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Academic Journal of Humanities & Social Sciences, 2023, 6(15); doi: 10.25236/AJHSS.2023.061510.

Cultural Dissemination of The Journey to the West in the Philippines: A Case Study on the English Version by Yu Guofan


Yuanyuan Zhang1, Yu Ling1,2

Corresponding Author:
Yu Ling

1Zhejiang Yuexiu University, Shaoxing, Zhejiang, China

2Lyceum of the Philippines University, Batangas, Philippines


The Journey to the West is one of the most famous Chinese classical novels and popular with the Chinese from generation to generation. With the continuous infiltration of cultures among countries, the novel has gradually been included into the perspective of world culture, and its popularity of the English translation by Yu Guofan among the Filipino public attracts the scholar’s attention. The study conducts a follow-up research to enrich the existing findings on the Chinese classic novel, and mainly analyses its acceptance in the Philippines which is facilitated by Yu Guofan’s English version. As one of the representative works of Chinese classical literature, it is worthwhile to examine its dissemination process in the history and its dissemination characteristics in the Philippines for a better understanding of the factors that affect the dissemination of Chinese literature in the English world. Besides, experience can be summed up and guidance can be provided for the translation strategies of Chinese classical literary works in other countries in the future, thus to accelerate the pace of spreading Chinese culture to the world.


The Journey to the West; China’s Classical Literature; Chinese-English Translation; Cultural Dissemination

Cite This Paper

Yuanyuan Zhang, Yu Ling. Cultural Dissemination of The Journey to the West in the Philippines: A Case Study on the English Version by Yu Guofan. Academic Journal of Humanities & Social Sciences (2023) Vol. 6, Issue 15: 61-67. https://doi.org/10.25236/AJHSS.2023.061510.


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