Incorporated in October 1971, the Hong Kong Translation Society is a non-profit making professional body with the object to enhance the standard and professionalism of translation (both oral and written) in Hong Kong.  It became a registered charitable organization with the Hong Kong Government in 1991 on the grounds of education promotion.  It has become a member association of the Translators Association of China since 1986 and of the Federation Internationale des Traducteurs since 1988.
The Society celebrated its 20th anniversary in 1991, with a spectacular piano recital by Fou Ts'ong, world renowned master pianist of Chinese origin.  This gave rise to the institution of a HK$400,000 "Memorial Fund" - in dedication to modern Chinese translation guru Fou Lai - further consolidating its support to translation activities in Hong Kong.
There is no doubt that Hong Kong will continue to play a major role in the international world of business and communication, as well as occupying a key position in South-East Asia.   High-level translators and interpreters will continue to be in great demand if Hong Kong is to remain an effective bridge between China and the rest of the world.  The Hong Kong Translation Society enjoys a tax exempt status granted by the Inland Revenue Department of Hong Kong under section 88 of the Inland Revenue Ordinance (English version/Chinese version).  It is wholly committed to its continual contribution to the cause of translation in Hong Kong.
To provide opportunities for sharing and exchange, talks and seminars on translation and language related themes are held from time to time; a bulletin, a refereed journal and a members' directory are published regularly.   The Hong Kong Translation Society Scholarships under commercial sponsorship were established in 1991 to recognize academic achievements of translation students and promote translation as a discipline in recognized local tertiary institutions.  The Society conducted its own Diploma and Advanced Diploma examinations from 1991 to 1995, specifically designed to be exacting, practical tests of translating and interpreting at undergraduate and graduate levels, offering opportunities to capable persons lacking formal qualifications.  The Society has also offered professional expertise upon consultation on various issues, such as translation and language education in Hong Kong, the English translation of the Basic Law of the Special Administrative Region of Hong Kong, and the Hong Kong Youth Translation and Simultaneous Interpretation Competition.  Maintaining close ties with both local and international translation bodies is a major area of effort of the Translation Society.  Visits to Chinese and Taiwan associations, liaison with British and American institutions, holding of regional and international conferences, inter alia, in the past years are attempts to promote academic and professional exchange between Hong Kong and other parts of the world.   Note: The Hong Kong Translation Society is an academic society.  It does not refer members or potential persons for commercial translation undertakings.
Published four times a year, the Translation Quarterly is the official publication of the Hong Kong Translation Society. The first of its kind in Hong Kong, the journal aims at providing a forum for the exchange of views and ideas concerning translation both as a professional activity and a field for scholarly investigation. Its first issue appeared in 1995, and since that time it has published articles, book reviews, articles and brief notices by over seventy translation scholars, teachers and researchers. In 2009, it entered into an electronic licensing relationship with Ebsco Publishing, the world’s most prolific aggregator of full text journals, magazines and other sources. Since the complete text of the journal can now be found on the Ebsco database, it is accessible to readers all over the world via major public, college and universities that are subscribers.When Liu Ching-chih, who edited issues 1-34, stepped down as Chief Editor upon retirement, the helmsmanship of the Translation Quarterly was taken over by Leo Tak-hung Chan (Lingnan University), who is presently assisted by Executive Editors Robert Neather (Hong Kong Baptist University) and Joseph Poon Hon-kwong (University of Hong Kong), and Associate Executive Editors Lee Tong King (University of Hong Kong) and Shao Lu (Sichuan International Studies University). The Advisory Board of the journal is made up of internationally renowned specialists in the field, including Mona Baker, Cay Dollerup, Howard Goldblatt, Lin Wen-yueh, Lo Xinzhang, Wolfgang Lörscher, Göran Malqvist, James St. André, Gideon Toury, Xie Tianzhen, Yang Cheng-shu, Anthony Yu and Yu Kwang-chung. All the article submissions are peer-reviewed anonymously by experts who make recommendations about their acceptance or rejection.
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