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The Third Asian Translators Forum

Theme: Translation in the New Millennium: Inter-Continental Perspectives on Translation

December 6-8, 2001

Hong Kong, China

Organizers: Hong Kong Translation Society, Centre of Asian Studies of Hong Kong University, Literature and Translation Centre of Lingnan University


The Third Forum was held first in Hong Kong University and then in Lingnan University. Nearly 200 translators and scholars from Asia, Europe and Oceania participated in the Forum. Adolfo Gentile, President of FIT, was invited to the forum and delivered the opening speech. 

The Forum was divided into six topics: the Profession of the Translator and Interpreter, the Computer and the Translator, Translation and the Law, Teaching Translation, Translation Theories and Translation Studies, Translation and Publishing.

The Forum provided a platform for the communication and exchanges among translators from different continents, and promoted regional coordination and multinational translation research. Researchers and translators displayed their latest academic achievements and three volumes of papers were published after the Forum.

In celebrating the 30th anniversary of Hong Kong Translation Society, some commemorative activities were held, including literary translation award ceremony, and the display of translation research and literary translation works

Lin Wusun, FIT Council Member and Executive Vice President of TAC, led a 10-member TAC delegation to the Forum and the Chinese delegates presented a number of papers. 

Lin and his delegation met with Prof. Gentile and other council members of FIT during the Forum, and representatives of Hong Kong organizers, delegates from Singapore, the Republic of Korea and Japan. Views were exchanged on strengthening translators’ cooperation in Asia, and communication between Asian translation organizations and FIT.

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