hitch.所有报考者都能对答如流。
2 essentially nntxw     
adv.本质上,实质上,基本上
参考例句:
  • Really great men are essentially modest.真正的伟人大都很谦虚。
  • She is an essentially selfish person.她本质上是个自私自利的人。
3 stuffy BtZw0     
adj.不透气的,闷热的
参考例句:
  • It's really hot and stuffy in here.这里实在太热太闷了。
  • It was so stuffy in the tent that we could sense the air was heavy with moisture.帐篷里很闷热,我们感到空气都是潮的。
4 laments f706f3a425c41502d626857197898b57     
n.悲恸,哀歌,挽歌( lament的名词复数 )v.(为…)哀悼,痛哭,悲伤( lament的第三人称单数 )
参考例句:
  • In the poem he laments the destruction of the countryside. 在那首诗里他对乡村遭到的破坏流露出悲哀。
  • In this book he laments the slight interest shown in his writings. 在该书中他慨叹人们对他的著作兴趣微弱。 来自辞典例句
5 authoritarian Kulzq     
n./adj.专制(的),专制主义者,独裁主义者
参考例句:
  • Foreign diplomats suspect him of authoritarian tendencies.各国外交官怀疑他有着独裁主义倾向。
  • The authoritarian policy wasn't proved to be a success.独裁主义的政策证明并不成功。
6 ripple isLyh     
n.涟波,涟漪,波纹,粗钢梳;vt.使...起涟漪,使起波纹; vi.呈波浪状,起伏前进
参考例句:
  • The pebble made a ripple on the surface of the lake.石子在湖面上激起一个涟漪。
  • The small ripple split upon the beach.小小的涟漪卷来,碎在沙滩上。
7 spicy zhvzrC     
adj.加香料的;辛辣的,有风味的
参考例句:
  • The soup tasted mildly spicy.汤尝起来略有点辣。
  • Very spicy food doesn't suit her stomach.太辣的东西她吃了胃不舒服。
8 Mandarin TorzdX     
n.中国官话,国语,满清官吏;adj.华丽辞藻的
参考例句:
  • Just over one billion people speak Mandarin as their native tongue.大约有十亿以上的人口以华语为母语。
  • Mandarin will be the new official language of the European Union.普通话会变成欧盟新的官方语言。
9 referees 7891e30f2b42e2d37914dc1ab29ba489     
n.裁判员( referee的名词复数 );证明人;公断人;(专业性强的文章的)审阅人
参考例句:
  • The fiery player has had numerous run-ins with referees. 这位脾气暴躁的队员曾和裁判员发生过无数次争吵。
  • If you want to appeal, the Court of Referees will decide. 如果你要上诉,可以由仲裁法庭去判决。 来自辞典例句
10 circumvented a3f20b011bdef60fe4ae8c7a6f37c85d     
v.设法克服或避免(某事物),回避( circumvent的过去式和过去分词 );绕过,绕行,绕道旅行
参考例句:
  • By such means the ban against dancing was circumvented. 这样,舞蹈就不至于被禁止。 来自英汉非文学 - 民俗
  • It can therefore be circumvented by address manipulation and explicit type conversion. 因而可以通过地址操纵和显式型别转换来绕过此保护功能。 来自互联网
11 surmounted 74f42bdb73dca8afb25058870043665a     
战胜( surmount的过去式和过去分词 ); 克服(困难); 居于…之上; 在…顶上
参考例句:
  • She was well aware of the difficulties that had to be surmounted. 她很清楚必须克服哪些困难。
  • I think most of these obstacles can be surmounted. 我认为这些障碍大多数都是可以克服的。
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