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To the Southern Cross 对话南十字星:走近悉尼华人政客刘娜心 Nancy Liu
让人生不断充满美丽的意外

2016-05-23 13:53 彭寒 来源:东南网澳大利亚站 责任编辑:刘畅 黄艺

刘娜心与她最喜欢的一幅画

东南网澳大利亚站5月23日讯(本站记者彭寒) 刘娜心的名字对于生活在悉尼好市围(Hurstville)地区的华人来讲应该不会陌生,作为第一代移民,同时又是在全澳洲最大华人区的市政厅中任职的华人,她的身份标签中有太多的故事。

直到今天,好市围的选民们仍然记得大约十年前,大着肚子上街拉选票的那位北方妹子,而现在的刘娜心女士已经是当地华人政界的标签,与这座城市有着不解之缘。

记者面前的刘娜心亲切健谈,温文尔雅。谈起48年来,从中国北方到南方再到南半球,一路向南不断探索未知世界的人生历程,她说,很多事情的发生就连她自己也感到很意外。

让人生不断充满美丽的意外,让我们一起来看刘娜心的故事。

 

一路向南的两次跳跃

上世纪九十年代初对于中国经济来讲无疑是变革的时代。刚刚从大学毕业的刘娜心从老家河北来到广东中山,做起了外贸生意。从小在北方长大的她,第一次到南方生活。虽然河北广东同在中国,但用刘娜心的话说,这是她人生中一次重大的跳跃。

“中国那么大,南方北方不管在语言还是文化上,都有着很大的差别。当时到广东对我来讲是人生中很大的一个跳跃。”

从1991年定居广东到2000年移民到澳大利亚,刘娜心在广东中山度过了将近十年的时光。虽然是全新的环境,但毫无疑问,刘娜心出色地完成了这一次的跳跃。

她在这里迎来的自己事业的上升期,组建了自己的家庭,还有了她的第一个女儿。而她自己也从一个“北方妹”,全身心融入了中山这座城市,成为了地地道道的中山人。

“我作为来自一个完全不一样语系的北方人,到广东的时间不长,我的广东话就非常流利了。即使到了澳洲,这边的中山乡亲都认同我是他们的一部分。”

中山时期的刘娜心与她的丈夫

蓬勃的事业,圆满的家庭,再加上浓厚的城市认同感,生活的一切对于刘娜心来讲看上去都那么完美。但也许正是因为太完美,才使刘娜心有了一些新的想法。

“那时候觉得刚刚30出头,好像没有什么继续(追求)的东西了。”

“大的方面来讲,我想去探索一些根本不知道的东西。”

一次偶然甚至是意外的机会,她参加到了一个加拿大人在中山举办的英文班,认识了一些有着出国移民想法的中国人。

“我们一起聊到了移民去加拿大或者澳洲的可能性,我意识到原来移民了之后我会和这样的人们在一起,我就想何不尝试一下呢?”

在这样一个改变了许多人命运的英文班里,同样想要追寻不一样生活的想法让包括刘娜心在内的人看到了移民的可行性。在没有真正意识到这个决定会为她的人生带来怎样的变化之前,刘娜心自己填好了一张移民申请表并递交到了澳大利亚驻广州领事馆。

“那时候移民没有现在这么难,我都没有找代理或是中介,直接填好了表就交到领馆了。我记得很清楚我当时的移民类别是商业代表,现在都已经没有了。”

“直到半年以后领馆通知我需要准备更多的材料,我再一步一步推进的时候,我才意识到,原来我要走了。”

和大多数人不同,刘娜心在结果慢慢显现的时候才开始纠结,似乎这更像是一次意外而不是计划好的决定。毫无疑问,放弃在中国的一切对于她来说非常艰难。

“我当时有想过在这里如果过不下去怎么办,所以在中国的房子还没有卖,不行还可以回来,但是到了这边半年安定下来以后就把中国的房子也卖了。”

就这样,新世纪伊始,刘娜心一家三口从广东中山,来到了澳大利亚悉尼。

 

接受所有的不同

第一次从河北到广东的跳跃给了刘娜心一种信念——接受所有的不同,以致于在她看来,得益于这样的信念,从中国到澳洲这一次跳跃处理地更加得心应手。

“人走到哪里都会遇到不同的人,不同的社区,不同的环境,人需要最大限度地去接受和适应。”

初到澳洲,刘娜心幸运地选择了在好市围市定居,再也没有离开过。在这里,她和她的丈夫一起创办了一家好时光旅行社,也在这里,迎来他们的第二个女儿。无论是家庭还是事业,刘娜心再一次成为了旁人羡慕不已的佼佼者。

