Translation as A Cultural Emissary ---- A review of Intercultural Communication in China from the Perspective of Culture and Translation. Paper by Chen Qingqing Wang Xiaoping Presentation by Chen Qingqing Shanghai International Studies University.
Translation as A Cultural Emissary---- A review of Intercultural Communication in China from the Perspective of Culture and Translation
Paper by Chen Qingqing
Presentation by Chen Qingqing
Shanghai International Studies University
I do not want my house to be walled in on all sides and my windows to be stuffed. I want the cultures of all lands to be blown about my house as freely as possible. But I refuse to be blown off my feet by any.
----Mohandas K. Gandhi
“The translator is a bilingual mediating agent between monolingual communication participants in two different language communities.”
----George Sterner (1975:45)
A cultural mediator is a person who facilitates communication, understanding, and action between persons and groups who differ with respect to language and culture. The role of the mediator is performed by interpreting the expressions, intentions, perceptions, and expectations of each cultural group to the other, that is, by establishing and balancing the communication between them. In order to serve a link in this sense, the mediator must be able to participate to some extent in both cultures. Thus a mediator
must be to a certain extent bicultural.
----R. Taft (1981:53)
“Communicative translation attempts to render the exact contextual meaning of the original in such a way that both content and language are readily acceptable and comprehensible to the readership.”
Three peak periods of translation in China: