Sunday, 9 March 2014

Another yummy noodle in Penang and the tower of Babel(ペナン島の美味な る麺とパべルの塔)

Heaven templeOn my last day in Penang I ventured out to the suburbs to visit the Heaven Temple.  It is a multi-layered temple in the term of design。 Chinese and a few South Asian styles have blended marvelously.  It did not have a long history but the scale of it was enough to impress me.  Nearby the temple was the best, much photographed Penang sour Laska’s stall.  Laska signI had never eaten at a stall because I was concerned about hygiene, but as the Malaysian driver introduced the stall with pride, I felt obliged to give it a go.  It was so delicious and I suffered no illness afterwards.  Its soup was amazingly multi-layered in taste and flavour, another example of successful multi-nationalism which is not always the case in other countries.   I’ve lived in Sydney for years where I witnessed and even experienced the ugly side of malfunctioned multi-nationalism.  

Best Laska noodle

So what is the difference?  I should never generalize, but maybe multi-nationalism cannot work well when one group is bigger than other groups, particularly when the bigger group's ancestors happened to have built the nation putting in the roads, fencing and mapping, etc, it would be natural that they should be proud of their heritage and expect some precedence over the new comers.   So as an immigrant I made it my point to respect that heritage and did not expect to be accepted into the community until I had contributed in some way.  I am not one of those immigrants with sense of entitlement and belief that they do not live within the law of their new country.  However, due to my limited capacity my contribution was made in a small way like doing chores that others did not want to do around the apartment.  Gradually my neighbors' attitude turned amicable towards me.

And then this old woman moved in.   She was uneducated and demanding of everyone but in me she found a scapegoat for all her problems in her life and workplace even though I don't even know where she works.  But what really hurt was seeing my old neighbors surreptitiously withdrawing their support from me.  I can understand they do not want to cop the trash from this old woman themselves and it may be easy to forget the years of my hard work dedicated to the apartment in charity, but I had a little more faith in them.  With a heavy heart I booked a trip to a tropical South Asia, but when I return I will have to make the arrangement to leave the apartment.  The lesson of the Tower of Babel is not to be taken lightly.

kannon

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ペナン島最後の日に郊外まで足を伸ばし「極楽寺」を見に行く。南アジアと中国のスタイルが融合して新しいなりに見応えがありました。山寺のふもとにペナン島一番のラスカ麺を出す屋台があります。本当は衛生状態を気にして屋台は避けていたのですが、タクシーの運転手が好意で教えてくれたし、記事で取り上げられていたのは知っていたので恐る恐るの屋台デビュー。お腹壊してもよいわと思う美味でしたが、大丈夫でした。幾重にも複雑な味わいのスープに感動しながら、この一杯は多民族を受け入れるマレーシアを象徴すると考えてました。実は長いことオーストラリアのシドニーに住んでいますが引っ越しせざる得ない状況に追い込まれてます。

何がどうマレーシアと違うのか?単純分析はできませんが一つの民族が他の民族より多いと歪みが生じやすいのでしょうか?そりゃあ私が何世代も遡るオーストラリア人なら国の施設をゼロから作った先祖を誇りに思うのは当然。だから私もそれを尊重してオーストラリア社会に受け入れられるには何かしら役にたってからだと覚悟していました。しかし限られた能力の自分にできる事はオーストラリア人より一歩引くことぐらいでしたが、住んでいるアパートの用事を率先して頑張ってました。その甲斐あって隣人の受けはゆっくり改善していきました。ところが一人の無教養なおばさんの引っ越しでもろくも崩れさりました。誰に対しても図々しいのですが特に私は狙われて自分の人生の不幸の原因が私にあると騒ぐのです。悲しいのは古くからいる隣人までが「とばっちり」を恐れて私への支持を撤回してきたことです。過去の私の無料の奉仕は記憶にも残っていない様子。移民の責任にしておけば全て丸く収まる図式は彼らの立場に立てば理解できますが、残念でした。凹んだ気持ちで温かい南アジアへの旅行を予約しましたが戻れば引っ越しの手続きにかかります。バベルの塔の教えをおろそかに受け止めてはいけなかった。(言語すなわち文化が違えば共存できないという寓話)

それと「レバ刺し」にもしも興味がおありならば上の黄色のバーに三番目赤りんごの旅路とありますのでポチっとすれば一見脈絡のない流れがつながります。