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Xiaolu Guo
A Concise Chinese-English Dictionary for Lovers
A love story - cultural differences, misunderstandings and yes, I see what she is saying.
Su Tong
Binu and the Great Wall

Binu and the Great Wall

Binu And The Great Wall is a wonderful myth retold in the words of Su Tong, the author of ‘Rice’.  The myth of Binu and how her tears washed away the Great Wall have been passed down through the ages. It is a tale of hardship, brutality and undying love. Su Tong’s version of the myth, brings to the reader the harshness and brutality that led to the constuction of the wall and the terrible effects it had on the common people.

6 décembre 2008 6 06 /12 /décembre /2008 21:18
Recently I've come across so many services, information sites etc purporting to help disabled people
and making independent living more accessible. And yet upon examination, they are many geeks who love to use their PR to 'help' us. I should not be cynical - most of them do mean to be helpful but not many have disabled people actually involved in the design. They might have a disabled person who is said to be the driving force but its not clear if they are in touch with other disabled people.

I am so conscious that being a disabled person, a wheelchair user, does not make me a spokesperson for other disabled people.  It does mean that I have first hand experience and my training gave me more insights on finding solutions but thats it.

But not all disabled people work from the social model and many are so used to making do that they do not bother to complain. Take my dentist's surgery for example, it has a ramp for one of its 2 steps but there is still one step. Upon my complaint, I was told that no other disabled person has complained - making me feel like a real trouble maker!

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Peter Tan 09/12/2008 06:25

You got that right. People who complain are usually seen as troublemakers. Many of us would rather tolerate inaccessibility rather than provide constructive criticism to improve the situation. We compromise too much sometimes.