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20 years of the September 11 incident, my memory, my city-The New York Times

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Welcome to this issue of “Overseas Chinese Notes”. I am Rong Xiaoqing, a Chinese-language reporter based in New York. Every Thursday, we will interpret and discuss news hotspots from the perspective of the Chinese together, and analyze the highlights of the Times.Welcome to clickhereSubscribe or recommend to friends.

It seems that since September that shocked the world 20 years ago, every year at this time, New York is always so sunny and blue. It seems that even God knows that this kind of clear and clean weather is the most suitable to miss. On such a bright afternoon, my husband suddenly asked me: “If you knew what New York went through later, would you still come back then?”

I came to this city from China in the autumn of 2000 to study. I was fortunate enough to see her prosperous before she was hit hard: wearing Muslim robes will not be eye-catching; the black plastic bags randomly discarded in subway stations will not be frightened. Passengers fled away from waste; no visas were required to travel back to Canada during the summer vacation; no shoes were required to enter the airport security check. Whether it is an overseas student or a smuggler, everyone believes that there is a place for them. At that time, New York was so vigorous and even a little heartless, just like me at that time, apart from homesickness, I didn’t know that there were other sadnesses in the world.

Such days seem to have no end, until that day, New York lost its virginity.

My school is in Lower Manhattan, not far from Ground Zero. Classes resumed after the robbery, and a temporary tracing center was built near the school. Every day when I go to school, I have to walk through the crowds stumbling on the street, holding pictures of their loved ones in their hands, some with hollow eyes and tears on their faces. At the same time, some of my friends who were far away in China were cheering “American Emperor” in online chat rooms and finally received a lesson. I don’t know if they are joking or serious, but I don’t blame them. They have not witnessed this sudden parting of life and death with their own eyes, and have not felt the powerful force of such eyes and tears to eliminate all differences between human beings. Distance keeps us trapped in our respective islands, and perhaps only time and subsequent experience can help us out.

For many years to come, I would always walk around the place where the Twin Towers fell in the sunny weather in September. I have seen an old man with white beard and hair here, sitting in the sunlight on the corner of the street and playing a sad bagpipe. When people walked past him, they were very quiet, neither stopping nor talking, probably because of the confession in the flute, no need to say more, they all understand.

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I once saw a man in a uniform here. He took off his big brimmed hat and showed me a circle of photos pasted inside. He said he was a retired firefighter and those brothers who died here. He said that every time he came, he seemed to hear them whispering to him, and felt their souls still wandering here.

I once met a middle-aged man who said that he was once a tour guide in the Twin Towers. The child fell ill the morning of the accident and let him escape. After losing his job, he could only rely on the street to tell tourists about the Petronas Twin Towers to earn a tip. When I met him, he was telling a little girl who came to New York to visit New York with his parents from other states, and he was talking about the subtle differences between the South Tower and the North Tower, from the color of the carpet to the layout of the shop. The little girl was fascinated. He leaned down and looked into her eyes and said, “Child, you have to remember that this is the past.” Then he pointed to the new building under construction at the original explosion point, “That is the future. “

But who knows what the future will look like?

In New York at 9/11, she probably did not expect that in the next 20 years, she would experience the two deadly hurricanes of “Sandy” and “Ida”; The house filled with water struggled until the whole family floated on the cold water; it would experience an out-of-control epidemic that took tens of thousands of lives, and the rejuvenated lower Manhattan after the disaster would be hit again.

The United States at 9.11 probably did not expect that in the next 20 years, she would experience the financial turmoil caused by the subprime mortgage crisis, which would wipe out thousands of people’s assets overnight and be displaced; she would experience someone rushing into Capitol Hill with guns. ; You will see that some people would rather be infected with the epidemic to fight masks and anti-vaccine. People are incompatible with each other because of political stance; they will experience the disastrous defeat on the battlefield in Afghanistan and the worries of the decline of the national fortune.

The Chinese in the United States at 9/11 probably did not expect that in the next 20 years, the bridge of Sino-US cooperation built by some of them would collapse; Sino-US relations would retreat to near freezing point, once hot ” The term “Chimerica” ​​has become a joke; many people will be drawn into the double whirlpool of the US government’s anti-tech espionage and civilian anti-Asian hatred. In Chinatown near the World Trade Center site, a major traffic road called Park Row has been blocked for safety reasons until now, making Chinatown less popular because of the lack of support from foreign visitors.

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And at 9/11, I didn’t expect that even if all these bad things appeared intensively at an unprecedented speed, I would still live here for 20 years.

New York has a famous bluntness. She never specifically cheers for whom, for whom she grieves her wrists, for whom she stops, or for whom she smiles. Probably because of this, during the first time I came here, I didn’t care about her ups and downs. I see myself as a passer-by, and have their own trajectories with her. But I don’t know when, I began to understand her unique personality, and I began to understand that her straightforwardness was because she regarded outsiders from different backgrounds as her own from the beginning, and her roughness also meant that she had gone through disasters. The tenacity that can always recover. Memories are often unreliable. Even if many people swear to “never forget” September 11, memories will be blurred due to the passage of time. But sharing the tribulations with New York made me care about everything here, wanting to remember the tears and struggles of these 20 years for her.

American writer Colson Whitehead wrote in an article written for The Times after 9/11: “We became New Yorkers, probably from the day we realized that New York was gone and we turned around. “This city is performing its own vicissitudes of life in accordance with her own rhythm. It is the same whether I come or not. But when I came here, I had my own unique experience and memories, and the city in my heart that only belonged to me.

If I knew what would happen later, would I still come back then? Imagine that if this is 20 years from now and you ask yourself today, the answer will be obvious. The future is never a clear blue sky in September. We don’t know when the epidemic will end, or even if there will be another September 11. But no matter where we are, aren’t we still heading for an unpredictable future without hesitation?

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