About Me

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I studied Chinese in Leeds University in the UK, including a year in Beijing, then came to Taiwan after graduation for a year’s language course. I read my master’s degree at the Graduate Institute of Taiwan Literature at National Taiwan University and following that did a stint working as a translator/editor for an English-language online newspaper. I’m now working in marketing in the intellectual property sector. I set out with this blog to practice literary translation and I post translations of short stories and excerpts from novels, but there are also posts on a variety of stuff from reviews of the Taiwanese/Chinese books I’m reading and Chinese and Taiwanese language films I am watching to some interesting language tidbits I have come across in the study of Mandarin and Taiwanese as well as general (and amateur) observations of Taipei. I welcome contributions from people who have an interest in translating Taiwanese and Chinese literature (literature from Taiwan) or who have interesting Taiwanese or Chinese vocabulary to share.

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19 thoughts on “About Me

  1. Your blog is really underrated as it gives insight to the everyday life of the people in Taiwan, from a balanced perspective. I’ve seen far too many recent expats that can not communicate in the local language who try to blog. I guess their views are always welcome but it ends up every skewed in terms of perception.

    • Hey Michael – thanks for reading my blog. I agree with you that it’s very easy to project one’s political alignment with a certain party in one’s home country on to a political party in Taiwan, without a thorough examination of what that party stands for. But I think we’re all guilty of that to a greater or lesser extent. I would love to have the time to do more reading on the history of the two main parties here. BTW just read your blogpost on One Punch Man, I really enjoyed the TV series although I didn’t read the manga. Interesting analysis, I liked how you brought in Animal Farm. I thought the funniest part of the whole series was how serious Saitama was when he was revealing the secret to his super powers.

  2. Working with an online language coaching organization. Would love to connect with you because the language posts are very relevant to intermediate and advanced level English language learners. But we would need to know some details about who you are. You don’t even have a by-line or a name listed on this page. I can understand why you might not publish your details. If you want to check us out, we are http://www.glish.guru . Leave a message with Dani Leis, CEO and she will get back to you.

  3. Hi Conor,

    What a great blog! I’m very impressed. I ended up here because I received your NAIPO newsletter (I’m a tech/IP lawyer in Taiwan) and enjoyed that. I also know your colleague, Scott, very well. Anyway, I sent you a LinkedIn request, but I also look forward to returning here to your blog.

    Cheers!
    Chris

    • Hi Chris – I’m flattered you liked the blog. Thanks for reading the newsletter too. Scott’s a nice guy – very friendly and knowledgeable in terms of IP. I got your invite on LinkedIn and accepted. Always looking to collaborate – whether it’s on books or IP. Thanks for reaching out! 🙂
      Conor

  4. I’m a friend of Colin! He recommended I check out this site and it’s definitely very interesting to see a very different perspective of my home land. I love the effort and the work! Perhaps you’d like some of the poems on my blog as well ^_^

  5. I’ve started working my way through the entire back archive of this blog. Colin, we don’t know each other— though in Taiwan, but of course, we have mutual friends— but thank you for the gift of such fantastic work!

    • Hi Scott. Great to hear you’re interested in Taiwan lit and language. Let me know if you ever want to write a guest post, and always appreciate book or resource recommendations.

  6. Hey Conor, I’ve just been looking through Stand proofs, saw your bio said you were based in Taipei, and followed the link here (this is blog is amazing; I’m looking forward to reading through properly) — I’m going to be in town until the end of May and meeting other translators always makes me happy, so let me know if you’re up for tea/coffee sometime! I’m not sure whether wordpress is going to make my email address visible to you but, if not, I’m natascha[dot]bruce[at]gmail.

  7. Hey Conor, I’ve just been looking through Stand proofs, saw your bio said you were based in Taipei, and followed the link here (this is blog is amazing; I’m looking forward to reading through properly) — I’m going to be in town until the end of May and meeting other translators always makes me happy, so let me know if you’re up for tea/coffee sometime! I’m not sure whether wordpress is going to make my email address visible to you but, if not, I’m natascha[dot]bruce[at]gmail etc

  8. Hi,

    Just wanted to add my name to the growing list of fans — I’ve been really enjoying your blog, and I’m really glad it exists. I work in an unrelated field (mathematics), but it’s been an on-and-off hobby of mine to read Chinese language books, especially Taiwanese books, and also some amateur translating.

    加油!
    -Harrison

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