Translation as Performance art

Professor John Minford is a specialist in translating Chinese literature into English. On this episode of Ear to Asia, John talks about the practice of translation and how to train others in the art. He shares with us the challenges and triumphs of rendering classic Chinese texts for contemporary Western readers.

John Minford is primarily known for his translations of Chinese classics such as The Dream of the Red Chamber, and The Art of War — as well as their reading companion guides. In November 2016, he was awarded the inaugural Medal for Excellence in Translation by the Australian Academy of Humanities, for his translation of I Ching.