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  • Multi-Language Texts in AACLAP

    AACLAP contains hundreds of works that have been translated into an Asian language. The group of works identified in this Exhibition contain one or more Asian languages in the text. Most often these works are bi-lingual editions that contain parallel text in English and another language. Other inclusions are works that contain snippets or large sections of an Asian language in the text.

    To access publication details for individual titles (such as translator, publication date etc), click on "see full AustLit entry" links below, and select 'Publication details' under the Work Summary menu on the left.

  • Chinese

  • The Adventures of Little Dragon / Julia Fry & Wen Quan

    The Adventures of a Little Dragon is a story of two mythical creatures, the Australian bunyip and the Chinese dragon. When a returning swallow tells Ciwen, a Chinese dragon, about a big island in the south he decides to see it for himself. After a long flight over mountains and oceans Ciwen arrives in Australia where he makes friends, not only with a kangaroo, an emu and a possum but also a bunyip. The animal friends accompany Ciwen on a tour of Australia but eventually it is time for the little dragon to return home. (...more)
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    Original publication contains parallel text in English and Chinese.

  • The Arthur Series / Amanda Graham

    Editions of the three volumes in the Arthur Series have been published with parallel text in English and Chinese.

  • Clackymucky and the Bulldog / Josephine Croser

    A 1999 translation contains parallel text in English and Chinese.

  • The Crocodile Who Wanted to be Famous / Alan Jeffries

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    'A television-loving crocodile named Crafty swims from his riverside village to find fame in the big city. His arrival is front-page news all around the world! But once there, he begins to question what he really wants.' (Source: Bookseller's website) (...more)
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    Has been been published with parallel text in English and Chinese.

  • Dhammakaya International Society of Australia

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    Dhammakaya International Society of Australia is a non-profit charitable organisation that aims to promote Buddhist meditation. It has published picture books that tell some of the Jataka tales, stories of the earlier lives of the Buddha.
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    The Dhammakaya International Society of Australia has published a number of picture books about Buddhism under the Jataka Stories series, which contain parallel text in English and Chinese.

  • Going Home : An Australian Girl's Art Diary in China / Lily Wu

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    Lily goes to China for the first time to celebrate Chinese New Year and wonders whether the celebrations will be same as her family enjoys in Australia. (...more)
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    Original publication contains parallel text in English and Chinese.

  • The Great Escape from City Zoo / Tohby Riddle

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    Filled with images from twentieth century popular culture, this book recounts the tale of four animals who escape from a zoo and have to disguise themselves to survive in the city. Reading like an album of stills from a feature movie, there are references to King Kong and the Loch Ness Monster, and it alludes to all kinds of movie classics. (...more)
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    A 2010 translation contains parallel text in English and simplified Chinese.

  • Ollie series / Anna Walker

    All volumes in the Ollie series have had translations published that contain parallel text in English and Chinese. (See individual records for details)

  • The Terrible Plop / Ursula Dubosarsky

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    'A picture book about a little rabbit who learns that some things in life aren't as scary as they seem. Based on a Tibetan myth, a sound in the forest sets all the animals running for their lives from the Terrible Plop.'

    (Source: Publisher's website)

    (...more)
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    The 2011 translation contains parallel text in English and Chinese.

  • The Very Cranky Bear / Nick Bland

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    In the jingle jangle jungle on a wet and windy day, four little friends meet a very cranky bear. Can they cheer him up? (...more)
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    A 2011 translation contains parallel text in English and Chinese.

  • 大喜说故事系列 [Tashi series]

    Chinese organisation San Min Shu Ju has published stories from the Tashi series by Anna Fienberg, in parallel text with English and Chinese.

  • Malay

  • Kangaroo Jack and the Queen of Sheba / Russ Swinnerton

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    This dual language book traces the activities of Zainon, an inspector with the Department of Wildlife and National Parks in Malaysia who is locating tigers for a captive breeding program at her zoo. Unfortunately, the men who have been hired to catch the tigers are involved in the illegal animal trade. Interspersed with Zainon's story is the story of Bill working in Australia to find kangaroos for a wildlife park near Brisbane. The men with whom he is working are involved with the men in Malaysia. (...more)
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    Original publication contains parallel text in English and Malay.

  • Hindi

  • A Country Far Away / Nigel Gray

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    Parallel pictures reveal the essential similarities between the lives of two boys, one in a western country, one in a tribal African village. (...more)
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    Has been published with parallel text in English and Hindi.

  • Vietnamese

  • Folktales from Indochina

    Nineteen folk tales drawn from Kampuchea (Cambodia), Laos, and Vietnam. (...more)
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    Original publication contains parallel text in English and Vietnamese.

  • The Last Train Journey / Le Thao

    This story tells of a young Vietnamese boy who leaves his family's village to go to the city to prepare for the high-school entrance exam. His father wants a good education for him but his mother is sad that he has to leave home at such a young age. When he fails the exam the boy is upset and takes what he thinks of as 'the last train' home to his family. Once he arrives and sees his loving family waiting to greet him he realises this is where he belongs.
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    Original publication contains parallel text in English and Vietnamese.

  • Moon Festival / Le Quang Vinh

    This dual (English & Vietnamese) language text recounts the story of the Moon Festival. Cuoi, a Vietnamese boy, lives with his aunt and uncle until they tire of his tricks and attempt to throw him in the river. He escapes and lives in the bush where he learns to survive for many years. He is guided by a spirit to return to his village and use the healing powers of the Banyan tree to cure people. The spirit warns that if ever the tree should fly away Cuoi should take hold of the roots and go with it as he will have the opportunity to meet a beautiful woman. (...more)
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    Original publication contains parallel text in English and Vietnamese.

