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On my return visit to Vancouver, I was looking forward to seeing again the World’s First Steam Clock in Historical Gastown, only a few blocks away from the Fairmont. The Steam Clock is a quaint, Victorian timepiece powered by old-fashioned ingenuity, simple, basic “steam”, originating from an underground steam heating system which also heats local buildings and the underground shopping mall, the Pacific Centre.
The Gastown Steam Clock chimes Victorian times, every quarter hour, blows its whistle, and spews a visible puffy cloud of steam on the hour while it plays its Westminster chimes. Its puffy steam whistle is reminiscent of an old fashioned train locomotive at the turn of the 19th century, like those used in the first Canadian Pacific Railway and the steam-powered ferry boats to Vancouver Island.
Federation of International Translators Conference in 2002— “Interpreting & Translation: Communication Processes for the 21st Century”
My proposal was selected to be presented as part of Translation: New Ideas for a New Century among others sponsored by the Federation of International Translators (FIT) in 2002, at the XVI World Congress in Vancouver, B.C., Canada. I presented the thesis for “Interpreting & Translation as Communication Processes for the 21st Century”.
This new idea proposes to associate the status of interpreting and translation to existing communication processes and establish the future of the interpreting and translation profession within the field of communication using the Transactional Model of Communication (Barnlund, 1970) as a frame of reference. Interpreting and translation are both expressions of communication processes in a different way, shape and form.
Consequently, interpreting and translation are to be included, considered and taught as related disciplines to the field of communications, for the future of the profession.
The Transactional Model of Communication perceives human communications as a simultaneous, interdependent process, in which the speaker serves as the listener and the listener as the speaker, in tandem. It is also symbiotic, that is to say mutually beneficial to the source and the receiver, since each one exists in relation to the other. The source, as well s the receiver, are continuously exchanging information in a cyclical pattern.
In the same way, the interpreter and the translator both have dual communicative functions, outputting and inputting messages, be these spoken and written. Interpreting requires verbal interaction between an interpreter and a speaker in an oral mode—unless it is an interpretation of sight reading of a written document. Translation invites non-verbal interaction between a translator and a reader in written form. Given that communication involves speaking, listening, reading and writing, then interpreting and translation are means of communication and should be associated as communicative processes within the same field; thus granting interpreting and translation the status deserved for the future of the profession, as partners in the field of communication, in the 21st Century.
Another excellent excuse and alibi to visit Vancouver, B.C. is to see my Chinese Grandmother, cousins, and relatives living there. Although I do not see them often enough, I always look forward to visiting with them again whenever I return to Gum-shan or the Gold Mountain in Canada.
My Chinese Grandmother is an octogenarian who is well-loved by all her grandchildren, children and relatives alike. I am glad to have seen her in 2002 in the company of my cousins Gary, Diane, Wayne, Harry, and the entire family. Gary was so kind to me in driving to the Vancouver International Airport, early, early on Sunday morning, so I would not miss my AA return flight to St. Louis-Chicago. I am very grateful that he is an early-riser and a good driver in the morning to pick me up at the Fairmont Waterfront without fail. Thank You, Gary!
Grandma in Vancouver must have been born at the turn-of-the 20th century, during Victorian times. I met her in my childhood, during her visit to Santiago de Cuba, Cuba from Hong Kong, China and Vancouver, Canada.
My other Grandmother also remembered me well as a loving child and helpful confidante. I used to help her with her gardening chores, knitting yarn tasks, cooking, at her boutique store, and household errands. The other day, I remembered her also because I found the beautiful mint green shawl she crocheted for me with long tassels at the end—this Victorian mint green shawl is a symbol of her love for Irish green heirlooms and handcrafts, for she was born at the beginning of March 1901, around St. Patrick’s Day, at the turn-of-the 20th century also. A Freemason friend told me that this heirloom mint green shawl is a symbol of her Irish love and wish for me… It is still a sign of Victorian times in the 21st century to wear a shawl over a nightgown on a drafty evening or morning.
It is nice to remember our elderly grandmothers and grandfathers, though they are old and weathered with age and health care concerns. Their presence in our lives always brings fond memories of our childhood years, their presents for us, and the promises made on our behalf to others who minded us a children and during our growing up years.
My Grandmother’s minty green shawl is a reminder for me of a promise made on my behalf to another who remembers March as St. Patrick’s Day. I hope that her promise comes true in 2003! — Gardenia C. Hung
Victoria: The Butchart Gardens in Vancouver Island, B.C.
