In an age of Google Translate, Viki, fan fiction, and YouTube, explore how translators adapted their craft to make sense of new media.
This project seeks to examine the ways in which new media from Asia are being translated. The materials assembled by student assistants for this project will be employed in the development of a course syllabus on the translating new media.
Students will also be encouraged to develop projects for presentation at a conference or publication in an undergraduate research journal. Examples of topics to be examined could include subbing communities, machine or visual translation programs, computer assisted translation, audiobook performances of translated literature, web novels, etc.
Prof. Hakala will assist students in requesting sources through UB Libraries, securing funding to visit Asian Studies library collections, and preparing a presentation at a research conference or paper for publication in a journal. Students interested in this project will need to read some introductory works on translation and popular culture in Asia and demonstrate proficiency with bibliography software (e.g., EndNote, Bookends, Zotero) before beginning this project.
|Length of commitment||Depends on student interest|
|Level of collaboration||Depends on student interest|
|Benefits||Academic credit, Work study|
|Who is eligible||Intermediate-level facility with one or more Asian languages preferred, experience traveling or living in Asia, interest in new Asian media|
If you are planning to use this project to satisfy program requirements for your academic major or minor, it is your responsibility to obtain approval from your academic department prior to beginning the project.
Once you begin the digital badge series, you will have access to all the necessary activities and instructions. Your mentor has indicated they would like you to also complete the specific preparation activities below. Please reference this when you get to Step 2 of the Preparation Phase.