What's Guo Du?
What’s Guo Du?
Guo Du means transition, an interlude, in Chinese.
Writing in two languages as fundamentally different as English and Chinese is fascinating. It forces me to approach an idea from contrasting cultural angles, giving it further depth and dimensions.
It is cultural perspective and equivalence — not translation — that link my linguistic versions. To tell the same story, I sometimes need to modify dialogues, adjust setting, even change the characters, in order to provide cultural context, invite empathy, or simply be better understood.
I love to write, but not for the sake of stringing beautiful sentences together. The purpose of writing should be to communicate thoughts and impressions. But opinions and perspectives may change with time and experience. Unless encased in blind faith, today’s conviction could mature into irrelevance tomorrow. Isn’t youthful confidence a promising source of future embarrassment?
Everything's a Guo Du. What better way to trace the transitions in life than writing down the way they appear to me at the time?
Revised October 2012