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Kam Louie

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9789888028412

Published to Hong Kong Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5790/hongkong/9789888028412.001.0001

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Chinese English, English Chinese: Biliteracy and Translation

Chinese English, English Chinese: Biliteracy and Translation

(p.55) 4 Chinese English, English Chinese: Biliteracy and Translation
Hong Kong Culture
Kam Louie
Hong Kong University Press

This chapter examines biliteracy or bilingualism not through code mixing but the multifocal lens of translation. The chapter forges connections between biliteracy and cultural identity, and traces how cultural hybridity emerges from the exchange between Chinese and English. The dynamic changes in translation studies in recent decades make its choice even more compelling. Besides having outcomes for translation practice, these changes also generate conceptual rethinking that affiliates with critical and cultural theories. The chapter gives an account of recent translation studies and delineates the critical issues about language and cultural identity that it raises. These issues frame detailed discussions of three sets of Hong Kong literary texts in both Chinese and English as instantiations of biliteracy; each of these sets can posit a way of seeing, or a modality, of biliteracy. Translation studies can help disclose the insights of these modalities for both language use and cultural identity.

Keywords:   biliteracy, bilingualism, translation, cultural identity, cultural hybridity, Chinese, English, Hong Kong, literary texts

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