Building South Korea’s TED Translators community

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Photos courtesy of JY Kang.

The same weekend that Japanese TED Translators gathered in Tokyo to hone their translation chops and community-build, Korean TED Translator JY Kang (who also attended TED2018) and two Korean Language Coordinators (Jihyeon Kim and InHyuk Song) organized and hosted a similar one-day event in Seoul.

21 translators (ranging from a father and his two children to a 14-year-old student to a translator with a casted broken foot) traveled from various parts of South Korea (including Jeju Island) to participate. In addition to meeting and getting to know each other, the attendees shared and discussed their respective TED Translators experiences and knowledge, as well as their ongoing efforts to build translation communities where they live. “We all believe in the power of translation to communicate important ideas around the world regardless of the distances and boundaries between people,” JY said, “and so we’re thrilled to contribute as TED Translators to the strengthening of the global translation community—whether through gatherings like this or our individual translations.”

Given such energy and enthusiasm, it’s safe to say we can look forward to the continued growth of TED Translators in South Korea.