  • The Raven and the Star Fruit Tree : A Vietnamese Folktale / Li Thi Lai

    A retelling of the Vietnamese fable about two brothers. This is the fable: A long time ago, there was a rich man living in a village. When he died, he left his two sons a huge fortune. However, the greedy elder brother claimed the fortune and left the kind younger brother only a star fruit tree. When a raven eats the fruit the younger brother asks it to refrain as the fruit is his only source of income. To pay for the fruit the raven takes the younger brother to an island of gold. Predictably, when the older brother hears of this he tries to take advantage of both the raven and his brother but fails. (...more)
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    Original publication contains parallel text in English and Vietnamese.

  • The Season of the Flamboyant Flower : A Children's Reader / Thị Hương Trần

    Sister (Vy) and brother (Ty) are happy the summer holidays have arrived. The holidays are heralded by the blooming of the flowers of the flamboyant tree which is also known as poinsettia. During the holidays the children enjoy many activities. Vy makes butterflies from the flamboyant petals and Ty makes kites and catches insects. As the poinsettia flowers fade the children know that summer is coming to an end and it will soon be time for a new school year. (Source: Book) (...more)
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    Original publication contains parallel text in English and Vietnamese.

  • Tâm và Nam / Ngoc Phuong Lam

    Original publication contains parallel text in English and Vietnamese.

  • Tu'u Viet Nam / Nga Hoang Nguyen

    Nga Hoang, aged 14 and living in Australia, receives a letter from her sister in Vietnam. The family photos and news make her homesick for her native land, although she has friends and good times also in Australia. (...more)
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    Original publication contains parallel text in English and Vietnamese.

  • Japanese

  • Dreamtime / Roger Pulvers

    When her 14-year-old daughter refuses to go on exchange to Australia as planned, 40-year-old Japanese woman Yoko goes in her place. In Alice Springs she, along with some American and Korean exchange students, learns about the history of Aboriginal-white relations in Australia, and considers the cultural differences of their own nations. They also learn about the Dreamtime. (...more)
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    This children's play contains parallel text in English and Japanese.

  • Too Many Pears! / Jackie French & Bruce Whatley

    The 2007 translation contains parallel text in English and Japanese.

  • 人形のオペラ [The Dolls Opera] / Joyce Irene Ackroyd

    A play about an old woman, and a doll that comes to life. (...more)
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    This children's play contains parallel text in English and Japanese.

  • Indonesian

  • Escape to Kalimantan / Steve Tolbert

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    ' Escape to Kalimantan tells the story of fifteen year old Jack, who has been taught by his father, Arnold, to respect life, to feel a strong compassion for it in all its rich and varied forms. But the horror of 28 April 1996 changes all that. Jack's sister is killed in the Port Arthur Massacre, and days later Jack's mother leaves for good. When his father's mental state begins to deteriorate, Jack realises he's got to do something to help his father get on with life again. Wild places and wildlife are Arnold's passionate interests, so close contact with these, Jack believes, will provide his father with his best hope of recovery. (...more)
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    This work contains small sections of text in Indonesian, it is not strictly a translation.

  • Seagull and Heron / Margaret Dunkle

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    'Picks up where the first book left off with Seagull continuing inland from the beach and befriending Heron and Kingfisher along the way. The trio discover a whole new set of environmental problems faced by the children and animals in the cities and surrounding countryside. Readers are also introduced to the local "Pemulung" or scrap collectors in an attempt to explain their very simple and essential role in the process of scrap collecting and recycling on the island'. Source: publisher's website. (...more)
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    Original publication contains parallel text in English, Indonesian and Balinese.

  • Sometimes Love is Under Your Foot / Colin Thompson

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    'A dog is devoted to his master, who ignores him. Eventually the master comes to appreciate and return the dog's love.'--Publisher (...more)
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    A 2010 translation contains parallel text in English and Indonesian.

  • Turtle and Dolphin / Margaret Dunkle

    'The misadventures of three friends, Turtle, Dolphin and Seagull, as they discuss the problems caused by plastic waste and what to do about it'. Source: publisher's website. (...more)
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    Original publication contains parallel text in three languages: English, Indonesian and local Balinese.

  • More than two languages

  • Australian Alphabet Book / Will Waters

    This bilingual alphabet book includes animals, birds and place names from around Australia.

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    This is an eight-volume set of bilingual texts available in Indonesian, Japanese, Chinese, and Malay.

  • Folktales from Australia's Children of the World

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    A collection of thirty-three folktales from diverse national cultures that have contributed to Australia's heritage. Each tale is presented in English and followed by the language of the story's origin. The stories have been collected from community groups across Australia but makes no claims to the significance of the collection to identifying multiculturalism in Australia. The project was initiated by M.J.R. MacKellar, Minister for Immigration and Ethnic Affairs at the time of production and Federal Liberal M. (...more)
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    This work contains multiple stories each contains parallel text in English and one another languages, including Thai, Hindi, Pakistani, Indonesian, Chinese, and Japanese.

  • The Trees That Went to Sea : The Story of Australia's First Ship, Duyfken / Mike Lefoy

    Tells the story of the construction of the Duyfken Replica in Perth. The Duyfken, a Dutch ship, first sailed to Australia, via Indonesia, in the 17th century. (...more)
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    Original publication contains parallel text in English, Dutch and Indonesian.

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