The Formation of the Deaf Community in China, 1887-1945

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Shu Wan


Deaf, China, Disability


Based on memoirs, newspapers, and other historical materials, this article foregrounds National Association for the Deaf People ("中华聋哑协会") in the formation of the Chinese deaf community before and during the War of Resistance (1937-1945). In addition to the proliferation of Chinese sign language studies, this article examines the extent to which the formation of deaf-only businesses, deaf people's participation in wartime mobilization, and the proliferation of deaf education contributed to the consolidation of the deaf community in China.

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