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Who We Are 2016-12-06T12:41:03+00:00

who-we-areWHO WE ARE

After graduating from UC Irvine, Richard Walker moved to Korea to work as a copywriter. Once he learned the language, he began revising documents that had been outsourced for translation. Richard found that the quality of Korean to English translation left a lot to be desired. With the encouragement of his supervisor, Brian Lee, translation became part of his job description.

 

Together, they developed a collaborative system of reviewing Korean and English translation. Using input from a native Korean and a native English speaker, they were able to preserve the meaning of the original document while sounding natural. Richard and Brian expanded this system to other East Asian languages.

With business relations increasing between the East and the West, they knew demand for reliable translation would only continue to rise. Richard started Lingua Asia with Brian to provide dependable translation for busy professionals.

GLOBAL TEAM. WORLD CLASS RESULTS.

RICHARD WALKER

PRESIDENT

Richard moved to Seoul in 2006, shortly after earning his Bachelor’s Degree at UC Irvine. Once over the initial learning curve, Richard was working 12 hour days and attending office gatherings (hoesik) like a local.

He became interested in the Korean language while employed at a marketing firm. After two years of independent study, he was able to translate Korean emails into English, much to the delight of his coworkers.

Gradually, he gained the ability to translate everything from contracts to customer facing material. Even though he became proficient in Korean to English translation, he never hesitates to collaborate with others when encountering ambiguity.

When not working, he enjoys designing websites and learning other languages. Richard divides his time during the year between Korea, China, Japan and the US to find talented linguists.

BRIAN LEE

VICE PRESIDENT

As the son of a diplomat, Brian had a diverse upbringing in Korea, Singapore and the Netherlands. Moving around often meant few opportunities to make friends. This motivated him to study languages at an early age. Eventually, he showed an aptitude for learning languages and became fluent in three.

Over time, Brian made friends and discovered communication methods that were effective cross-culturally.

He naturally gravitated towards management and worked at three multinational companies. Having supervised different nationalities, Brian knows many ways to make employees work overtime.

He is earning his Master’s Degree in Management to gain more motivational techniques. Brian constantly looks for ways to improve operations at Lingua Asia.

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“In the past it has been harder than expected to find good translators. Luckily, I found Lingua Asia. Whenever it’s soon time to have my work translated, Richard and his team are always ready. I really appreciate his help with my projects.”
★★★★★
JAN PARK PERSSON • SOLUTIONS CONSULTANT
“It is always a pleasure working with Richard and his awesome team at Lingua Asia. They were one of the first translation companies I contacted. They were quick in understanding my needs, and delivered the project on time and in line with my expectations. I would definitely work with him and his team again!”
★★★★★
GUY CITRON • GENERAL MANAGER
“We have worked with Lingua Asia for the past 2 years. As we have grown and evolved, they have always been just one email away from helping us move forward with our plans. They understand our products and make sure our customers do too.”
★★★★★
ADAM VALENTA • PROGRAM DIRECTOR

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