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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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Why Ma Zhun Doesn't Count

Why Ma Zhun Doesn't Count

(p.57) Chapter 2 Why Ma Zhun Doesn't Count
Bodies of Difference

Matthew Kohrman

University of California Press

This chapter considers the case of Ma Zhun, a woman who was denied a disabled identification (ID) card by the China Disabled Persons' Federation (CDPF). It explains that Ma Zhun went the Federation's office because she was told by her employer that getting an ID card was her only chance of keeping her job and that her request was denied because she was only missing toes on one foot. The chapter examines the CDPF's formulation of a set of truth claims about what comprises canji as a distinct sphere of alterity and about what constitutes China as a distinct national locality.

Keywords:   Ma Zhun, disabled ID card, CDPF, truth claims, canji, alterity, China

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