2014.06.26【英译中】牙买加1

发表于:2014-06-26 15:21 [只看楼主] [划词开启]

Out of many, one people

多个民族组成的一个民族

 Jamaica has long been described as the microcosm of Planet Earth

长期以来,牙买加都被描述为地球的缩影。

Never mind its efforts in the not so distant past to remind the world that it is far more than sun, sand and sea. “It is more than a beach – it is a country”, wailed the advertisements addressing potential visitors. 

不久之前,牙买加努力提醒世人,这里不仅有充裕的阳光、沙滩和海洋,除此之外,牙买加在面向潜在游客的广告中这样呼吁着:“这里不仅仅是一个沙滩——而是一个国家”。

It indeed remains a country with a rich history, admittedly of severance and suffering but, above all, with the will and a demonstrated capacity for survival and beyond.

无可否认,牙买加遭受了历史中断和许多苦难,但它仍然是一个拥有丰富历史的国家,最重要的是,它具有生存和向前发展的意志,并证明了它有这个能力。

 

This, of course, is the result of the stream of ‘rainbow’ arrivants from Caucasian Europe, Black sub-Saharan Africa (largely West Africa), of Brown and Mongoloid mortals from India’s Decan plateau and China’s Cantonese Valley respectively. Still later came arrivants from the eastern Mediterranean. 

当然,这是由“五颜六色”的移民者造成的结果,这些移民者分别是欧洲的白种人、撒哈拉以南非洲地区的黑种人(主要来自西非),以及来自印度Decan高原和中国粤语地区的黄色人种和蒙古人种,以及后期来自东地中海的移民。

They all came over four centuries to perform a variety of functions which admittedly harboured dilemmas of difference. 

他们都是四百年前就来到此地,扮演着各不相同的角色,并且相互容纳了文化差异造成的两难局面。

They ranged from royal administrators, adventurers and plantation owners to exploited labour (over two centuries the property of those who imported them) and indentured contract labourers when slave abolition resulted in an intense labour shortage. 

他们的身份从皇家行政人员、冒险家和种植园主到受剥削的劳动力(两百多年来,他们一直作为贩奴者的财产存在)和契约合同劳动力(当废除奴隶制导致劳动力严重短缺时)。

They were followed by entrepreneurial, eastern Mediterranean migrants who no doubt heard thatJamaica, already a brand name among many in the wider world, could offer a better and more tolerable life than they had at home.

在这些人之后,又迁来了富有创业精神的东地中海移民,他们无疑是听说牙买加能够提供比他们在国内更好和更能够容忍的生活,因为牙买加已经成为外界许多人中的一个响亮的名字。


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