"Ginger Rogers did everything Fred Astaire did, except backwards and in high heels."
This is what I've made a career of as a marketer and editor for startups and corporations, taking brand stories and recreating them in another language. Some call it localization, some call it transcreation.
Born and raised in Taipei, Taiwan, Vickie Wang is a bilingual writer and interpreter fluent in Mandarin Chinese, English, and American cultural references. She's lived in Asia, Scandinavia, and the good ol' American Midwest.
She's currently based in Shanghai, China, working as a digital copywriter for Shanghai Disney Resort.
I work in Shanghai as part of a dispersed corporate publications team. All of my colleagues are situated in Continental U.S. With a 12 to 15-hour time difference, I only get to interact with my colleagues a couple of hours a week, slurring...