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Quarterly Essay: Linda Jaivin on Translation
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?
In this video, Linda Jaivin - writer and leading translator of Chinese - speaks with Toni Jordan about culture, difference, (mis)understanding and its unpredictable consequences in the context of China and the West.
She also offers behind-the-scenes insights into the work of translation – and ideas on how we can bridge the inevitable gap of understanding between different worldviews.