Translation and Empire Lin Yutang’s vision of the new world order after the Second World War

Yangyang Long*

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This chapter focusses on Lin Yutang's appeal to cultural equity and racial equality in the context wherein Winston Churchill sought to harness the internationalism inherent in the Atlantic Charter to preserve the hegemony of the British Empire. It proposes for the first time that it is Lin's appeal to cultural equity, founded on a method that refuses to prioritise national interests of any nation but rather brings them into conversation as equal members of world organisations, that serves as the basis of his vision of the new world order. This is the same sense of cultural equity that Lin always strives to achieve between the source and the target cultures within the space of zhongyong, a cultural equity that rejects prioritising either the retaining of the distinctiveness of the source culture or the clarity of the translated text in the receiving culture but rather allows both to co-energise.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Works of Lin Yutang
Subtitle of host publicationTranslation and Recognition
PublisherTaylor and Francis
Number of pages19
ISBN (Electronic)9781000925074
ISBN (Print)9781032549576
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2023


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