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Story of 'genius' translator touches many

By ZHANG YANGFEI| China Daily| Updated: January 19, 2022 L M S


The "genius" translator Jin Xiaoyu in his early age and his father, Jin Xingyong. [Photo/Hangzhou Daily]

An article published by Hangzhou Daily has touched millions of readers with the real-life story of "genius" translator Jin Xiaoyu and his father, Jin Xingyong.

The story was published on Monday in the newspaper in Zhejiang province after the paper's editing team received a phone call from a funeral home. The 85-year-old father asked if the editors would publish his son's story.

"My son is a genius. He is in a mental hospital and his mother just died today," he said.


The young Jin Xiaoyu and his family. [Photo/Hangzhou Daily]

The story documented the life of Jin Xiaoyu, 50, and his struggle against a mental disorder. Jin has been blind in one eye after an accident and was diagnosed with bipolar disorder at a young age. To help control his condition, he has visited a mental hospital for treatment every year since 1992.

In 2010, he started translating foreign books. Over the past decade, he has translated 22 books from English, Japanese and German and read almost every foreign language novel in Zhejiang Library. More than 10 of his translations have been published.


Jin Xiaoyu and his translation works. [Photo/Hangzhou Daily]

Jin used translation as his "weapon" to fight the mental problem, and he took care of his mother, who had Alzheimer's disease, for the last three years of her life.

"This is admittedly a sad story, but it is overflowing with love. A resilient and indestructible love. A love that can give rise to a will that is strong beyond measure and can withstand the heavy pressures of life. Only a father's love can make him believe in his child and not give up on him," the newspaper article's author, Ye Quanxin, wrote at the beginning of the story.

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