Why Can’t Deaf-Mute People Be Cadres?: Disability Advocacy and Bureaucracies in 1980s China

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Di Wu


labor, bureaucracy, advocacy


Analyzing official disability magazines, this article argues that China’s state-sponsored disability organization in the 1980s curated a space for persons with disabilities to publicly express grievances, among which labor was a central concern. This history shows that intensified bureaucratization may have marginalized persons with disabilities within the very institution meant to serve them.

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