Although many museums nowadays provide multilingual services, translations in museums have not received enough attention from researchers. The issue of how ideology embedded in museum texts is translated is particularly under-researched. Since museums are often important sites for tourists to learn about a nation, translation plays a pivotal role in mediating how international visitors construct the host nation’s identity. The translation of national identity is even more important when sensitive topics are dealt with, such as exhibitions of the past in memorial museums. This paper takes the Taipei 228 Memorial Museum as a case study to examine how Taiwanese identity is formatted in the Chinese text and reframed in the English translation. The current study found inconsistent historical perspectives embedded in both texts, particularly in the English translation. We argue that, without awareness of ideological assumptions embedded in translations, museums run the risk of sending unintended messages to international visitors.
- School of Social Sciences - Assistant Professor
- School of Social Sciences, Languages & Intercultural Studies - Assistant Professor
- Research Centres and Themes, Intercultural Research Centre - Assistant Professor
- Research Centres and Themes, Centre for Translating and Interpreting Studies in Scotland - Assistant Professor
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