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Scales of Injustice

Scales of Injustice

Lōa Hô (translated by Darryl Sterk)

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  • Designed by Chiachi Yu
  • 288 pages
  • Published
  • 9781999791223 (pb) / 9781999791230 (e)

Author | Translator

DARRYL STERK is a Chinese-English literary translator from Canada who is now based in Hong Kong, where he teaches translation at Lingnan University, and Taiwan, where he has a wife from Taiwan and a Taiwanese-Canadian daughter. He has mainly translated contemporary Mandarin fiction from Taiwan into English, and feels stimulated by the challenge of all the Taiwanese (Taiwan Hoklo) in Lōa Hô . As a scholar, he researches translation to and from the Taiwanese indigenous language Seediq, especially for the feature film Seediq Bale.

PEI-YIN LIN received her Ph.D. in Languages and Cultures of East Asia from SOAS, University of London, and is currently Associate Professor at the School of Chinese, the University of Hong Kong. She previously taught at the National University of Singapore, the University of Cambridge and SOAS, and was a visiting scholar at Harvard Yenching Institute.

Lōa Hô (also Lai He, 1894-1943) was a pioneering writer from Taiwan often called the 'father of New Taiwanese Literature'. As a doctor during the colonial period in Taiwan, Loa witnessed the cruelty of Japanese rule and wrote stories which display both his sense of justice and social insight. His writing often utilized irony and satire to criticize the status quo, and his work provides a fascinating window into the struggle for Taiwanese self-determination during the early twentieth century.

Scales of Injustice contains the complete fiction of Loa Hô, with an expert introduction from Pei-yin Lin and explanatory notes by translator Darryl Sterk.

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