When Stranger Meet by Kio Stark (2016)

Tell me what you mean when you say the word stranger.

  • Someone you’ve only seen once.
  • The entire world of people you’ve never met or encountered.
  • All the people who are unknown to you but possibly knowable, the people who you’re aware of as individuals in some way, but have never met or encountered in person.
  • People you have personal information about but have not met, like a friend of a friend, or a public person.
  • A person who doesn’t share your context, whether that is ideological or geographical.
  • A person you don’t have anything in common with.
  • Someone who is not part of any group you define yourself as belonging to.
  • Someone you can’t understand.
  • Someone who is a threat.
  • Someone you encounter frequently but don’t know anything about other than what you can observe.
  • Someone whose name you don’t know.

We are surrounded by individuals, not categories. There are adventures to be had here, adventures you can set out for every day of your life. To really understand how you divide the world, to use your senses to choose whom to make familiar, and to stop and say hello to a stranger, these bold acts can transform your emotional experience of the public world. And you can transform the public world itself right along with you.


Cities are machines for interaction among strangers, and more than fifty percent of the global population now lives in cities.


Design by MGMT.design
Illustrations by Julia Rothman

Yi Yi (2000) by Edward Yang

楊德昌 作品《一一

在婆婆的葬禮上,洋洋念了一段自己寫的話送給婆婆:「婆婆,對不起。不是我不喜歡跟你講話,只是我覺得我能跟你講的,你一定老早就知道了。不然,你就不會每次都叫我『聽話』。就像他們都說你走了,你也沒有告訴我你去了哪裡。所以我覺得,那一定是我們都知道的地方。婆婆,我不知道的事情太多了,所以,你知道我以後想做什麼嗎?我要去告訴別人他們不知道的事,給別人看他們看不到的東西。我想,這樣一定天天都很好玩。說不定,有一天,我會發現你到底去了哪裡。到時候,我可不可以跟大家講,找大家一起過來看你呢?婆婆,我好想你,尤其是我看到那個,還沒有名字的小表弟。就會想起你常跟我說:你老了。我很想跟他說:我也覺得……我也老了。」

吉本芭娜娜作品系列 Banana Yoshimoto (2019)

上海译文出版社 (2019.01出版)