From the Administrator
Hello, it's a great honor to address you as the CLD’s new administrator.
For those of you who attended the Denver Conference, it was a pleasure meeting you. For the quiet but hard-working majority of the CLD membership, thank you for your confidence in me. I look forward to working with you to accomplish our new and renewed goals and to serving our membership's best interests. We will work on the design of our website and promoting our services to the world 24/7 as well. As more people in the U.S. are taking courses and pursuing degrees in Chinese, we need to reach out to them and increase our division membership. We will continue to work with the ATA on the Chinese to English Certification Exam so that our existing and prospective members will have the training and qualifications to work in that language pair. We will publicize news about our Division, the work groups we are forming, and all other developments that are taking place. I encourage all of you to volunteer and take part in a work group of your interest and to turn the CLD into a major player.
Bin Liu, ATA Chinese Language Division Administrator (2010-2012)
English to Chinese Translator
From the Immediate Past Administrator
Dear CLD colleagues,
Many thanks to those of you who attended the ATA Annual Conference in Denver. We had a good turnout and I think the attendees also enjoyed the joint JLD-KLD-CLD social evening at the Mongolian Grill. Although we had planned for about 30 attendees, based on email responses, we had a final tally of 62!! It was fortunate that the restaurant could accommodate all of us.
The results of the CLD election were announced at our Division Meeting, and I'm happy to tell you that Mr. Liu Bin is our new CLD Division Administrator. Congratulations to Liu Bin!! The election was close, and the other candidate, Mr. Wu Di, has indicated his intent to continue helping the CLD. Thanks to you both for your efforts in serving our members.
We want also to thank Mr. Wen Huang, an accomplished literary translator, for his excellent and enlightening presentation at Denver. I think there must be someone else in the CLD who could do this kind of work in conveying the sense of one culture to another. Wen Huang certainly showed us some of the pitfalls of this kind of work, and his success in publishing several translated works should be an inspiration to us all.
I noted at the CLD meeting that I will continue to work on the Chinese>English certification exam. Michele LeSourde, Bart Zobel and I attended some grader sessions during the conference, and Jessie Lu will be helping us from his perspective as an English>Chinese grader. We also have the strong backing of Jim Walker on the Certification Committee to get this thing done soon. We'll be submitting passages for approval by the Certification Committee, and hope to have a practice exam ready by May next year. Remember that there are some incentives for you to sign up as 'intending' to take the Chinese>English exam. Please contact ATA Certification Committee Manager firstname.lastname@example.org for further information and registration.
Your new administrator, Liu Bin, will be needing help from our entire membership. There are many ways we can help, by developing presentations for the conference, by suggesting and helping organize activities for the CLD (dinner in Boston next year, outings and interesting tours), and by getting involved in the mailing list and website work. We need to show ATA that Chinese is an important language and our work in the language pair is worthy of greater recognition by ATA.
The group who attended the conference this year has already started to correspond with each other. We need to reach out to all CLD members who are active in our language pair, and we need to recruit new members among those translators who are not yet ATA members. We need to show them that there is benefit in ATA membership and in CLD membership. We have previously offered to share terminology and discuss obscure phrases and new meanings, and we encourage you all to continue such discussions among members. It can only make us all better translators!
Finally, it has been an honor to be your Division Administrator for the past two years. Now let's all help Liu Bin develop the CLD to new heights in membership and to raise our profile at ATA headquarters!!
Bruce Hyman, Administrator 2008-2010
Chinese to English & Vietnamese to English Translator
- At ATA's 51st Annual Conference in Denver (Oct. 27-30, 2010), the Chinese Language Division renewed itself again. Veteran members brought to the Conference new ideas and grander plans. They are joined by new members with fresh perspective and overwhelming energy. A higher percentage of members from the West, Midwest and Canada made it to the Conference, which is evidence of CLD's global reach and local presence. Their thoughts on the Denver Conference and the benefits of being a CLD member are captured in this Newsletter.
- At the Conference Division Meeting, a new CLD Administrator and Assistant Administrator were elected for the term 2010-2012. Bin Liu became the new Administrator through ballot voting and Todd Cornell became the new Assistant Administrator by acclamation. As the new Administrators, Bin Liu and Todd Cornell will work to accomplish the set-out goals: design a CLD website and initiate an ATA Chinese-to-English Certification Exam.
- Immediately after the Denver Conference, Bin Liu followed up with a thank-you e-mail to our Distinguished Speaker, Mr. Wen Huang, our equally distinguished joint presenters Professor Yuanxi Ma and Mr. Di Wu, and our immediate past administrator, Mr. Bruce Hyman. Their active participation and contribution to CLD sessions won our admiration and praise.
- In early November, a call for articles was issued to CLD members who had attended the Denver Conference as a way to kick start to the much-anticipated renewal of the CLD Newsletter, much missed over the past 10 years. A dozen suggested topics were given and members were also encouraged to propose interesting and informative topics of their own. Katie Spillane, a CLD member and Chinese to English translator, agreed to be the Editor of our Newsletter. Evelyn Garland, another CLD member and contributor to The ATA Chronicle, will serve as our Layout Editor. We owe them much appreciation and good wishes.
- In order to develop Division services, we have set up specific Workgroups tasked with specific duties. Mr. Di Wu, a highly regarded CLD member and charismatic presenter, offered to head our Conference Presentation and Participation Workgroup. Our immediate past administrator, Mr. Bruce Hyman, is leading our efforts for an early launch of the Chinese to English Certification Exam. He will be assisted by Michelle LeSourd, Dan Tutolo, Todd Cornell and others. Bin Liu is spearheading the CLD Website Design Workgroup.
- To facilitate the CLD's activities and accomplishment of set goals, Liping Zhao has kindly agreed to act as the administrative coordinator for the current term. Our sincere thanks goes to Ms. Zhao for her willingness and time.
- On December 9, 2010, our much-anticipated CLD listserv was made available to all CLD members. Listserv members have responded to this online forum for sharing ideas and work with enthusiasm. Productive discussions on a range of interesting topics have already begun and we welcome all CLD members to join. For those who have not yet joined the list, here's how:
If you don't already have a Yahoo! account, you will need to get one.
Go to http://groups.yahoo.com and next to _New User?_ click the _Sign In_ button. The next page will take you through the steps.
Once you have a Yahoo! account, go to this link:
http://tech.groups.yahoo.com/group/ATA-CLD_Listserve/ and click the _Join This Group!_ button on the right hand side of the home page.
Or you can ask to join the group by sending a message to ATA-CLD_Listserveemail@example.com
You can control how you receive messages: individual messages, a daily digest, or you can choose to receive no messages and just access it online. If you have any problems, feel free to contact the CLD listserv moderator, Bin Liu at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Bin Liu, ATA Chinese Language Division Administrator (2010-2012)
English to Chinese Translatore-mail: email@example.com