At Tsawwassen, passing Point Roberts at the 49th Parallel, which borders Canada and the U.S.A., the B.C. Ferry Boats loaded with cars, motorcycles, tour buses, and passengers, cross the Strait of Georgia all together to the Saanich Peninsula in Vancouver & the Gulf Islands and dock at the Ferry Terminal in Swartz Bay. Upon arrival, all vehicles and passengers land and drive away through Sidney, Saanichton, and the island flora countryside to the Butchart Gardens—originally a limestone quarry opened for public display in 1904. The exotic hybrid flower varieties, the vibrant colors, and lush greenery, entice gardeners and flower enthusiasts worldwide to visit this forest paradise and relax.
Localized watering, special plant nourishment and daily care are shown by the local gardeners who display the result of their labor in all its flower splendor and wonderful beauty.
Victorian Times (1837-1901)
In June 1837, young Victoria became Queen of Britain at age 18, and many changes took place along with her reign until 1901. Queen Victoria defined her time, trends, fashions, mores, world exploration, navigation, progress, thought, and places, as a turning point in the history of Europe and the world. The 19th century is also known as Victorian Times; in turn, these gave way to the Industrial Revolution. Victorian times marked a transition point between the old and the new modern era in Europe and the Americas, driven by new thoughts, ideas, and man-made machines during the 20th century.
Vancouver Island in British Columbia also has claimed the name of Victoria for its provincial capital since 1868, originally known as Fort Victoria—the first European settlement on Vancouver Island and the westernmost trading outpost of the British-owned Hudson’s Bay Co. in 1843. Victoria offers visitors a glimpse of the 19th century with its restored historical architecture, Victorian flower gardens, harbour walks and quaint surroundings. Traveling back in time to Downtown Victoria, set the tone of my historical journey, past the Miniature World Museum, the world of Dickens, the world’s largest model railroad, and the greatest small-scale circus.
Then on Government Street is the Fairmont Empress, an architectural relic built at the turn-of-the century in 1908 by the Canadian Pacific Railway during the Canadian Gold Rush.
High Tea at the Empress Fairmont on Government St.
The Crystal Room at the Empress Fairmont boasts a lovely, sparkling Victorian crystal chandelier and old world elegance, worth remembering at High Tea, around 4 o’clock in the afternoon—whenever the Library has been reserved to the fullest. Afternoon tea at an Edwardian grand château hotel is a memorable experience, harborside on Government St., Victoria, across from the Parliament Buildings . Designed by Francis Rattenbury, famous British architect, the Empress Fairmont is the historical landmark of the Canadian Pacific Railway at the turn of the 20th century.
High Tea at the Empress includes top quality, house blend, light, delicate tea, a substantial variety of finger sandwiches—smoked salmon, cucumber, carrot and ginger, watercress—tea cakes, fruit tarts, fresh berries and cream, scones, strawberry preserves, honey, and thick Jersey cream. Late afternoon tea is meant to quench the appetite in between meals and entertain the palate before dinnertime and after a long Victorian stroll by the Inner Harbor Walk.
Vintage photos line the Lobby Entrance as a time line of prominent visitors and dignitaries—the historical archives are downstairs, open to the public anytime.
During the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics in British Columbia, I have been reminiscing about my travels to Canada. The first time I visited British Columbia, I landed in Vancouver Island for an international volleybal tournament with my younger brother and his volleyball sports fanatics in 1990. The trip to Vancouver, B.C. in Canada was a good reason to visit my Chinese relatives Barry Ng and family with the Chinese Grandmother, and Diane Chong and her family in Richmond, B.C. At that time, I went up hiking to Grouse Mountain in the skilift. Grouse Mountain is the current site for the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics televised by NBC 5. This morning, I was watching the gold medalist athletes performing and the travel tour to Victoria.
Since then, I visited Victoria in 2002, during the Conference for the Federation of International Translators at the Fairmont Hotel in Vancouver. At that time, I went on a tour bus to Victoria and crossed the waters on the Ferry Boat. We went to the Butchart Gardens in Victoria and afterwards, I had High Tea at the Fairmont Empress Hotel, in the Crystal Room. The Fairmont Empress offers High Tea to guests, visitors and friends in the afternoon, around 4 o’clock, in the Crystal Room–overlooking the harbour. The entrance corridor displayed vintage photographs of the British Royal Family featuring King George VI with his wife and Princess Elizabeth II during their transatlantic voyage to North America.
INDIGENOUS TOTEM POLES IN VANCOUVER B.C. CANADA
THE VANCOUVER 2010 WINTER OLYMPICS HONOR CANADIAN NATIVE FIRST NATIONS DESIGNS AND MOTIFS IN THE ENGRAVINGS OF THE MEDALS. DURING A VISIT TO STANLEY PARK, THE NATIVE TOTEM POLES AT FIRST SIGHT IMPRESS YOU WITH THE ARTISTRY FOR NATURE AND FOLK ARTS AND CRAFTS. THE LARGE CANADIAN GEESE ROAMED TALL AND WILD LIKE THE CHILDREN AT STANLEY PARK IN VANCOUVER, B.C. CANADA.
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