Palgrave Studies in Languages at War

Surviving in Violent Conflicts

Chinese Interpreters in the Second Sino-Japanese War 1931–1945

Authors: Guo, Ting

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  • Offers a balanced and dispassionate analysis of a range of sources such as archives, personal interviews and personal memoirs of interpreters working in violent conflict zones
  • Traces the social trajectory of the interpreters who worked within China during the Second Sino-Japanese War
  • Argues that interpreting history in China has been simplified and idealized to fit the larger cultural discourse of nationalism
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This book examines the relatively little-known history of interpreting in the Second Sino-Japanese War (1931-45). Chapters within explore how Chinese interpreters were trained and deployed as an important military and political asset by competing domestic and international powers, including the Chinese Nationalist Government (Kuomingtang), the Chinese Communist Party and Japanese forces. Drawing from a wide range of sources, including archives in mainland China and Taiwan, memoirs and interviews with former military interpreters, it discusses how the interpreting profession was affected by shifts of foreign policy and how interpreters’ professional habitus was formed through their training and interaction with other social agents and institutions. By investigating individual interpreters’ career development and border-crossing strategies, it questions the assumption of interpreting as an exclusive profession and highlights interpreters’ active position-taking as a strategy of self-protection, a route to power, or just a chance of a better life.

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Ting Guo is Lecturer in the Department of Modern Languages, University of Exeter, UK. A specialist in translation history, she has written widely on the roles of Chinese translators and interpreters in twentieth century China. She has published articles in journals such as Literature Compass, Translation Studies, and Translation Quarterly.

Table of contents (6 chapters)

Table of contents (6 chapters)

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Surviving in Violent Conflicts
Book Subtitle
Chinese Interpreters in the Second Sino-Japanese War 1931–1945
Authors
Series Title
Palgrave Studies in Languages at War
Copyright
2016
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan UK
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-1-137-46119-3
DOI
10.1057/978-1-137-46119-3
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-137-46118-6
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIII, 200
Number of Illustrations
1 b/w illustrations
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