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Talking to Homeless James in San Francisco | July 2019

Updated: Feb 18


“他叫Fox,今年14岁了。”

本来他的毛发是黑色和棕色,但现在只剩白色和灰色了。”


"His name is Fox. He's 14 years old now.

His hair used to be black and tanned, but now it's only white and grey."



“我在街上住了已经有9个月零23天了。我自己倒还能应付这种日子,但是Fox已经14岁了,他很难在这种条件下仍然活蹦乱跳。他已经咳嗽很久了,总是病怏怏的。


本来我是住在一个公寓里的,但是我被房东赶了出来。她给的理由是我在房间里存放了太多东西,但其实我是在每个房客准备礼物,她是知道的。但她好像就是不喜欢我,尽管我每月都按时交房租。


等到我要上庭的那天,Fox突然病倒了。为了照顾他,我错过了上庭时间。"


"I've lived on the street for 9 months and 23 days. I can handle living like this, but it's hard for Fox to stay lively. He's been coughing for a long time.


I was living in an apartment before I got evicted. The reason my landlord gave me was that I was hoarding. But I was actually preparing presents for all the tenants, and she knew that. But I think she just doesn't like me, even though I paid the rent every month.


On the day to go to court, Fox was sick. I had to take care of him, so I missed the court."



“一旦你被赶出来之后,就很难再回到之前的生活了。我努力保持自己仪容整洁,但是这太困难了。很多人慢慢就开始习惯自己身上脏兮兮的,习惯被拒绝 — 被路人拒绝,被招聘公司拒绝,被各种社会组织拒绝。


对流浪汉来说,在这个城市里有三样东西很难找到:水,卫生间,和电。如果我有权力的话,我会在城市里建很多充电站,开放给所有人。我还会提供很多保证清洁的卫生间。但事实上,流浪汉遇到的这些问题很少被关注到,更不用说被理解了。”


"Once you got out, it's hard to get back on your feet. I tried to keep my appearance, but it's really hard. A lot of people just get used to the dirt, and constant rejection — from the people walking by, from the employers, from organizations.


For homeless people, there are three things that are hard to find in this city: water, bathroom, and electricity. If I can, I will have many charging station in this city to serve whoever in need. I will also have more bathrooms that are guaranteed clean. But actually, these problems facing the homeless people are rarely paid attention or even understood."



“我总是用乐观的态度去看待生活。我想出书,我要把我经历过的这一切都记录下来。我要帮助人们去理解。理解实在是太重要了。


很多人都觉得流浪汉沦落街头是因为好吃懒做,就连我母亲都觉得我到现在这个地步完全是我自己的问题。但并不是这样的。像我这种情况就是既没有精神疾病,也不是没能力工作,只是当你跌倒之后,再站起来是件很难的事。


我现在55岁了,我掉了好几颗牙齿,而且很难能把自己收拾利索,这让我几乎没办法找到工作。但人们就总是这样,通过外表去想你是怎样的一个人,这太可笑了。”


"I see life in a positive light. I am writing a book; I want to document everything I have been through. I want to help people understand. It's important to understand.


Many think that people who are homeless because they are lazy, even my mother turns her back on me and thinks it's all my problem. But it's not like that. In my case, I don't have mental problems, I am not incapable of working, but it's hard to get back on your feet once you fall down.

I'm 55 years old. I lost some of my teeth and I have a hard time making myself look decent. This makes it nearly impossible to get a job. But people are always like this, it's funny that they think of you based on your appearance."



“我的狗离不开人,我一走远他就开始不停地叫。我要陪在他身边,我要让他感觉到自己是被爱着的。

只要他还活着,我就会继续活下去。等他去世的时候...我不知道。”


"My dog can't be left alone. He would bark and bark once I walk away. I am gonna stay with him, I want him to feel he's being loved.


As long as he lives, I'll stay alive,

And when he dies… I don't know."



“希望一切都会尽快好起来。” 我在走之前对他说。


“会的,事情会好起来的。谢谢你听我讲这些,享受今天剩下来的时间吧。这个城市有很多问题,但这是个美丽的城市。”


"I hope everything will get better soon." I said before I left.


"It will, eventually. Thanks for listening to me. Enjoy the rest of your day. This city is problematic, but it's a beautiful city."



的确是这样的,这是一个美丽的城市。


Beautiful indeed.














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