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Describe an old person you admire.
You should say:
Who this person is
How long you have known him/her
What qualities he/she has
And why you admire him/her.
Xu Yuanchong was one of the most respected translators and translation theorist in China, who was born in 1921 in Nanchang, the provincial city of Jiangxi in China. And this legendary translator celebrated his 100th birthday on April 18. So it is no exaggeration to say that he devoted his whole life to classics translation.
He had been a professor of literature translation at Peking University since 1983 and written and published many English works such as A Brief Bibliography of English translation on classical Chinese poetry. In 2010, he won the Lifetime Achievement Award in Translation in China. Also, he was the first Asian winner of the “Aurora Borealis Prize” for Outstanding Translation of Fiction.
Throughout his career, he went to great lengths to pursue the beauty of language. It’s not easy to keep a translation as beautiful as the original. But Xu Yuanchong dedicated his life to creating a better translation of Chinese literature, regarding translation as an art not a science. Therefore, English and French-speaking readers can better understand our Chinese culture and feel the beauty of Chinese.