Ganesh Ramasamy- Making Friends with the Locals／高雄輕軌的生力軍 Ganesh Ramasamy
Ganesh Ramasamy- Making Friends with the Locals
◎English translation: Peng Hsin-yi
◎Photo by Hou Ya-ting
Spanish based CAF (Construcciones Y Auxiliar de Ferrocarriles) is the contracted company that is responsible for building Kaohsiung's Light Rail Transit. Many foreign nationals have contributed significantly to its construction. Having arrived in Kaohsiung a year ago, Ganesh Ramasamy is one of the foreign nationals who has been working on the project. His role is the Warranty Manager. A Malaysian of Indian decent, he said half of Malaysian population originated from India, while the other from China. Growing up with such diverse society, the Chinese culture was familiar to him. He feels that due to his multicultural background it has been easy for him to adapt and blend into life in Kaohsiung.
Mr. Ramasamy pointed out that Kaohsiung's Light Rail Transit is the first in the world to have a catenary-free system. The exciting project was a substantial contract for CAF. Now that it has been completed, it is the pride and joy of Kaohsiung. "If someone wants to experience the most advanced light rail transit in the world, they've got to come to Kaohsiung!" he exclaims.
Mr. Ramasamy converses in Mandarin at a conversational level, but has limited Taiwanese. However, he has made many great friends with the Kaohsiung locals; many of whom do not speak English. He also goes to the traditional market where he gets his fish. He has made friends with an older lady that has a market stall. The lady sold him the fish at a much lower price than the previous man that he bought fish from. Now he is a loyal customer to the lady he calls "auntie". He likes it that she explains to him in great detail how fresh the fish is and the characteristics of the catch of the day. Although he doesn't understand most of what she says, he always catches the gist and every time he goes back, she is always happy to see him. "I buy fish from Auntie and no other!" he declares. It goes to show that language is no barrier when it comes to friendship. Mr. Ramasamy feels that in order for one to get a more authentic experience living in Kaohsiung, it is important to respect and identify with the local culture and participate in local activities.
高雄輕軌的生力軍 Ganesh Ramasamy
高雄輕軌第一階段試營運將於今(2015)年8月上路，有許多外籍朋友也一同為輕軌建設貢獻心力，Ganesh Ramasamy是輕軌統包廠商西班牙CAF公司保固經理，一年前進駐高雄服務，Ganesh指出，高雄輕軌是全世界第一個採用全線無架空線系統的城市，因此高雄輕軌對他所屬的西班牙CAF公司意義重大，更是高雄的榮耀，Ganesh 說：「未來想體驗最先進的輕軌，就得造訪高雄！」
Ms. Fan Tzu-han's Unique Enamel and Metal Craftwork
◎English translation: Wendy Wei Chang
Metal craft designer, Ms. Fan Tzu-han shows off her "Corner I" brooch, which recently won second place in the 28th International Cloisonne Jewelry Contest at the Ueno Royal Museum in Tokyo. The brooch was crafted from a combination of enamel and metal and is symbolic of her old san ho yuan (traditional Taiwanese house). The image on the brooch is a rice paddy seen from a window with an egret resting on the sill. Copper was used to create the sun-drenched trees, and tile from Ms. Fan's hometown was also incorporated. The delicate brooch reflects memories of the artist's hometown.
Ms. Fan created her own jewelry brand "Iry Fang" after completing her Master's degree at Tainan National University of the Arts. She specializes in metal crafts, brooches, earrings, and necklaces etc. Her work is creative and designs are inspired by her own perspectives, feelings and life experiences. Taiwanese tiles have become an important component as she feels it reflects Taiwanese culture. She also incorporates polished pebbles technique (a technique that was used in Taiwanese old buildings) to create a series of necklaces. Ms. Fan used plastic-steel soil and colorful pebbles to create various shapes of jewelry. She combines classic enamel, metals craft and her polished pebble technique to present modern brooches, earrings and necklaces.
Ms. Fan is constantly finding new ways to create unique and marketable jewelry. Each piece is an original design inspired by her mood. Her work is always heartwarming and creative. She even has some longtime, loyal customers. Some of her customers have collected her jewelry while she was still a student.
Ms. Fan confesses that starting a business is a bit like gambling. However, she faces challenges with fearless determination and never gives up.
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