Thursday, July 02, 2009

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Two quotes from recent reading material. First, from Tressell's "The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists":

Work, boys, work and be contended
So long as you've enough to buy a meal
For if you will but try, you'll be wealthy—bye and bye
If you'll only put your shoulder to the wheel.

And from a recent Southern Weekly article, 《科教书:删得掉的文字 删不掉的“机密”》:

现在,时隔十年后,当年的学生们才恍然大悟,自己的科教书曾被如此“花季护航”。

Reading this article on the "uncensoring" of public school textbooks since after Deng Xiaoping took over in the late 70s post-facto compounded my frustration at watching an obviously-censored version of Transformers 2: cut scenes and garbled words that interfered with the plot made the movie even less enjoyable than it would have been in its original complete form. Near the end of the article, another paragraph that puts Transformers into perspective:

比如《口技》中的房事,还要调查一下中学生的生理卫生课的开展情况;《葫芦僧判断葫芦案》被删的“酷爱男风,不好女色”,虽然同性恋已经一步步突破了法律惩罚、社会偏见和立法阻碍,但大部分中学生仍在农村地区。

That last line speaks to me the hidden prejudices that handicap us.

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