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The only Indonesian translator to be nominated for a Man Booker International Prize (2016), M. Dalih Akbar Sembiring has been a translator for more than 15 years. A contributor of feature articles to The Jakarta Post, he went on to work as a features reporter with Jakarta Globe. He is now based in Yogyakarta and works as a freelance translator for mainly marketing and social science texts. Some of his published writings and past translations can be found on this website.
Place of Birth: Binjai, North Sumatera
Languages: Indonesian, English (fluent)
Gadjah Mada University (2002–2007)
S1 Bachelor (cum laude) in English Literature
Computer: Microsoft Office, Adobe Photoshop, Adobe InDesign, MemoQ, SDL Trados, Foxit PhantomPDF
Photography: Canon Powershot G10, Sony Alpha330
literature, creative writing, languages, translation studies, journalism, culture, photography, film, landscape design, gardening, permaculture
• Medis Mandiri (Mar. 2020–present)
Lead Editor for a group of translators and graphic designers working together to translate and share open source designs of medical supplies, especially PPE, to help combat COVID-19; outputs can be seen at medismandiri.com.
• HiTeam Language Consulting (Mar. 2019–present)
Part of a team of translators and language consultants specializing in the localization of promotional texts for Apple Store’s and iTunes Store’s apps and games.
• UGM’s English Department (2012–2013)
Guest Creative Writing lecturer for two semesters at Gadjah Mada University’s English Department.
• Latitudes.nu (Oct. 2010–Oct. 2012)
Contributor of articles on culture and human interest.
• Peace Dividend Trust (PDT) Timor-Leste (2010)
Consultant for the translation of website and database associated with timor.buildingmarkets.org.
• Jakarta Globe (Jul. 2008–Jan. 2012)
Staff feature reporter and later contributor of feature articles.
• Jakarta Post (Sep. 2007–Jun. 2008)
Contributor of feature articles.
• BungaBahasa Language Consulting (2007–2008)
Translator of literary and technical texts.
SOME PAST TRANSLATIONS
• Books & Films
BBC’s documentary film Spice Trails | Cut Nisaa’s children’s book The Rain Fairy Cried (original: Peri Hujan Menangis), PT Mizan Publika | Eka Kurniawan’s novel Man Tiger (original: Lelaki Harimau), Verso Books, UK | film script for Jermal, ECCO Films Indonesia | Savitri Scherer’s book Pramoedya Ananta Toer: Luruh dalam Ideologi (original: From Culture to Politics: The Writings of Pramoedya A. Toer), Komunitas Bambu
AddWord Production | Anak Wayang Indonesia | Baliwood Resort | Bentara Budaya Yogyakarta | BIRU.or.id | DKI Jakarta’s Mayors’ Task Force on Climate Change, Disaster Risk & The Urban Poor | Fortune PR (Asia Pacific Maritime 2012, Citilink, Mitra Pinasthika Mustika, Rolls Royce, Rumah.com, ZTE Corporation, Zurich Insurance) | Gold’s Gym | Grain Media | INSIST Press | International Contemporary Art Network | International Society for Ecology and Culture (Local Futures) | Komunitas Bambu | KUNCI Cultural Studies Center | Langgeng Gallery | Mata Reka Imaji (AMALA Tea, Molto Comfort Care, Royco Indonesia) | Peace Dividend Trust Timor-Leste | Rare Indonesia | Sangkring Art Space | Sanyo Electric | TAG Heuer | Tanda Baca
● Short stories
In Horison, ON/OFF, and Esquire Indonesia magazines, as well as editions 7 and 10 of Indonesian short story journal Jurnal Cerita Pendek Indonesia — all in Indonesian. Three short stories in English were run by The Jakarta Post.
● Cha untuk Chayang (2007)
A novel in Indonesian. Written with Abmi Handayani and published by Gramedia Pustaka Utama in 2007, it is a read aimed at teenagers minus the sappy love story. It tells of a girl moving from a town in Kalimantan to the more vibrant, multiethnic Yogyakarta in Java, where she befriends and works for a transgendered man and comes to learn that true friendship helps one become one’s true self.
● Kado Hari Jadi (2008)
English title The Anniversary Gift, it is a script for an independent, feature-length film directed by Paul Agusta. Shot and released in 2008, the movie was screened at Rotterdam Film Festival 2009.
• Emmy Fitri
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• Dyah Catur Setianingsih
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• Eva Medianti
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• Victoria Clarke
East Hardwick, VT, USA
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