Understanding the Language, the Culture, and the Experience: Translation in Cross-Cultural Research

Jaeyoung Choi, Kaysi Eastlick Kushner, Judy Mill, Daniel W. L. Lai


Achieving conceptual equivalence between two languages is a challenge in cross-cultural, cross-language research, as the research is conducted in a language that is not the researcher’s or research team’s first language. Therefore, translation provides an additional challenge in cross-cultural research. The comprehension and interpretation of the meaning of data is central in cross-cultural qualitative analysis. The purpose of this article is to provide an overview of the translation process and explore some of the challenges, such as difficulties in finding a suitable translator, and the importance of communication between the researcher and the translator.

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