Kuala Lumpur, A collection of short stories by renowned Taiwanese scholar and writer Yeh Shih-tao has been translated and published in Malay, further strengthening cultural exchanges between the two countries, according to a Tainan City cultural official last week.
At a press conference in Kuala Lumpur Saturday for the publication Spring Dream at Gourd Alley�Short Stories by Yeh Shih-tao, Tainan Cultural Affairs Bureau (CAB) deputy head Chou Ya-ching said she is very happy to see the book published, as it includes many stories that depict Tainan culture and food, giving Malaysian readers a better understanding of Tainan culture.
According to Taiwan's New Southbound Policy Portal website, CAB director-general Yeh Tse-shan has pointed out that Tainan is working to position itself as a city of Taiwanese literature, including establishing a program to encourage translations of literary works.
For example, prior to being translated into Malay, Yeh's fiction has already been translated into several other languages, including Vietnamese, English, Japanese and Korean, the website said.
Speaking with CNA, Fan Pik Wah, University of Malaya's Department of Chinese Studies head, said the book was mainly translated by seven Malaysian Chinese students and one Malay student who is proficient in Chinese.
However, they were also helped by a Malaysian writer, who spent 20 days helping to edit the text to include more Malay literary devices to make the content accessible to Malaysian readers, Fan said.
Yeh was born in Tainan in 1925, and his writings "reflected the island's diverse culture and defined him as an important, quintessentially Taiwanese author."
The backdrop for many of his novels are characters and events based in Tainan, which includes "snaking alleyways, incense-filled temples and local snacks" that were often featured in his works and "eventually came to serve as icons of the city," the website says.
Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel