For years, The Varsity has been catering to a diverse audience. The University of Toronto is home to an array of students of varying nationalities, many of whom speak and read in languages other than English. As the university’s student newspaper of record, we strive to have this diversity reflected in our coverage.
In June we were approached by a recently-developed campus-based not-for-profit organization called the Listeners — a club run by Chinese international students for Chinese international students — with an ambitious proposal for a new way of engaging international Chinese students in campus media.
During the 2016–2017 academic year, the university had 17,452 international students, 9,187 of whom were from China. Despite comprising 11% of the university’s population, rarely is this large group fully recognized in campus media.
As of now, the articles posted on the website are ones that were previously published in English and have since been translated by a dedicated team of volunteer students. Following each of our weekly in-print issues, this team of students will translate some of the articles from the most recent issue of The Varsity into Chinese.
We hope to expand this project beyond translations too; ideally, the website will serve as an opportunity for students interested in writing and editing in simplified Chinese to contribute to The Varsity with their original works.
With this initiative comes a multitude of possibilities. It’s an opportunity to expand the accessibility of our coverage to one of U of T’s largest populations, and, of equal importance, it’s an opportunity to encourage aspiring writers, editors, and journalists to get involved.
We hope you enjoy reading The Varsity’s Chinese edition; undoubtedly, we’ll enjoy bringing it to you.
多年以来，The Varsity 一直服务于不同背景的读者。多伦多大学就像一个大家庭一样，除了本国的学生以外，家里还住着来自五湖四海的留学生。大家国籍不同，其中许多人除了英语外，还使用其他语言。
因此，The Varsity 联合解聆人(The Listeners)投入数月时间打造了The Varsity中文网，该网站所有新闻均由学生撰写，翻译成简体中文后，向公众投放。
我们希望The Varsity中文网的职能不仅仅停留在翻译阶段，现在的设想是，通过这个网站为更多对中文写作与编辑感兴趣的学生提供一个机会，让他们直接在The Varsity上发表自己的作品。