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China – ABILITY and China Press Join Forces

Recently ABILITY’s Chet Cooper traveled to Beijing to build a relationship with China Press for People with Disabilities. In the coming months, the partnership will result in an exchange of articles, art and ideas between the two countries. Our magazine will include stories from their organization, while their publications will feature stories produced by our team. During one of ...
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China Alliance

ABILITY’s Chet Cooper traveled to Beijing to build a relationship with China Press for People with Disabilities. The partnership resulted in an exchange of articles, art and ideas between the two countries.
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China’s Seven Armless Scholars

The “Seven Armless Scholars” is the nickname of a group of seven highly respected Chinese artists who live in different regions of China. Although each lost his arms to accidents early in life, each went on to study calligraphy and painting and is now a celebrated artist. In lieu of arms, they instead use their feet and mouths to ...
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China’s — River Flyer

  River is a 39-year-old senior paragliding pilot who is passionate about extreme sports. Originally from Datong Shanxi in China, he became a paraplegic in 2013 after suffering a traumatic spinal injury during an international paragliding competition. But within two years, River, whose birth name is Zhang Baoyu, was up in the air again, only this time with wheels. ...
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China — Love and Albinism

Hunted in East Africa for their body parts and portrayed as scoundrels by Hollywood, people with albinism are often deeply misunderstood around the world. A rare genetic disorder, albinism is the absence of pigment in the skin, hair and iris of the eyes. And with it comes a host of physical hurdles—low vision, rapid eye movement, highly sensitive skin, ...
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China – A Fine Line: Art

In countries around the world, art work by people with mental illness has developed into a business over the years. But as Haiping Guo sought to bring about China’s first art center featuring the works of this population, he faced great difficulties because of the stigma surrounding mental illness within the country. Born in 1962 in Nanjing, Guo is ...
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China — Art Project

Every person living with a disability may have a trace of longing. People with physical challenges may find travel difficult, the deaf cannot hear the voice of a loved one, and the blind cannot see the rainbow. For the latter, however, a recent program helped them step into a world of enhanced senses, broadening the circle of humanity. It ...
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China — Hearing Beauty

“What you can and can’t see is up to fate. I love my fate. She is closest to me; she is designed for me. She is the only door designed to close for me.” Zhou Yunpeng is a poet and folk singer. He was born in 1970 in the city of Shenyang, in China’s Liaoning Province. He lost the ...
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China’s — Ye Tingfang

Born in November 1936 in southern China, Professor Ye Tingfang is a famous scholar and translator. Before he retired from the Foreign Language Institute of the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, he translated major works by Franz Kafka, Dylan Matt and other modern Western scholars. He also received an honorary doctorate from the University of Zurich and is known ...
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China’s Mao Di — Clap Happy

Music lovers close their eyes to savor a performance, which seems to make the melody and charm linger. But if all the actors on stage had their eyes closed during a performance how would that affect the audience? In fact, there is a troupe in Tianjin, China, where most of the actors perform with their eyes closed. The majority ...
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China — A Coach with Passion

Run!” A shot rang out and a group of kids wearing competition jerseys darted towards the finish line. Suddenly a kid stopped in the middle of the track, the coach shouted from outside of the field, “Don’t stop! Faster!” The runner replied that he wanted to wait for his competition. What Yu Cai Zhang just witnessed happened in the ...
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China — Wang Kun Overcoming Obstacles for Art

Wang Kun is a renowned oil painter born in western China’s Jilin province in 1970, he contracted polio at a young age resulting in mobilty issues due to weakness in his legs. In recent years, his work has been exhibited internationally and he’s won numerous awards. For the artist, time is like a paint brush and life itself places ...
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China — Exposing the World

While advocating awareness and policies for uncommon health conditions has always been of major global interest, the coverage for what the World Health Organization calls rare disease, or orphan disease, has only begun in recent years to receive the attention it deserves. In China, special medical services for these orphan diseases are still limited and often neglected. Because of ...
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China Art Exchange — and Mao Yu-yan

Usually when we hear about China, the stories focus on factories and goods, jobs shipped overseas and other news items that make the country sound uninviting. But when ABILITY Magazine’s Chet Cooper traveled there to meet some of his counterparts in publishing, he found himself forming lasting friendships. During that time, ABILITY Magazine (AM) and China Press for People with Disabilities ...
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China — Puppeteer With a Purpose

Wn hour-and-a-half from downtown Beijing, is a residential building in the Tai-Hing district, Ming Li lives with his performance troupe, known as Ming Li’s Shadow Puppet Group. He stands about 4’7, and speaks with a soft voice. On this day, as he greets me, he is concerned about keeping his dream alive: he owes one of the performers more ...
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China — A Family’s Story of Strength

In a family photograph, four people affectionately hold each other. The eldest man, Zhu Bangyue, needs the support of a cane as he stands behind three people with disabilities. To look better in the photo, he wears new clothes. He smiles wearily, while the other faces are expressionless. This picture only hints at the tragedy endured by the people ...
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Xia Bojun and Mount Everest

Xia Bojun was born in Chongqing in 1949. He was the first disabled Chinese person to climb Mount Everest. In 1974, he was chosen to join the Chinese National Mountaineering Team. The first time he climbed Mount Everest was in 1975. He helped his teammates, but his legs froze and had to be amputated. He has made five attempts ...
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Katherine Beattie – Skate Park Fun

By day, Katherine Beattie is a television writer whose name graces the credits of big hits like NCIS: New Orleans and Californication. But when she’s not shredding up her keyboard, she’s shredding up something else—skateparks. And she’s promoting using a wheelchair. Katherine Beattie isn’t just known for her work in television. She’s also an experienced WCMX star, recognized as ...
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Meng Lihua — Dreammaker

Meng Lihua — Dreammaker Despite the frequent interviews she gives, Meng Lihua still avoids the camera. She stands upright, holding her hands tightly, and repeats herself: “Everyone will help people. Everyone is doing it, not only me.” One of her friends told her that she had been named as the “March Eighth Red Flag” for her country. She has ...