Doctor Jing Han

Doctor Jing Han

Director, Australia-China Institute For Arts And Culture,
Australia-China Institute For Art And Culture

Senior Lecturer,
Languages, Interpreting And Translation (Sohca)


Jing Han received her PhD degree in English literature from The University of Sydney in 1995. She completed her MA in English literary criticism from Beijing Foreign Studies University in 1986. She received her Bachelor in English Language and Literature in 1981 from Lanzhou University.

Dr Han joined the Australian public broadcaster, SBS TV in 1996 and she is now the Head of  SBS Subtitling Department, renowned for its subtitle quality and standard. Over the last 23 years, she has solely subtitled and been individually credited for the English versions of over 200 major Chinese films and documentaries broadcast on SBS channels including Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, Hero, I'm Not Madam Bovary, The Banquet, Crazy Stone, Not One Less, The Road Home, Under the Hawthorn Tree, Forever Enthralled, Aftershock, Crazy Racer, Lust, Caution, Let the Bullet Fly, The Assembly, The Curse of Golden Flower, Blind Shaft, Beijing Bicycle, Together, Springtime in A Small Town, The Blue Kite etc. In the last six years, Dr Han has been the leading subtitler of the most popular Chinese TV show If You Are The One, which has created a cult following in Australian audiences and set the record of the longest showing non-English series in Australian broadcasting history. Dr Han has subtitled close to 400 episodes of the show and has also subtitled The Handmaid’s Tale Season One, Season Two and Season Three and several other TV series into Chinese.

As a leading expert in subtitling, intercultural communications and translating Chinese culture, Dr Han has presented frequently at conferences nationally and internationally. She has been invited to give lectures at over 30 universities in the mainland China, Taiwan, Europe and in Australia. In 2018, to acknowledge her outstanding contributions to the cultural exchange between Australia and China, Dr Han was selected by theAustralian government to be included in the 45 Stories to commemorate the 45th anniversay of Australia and China diplomatic relations. Since 2018, she has been leading the production of the English edition of 100-episode series A History of China commissioned by CGTV China. Dr Han is the translator of a modern Chinese classic Educated Youth (Nie Zhai) by multi-award winning author Ye Xin, published by Giramondo Publishing Australia in 2016.

Dr Han joined Western Sydney University in 2006 and has been a key member of the University's well-established Interpreting and Translation program. She has designed and taught a range of translation and interpreting courses including Audiovisual Translation, Literary Translation, Accreditation Studies, Legal Interpreting, Medical Interpreting, Specialised Translation and Introduction to Translation, Interpreting Skills and Community Translation. She is a HDR supervisor, currently supervising four PhD candidates and two Masters of Research students. She has been appointed the adjunct professorship at Xi’an Jaotong University, Fuzhou University, Shenyang Normal University, Jishou University and China East Jiaotong University. As the Associate Dean for International at School of Humanities and Communication, Dr Han has been responsible for developing partnerships with universities in mainland China, Taiwan and Europe in teaching, researches, joint degree programs and other types of collaborative programs and activities.

This information has been contributed by Doctor Han.


  • PhD University of Sydney

Professional Memberships

  • ESIST (2010 - 2019)

Organisational Unit (School / Division)

  • Australia-China Institute For Art And Culture
  • Languages, Interpreting And Translation (Sohca)


Location: EA.G.04

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Previous Teaching Areas

  • 100190 Accreditation Studies (UG), 2016
  • 100916 Legal Interpreting, 2011
  • 100925 Literary Translation, 2016
  • 100925 Literary Translation, 2019
  • 101482 Accreditation Studies, 2016
  • 101827 Audiovisual Translation: Subtitling and Captioning, 2015
  • 101827 Audiovisual Translation: Subtitling and Captioning, 2016
  • 101827 Audiovisual Translation: Subtitling and Captioning, 2019
  • A2032 Introduction To Translation, 2012
  • A7457 Accreditation Studies, 2015
  • A7464 Specialised Translation, 2010
  • A7460 Medical Interpreting, 2010


Chapters in Books

  • Han, J. (2015), 'Intercultural communication and cultural mediation : translating Chinese films for the Australian audience', Australia and China: Challenges and Ideas in Cross-Cultural Engagement, China Social Sciences Press 9787516155523.

Journal Articles

  • Sun, W. and Han, J. (2020), '[In Press] If You Are The One and SBS : the cultural economy of difference', Media International Australia, .

Conference Papers

  • Han, J. (2019), 'Subtitle assessment at SBS TV Australia : application of the FAR model', Media for All, Stockholm, Sweden.

Other Publications

  • 2016, 'Educated Youth', Published Work

Research areas include: audiovisual translation, translaiton studies, intercultural communication and competence, Chinese culture translation, Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) translation, literary translation, machine translation, media translation, reception studies

This information has been contributed by Doctor Han.

Previous Projects

Title: Extending the capabilities of argumentative Chinese students: Enhancing Australia's pedagogical capacity for engaging China through internationalising research education
  • Australian Research Council (ACRG)
Western Researchers: Michael Singh
Years: 2009-01-01 - 2013-12-31
ID: P0016037


Current Supervision

Thesis Title: A Comparative Study on the Factors that Affect Bilinguals' Interpreting Competence -Taking Compound Bilinguals as Subjects
Field of Research:
Thesis Title: The Study of Translators Subjectivity: a Comparative Analysis on the Translation of Yellow Emperors Canon of Internal Medicine.
Field of Research:
Thesis Title: The Process and Issues Encountered and Dealt with in the Translation of Comtemporary Chinese Inner Mongolain Novels: An Exegesis and Accompanying Translation of a Novel
Field of Research:
Thesis Title: Listening Skills in the Second Language and Production in Consecutive Interpreting
Field of Research:
Thesis Title: Corpus-based Research on the Translation of the Traditional Chinese Medicine Therapeutic Techniques
Field of Research:
Thesis Title: The Influence of Free Online Machine Translation Tools on the Performance of Translators.
Field of Research:
Thesis Title: Dialogues with the West: Translation History of Western Sociological Works in China (1895-1949)
Field of Research:
Thesis Title: The Cultural and Political Role of Vietnamese Women through Films: A Study on Female Characters and Subtitling from Wartime to Contemporary Vietnam
Field of Research:
Thesis Title: Chinese-English online news translation: A linguistic choice or a political choice
Field of Research:
Thesis Title: Translating across semiotic boarders
Field of Research:
Thesis Title: Corpus-based Research on the Translation of the Traditional Chinese Medicine Therapeutic Techniques
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Title: Educated Youth
Description: Interview in Chinese about the translation Educate Youth
Title: 45 Stories
Description: to celebrate the 45th anniversary of the diplomatic relations between Australia and China
Title: If You Are The One
Description: Season 10 on SBS OnDemand
Title: If You Are the One Forum & Q&A
Description: largest IYATO forum featuring Q&A with Meng Fei
Title: NR Life Matters
Description: If You Are The One - Inside the Chinese Dating Show
Title: RN Stop Everything
Description: interview on If You Are The One

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