沙特阿拉伯一件有趣的事

     80 年代初,我去过两三次沙特阿拉伯。之所以去沙特阿拉伯,是因为当时我妈妈在美国驻沙特阿拉伯,吉达的大使馆工作。我上高中的时候,妈妈先是在华盛顿的国务院内任职,但是等到我和弟弟毕业之后,国务院就开始派她到国外去工作。

     在沙特阿拉伯发生过很多有趣的事情。但是,最令人惊讶的一件事情就是。。。有一天我陪同妈妈步行在吉达的大街上。当时,突然有一辆坐满中学男生的汽车冲过来。经过我们身旁时,男生们都开始向我妈妈吹口哨呼叫。好像是见着世界上最性感的女明星似的,而我妈妈只是一位有灰白短发、中年发福的美国太太!

     在那刹那间,我又生气又糊涂。不知道为什么这些小伙子们这么无礼,也不明白为什么他们会把我妈妈看成一个“性感人物”(sex object)来对待她。

     按照沙特阿拉伯的法律,妇女出门到公共场所去的时候,必得把整个身体都盖住,包括小腿、胳臂以及头脸。但是,外国女性只需要遮盖脖子以下的身体,而不必盖头。那天,我和妈妈一起走在街上,她就是那个样子。

     不知道,那些调皮男生是不是从来都没有亲眼见过一个外国女人露着头脸走在街上。是不是光是为了这个原因就使得他们兴奋的像疯狂一般。

 

  与母亲和弟弟在沙特阿拉伯,摄于1981 年

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24条评论 on “沙特阿拉伯一件有趣的事”

  1. Q说道:

    文化冲击(culture shock)确实是一件很有趣的话题,不过前提是双方都能尊重对方的观点,最近发生在穆斯林国家源于一幅漫画的冲突就是个很好的例子。不知道你们怎么看。

  2. Wendy说道:

    Hi…Your Chinese is very good…

  3. minyi说道:

    噢~1981,我还没诞生的年代…..
     

  4. Yucca说道:

    突然发现,你弟弟年轻的时候非常帅····比阿诺还要cool~~~WOW~~
     
    为什么他比你高了那么多?我记得你们俩差不多高,不是吗?

  5. 说道:

    照片拍的很棒哦~

  6. Tian说道:

    1981,我出生的那年~嘿~

  7. Min说道:

    hi there,
        We are back in China now and we will be staying here until June.
        Talking about Saudi Arabia, David might have to go there some time in March because one of our clients really wants him to be there and do the demo for their company. Reading your post just reminds me of one thing that David mentioned me this morning. He told me that client of us from Saudi Arabia just asked us if we could remove a picture of a beautiful girl from our website. Because they think that\’s really improper to post a woman\’s picture on our homepage. Can you believe it?! I mean, you might be able to understand it in 1981, but now, they still keep their thought like that. It just makes me worried.
         Anyway, it\’s been long time since we talked last time. I just wanted to drop by and say hi. Also, welcome to our wedding in China if you and Lizhuang have time by then.:P It\’s around the end of April. Let me know,ok?
         Take care.
    Min

  8. YY sama说道:

    阿拉伯是个既陌生又神秘的国家呢…某天突发其想想学习阿拉伯语, 纯粹因为那文字有孔雀羽毛般的华丽
    冒昧造访望不介意, 这里很有趣呢, 呵呵

  9. 晓雪说道:

    Hi, Alaric, I just home!! Well, i sent a letter to you just now!
     

  10. Unknown说道:

    新年好!雷先生:
    又长了一岁,日子过得真快。你们乔迁了新居,一切都是新鲜的吧?祝你们万事如意!
                                                               岛上人
                                                                 2/8
     

  11. w说道:

    hi,nice to meet you here.see your blog in min\’s space by accidently,i think my fiance will be jealous of your chinese:)

  12. Plu~to说道:

    你好! 偶然发现你的博客 : )
     
    你的中文很好啊!

  13. jian说道:

    不小心踩进来了,呵呵,你的中文真是不错啊,交个朋友,欢迎回访:)

  14. wang说道:

    呵呵~不要生气~也没有必要生气啊~文化不同~

  15. 乘云说道:

    貌似这张照片儿拍摄后的3年后,1984年我才出现在这个世界上。。。
     
    PS:你弟比你长得帅。。。

  16. 说道:

    1981年你可是个超级大帅哥。象个希腊的雕像

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