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6. HUMANITIES, General language studies, Studies on Film

Publication Details

Dick, Jennifer K.; Schwerter, Stephanie (Hg.)

Transmissibility and Cultural Transfer: Dimensions of Translation in the Humanities

200 Seiten, Paperback. 2012
ISBN 978-3-8382-0402-4


In today’s globalized market, Asian films are being increasingly exported; often,

multilingual movies deal with more complex societal issues and catch the interest of

a foreign audience interested in having an open door, one might say multiple doors,

into another society. The nearly complete lack of a system enabling such an audience

to be made aware of the complex multilingual and multilingual characters in such

movies ends up providing a distorted and simplified view of Chinese, Taiwanese,

Hong Kong and Singaporean societies as reflected in its cinemas.

This chapter examines all the resulting issues and cultural misunderstandings that can occur when an audience understands Chinese language films only with the help of subtitles or dubbing