sacrificial virgins

18 11 2012

so i asked my coworker changhee what she thought about the sentence below. delete or don’t delete? might give westerners the skeeves.

“The legend says that it (jizo statue) was made from the burning on the stake of the innocent virgin.”

changhee looked up the korean translation, which reads:
“The Jizo statue is famous for saving an innocent girl from burning.”

nuanced difference, no?





overpromise, underdeliver

15 11 2012

our 7th floor windows open just so far, so my skinny @ss won’t fit through.
we’re editing 200-300 english translations every day, so the importance of prose is dwindling daily.

this project is a massive compilation from the Japanese government of 14,000 tourism tidbits. our company translates Japanese into Korean into English into readable English.

while the runway on this project was ~3 months, extra staff were only hired these past two weeks. that’s another essay on Western project management vs. Eastern  supplication. why not tell the client you need more time instead of waiting until the 11th hour?
i doubt there’s a korean translation for ‘benchmarking’.

my Canadian / New Zealandaer co-editor and I have only been pulling 12hr days for a week, so we both feel sheepish b!tching about the content quality and long hours. the Korean staff have been logging these hours for two months, but that doesn’t make it right. it makes everybody here wrong.

until the 20th, we will duck our heads down and continue to turn out drivel like this:

before
Katsuura Fishing Port is the second biggest coast•deep-sea fishery base after Choshi. There are abundant seasonal seafood such as bonito, tuna, snapper, mackerel, squid, abalone, shellfish, Ise shrimp and more. Among those, bonito takes more than 90% of annual catch. Bonito piled up in Katsuura fish market are only sold to the wholesale merchants. This energetic market is always full of energy. People are encouraged to visit Katsuura Morning Market with over 400 years of history and the fish store in downtown to buy fish.

after
Katsuura Fishing Port is the second biggest, deep-sea fishery after Choshi. Seasonal seafood include bonito, tuna, snapper, mackerel, squid, abalone, shellfish, Ise shrimp and much more. More than 90% of the annual catch of bonito comes from this 400-year-old port and is only sold to wholesale merchants.

that’s not even one of the gnarly graphs. there’s a balance here between high output and comprehensible content. our canadian manager Lex asked me not to cut so much, but what are you supposed to do with:

“This energetic market is always full of energy.”