, Volume 34, Issue 2, pp 91–99 | Cite as

Translation as participation

A reflection on the recent surge of English translation of Chinese classics in China
  • Shiyi YuEmail author


This paper is intended to examine the recent surge in translation of Chinese classics anew into English by Chinese translators and their professed purpose and discuss in a broader context the significance and flipside of this translation practice currently popular among Chinese translators. The author argues that when this translation surge in China promises to deliver a more authentic version of Chinese culture to the world, the act of translation has become more than a site for textual negotiations between literal and free translation, fidelity and creativeness. Among other things, it provides a good opportunity for Chinese translators to reinterpret Chinese culture from the subject position of the other, and participate in the ongoing construction of a global culture.


English Translation Foreign Language Chinese Culture Chinese Translator Chinese Classic 
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© Akadémiai Kiadó 2007

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Foreign LanguagesTsinghua UniversityBeijingP. R. China

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