骆家辉:鼓励华人参政议政

2016年9月14日,西雅图中文电台在乐叙之家(Aegis Living)举行向美国前驻华大使、华州前州长骆家辉颁发“社区服务奖”仪式,西雅图中文电台董事会成员小元、诗诗、雅秋,以及主持人狄璟等参加了仪式。

在颁奖仪式上,骆家辉接受了西雅图中文电台的专访,在专访中,骆家辉表示,我们的先辈流血、流汗、流泪,为美国的繁荣作出了巨大的贡献,如果在美国的华人在乎他们在美国的未来,如果他们想要确保他们的街道是安全的,他们的成员有好的薪资,如果他们要确保有清洁的环境,无论老人孩子都有好的医疗保险,他们就必须要参与政治,他们需要在制定攸关我们未来的决策时在场。他鼓励华人参政议政,不仅仅是参加竞选,还要在学区里、学习小组、使命小组等各种场合参加工作,服务社区。

骆家辉是西雅图中文电台四周年台庆晚会“社区服务奖”获得者之一,2016年西雅图中文电台“社区服务奖”的获得者还有贝尔维优市议员、前市长李瑞麟,华州第43选区众议员候选人施兆伟。

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395082994002005661(颁奖仪式合影,左起:诗诗、小元、骆家辉大使、雅秋、狄璟)

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(贝尔维优市议员、前市长李瑞麟接受西雅图中文电台“社区服务奖”)

关于西雅图中文电台年度“社区服务奖”和“文化贡献奖”,请参见:西雅图中文电台四周年台庆晚会圆满举行

(西雅图中文电台2016年9月14日专访美国前驻华大使骆家辉全文,记者:小元,摄像:诗诗)

中文电台:首先谢谢您支持像乐叙之家这样的老龄社区的项目,您认为这样的项目的重要性是什么?

骆家辉:乐叙之家是一个针对华人社区和亚裔社区的很好的场所,在金县尤其是东边,有很多年长的华人。乐叙之家做得非常出色,他们建造了高品质的场所,使得乐叙之家像个度假区。为华人和亚裔定制的纽卡斯尔的乐叙之家,绝对是令人惊讶的, 靠着湖,有着自然的散步的小路,有幼儿园,有很多年轻人和孩子在这里,当然还有社区活动,艺术表演甚至讲座。 这是个令人兴奋的老年人居住的地方。

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(乐叙之家在Newcastle的规划设计)

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(西雅图乐叙之家一角)

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(西雅图乐叙之家的一个房间)

中文电台:您知道这里有一些华人想要追随您的足迹去从政,您对他们有没有什么建议?
骆家辉:在美国,从政是一个尊贵的呼唤,也是一个很必要的功能。我鼓励年轻人能够参与到政府、参与到政治中去。他们不一定非要去竞选公职,像我那样成为当选官员,但是他们可以在学区的规划委员会里活跃,去帮助你的学校,在学校的理事会任职, 也可以在使命小组、各种学习班、市政府或者小镇组织的任务小组里服务等。因为亚裔和华裔帮助建设了美国。我们是美国繁荣历史的一部分,尤其是在西海岸。早期淘金时代的中国移民,完成了美国的铁路建设。在华州的贝尔维优地区,他们开矿采矿,为成长中的西雅图和普吉湾地区提供了能源。我们的华人先辈流血流汗流泪,为美国的繁荣作出了巨大贡献。他们还为美国参加了世界大战,我的父亲就参加了二战,他是诺曼底分队的。如果华裔美国人亚裔美国人在乎他们的未来,如果他们想要确保他们的街道是安全的,他们的成员有好的薪资,如果他们要确保有清洁的环境,无论老人孩子都有好的医疗保险,他们就必须要参与政治,他们需要在制定攸关我们未来的决策时在场。

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(骆家辉曾任华盛顿州州长、美国商务部长、美国驻华大使)

中文电台:现在有越来越多的来自中国大陆的华人来到华盛顿州,来到西雅图,您对他们安定下来有什么建议?

骆家辉:西雅图这个地区是个很好的安家的地方。我们有洁净的环境,美丽的风景,有友好的社区。华盛顿州有六七百万人,而普吉湾、金县地区有三四百万人口。不管你住在哪里,这里不是太大,也不是太小,而机场又能把我们和全世界各地连接起来。西雅图是个很好的生活和工作的地方。

(骆家辉:西雅图有洁净的环境、美丽的风景、有友好的社区,是很好的生活和工作的地方)

