The cultural object being studied is an article from the “Sinosphere,” the China blog of The New York Times.
This article explains how children of migrants in China are denied entry to schools in the communities where they live, although Chinese law gives all children the right to attend school. This is a result of China’s “hukou,” or household registration system, which was set up in the 1950s to control the population and causes many schools to reject children who are not locally registered. The author states: “They’re migrants, they’re children, and they’re disabled — a combination that means they are almost entirely overlooked in society.” This echoes Baynton’s article, which notes how disabled people have been historically overlooked in society and struggled to achieve rights because of it. Although lack of education for disabled children in China is a problem, luckily, changes are being made to build new schools especially for those with special needs. However, there is still concern that this may cause prejudice from parents of able-bodied children.
What other changes should be made in China to better accommodate for disabled children? Or should disabled children even receive special accommodation?