Translation between cultures is a constant in today’s globalised world – whether it’s physical travel, international trade or interactions online. But how well do we really understand each other, and what can go wrong?
Linda Jaivin, a leading translator of Chinese, will talk about culture, difference, (mis)understanding and its unpredictable consequences, in the context of China and the West.
She’ll also offer behind-the-scenes insights into the work of translation – and ideas on how we can bridge the inevitable gap of understanding between different worldviews.
Jaivin will be in conversation with Toni Jordan.
Toni Jordan is the acclaimed author of Addition, Fall Girl and Nine Days. She lives in Melbourne, where she teaches creative writing at RMIT University.
Linda Jaivin is the author of the international bestselling novel Eat Me – a kind of Sex and the Sydney before there was Sex and the City – as well as six other works of fiction, many of which have been published internationally, and four critically acclaimed works of non-fiction, including the China memoir Monkey and the Dragon, the Quarterly Essay Found in Translation: In Praise of a Plural World and Beijing, part of Reaktion Press's Cityscopes series and a love letter to the city to which she first travelled in 1980.