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Patronage, Ideology and Manipulation: The Translation of Ao-men Hsin-wen-chih During the First Opium War

Volume 3, Issue 4, August 2019    |    PP. 145-158    |PDF (326 K)|    Pub. Date: August 23, 2019
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WANG Hai, School of Interpreting and Translation Studies, Guangdong University of Foreign Studies, Guangzhou, China.
XIAO Li, Lecturer, School of English for International Business, Guangdong University of Foreign Studies, Guangzhou, China.

Abstract: During the special historical period of July 1839 to November 1840, Lin Tse-hsu and his translator team selected and translated some articles from foreign newspapers such as The Canton Press, The Canton Register, The Canton Miscellany and The Chinese Repository into Chinese, which were collected into Ao-men Hsin-wen-chih (Macao News). This article explores the manipulation of patronage and ideology over the translation of Ao-men Hsin-wen-chih. As the undifferentiated patron of Ao-men Hsin-wen-chih, Lin Tse-hsu was involved in translator selection, source text selection, adding target-text annotation and he even determined and interacted with the target readers. It is also revealed that under the manipulation of patronage and ideology, the translators rewrote the translation by adopting such strategies as edited translation and adaptation, foreignization and domestication, uglification and dwarfing.

Keywords: Ao-men Hsin-wen-chih; ideology; manipulation

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WANG Hai, XIAO Li, Patronage, Ideology and Manipulation: The Translation of Ao-men Hsin-wen-chih During the First Opium War, SCIREA Journal of Sociology. Vol. 3 , No. 4 , 2019 , pp. 145 - 158 .


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