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CSD In China: Deaf Communication

CSD In China: Deaf Communication
January 21, 2015 Ryan Hutchison
A man siging in front of a white board in a classroom

By Ryan Hutchison

It’s hard for me to believe that the enormously crowded city of Shanghai is only the sixth largest urban area in the world. It seems clusters of skyscrapers erupt everywhere! As foreigners in Shanghai, Ruan and I don’t stick out as much as we would have in this city a decade ago, but still attract quite a few curious stares as we talk to each other in ASL on the streets and in the subway. We aren’t approached (and perhaps are avoided) by hearing locals in our travels around the city, but have enjoyed several experiences of engaging with random Deaf Chinese who are thrilled to see and engage with signing foreigners.