June 30, 1989 |
As Eliza Doolittle, Paula Dunn will screech, whine, cheer and sob with abandon. And as Henry Higgins, Dean Sheridan will scold and harrumph with equal force. And neither one will make a sound. Dunn and Sheridan are interpreters for the deaf. On Saturday in a special performance of Opera Pacific's production of "My Fair Lady" at the Orange County Performing Arts Center, they will translate the lines and lyrics into American Sign Language. It is the first presentation in the Center's history to be interpreted for the hearing-impaired and the first offered by a Southern California opera company, according to Opera Pacific officials.
December 18, 2009 |
After the invasion of Iraq, the U.S. military discovered that rebuilding the country and confronting an insurgency required a weapon not in its arsenal: thousands of interpreters. To fill the gap, the Pentagon turned to Titan Corp., a San Diego defense contractor, which eventually hired more than 8,000 interpreters, most of them Iraqis. For $12,000 a year, these civilians served as the voice of America's military, braving sniper fire and roadside bombs. Insurgents targeted them for torture and assassination.
November 5, 2003 |
U.S. forces apparently launched an airstrike that killed six Afghan civilians, including four children, because they were misled by an Afghan interpreter trying to settle scores, a senior government minister said Tuesday. Interior Minister Ali Jalali, a leading pro-Western moderate in President Hamid Karzai's administration, said a delegation from the area of Friday's bombing told him Afghan interpreters were intentionally misleading U.S. forces.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 29, 1999 |
Damian Brown whips his head left and right in a struggle to see what the other students are doing in his management information systems class at Cal State Northridge. Professor Glen Gray tells the class to insert their computer discs and tries to make sure everyone is following along. "Any other access questions?" he asks. Brown, who is deaf, furiously scribbles a question on a piece of notebook paper, but Gray doesn't see him. "Well, let's mosey along then."
October 11, 1985 |
With the exception of cheerleaders, statisticians, or an occasional trainer, high school football programs tend to be exclusively a male province. At Saddleback, however, a group of women play an integral part in the scheme of things. Without them, in fact, several players might not otherwise be able to participate. The women are interpreters for the deaf and their status is virtually equal to that of the team's regular coaching staff.
March 9, 1990
My family came to this country from Hong Kong in 1975 when I was 11. No one of the four in the family spoke English. With a younger brother who has chronic asthma and a mother who has a congenital heart problem, I can claim to have made the rounds to all the major hospitals in L.A., translating all sorts of symptoms from Chinese to English. On one trip to the gynecologist's office for my mother's annual exam, the doctor, male, asked, "How often do you and your husband have sexual intercourse?"