Berita Harian Panas Panas / A Common Ground / The Co-op experiment / The Substation / 1 Jan – 29 Feb 2017

Berita Harian Panas-Panas (BHPP) is a communal translation project in which articles from Singapore’s national Malay-language daily are translated to English for a non-Malay speaking audience.

Often times, news articles, community discussions and even celebrity gossips of the minority groups are not accessible to non-speakers due to language differences. This community translation project hopes to give a glimpse of conversations and perspectives published in Berita Harian to the larger non-Malay speaking communities.

Through these translations, BHPP wishes to open up space to discuss the nature and implications of the narratives that arise from the articles’ scope, angle and presentation of its subjects. By surfacing the subjectivities present in the news and how it shapes the narratives we tell ourselves, it hopes to encourage greater thinking about news reporting and its role in meaning-making.

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Living Room Session: Conversations with Translators
Annaliza Bakri, 25 Feb, 3.00 – 4.00pm (Moderated by Faiz Bin Zohri)
Chan Maw Woh, 26 Feb, 3.00 – 4.00pm (Moderated by Mok Cui Yin)
Understanding the act of translation as a means of knowledge transference and cross-cultural communication, the discussion focuses on the interpersonal aspects of translating. With translation being a gesture of opening up access to information and material, how do literary translators understand their role in shaping community interests, cultural choice, and flows of capital?
Both speakers will share about their personal experiences in translation work, and the conditions of their practice.

It Takes a Village: BHPP Translators’ Panel
25 Feb, 4.00 – 5.00pm
Volunteers involved in the Berita Harian Panas-Panas project discuss their motivations for getting involved, as well as their experiences and personal takeaways from translating news articles from Malay to English.

Thank you to the translators:

Nor Lastrina Hamid, Ahmed Hazyl Hilmy, Siti Hazariah, Haziq Putra, Fidlya Kamsani, Yuana Kamsani, Farhana Damli, Mohamad Firoz, Aliah Shariff, Nadiah Binte Kamsani, Hidayat Malik, Natasha Vincent, Fauziah Daud.

Photo documentation by Annusia Balan and Selene Yap.


More on the Co-op: Link