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Bodies of DifferenceExperiences of Disability and Institutional Advocacy in the Making of Modern China$
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Matthew Kohrman

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9780520226449

Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520226449.001.0001

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A Biomythography in the Making

A Biomythography in the Making

(p.31) Chapter 1 A Biomythography in the Making
Bodies of Difference

Matthew Kohrman

University of California Press

This chapter examines the biomythography of Deng Pufang, focusing on his role in the formation of the China Disabled Persons' Federation (CDPF). It explores how Pufang's corporeality has been scripted into hagiographic texts, and highlights the ways in which his body has been made knowable and has been vested with the power to speak with the force of history. The chapter investigates why people attribute such sociopolitical significance to Deng's paraplegia and to his embodiment of canji more generally, and suggests that the attribution stems from Deng and his Federation associates having carefully deployed and packaged his persona, particularly his somatic presence.

Keywords:   Deng Pufang, CDPF, paraplegia, sociopolitical significance, canji, biomythography

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