top of page

Book Talk: Disability in Contemporary China

Book Talk: Disability in Contemporary China - Citizenship, Identity and Culture

當代中國下的身心障礙:公民權,身份和文化 (劍橋大學出版社,2020年9月)

Date: 26 April 2022 (Tue)
Time: 8pm-9pm (HKT)
Language: English (with simultaneous Putonghua interpretation) 英文(提供中文翻譯和中文實時字幕)
Live Zoom Session

Registration Link:


Sarah Dauncey offers the first comprehensive exploration of disability and citizenship in Chinese society and culture from 1949 to the present. Through the analysis of a wide variety of Chinese sources, from film and documentary to literature and life writing, media and state documents, she sheds important new light on the ways in which disability and disabled identities have been represented and negotiated over this time. She exposes the standards against which disabled people have been held as the Chinese state has grappled with expectations of what makes the 'ideal' Chinese citizen. From this, she proposes an exciting new theoretical framework for understanding disabled citizenship in different societies – 'para-citizenship'. A far more dynamic relationship of identity and belonging than previously imagined, her new reading synthesises the often troubling contradictions of citizenship for disabled people – the perils of bodilyand mental difference and the potential for personal and group empowerment.

Sarah Dauncey
, Professor of Chinese Society and Disability, Faculty of Social Sciences, the University of Nottingham

Shixin Huang, Ph.D. candidate, the Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies, the University of Washington

bottom of page