刻板印象的陷阱

 

聽說荷蘭恩荷芬 (Eindhoven) 市長 Rob van Gijzel 這幾天在台灣。

他近年多次訪台,也是柯文哲2015就任後,一月就來訪的外賓。記得當時柯市長是這麼說的

During the meeting, the two mayors exchanged views on development – especially those regarding the projects with Shezi Island (社子島) and Guandu Plains(關渡平原).

Ko recalled the famous saying: “God created the sea, but the Dutch created the Land.” Noting how the city is able to learn from the experience of the European nation, he promised to contact them if Taipei needs assistance with technical knowledge in the future.

這些描述對低地國荷蘭的沿海地區,比如阿姆斯特丹、鹿特丹、甚至葛羅寧根,可能都還算貼切。偏偏靠近內陸,鄰近比利時邊境的恩荷芬,是荷蘭少數在海平面上的都市。沒聽過市場花園作戰就算了,但恩荷芬不僅是飛利浦的發源地,也以創新、工業設計見長。

刻板印象實在害人不淺,慎之。