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By Mei Jia ( China Daily )
Updated:2016-09-14 07:57:44Comments Print Mail Large Medium SmallFrom left to right: Georgian Sinologist Marine Jibladze, South Korean translator Kim Tae-Sung and Latvian bilingual-dictionary compiler Peteris Pildegovics are among the winners of the Special Book Award of China for their contributions in telling Chinese stories to the world. Photos Provided to China DailySouth Korean translator Kim Tae-Sung, one of the 19 recipients of the 10th Special Book Award of China, who was recently honored at the Great Hall of the People, says he was a rebel at university when he started learning Chinese.
And it was only when he was pursuing his masters courses later that he finally understood the power of Chinese literature and began translating it.
Then, thanks to the geographical proximity of his country with China, he began to visit frequently to meet the writers whose works he was translating and introducing to readers in South Korea, he says.
Kim has translated the books of Nobel winner Mo Yan and Tie Ning among the more than 100 works he has translated.
The award Kim won was set up by then General Administration of Press and Publication in 2005 for foreign writers, translators or publishers who made contributions in popularizing Chinese books, or promoting cultural exchanges between China and the world.
This years winners also included five awardees who were given the Youth Award, a category which was introduced last year.
Georgian Sinologist Marine Jibladze, who speaks Mandarin like a native Chinese TV news anchor, won an award in the youth category.
Revealing how he became so proficient in Mandarin, Jibladze says: “I spent a lot of time practicing the tone of speaking during my first year in China.”
Jibladze, who manages the Confucius Institute in Georgia, says Chinas Belt and Road Initiative has led to more exchanges between officials and businesspeople from both countries.
Justifying her decision to focus on the language, she says: “I decided to learn Chinese for I could see a bright future for mutual exchanges.”
Meanwhile tracing the history of the awards, Zhao Haiyun, deputy director of the Department of Import Administration at the State Administration of Press, Publication, Radio, Film and Television, says: “As of this year, a total of 88 translators, sinologists, writers and publishers have been honored for their contributions in telling Chinese stories to the world. They include Howard Goldblatt, Ezra Vogel and Beijing-based publisher Jo Lusby.
“But we are still expanding our range and source of recommendations to look at more countries for candidates,” says Zhao.
At the award ceremony, Minister of the State Administration of Press, Publication, Radio, Film and Television, Cai Fuchao, says China has publishing links with more than 190 countries, 50 of which have established mutual translation projects with China.
Speaking about the awardees, Cai says: “These experts have made outstanding contributions to cultural exchanges … and we look forward to their continued contribution to people-to-people links between China and their countries.”
Among the other winners is Latvian Peteris Pildegovics.
Pildegovics, who has spent 50 years teaching Chinese in Latvia, and has compiled the only Chinese-Latvian dictionary, says his interest in China started in 1949 when his father showed him a magazine about a new country: China.
“I feel a bond with this country. Its my second home,” he says.
Making a joke that he is not a retired cadre who plays mahjong to kill time, Pildegovics, 78, says: “Id like to go on and do what I can for Chinese-language teaching in Latvia and for the Sino-Latvian friendship.”0Related ArticlesNearly 30 science fiction authors attend book signing event in BeijingLibraries share data to trace ancient Chinese booksThe colors of nostalgiaChasing truth through literatureTen creative book stands at the Beijing Book FairTagsbook award writer bookPhotoInk artist captures the beauty of Hangzhou in her worksFrench royal porcelains shine in XianSculptures turn Zhejiang seaside into visual feastA thousand Changes in a thousand painters eyesNew Zealand launches language week to promote Chinese studyBeijing in the eyes of a French artistArtFilmCelebrityFashionFoodTravelSee emotions through a new perspectiveJuans lensCity of memoriesChinese architect shines at London design fairCalligraphers reinterpret the essence of the age-old traditional genreWhere ink art meets with oil paintingInk artist captures the beauty of Hangzhou in her worksThe Disgrace and Honor on canvasElderly artist Wu Biduan holds first retro show of his worksFrench royal porcelains shine in XianSculptures turn Zhejiang seaside into visual feastA view of the world seen through artists eyesMcDull new film set to premiere on Mid-Autumn FestivalChina Film Forum at Venice draws film professionalsChinese films premiere at Toronto International Film FestivalCrosscurrent applies for Oscar competitionAn upcoming action thriller based on Mekong Massacre43 Chinese films to be shown at Xi’an eventHighlights of 41st Toronto International Film FestivalThe Woman Who Left wins Golden Lion at 73rd Venice Film FestivalThe awards ceremony of 73rd Venice Film FestivalZhang Ziyi attends Toronto Intl Film FestivalNatalie portman tells a tale of love and darknessTom Ford hypnotizes Venice with thriller Nocturnal AnimalsActress Liu Yifei spotted in MontrealLiu Yifei and Yang Yang pose for fashion magazineActor Yang Yang poses for Figaro magazineFaye Wong returns to spotlight with Shanghai concertActress Liu Yan releases new shotsHighlights of 41st Toronto International Film FestivalNatalie Portman at screening of Jackie in VeniceNot quite yet Hollywood dazzlingJackie Chan named spokesman of Silk Road film feteActress Zhang Ziyi poses for fashion magazineTaiwans Wei plans mainland tour for new albumTwins release street style shotsAdding class to quality of Erdos cashmereIt Brazilian girlsTaoray Wangs creations presented at New York Fashion WeekNYFW: Oscar de la Renta Spring/Summer 2017New York Fashion Week: Alexander Wang Spring/Summer 2017 collectionFashion in briefCao Fei is driven to create a masterpieceFantasy fashion sketches made with nail polishFirst Lady fashion: Rhapsodies in blueTime for local gems to shineChinese fashion brands show new collectionsHighlights of 2016 Guangdong Fashion WeekA bite of HangzhouUpscale twistYushan countys special mooncake for Mid-Autumn FestivalDo you dare try these weird mooncakesShanghai marks Judgment of Paris wine eventSoul of SpainHealthy mooncake on offerChile serves up lamb from the end of the worldSoul of SpainFestival celebrates SE Asian street foodOnce more with JapaneseEat your foods packaging, dont bin itMagnificent Simian Mountain in Southwest Chinas ChongqingAerial photos show paddy fields in South Chinas GuangxiGlimpses of Lhasas holiday seasonTop 10 destinations for female travelersTop 10 seldom-seen views around the worldQuanzhou charmsYunnan, a travel heavenCity of SpringsMorning sun showers snow-covered Great WallMixing old with new in central Vietnam2013 Top 10 Tourism Destinations Editors PicksCulture Insider: Teachers Day in ancient ChinaPalace Museum to transform exhibition layoutHot wordsCroisements FestivalPalace MuseumEasy TalkGaokaoTop 10sCulture InsiderDragon Boat FestivalTeaChinese at CannesPainting & CalligraphyVideoRoger Ballens photographic artTrailer of The CrewTrailer of Star Trek BeyondColumnsRaymond Zhou:X-Ray
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