Translation Studies, one of the fastest developing fields in the humanities
since the early 1980s, has so far been Euro-centric both in its theoretical
explorations and in its historical grounding. One of the major reasons for
this is the unavailability of reliable data and systematic analysis of
translation activities in non-European cultures. While a number of scholars
in the Western tradition of translation studies have become increasingly
aware of this bias and its problems, practicality indicates that the burden
of addressing such deficiencies and imbalances should be on the shoulders
of scholars who are conversant with the non-Western translation traditions
and capable of engaging in much-needed basic research.
This book brings together ten scholars with expertise in different Asian
translation traditions, who highlight language and cultural environments as
well as perceptions and modes of operation often different from those in
the Western tradition. Their contributions enhance our understanding of the
various elements that influence the transfer of knowledge across cultures
and provide invaluable data for the study of translation as a force for
cultural development and cultural planning.
Contributors include Eva Hung, Judy Wakabayashi, Lawrence Wang-Chi Wong,
Ohsawa Yoshihiro, Theresa Hyun, Keith Taylor, William Cummings, Doris
Jedamski, Raniela Barbaza and Rita Kothari.
Eva Hung served for nineteen years as Director of the Research Centre for
Translation at the Chinese University of Hong Kong, during which time she
promoted the study of Asian translation history. She left the field in
mid-2005 to pursue her interests in other areas. Judy Wakabayashi is an
associate professor of Japanese translation at Kent State University. Her
research interests include the history of translation in Japan.