fredag 11. mars 2022

Winter Paralympics: The lowdown on being disabled in China

From an outrageous poet to grassroots activists living in an "atmosphere of fear", get the lowdown on disabled life in China as the Winter Paralympics get under way in Beijing. In 2014, a poem full of sex and lust appeared online. It was posted by a Chinese woman who had published work before but none had gained traction quite like this.

Crossing Half of China to Sleep With You was its title, the author Yu Xiuhua, a farmworker with cerebral palsy. It lit-up the internet - the nation couldn't believe a disabled woman was talking about wanting sex so explicitly. "People started to pay attention to her," says Hangping Xu, an expert on contemporary disability culture at the University of California, Santa Barbara, USA.