Culture Understanding and Language

Wednesday, July 1st, 2020

Zoom to China with Remote Interpreting

Simultaneous Mandarin Interpreters Elaine Tian and Charles Qin If you are doing business in China, meeting your Chinese stakeholders is an important way of growing sales and interest.  Since COVID all of that has stopped. China may already have forgotten you, or worse, they may be listening to some of the negative propaganda about Australia,

Friday, March 6th, 2020

How to Strengthen Chinese Relationships During the Coronavirus Epidemic

By Kate Ritchie Many of our colleagues and clients have been asking us about the best action to take for their Chinese friends and stakeholders during this coronavirus epidemic, so that they can remain in contact and...

Tuesday, January 21st, 2020


Welcome to the Year of the Rat! The Rat will start to play on 25 January 2020 and will be quiet again when the Ox charges on 12 February 2021. As the first animal in the Chinese...

Friday, December 13th, 2019

Lifting the Veil on Literary Translation

By Kate Ritchie The relationship between translator and writer is an interesting one that was explored at a Monash University inspired event: Showcasing Australian Literature in China through Translation. It was fascinating to hear from well-known Australian...

Friday, November 22nd, 2019

Poor Chinese-English translations cause a diplomatic melt down. Translators Repent!

Author:  Charles Qin “Men shall deal unadvisedly sometimes, which after hours gives leisure to repent”, wrote Shakespeare Replace ‘deal unadvisedly’ with ‘produce terrible translations’ and you get the picture! That is my contention. Let me set out...

Tuesday, October 29th, 2019


ETHNIC BUSINESS AWARDS SMALL BUSINESS FINALIST, 2019 On the awards stage again – this time in Sydney – Chin Communications has achieved another accolade as Finalist for...

Thursday, September 5th, 2019


How to tell if you are getting good value in translation? An airport was negotiating with a new airline that would deliver big opportunities to its local population through tourism, trade and exchanges, and the flow on...

Tuesday, August 13th, 2019

Found in Translation

Was the title of an engaging conversation between two translators at this year’s Bendigo Writers’ Festival and I came away with some new insights about the transformative powers of translation. From George Pell to Kerry O’Brien to...

Wednesday, June 19th, 2019

A Terracotta Family Reunion in Melbourne 2019, by Charles Qin

I am imagining a visit from my Chinese ancestors – my surname Qin is the name of China’s first and most famous emperor who built a stone army to guard his tomb in China. As Hong Kong...

Wednesday, May 8th, 2019

Bendigo a microcosm of early Chinese Culture and Language

I grew up in rural Victoria – up in the Mallee – a long way in those days from Melbourne. In a small country town the school was bland and vanilla compared to multicultural Australia as we...

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