Lifelong Learning in Action: Hong Kong Practitioners' Perspectives

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Continuing Education in Translation:
Issues and Prospects

Tommy Koon – Ki Ho


INTRODUCTION

In this chapter I wish to consider the provision of translation education in Hong Kong with particular reference to CE courses. In order to put this into a meaningful context, I shall first give a brief account of translation as a practice in everyday life. I shall then deal with the social and political conditions that have led to a greater demand for translation courses in recent years, with particular reference to business and law. Next, I consider translation as an academic discipline in tertiary institutions in Hong Kong and go on to look at some of the problems and issues that have arisen in trying to satisfy the demand for translation programmes. I conclude by outlining some possible solutions.


TRANSLATION PRACTICE IN HONG KONG

Hong Kong was a British colony for 157 years. English was the only official language until 1974. Although the majority of the population is Chinese and speaks Cantonese, English was used on all official occasions and in legal documents. Even where a Chinese version was provided, for example

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