观娣的高興人生

來自中國廣東英德市!我叫观娣。 我這一生,我是好高興呀! 我無憂愁的我同你讲! 我來到美國又係無憂愁,我在大陸呢?又是無憂無愁,從小到大都是無憂無愁的,到現在,我都是好開心的。

是呀! 我做這份工來到美國呢做搽衣! 而我自己在一間廠, 我一個人搽衣的!什麼工都好, 都是別人cut衣cut到(幾點), 我們還要搽完, 明天還要出衣,無論夜晚加班呀,加班有飯食的嘛!所以我就好高興!我不會車衣,我會搽衣, 我在大陸又是搽衣的。就是說呢…我現在一直到現在都是好開心的人! 一個好開心, 好知足的人。 …怎麼說呢?

小朋友小(的時候),我又養我家婆, 養我家公, 又養我先生, 我都不用去打理那些小朋友呀!又不用我煮飯食哈哈哈哈! 是呀,所以我是好開心呀, 哈哈哈! 就只用去做工而已我。我覺得來到美國也很好呀! 好幸福, 是不? 又賺到錢呀我 …你說雖然不是說好多(錢),但是比起中國來說都是好好多啦, 對吧? 所以我來到這裡呢都好高興, 大陸我小時候也是高興的! 我們那些六十幾年才開始做工的, 對吧? 六十年代以後才開始工作 … 但是我還是好高興呢! 年輕的時候又好高興, 因為我們六十年代那時候呢, 哎! 到處都有電影放, 那些六十年代尾, 七十年代頭呢已經有黑白電視啦!都好高興呀! 那時候…我八六年呢就已經有彩電啦,我自己家庭(的)。哇! 全條村的人全來到我家坐著看電視,我自己都不看, 讓別人、成條村的人看。哈哈哈哈! 是呀我好高興呀,所以我真是我呢一生真的好高興。

Gon Ting’s Story: A Life of Happiness from Yingde to America

I’m from the city of Yingde in Guangdong Province, China. My name is Wu Gon Ting. My whole life, I’ve been very happy. I’ve – well – been very carefree. Let me tell you, coming to the United States, I was carefree. Back in the mainland? I was carefree. From childhood to adulthood, I’ve always been a carefree person, up to now? Well, I’m still pretty carefree.

When I came to the United States, I worked as a garment inspector. I was the only inspector at this garment factory. After others would finish cutting and trimming, I was in charge of inspecting the clothing before we sent them out the following morning. It didn’t matter if I had to stay overtime, we got free dinner for overtime! So I’m a pretty happy person. I didn’t know how to sew clothing, I only knew how to inspect it. I did the same work back in China.
All my life, I’ve been a very content person. When my children were growing up, I had my in-laws and my husband. I didn’t have to constantly watch them or worry about cleaning or cooking. That’s why I’m so happy! I just needed to work. I think I’ve been incredibly fortunate coming to the United States. I worked, I made money. It’s not much, but compared to what I would have made back at home, it’s not bad. 

For people like us, well we started working later in life, but I’ve still been very happy. Because during the 60’s in China, we had movies everywhere. At the start of the 70’s, we already had black and white film in China. In the 80’s, we already had color. At my home, in ‘86 my family owned a color TV. I remember our whole neighborhood would gather in our living room to watch. I couldn’t even catch a glimpse of the screen during those gatherings, I’d let them watch instead.

Yes, I’m very happy. Just my whole life, I’ve been very happy.

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