中文电台:我们很高兴在西雅图中文电台周年台庆晚会上授予您“社区服务奖”,以表彰您为华盛顿州的华人所作的服务。

骆家辉:非常谢谢。为华人、为亚裔,乃至为华州的所有的人们服务,是我的荣幸。我出生在这里,在这里长大,这里是我的家,我无比热爱这里。我很高兴见到越来越多的来自全世界的人们来到这里。美国是个移民国家,我们必须经常分享我们的移民历史,我们的移民先辈,并且继续欢迎来自全世界的移民,这样使得在一波又一波的移民之后,美国依然如此令人兴奋、日新月异、保持新鲜,不断地有新的观点、新的文化、新的思考和对来自全世界的人们的新的办法。而华人是普吉湾地区、西雅图地区族群中的关键部分之一。像乐叙之家在纽卡斯尔开发的新的场所,有很多的华人做了奠基的工作,为这个成长中的地区提供了能量。我很高兴看到乐叙之家在一百多年前华人开采煤矿的地方不远处,为年长的华人建造美丽的退休居所。

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(骆家辉:华人流血、流汗、流泪,为美国的繁荣作出了巨大贡献)

中文电台:我相信越来越多的华人来到西雅图的一个原因是因为您在这里。
骆家辉:不不不,华人来到这里是因为这是个生活、工作、居家的很好的地方,这里有着优美的环境,体面的薪资,友好的社区,还有丰富的华人开矿的历史。另外由于亚裔的影响,不管是日本的建筑,中国的美味佳肴、印度还有东南亚的音乐和文化,我相信华裔亚裔都会将西雅图和普吉湾地区视为自己的家。

中文电台:我们非常感谢您对不管是在中国,还是在这里的华人的贡献。
骆家辉:非常感谢,这是我的荣幸

CRS: First of all, thank you for supporting the projects for the aging people, such as Aegis Living, what do you think about the importance of such projects for the aged people.

Gary Locke: Aegis Living is a great facility for the community of the Chinese speaking people and Asian Americans. We have so many elderly Chinese in King County and especially in the East Side. Aegis Living company did such a incredible job, high quality facilities, it’s almost like a resort. The one in Newcastle gearing for the Chinese community and Asian community, is absolutely amazing facility, next to the lake, natural trails for walking, child care center, we have lots of young people and kids there, as well as community events, artistic performances and lectures, it’s very exciting place for elderly people to live in.

CRS: You know that there are many Chinese in the area, they want to follow your career in the political arena, do you have any advice for them?

Gary Locke: politics of government service is a noble calling, and a very necessary function. And I encourage young people to get involved in government, get involved in politics, they don’t have to run for office, and be elected official like I was. but they could be active on the planning committees of the school district, help your schools, serving on the school board, serving on commissions, or study groups, task forces organized by the local city or town. Because Asian Americans Chinese Americans have helped build America. We are part of prosperity in the history, especially in the west coast. The early immigrants, worked for the gold mine, they finished railroad for America. Here in the Bellevue area, they developed coal and mine the coal, and really provide the energy for the growing Seattle and the growing Pudget Sound area. So the Chinese have given the blood sweat tears to the prosperity of the America and they fall in World Wars. My father was in the World War II, US Army, part of Normandy division. So we have given and sacrificed so much for American. And if Chinese American and Asian American care about their future. if they want to make sure their streets are safe, there are good paying job for all of our members, if they want to make sure we have clean environment, quality of health care for seniors and young people, they have to be involved. They need to be in the table that make decisions that affect our future.

CRS: There are more and more Chinese people from mainland China coming to the area, do you have any advice for them to settle down?

Gary Locke: it’s a great area to settle down. We have clean environment, beautiful scenery, and sensive community, WA has six million people, Pudget Sound and Kng county area has about three to four million people. it doesn’t matter where you live. It’s not too big, it’s not too small. and with all great airport connections to places of all around the world, Seattle area is a great place to live and work.

CRS: we are also very glad to award you the “Golden Award of Community Service” for your service to the Chinese community in Washington state, that’s on our annual ceremony. It’s really our honor

Gary Locke: thank you very much, I am really appreciated. it’s been my honor of serving not just Asian American, Chinese American, but all the people of the state of Washington. I was born and raised here. This is my home. and I love it dearly. It’s so great to see more immigrants coming from around the world. Exactly for American is a land for immigrants, we must always share our immigrant history, our immigrant ancestry, and continue to welcome immigrants around the world, that make American so exciting, constantly changing, so fresh, it’s the new ideas, new cultures, new thinking, new approaches to people all around the world, wave after wave of immigrants, and Chinese were one of the key parts of the Pudget Sound area, Seattle, Aegis Living is developing a new site in Newcastle. That is a site with lots of Chinese, dug the core from the ground, provided energy for the growing region. It’s great to see that Aegis living is now creating this beautiful retirement to senior living facility in this area, not far from Chinese worked about one hundred years ago.

CRS: I am sure one of the reasons more and more coming to Seattle is because you are here.

Gary Locke: no, no, no. Chinese coming here is because it’s a great place to live. work and raise family. beautiful environment, good paying jobs, essences of community, we have rich history of coal’s operation with China. and also the influence of Asian, whether it’s Japanese architecture, Chinese food, music and culture from India, from Southeast Asia, I think Chinese people Asian people feel very much home here in the Seattle Pudget Sound area.

CRS: and we really thank you for all your help all your contribution to the Chinese either in China and here in Washington state

Gary Locke: thank you very much and it’s really my honor.

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