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作者: 杨巍   给友人的信: 鼓励更多的人贡献培训地点,支持美国人口普查 2020-03-01 07:53:55  [点击:10438]
T君,近好:

我从去年11月起,一直在商业部下辖的人口普查局(Census Bureau)工作,我的职称是“招聘助理”(Recruiting Assistant or RA)。没想到快退休了,倒混个联邦官员(Federal Officer)当当。得意之下,说给太太听,太座批评说,我这个officer翻译成“官员”不妥,根本是小兵一个!于是我想起大清帝国留给粤语的一个词:差人,好像比较合适。普通话里还找不到合适的翻译呢。

起初,我们差人的职务是招人做差人。我们纽约皇后区有7个地区人口普查办公室(Area Census Office, or ACO,“区查办”?)我属“Long Island City ACO”,我们这个ACO就要招5000个差人!现在人基本够了,正在政审(Background Check),完了就得培训了。我们现在的主要任务就是寻找培训基地。我们要找的是一间房间,有桌椅,够20个人左右一个班,有Wi-Fi可上网,有电源插头用notebook。其他条件比如有厕所,有紧急出口,近公交或易停车,通轮椅(政治正确)等,一般有房间的都会具备。每个差人需要训练一天,或曰8小时。川普总统很节约,所以联邦政府没有租金的钱,只能希望免费使用,但保证赔偿一切损坏。也就是希望依靠国民的爱国心,在绝不影响自己日常业务的前提下,捐献自己空余的时间和场所,以支持我们的政府,我们的国家。当然这也是支持本地区,因为从联邦政府到地区的各级政府,都是凭着人口普查的数据来分配用于支持各地区的预算的,包括支持本地交通,教育,医疗,文化,福利等等预算。本地少数一个人,就意味着少分一份钱。

我们差人寻找的对象,就是各处教堂,寺庙,老人中心,课后补习班,Community Center,甚至某些公司等等,一切有可能有这样场所的地方。至于图书馆,学校等,ACO另有专人联系,不劳我们去说。我们的培训,主要是三月里,但可能延续到四五月,都有班。我们希望人家最好能供我们连续多天使用,但是哪怕每周只有一天也好,甚至两个半天也行。例如不少老人中心是上午忙下午空,而补习中心往往是上午空下午忙。

我渐渐发展出来我的一套说辞:
Hello, I am William Yang, a recruiting assistant or RA of Census Bureau, of the Federal Government. You know Federal Government do Census once every ten years, so we do not have many permanent spaces. Now we already recruited many Census workers; we need train them to do Census jobs. We are looking for training spots right now. Basically, we are looking for rooms with tables and chairs enough for 20 or more people, with Wi-Fi and electricity outlets. Every of our worker need be trained 8 hours, better in a whole day, but also could be divided into two half days if we have to. The most people will be trained in March, but someone may be in April or even May. The schedule is totally up to your availability, we don't want to disturb your any regular business, even one day or two half days a week is appreciated. Since our President Trump always tries to save money for us, the tax players, the Federal Government does not have the budget for rent. We are actually relying on our citizens to donate those spaces when they are free, so to support our government and our country. Actually it is also a supporting to our local community, since the governments of all levels distribute their local-aid budgets based on Census data, fail to count anyone means the community gets less money than it deserves.

对于华人,或其他亚裔团体,我可能会再加一句:
We are Asian American, it is time to show Asian American are also real American. We support our government, support our country when our country need our help.

确实,华人,或亚裔经常有抱怨,说人家没有把我们当作真正的美国人。但是要人家当我们是美国人,首先要我们自己吧自己当作美国人。支持我们人口普查,就是支持美国,也支持我们华人(/亚裔)自己。


我希望你们也能支持一下人口普查工作,把我们找培训地点的情况让更多人知道,鼓励更多的人贡献培训地点,以此来支持美国。

祝你健康快乐,万事如意!

杨巍
William Yang
516-558-5411
wei.yang@2020census.gov

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