February 04, 2009

Jewish book title less subtle in translation

When translated into Chinese, a book by Rabbi Nilton Bonder has received a much less subtle title than the original. The book, originally titled "The Kabbalah of Money," has been translated as "The Jews' Art of Getting Rich" (猶太人的致富技術). I'm not sure if the author would find this title tasteful, but I have no doubt that many sensitive souls would be offended by such a blunt title if it were in English.

There is a mitigating circumstance, though. A previous book by the Rabbi, "Yiddishe Kop" was translated into Chinese as "The Jews' Art of Thinking" (猶太人的思考技術). The new book uses a similar phrase because of branding, and perhaps also because it is eye-catching.

The bottom of the front and back cover lists many wealthy ethnic Jews and Jewish families. The back cover gives a statistic showing the American Jews are wealthier than the general population. Nothing inflammatory is going on here, but it made me do a double-take, considering how sensitive some people are to stereotyping.

The book was published on January 19.

Update: To clarify, I think that "The Jews' Art/Techniques for Getting Rich" is clearly a bad title in English. The words "Jews" and "rich" sound crass together. But I can't judge whether the Chinese title really sounds bad. With a slightly different translation back into English, such as "Judaic Principles for Wealth," it doesn't sound bad.



  • In my experience, there is no stigma attached to combining the words "Jew" and "rich" in Chinese....most of the Chinese people I have come across have an immense and genuine respect and admiration for the business acumen of the Jewish people. I think the title is fine.

    By Blogger Josh, at February 05, 2009 9:52 AM  

  • That's interesting, Josh. I didn't know that Chinese people had any opinion of Jewish people one way or the other. But there are some people that for various reasons do not appreciate stereotypes or generalizations that we may consider positive (such as that Jews are good businessmen). But I guess there are almost no Chinese who feel that way, so the only people who might be offended by such an implication from the book title are those who can't read it.

    By Blogger Taiwanonymous, at February 06, 2009 6:18 PM  

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    I guess the stereotypes in asias do not apply only to jews.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at March 27, 2015 2:07 PM  

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