Community interpreting services by marriage migrants for marriage migrants in South Korea: Achievements and Challenges

When:12 Apr 2016, 3pm - 4:30pm
Venue:Morven Brown 209 (map ref C20)
Who:A/Prof. Jieun Lee (Ewha Womans University)
Jieun Lee

Interpreting & Translation Seminar


This paper deals with community interpreting services for migrant women in South Korea. The number of migrant women in South Korea has increased dramatically in recent decades. Faced with demographic changes in the wake of the influx of marriage migrants, the South Korean government has implemented policies to support marriage migrants’ ea! rly settlement and adjustment to life in South Korea, and the related public services have expanded to support multicultural family life and child education. Interpreting and translation services have played a crucial role in the delivery of such migrant support programmes. The services have been provided by migrant women who have successfully settled in South Korea. The services, which are funded largely by the Ministry of Gender Equality and Family and partly by local governments, serve the dual purposes of providing employment to migrant women and providing language assistance to migrants and multicultural families. This paper first provides an overview of interpreting and translation services provided by the Multicultural Family Support Centres and presents findings from questionnaire surveys and interviews with the T&I staff and their supervisors at the Multicultural Family Support Centres, with a focus on their evaluation of the overall services and professionalism, and suggest! ions for service improvement.

About Jieun Lee

Jieun Lee is an Associate Professor at the Graduate School of Translation and Interpretation of Ewha Womans University in Seoul, South Korea. She is currently a visiting professor at the University of New South Wales. She received her PhD in Linguistics from

Macquarie University in Sydney, and taught there before joining Ewha Womans University in 2010. Her research work has been published in peer-reviewed journals such as Interpreting, Applied Linguistics, Multilingua, Perspectives, Meta, and International Journal of Speech, Language and the Law.

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