1st Edition

Translating and Interpreting in Korean Contexts Engaging with Asian and Western Others

Edited By Ji-Hae Kang, Judy Wakabayashi Copyright 2019
    262 Pages 4 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    262 Pages 4 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    The focus of this volume is on how the people of the Korean Peninsula—historically an important part of the Sinocentric world in East Asia and today a vital economic and strategic site—have negotiated oral and written interactions with their Asian neighbors and Europeans in the past and present through the mediation of translators and interpreters.

    These encounters have been shaped by political, social, and cultural factors, including the shared use of the Chinese writing system in East Asia for many centuries, attitudes toward other Asians and Westerners, and perceptions of Korean identity in relation to these Others. After exploring aspects of historical interactions, the volume addresses how the role and practice of translation and interpreting have recently evolved as a result of the development of digital technology, an increase in the number of immigrants, and changes in political and cultural dynamics in the region. It covers a range of historical and contemporary aspects, genres, and venues that extend beyond the common yet restrictive focus on literary translation and includes discussions of translator training and academic studies of translation and interpreting in Korea.

    Introduction (Judy WAKABAYASHI and Ji-Hae KANG)

    Part I

    1. Official Interpreters of the Joseon Period (Okkyoung BAEK)

    2. Interpreter and Translator Training in Late Nineteenth-Century Korea (Jung-hwa YU)

    3. Christian Knowledge and Beliefs as a Conduit for Buddhism in the Translation of Palsangnok (Jinsil CHOI)

    4. How Concepts of Social Darwinism were Translated in East Asia: Focusing on the Works of Katō Hiroyuki, Yan Fu, and Yu Kil-Chun (Han-Nae YU)

    5. Translating Korea: Re-vising Poetics, Re-writing Gender during the Japanese Colonial Period and in North Korea (Theresa HYUN)

    6. Building Democratic South Korea: America, the Cold War, and Wolgan Amerika (Ye Jin KIM)

    Part II

    7. Paratextual Framing, Retranslation, and Discourses of Self-Help: An Analysis of Korean Translations of Self-Help from 1918 to 2017 (Ji-Hae KANG)

    8. How Specialized Knowledge is Translated and Transmitted by Media: A Case Study of South Korea’s Business Biweekly DBR (Jungmin HONG)

    9. Translators as Active Agents and Translation as an Anti-Hegemonic Tool in the Civil Sphere: The Newspro Case (Kyung Hye KIM)

    10. Translation within Affective Online Communities: Doctor Who’s TARDIS Crew as a Case Study (Seryun LEE)

    11. A Case Study of Community Interpreting Services for Multicultural Families in South Korea (Jieun LEE, Moonsun CHOI, Jiun HUH, and Aili CHANG)

    12. Philosophical and Conceptual Research on Translation in Korea (Hyang LEE and Seong Woo YUN)

    13. The Past, Present, and Future of Interpreting Studies in Korea: Focus on Shifting Research Paradigms (Jong Hwa WON)


    Ji-Hae KANG is Professor of Translation Studies in the Department of English Language and Literature and Director of Ajou Center for Translation and Interpreting Studies (ACTIS) at Ajou University, South Korea. Her research focuses on translation and interpreting in institutional settings; issues of power, identity, and discourse in transnational exchanges; and the interplay between translation and digital culture. She is the author of Thongyekuy Ihay [Understanding Interpreting] (2004) and guest-editor of the special issue on "Translation in Institutions" for Perspectives (2014). Her articles have appeared in a wide range of peer-reviewed journals, including Target, The Translator, Meta, Perspectives, and The Korean Association of Translation Studies (KATS) Journal.

    Judy WAKABAYASHI teaches Japanese-English translation and translation history at Kent State University in Ohio. Her current research mainly focuses on the history of translation in Japan but also in other parts of East Asia and beyond, with a particular interest in the methodology of translation historiography. She is coeditor of Asian Translation Traditions (2005), Decentering Translation Studies: India and Beyond (2009), and Translation and Translation Studies in the Japanese Context (2012), and the author of numerous journal articles and book chapters on translation.

    'Bold in design and extensive in coverage, this exciting volume of studies on Korean translation, both historical and contemporary, presents in English an array of updated research on a little-explored field. Individual contributors reconceptualize premodern translation (or quasi-translation) practices in Korea, introduce readers to the current scene through hitherto unexamined case-studies, and initiate challenging research questions for future investigation. The editors have done a marvelous job of supplying a missing piece in the puzzle of East Asian translation and illustrating the possibility of bringing Western theory to bear on non-Euro-American traditions.' — Professor Leo Tak-hung Chan, Department of Translation, Lingnan University

    'This book showcases the variety of interests of the translation and interpreting studies research community in East Asia, with a particular focus on Korea. By gathering a handful of seasoned as well as younger researchers, the editors have successfully managed to provide a vibrant picture of the crucial role of translation in the region as authors, explored issues such as the concept of transediting in the dissemination of knowledge via non-profit NewsPro, the importance of translation in the creation of new literary forms in North Korea, the role of translation in the promotion of Western-style democracy in  South Korea, and the significance of the retranslations of a classic such as Self-Help in the quest for the independence of Korea among many other fascinating topics. Additionally, the contributions to this edited collection convincingly interact with published research in the West, which, in turn, will benefit from the range of topics herewith discussed.' — Roberto A. Valdeón, Professor in English Studies, University of Oviedo, Spain

    'This is a landmark collection. It provides, for the first time in English, a comprehensive picture of translation and interpreting in the Korean peninsula. And what a rich tapestry it is! It combines historical depth with contemporary relevance, covers online and activist communities as well as Cold War propaganda and missionary translation, and concludes with disciplinary surveys of both translation and interpreting studies. The book adds significantly to the international understanding of translation in Asia.' — Theo Hermans, Emeritus Professor, Centre for Translation Studies, University College London