Sin­gle Asian Fe­male

在多元文化中尋找自我

Vision Magazine - - Con­tents - ENG­LISH TEXT BY AVA ZHANG CHI­NESE TEXT BY MAY KU

Michelle Lam has launched her de­but on the Aus­tralian theatre scene with her new play, Sin­gle Asian Fe­male. Fall­ing un­der the cat­e­gory of a dra­mady, the piece ex­plores is­sues of race, her­itage and cul­ture and their role in con­tem­po­rary Aus­tralia. Michelle shows a light­ness of touch with splashes of hu­mour through­out to lift the some­times som­bre mood. 第一代移民對原生文化的執著,使得在澳洲土生土長的孩子苦苦掙扎於,找尋作為華裔澳洲人的意義,導致兩代華人移民家庭面對的尷尬局面。近期公演的一部舞臺喜劇《單身亞裔女》帶來了不少爭議,卻令許多華人家庭產生了共鳴。

The story is told through the eyes of three women from one fam­ily, all grap­pling with dif­fer­ent as­pects of the mi­grant ex­pe­ri­ence. The main char­ac­ter is Pearl, a 50-yearold Hong Kong im­mi­grant who is strong, in­de­pen­dent and sassy with a warm heart. She has been some­what hard­ened by her ex­pe­ri­ences of staving off emo­tional and fi­nan­cial ruin due to her abu­sive ex-hus­band, but this has also taught her re­silience and courage. Pearl’s old­est daugh­ter Zoe is striv­ing to­ward her goal of be­com­ing a pro­fes­sional vi­olin­ist, all while try­ing to jug­gle a com­plex per­sonal life.

Pearl’s youngest daugh­ter Mei is 17 and is in her fi­nal year at a hy­per­sta­tus driven school. Poor Mei is fac­ing an im­mense amount of so­cial and aca­demic pres­sure in this piv­otal year of her life, not an easy thing to deal with at any age and par­tic­u­larly dif­fi­cult at such a vul­ner­a­ble time. She acts out at home as a way of reliev­ing some of the pres­sure she feels, dis­play­ing an im­plicit faith and se­cu­rity in her haven, de­spite show­ing dis­dain on the sur­face.

劇中以坐落在澳洲陽光海岸的一家中餐館 Golden Phoenix 為背景。老闆娘是來自香港的單親母親Pearl。pearl 既是一名女權主義者,獨立、堅強、嚮往自由,也是一位堅守傳統的母親,企圖將中國的傳統文化延植到子女身上。

Pear­l對兩個在西方社會長大的女兒充滿了期望也不乏失望。從小到大都乖巧受教的大女兒Zoe 成為了一名專業的小提琴演奏家,這有賴於她自幼遵從母訓努力練琴。而 17歲的小女兒 Mei 則更顯個性張揚,她掙扎於「雙重身份」的苦惱中,對自己生長於華人家庭、天生具亞裔的外貌甚至吃用中餐等反應不悅,輕則尷尬、重則厭惡。

可惜Pear­l的苦心未被女兒理解,再加上兩代人的溝通不當,母女間的關係變得越來越有張力,而隨之而來的事件更讓這個家庭變得烽煙四起。先是乖巧玲瓏的Zoe 竟然玩一夜情,叫人眼鏡碎一地的事還在後頭,她還懷孕了;叛逆的Mei與母親的矛盾進一步激化也屬意料中事;但最不想發生的事還是發生了,Pearl 收到了移民局發出的遣返的通知信……

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