Getting to know… Eva Ng

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Eva Ng (School of Chinese, the University of Hong Kong)
HYI Visiting Scholar, 2022-23
“The right to a fair trial: Mitigating linguistic disadvantage”

What got you interested in your research topic/field?

My experience in court interpreting got me interested in the field of forensic linguistics, with a particular focus on linguistic disadvantage before the law and the function of court interpreting in mitigating the linguistic disadvantage suffered by court participant with no or limited English proficiency.

Outside of work, where can we find you? 

Outside of work, I try to get some exercise to stay healthy. I live close to Harvard Square, and Cambridge Common is just a stone’s throw away. I would make sure that I spend at least half an hour jogging in Cambridge Common every day. Sometimes I go for a hike with HYI friends in the countryside on weekends.

What would you want to do most as a career if you were not in academia?

I’d love to be an interior designer if I were not in the academia, except that I have no talent for  drawing. So it’s just a dream that would never come true. Realistically, I think I would be a translator or continue to be an interpreter, because I really enjoy bridging across languages and cultures.

Read Prof. Ng’s bio on our website.

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