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

  • Jaeyoung Choi University of Alberta
  • Kaysi Eastlick Kushner University of Alberta
  • Judy Mill University of Alberta
  • Daniel W. L. Lai University of Calgary

Abstract

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.

Author Biographies

Jaeyoung Choi, University of Alberta
PhD, Faculty of Nursing at the University of Alberta
Kaysi Eastlick Kushner, University of Alberta
Associate Dean of Undergraduate Programs and Associate Professor in the Faculty of Nursing and Adjunct Associate Professor in the Centre for Health Promotion Studies, School of Public Health at the University of Alberta.
Judy Mill, University of Alberta
Professor in the Faculty of Nursing at the University of Alberta
Daniel W. L. Lai, University of Calgary
Associate Dean of Research & Partnerships and Professor in the Faculty of Social Work at the University of Calgary
Published
2012-11-08
Section
Articles