刘娜心与她的丈夫共同创办了这家好时光旅行社

与此同时,愿意不断尝试的她也在生活中迎接着一个又一个更加美丽的意外,八年前,她成为了好市围市的议员。

“当时身边有人从事社会服务的角色,让我自己突然意识到好像我可以(在社会服务上)发挥自己的一部分作用。”

刘娜心告诉记者,当时,她并不认为她在政治方面有某些过人的天赋,但她愿意尝试并不断向更好的方向靠拢。与此同时,普通话,广东话以及英语的三重语言优势也给她的市议员生涯带来了额外的帮助。

(编者注,在澳大利亚早期的华人移民中,有很多是地道的广东人,基本无法使用普通话交流。)

八年的议员生涯让刘娜心和市民们之间建立了深厚的信任,对此,她表现得很谦虚。

“我认为是因为华人社区有这样的社会需要(需要一个华人议员),不一定是我刘娜心,也可以是别人。而我正好因为一部分性格使然,加之一些语言上的优势。”

“另外,我始终认为我作为地方政府的一名议员,其实不能说有多大的权力,我只是通过合理合法的途径,去让更多的资源产生积极的效果。”

刘娜心作为好市围的华人议员已有八个年头

去年年底,刘娜心正式加入澳大利亚自由党。随着新州地方政府议会的改革,她也暂时卸下了市议员的包袱,直到明年9月新的地方政府议会再次选举。对此她表示,既然有代表华人声音的需求,那么她一定会再次出现在她应该出现的地方。

 

Nancy Liu interviewed by Southeast Australia

By Han, 23 May, 16

“I never had any clear picture on what I’m going to do, like immigration, stepping into the politics, etc. Accidents keep happening, and I enjoy accepting the differences.” said Nancy Liu, doubtfully one of the tag for Chinese Australian politics in Hurstville area, who’s now temporarily out from the sacked city council of Hurstville and looking to next year’s election in September.

The 48-year-old, mild-mannered lady kept saying the word “accidentally” while talking about her life story. Like she said, It could be the act of god that guides her all the way to the south of China, then the south of the earth.

 

Head South, Jump Twice

She hadn’t thought about living in another country at all at the age of 30, no even mention becoming a politician there. She was obviously the one who made it with a promising career of foreign trade, and a happy family with her husband and a lovely daughter, on which she spent almost ten years.

“I was raised up and educated in Northern China before I went to Guangdong for my career after graduation in 1991. It was a big jump for me, for the cultural and language barrier between north and south.”

Given the great divide of North and South of China, Nancy Liu had a hard time to start with, which didn’t last long.

“It took me a few months being fluent in Cantonese, not a bit accent-recognizable.“

Nancy and her husband in the 90’s

“Few years later my business starts booming, not long after which I had my first daughter. Everything seemed good, but you know, a little bit too good, for a woman turning 30.”

At the end of last century, Nancy got a bit confused and believed she’s ready for something new.

The only question was how.

“Some Canadians set up an English class in the town where I lived and I attended it. I met a few Chinese people who were also ready for a change just like me, and we talked about the idea of immigration. I thought it was a good idea.”

Clearly the English class did changed many lives, including Nancy’s. With pals from English class, she downloaded a form from Australian Embassy website and filled it in, simple and easy.

Not until she received the further document requirement notice from the Australian Consulate, which was half a year after she submitted her “careless” application form, did she realize the decision means giving up everything in China.

“It was when I started packing and selling our car and motorbike that I truly realized that I’m leaving and I might never come back.”

At the beginning of the new century, the family of three headed south again and settled in Hurstville.

 

Where there is a need, there is a supply

Like the first jump, or even better, Nancy settled into the life of Australia fast. Half a year after the arrival, she sold her house in China kept for the purpose of emergency return.

Once again, she became the one who made it. Together with her husband, she started the business of travel agency, not long after which she became the mother of two.

“I believe in accepting difference. That makes me excited.”

“Wherever I go, I’d always come across different people, different communities and environment. I’d try to learn and accept the difference.”

She claimed more than once she had no particular talent, in politics especially. However, her easygoing, broad-minded personality somehow helped her found her place on another stage.

“There were people around me who’ve been doing social service work for years, from which I realized it’s possible for me to make a difference here. Hurstville became the biggest Chinese suburb in Australia, and I have never lived in anywhere else in Australia.”

“I majored in economy in college and I believe in market. It’s because there’s a particular need in this area for someone who speaks for Chinese Community that makes it possible for person like me to stand out and be the supply.”

It has been eight years now since Nancy was first elected for the councilor of Hurstville. Strong bond has been built between she and her people. Many locals still remember the pregnant woman who advocated on the street about ten years ago.

“I can’t say there’s any power in my hands. My job is to integrate the resource that I have, making the best use of them.”

Talking about next year’s election in the new George River Council at the very end of our interview, the Liberal Member said the need is still there and someone must be the supply, and she could be the one.