Translation and Modernization in East Asia in the Nineteenth and Early Twentieth Centuries
Edited by Lawrence Wang-chi Wong
The present volume is a collection of eleven selected papers of the international conference on "Translation and Modernization in East Asia in the 19th and Early 20th Centuries," organized by the Research Centre for Translation, The Chinese University of Hong Kong in May 2013. The conference aimed at studying the role played by translation in the modernization process of the East Asian countries. In the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, many people saw the West as a model for modernization and hence modernization in East Asia was more often than not taken as a process of learning from or even imitating the West. In this process, translation played a crucial role, when efforts were made to import Western ideas, knowledge, concepts, and practices. The articles in this volume study and explain the various translation phenomena in the modernization process of China, Korea, and Japan.