Newsletter No. 533

提 起非洲,港人大多感到陌生,生活中更鲜有机会认识 来自那片遥远土地的人。现时,居港非裔人口约有三千 人,中大则有十名非洲学生。在校园属极少数的他们, 缘何来此蕞尔小岛,有着怎样的思想感情?来自非洲南部国家津 巴布韦的人类学四年级生 Innocent Mutanga 和法律二年级生 Myrmidon Kangara ,一位积极带领人们认识和关怀社会弱 势,推动公义;一位辩才精湛,演说情理并茂,触动人心。在本地 社会和校园中,他们虽为少数,却一枝独秀,在各自的舞台上发 热发亮,向香港以至世界宣示他们的美丽、独特与优秀。 世界任我行— Innocent Mutanga 认识一个人,可以从名字开始。单纯的名字,却蕴含一段复杂的家 国历史:津巴布韦虽于上世纪六零年代脱离英国殖民统治,但后 者文化已深植津国土壤。为了让传教士老师读得出名字,祖父以 英文为Innocent起名。文化碰撞、顺应时局、变中求存,自此成为 他生命的主调。天资聪敏的Innocent从小名列前茅,中学毕业即 获政府颁发奖学金赴美国攻读精算、物理和哲学。2013年暑假, 他回到大选前的津国,为结束当权者的铁腕统治奔走,结果遭绑 架。侥幸逃脱的他无处可去,站在熙来攘往的机场,发现入境香 港无需签证,遂决定登机一搏。 天之骄子历劫来港,如入凡尘:他曾托身尖沙咀重庆大厦,也曾 踯躅街头,在寒冷的冬夜等待天明。人在异乡,处境艰难,唯一 不变的是他的赤子之心,让他在险难中进退从容,保持乐观。他 使出在美读书时的本领,靠补习英文和编辑报考大学的自述文章 赚取生计,闲时又运用天赋的精明头脑钻研快餐配搭,替食客购 餐,并以同等价钱多买一份餐饮,或储下零钱。 人类学里悟人生 在港渐渐站稳阵脚的Innocent,建立起自己的生活圈子,抵埗时 入住的重庆大厦,成为他常去的地方。他更在此结识了专研重庆 T o most people in Hong Kong, the distant African continent is either a mystery or an unknown. At present, there are about 3,000 Africans living in Hong Kong, with CUHK hosting 10 African students. What draws them here, and how do they think and feel? The stories of two students from Zimbabwe may give us a hint. A Year 4 anthropology student, Innocent Mutanga champions the cause of social justice through awakening the public to the conditions and needs of the marginalized and the vulnerable in society. Myrmidon Kangara , a Year 2 law student, is a champion of the spoken words who wins arguments and hearts. The minority of minority, they do not take the backstage but show Hong Kong and beyond how distinguished they are in words and deeds. The World is Innocent Mutanga’s Oyster To learn about a person, one starts with the name. The very innocence denoted by Innocent’s name belies a complex and harrowing time in Zimbabwe’s history. The African country was a British colony before its independence in the sixties. To help missionary teachers pronounce the name, Innocent’s grandfather decided to give the child an English name. It’s as if he’s singled out for the clashes of cultures and the struggles for surviving changing times and places. Always at the top of his class, Innocent was awarded a government scholarship upon finishing high school to go to the US to study actuarial science, physics and philosophy. In the summer of 2013, he flew back to his home country on the eve of the general election in support of ending the then current regime’s iron-fist rule. His political involvement led to him being kidnapped and his friends getting killed. He managed a narrow escape but found he had nowhere to go to. It’s only at the bustling airport that he found out Hong Kong did not require a visa and so he decided to take a chance. A hard landing awaited him in Hong Kong. He once took up abode in Tsim Sha Tsui’s Chungking Mansions (a mansion only in name), and there were times when he strolled the night streets to ward off sleep and cold in the winter months. The trying circumstances, however, did not break him. He made a living by teaching English and editing college application essays for students. Putting his natural resourcefulness and actuarial training to good use, Innocent even advised customers of fast- food restaurants on orders that saved money or food or both, and sometimes for himself as well. Anthropology as a Way of Life Innocent soon settled in and began to build his own circle. He frequented the Chungking Mansions where he met Prof. Gordon Mathews , chairman of CUHK’s Department of Anthropology, 02 # 5 3 3 | 0 4 . 0 3 . 2 0 1 9 在学校讲授非洲文化 Teaching African cultures at schools Source: Inter Cultural Education

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