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Full Title: Translation and Modernization in East Asia in the 19th and Early 20th Century Conference

Location: Hong Kong, Hong Kong
Start Date: 29-May-2013 - 31-May-2013
Contact: Olivia Lui
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Meeting Description: This conference aims to study the role played by translation in the modernization of East Asian countries in the 19th and early 20th century.

In the 19th and early 20th century, East Asia underwent a process of modernization to cope with the serious challenges brought by the Western powers. This process was characterized by elements ranging from military, political, economic, technological and medical reforms to changes in the legal, administrative, diplomatic as well as education, literary and media systems. The resultant long-term impact shaped the ‘modern’ East Asia in the 20th-21st century.

While modernization was in no way equivalent to westernization, many in the 19th and early 20th century saw the West as a model for modernization. Modernization in East Asia was thus more often than not taken as a process of learning from or even imitating the West. In this process, translation played a crucial role, when efforts were made to import Western ideas, knowledge, concepts and practices.
Linguistic Subfield: Translation
Subject Language: None
LL Issue: 23.2606

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