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Who am I?
I am a graduate student and freelance translator located in Massachusetts. I received a BA in Japanese Language and Literature from Washington University in St. Louis in 2007. After graduation, I spent two years in Japan studying manga as a research student in the Media Arts Department of Kobe Design University. I am currently an MA student in Japanese Studies at the University of Massachusetts Amherst.
I mainly work in Japanese-to-English translation, producing literary, technical, and legal translations. I am particularly interested in translating manga and manga scholarship.
"Sōzō" (想像) means "imagination." A common misconception is that translation is merely the simple exchange of information from one language to another, and consequently there is no room for creativity in a translator's work, but this is not the case. In fact, imagination and creativity are actually two of the most important qualities a translator can possess. I try to maintain a healthy imagination and allow its presence in all my work.