The Challenges of Localization
Cultural Studies and Language Series - Spring 2022
OPEN TO THE PUBLIC | Fiction translation isn't a cut-and-dry science, and conveying the original spirit of the text through the prism of a different language and culture requires creativity and forethought. This talk will explore and discuss some of the challenges Japanese-to-English fiction translation often brings, using examples from both visual and non-visual mediaーand we'll have fun doing it.
Giuseppe di Martino is a Bennington alumnus (Class of 2011) and freelance translator specializing in Japanese → English fiction, including novels such as the Crest of the Stars series and THE WALL: The Refugees' Path to a New Republic. Having spent much of his working life in Japan, his career has spanned from assistant English teacher to Japanese bank receptionist. He has also served as Language Chair of the JET Alumni Association of New York.