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East Asian Translation

This satellite brings together colleagues researching and working with the translation of East Asian languages across the School of Languages, Cultures and Societies:

Dr Martin Ward, Dr Cuie Xu, and Austin Woerner

This satellite seeks to advance and disseminate research into the translation of East Asian languages.

Mediating between ‘East’ and ‘West’, we consider different cultures, political systems, contexts, views on theory, methodologies and more as we work with Chinese, Japanese, and Korean. Our particular areas of interest include translation pedagogy, children’s books, online literature, music, theatre, game translation and localisation, media and journalism, graphic novels, popular science, Japanese anime, machine translation and human translation, Korean films, Chinese political discourse, literary translation.

If you are interested in joining the group, please contact Dr Martin Ward (

We address a broad range of research questions, such as:

  • Challenges in Machine Translation
  • Challenges in translating Korean films
  • Challenges in translating Children’s books
  • Approaches to Translating Popular Science (based on an analysis of student translation project)
  • What can we learn from a good piece of human translation?
  • Challenges in Teaching translation (Pedagogical research) (Academic writing ability, critical thinking ability, the language (e.g., register) used in target culture, the command of the TL grammar and vocabulary, (student’s) writing skills, comprehension of ST, research to the ST.)

Visiting Research Fellows

The satellite also serves to support visiting researchers within the field of East Asian Translation Studies during their time in Leeds, providing spaces for engagement and giving visibility to their work.

Current visiting research fellows:

Dr Yuanyuan XU , Xihua University, China

For anyone interested in applying to spend a period of time in the School of Languages, Cultures and Societies as a Visiting Research Fellow (who would normally be a full-time member of another university/institution), please follow this guidance.


East Asian Translation satellite launch and research talk: "Is Dao Translatable?" by XIONG Wei

Title: Is Dao Translatable? Speaker: Professor XIONG Wei, Chair of the Department of Translation and Interpreting Studies, Wuhan University Abstract...

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