Being a Translator: My Journey to Becoming a Freelance Translator

Joseph Boxman, Graduate Student, Asian Languages and Literature, University of Washington
Joseph Boxman, Graduate Student, Asian Languages and Literature, University of Washington
Friday, April 25, 2014 - 3:30pm
Savery Hall 131

For nearly five years in Seattle, I have been a professional Japanese to Eng­lish translator. This talk will follow my path from Japanese language study to translation work. I will speak about my experience as a freelance translator, including details about how I find projects, what the work is, and how it gets done. In addition to presenting information based on my own experience, I will provide resources for further research into the field of professional translation.

Joseph Boxman is a graduate student in the Asian Literature and Languages Department at the University of Washington. Born and raised in southern In­diana, Boxman studied Japanese at Earlham  College, then studied abroad at Waseda University in Tokyo. After his return to Indiana, he completed his degree while working as a translator/interpreter at an automotive factory (TBK America). In 2010 Boxman moved  to Seattle and transitioned to freelance translation while working at an izakaya.

This event is co-sponsored by the Department of Asian Languages and Literature and the UW Japan Studies Program. For more information contact: (206) 685-9997 I japan@uw.edu.