Dr Kelly Kar Yue CHAN completed her undergraduate degree (First class honours) and her master’s degree (Distinction) both in the discipline of Translation and Interpretation at the City University of Hong Kong. She then finished her PhD in Classical Chinese Literature at the University of Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom. She has been teaching translation (in various fields mainly in literary translation) and subjects concerning Chinese and Western cultural studies. Currently an Associate Professor in language and translation of the School of Arts and Social Sciences at the Open University of Hong Kong, she teaches undergraduate and postgraduate courses on culture and translation, and literary translation. She is also the Programme Leader of Master of Arts in Applied Translation (MAATF) and Master of Arts in Bilingual Professional Translation (MABPTF), Coordinator of Postgraduate Programmes in A&SS, and Director of the IDS (Institutional Development Scheme) project “Chinese Culture in the Global Context”. Her research interests include literary translation, classical Chinese literature (poetry), and translation of Cantonese Opera.
Teaching Areas & Research Interests
Poetry in the Tang, Song, Ming and Qing Dynasties and Their Translations
Chan, K. Y., trans. “Beyond the Waters: Impressions on the Oil Painting Series ‘Zhou Zhuang’ by Wen Shihong.” In Oil Painting Collection of Wen Shihong. Wong Jianfu ed. Hong Kong: Wong’s Art Ltd, 2004.
Chan, K. Y., trans. “Bian Zhilin: ‘Translation and Its Positive/Negative Impact on Modern Chinese Poetry’ (1987).” In Leo Tak-hung Chan ed. Twentieth-Century Chinese Translation Theory: Modes, Issues and Debates. Amsterdam Philadelphia: John Benjamins, 2004, pp.211-213.
Şerban, Adriana, and Kelly Kar-yue Chan, eds., Opera in Translation: Unity and Diversity. Amsterdam and Philadelphia: John Benjamins, 2020.
Chan, Kelly Kar-yue, and Chi-sum Garfield Lau, eds. Chinese Culture in the 21st Century and Its Global Dimensions – Comparative and Interdisciplinary Perspectives. Singapore: Springer, 2020, print.
Chan, Kar Yue. Ambivalence in Poetry: Zhu Shuzhen, a Classical Chinese Poetess. Saarbrücken: Scholars’ Press, 2013, print. 276 pp.
Tam, Kwok-kan, and Kelly Kar-yue Chan, eds. Culture in Translation: Reception of Chinese Literature in Comparative Perspective. Hong Kong: OUHK Press, 2012, print.
Chan, Kelly Kar-yue. “Reinterpreting Cantonese Opera: Is Sur/Subtitle Translation into English Possible?” In Chan, Kelly Kar-yue, and Chi-sum Garfield Lau, eds. Chinese Culture in the 21st Century and Its Global Dimensions – Comparative and Interdisciplinary Perspectives. Singapore: Springer, 2020, pp. 143-159.
Chan, Kelly K. Y., “The Cultural Transformation of Classical Chinese Poetry in Translation into English.” In Malmkjær, Kirsten, Adriana Şerban, and Fransiska Louwagie, eds., Key Cultural Texts in Translation. Amsterdam and Philadelphia: John Benjamins, 2018, pp.171-184, print/web.
Chan, K.Y., “Cross-disciplinary Application of Literary Translation from Chinese into English: Coloured Gender and Literature.” In Translation Studies and Translation Practice: Proceedings of the 2nd International TRANSLATA Conference. Eds. Zybatow, Lew N., Andy Stauder, and Michael Ustaszewski. Frankfurt am Main: Peter Lang, 2017, pp.131-137, print.
Chan, Kelly K. Y., “Figuratively Allusive: The Aesthetic Meaning of Literary Translation from Chinese into English.” In Lewandowska-Tomaszczyk, Barbara, and Łukasz Bogucki eds., Translation and Meaning (New Series, Vol. 2, Pt. 1). Frankfurt: Peter Lang, 2016, pp.209-219, print.
Chan, K.Y., “Masculine Fantasies and Feminine Representations in the English Translations of Pre-modern Chinese Poetry in Journals.” In Sun, Yifeng, ed., Translation and Academic Journals: The Evolving Landscape of Scholarly Publishing. London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2015, pp.165-178, print.
Chan, Kelly K.Y., “Between Borrowing and Retention: The Translation of Zhu Shuzhen’s Poems.” In Tam, Kwok-kan, and Kelly Kar-yue Chan, eds., Culture in Translation: Reception of Chinese Literature in Comparative Perspective. Hong Kong: OUHK Press, 2012, pp.138-150, print.
Chan, K.Y., “Teaching Poetry Translation to Undergraduate Students in Hong Kong.” In Witte, Arnd, Theo Harden and Alessandra Ramos de Oliveira Harden eds., Translation in Second Language Learning and Teaching. Oxford: Peter Lang, 2009, pp.247-260, print.
Chan, Kelly K.Y., “Chinese Translation Traditions of Poetry in Western Contexts.” International Colloquium of Translation: Translation in All Its Aspects with Focus on International Dialogue. Istanbul: Dinç Ofset Matbaacilik San Ltd., 2009, pp. 150-153, print.
Chan, Kelly K.Y., “Love in Dreams and Illusions: Fate and Prognostication in Hongloumeng.” In Comparative Literature: East & West, vol. 4:1 (2020), Routledge, pp. 28-44, print/web.
Chan, K.Y. “Reframing and Reception of Cantonese Opera in English Translation – With Special Reference to The Flower Princess”. In The Journal of Interpretation and Translation Education, vol. 17: 2 (2019), pp. 201-225, print/web.
Chan, K.Y., “Cross-dressing and Gendered Voice Representation in Cantonese Opera”. In Comparative Literature: East & West, vol. 3:1 (May 2019), Routledge, pp. 1-14, print/web.
Chan, K.Y. “Sexuality and Gender Variations in Traditional Chinese Folk Literature.” In The Journal of Interpretation and Translation Education, vol. 16: 2 (2018), pp. 209-228, print/web.
Chan, K.Y., “Chinese Femininity vs Otherness: The Self Gendered Voice in the Translation of Female Poetry”. In The Journal of Interpretation and Translation Education, vol. 15: 2 (2017), pp.237-256, print/web.
Chan, K.Y., “The Subtitled Translation into English of the Poetry in Chinese Opera-films”. In Comparative Literature: East & West. Chengdu: Sichuan University Press, vol. 25:2 (Autumn/Winter 2016), pp. 34-50, print/web.
Chan, K.Y., “Explicitness and Implicitness: Translating Zhu Shuzhen: a Pre-modern Chinese Poetess.” In Textus: English Studies in Italy, vol. XXVI (2013), no. 3 (September – December), pp. 131-144, print.
Chan, K.Y., “Rhyming for Image Revival – a Controversial Issue: Revisiting Classical Chinese Poetry Translation.” In Translation Quarterly, TQ65: September 2012, pp.1-17, print/web.
Selected Professional & Community Services
External module examiner – THEi (2019 – present)
Reviewer of the Journal of Intercultural Communication Studies (2016) and Comparative Literature: East & West, Routledge (2019)
Panel Member and Subject Specialist for HKCAAVQ (2014 – present)
Programme committee member of the International Conference on Linguistics and Language Studies (ICLLS), 2016, 2017
Committee member of the Research Institute for Digital Culture and Humanities (RIDCH)