Disabled Chinese Fight for Equal Rights Despite Paralympic Glory

Olympics|Disabled Chinese Fight for Equal Rights Despite Paralympic Glory

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Disabled Chinese Fight for Equal Rights Despite Paralympic Glory

Outside the Games, people with disabilities in China face discrimination and a lack of opportunities. “I’ve been struggling to survive,” said one former Paralympian.

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Liu Mengtao of China won gold at the 2022 Winter Paralympics in Beijing. The Chinese government has held up such successes as a symbol of its efforts to advance the rights of people with disabilities.Credit…Chang W. Lee/The New York Times

By Amy Chang Chien

March 11, 2022

BEIJING — As Li Xiang strapped himself into a seat mounted atop a single ski and raced down the snowy slope, he reveled in the feeling of freedom that had become all too rare after a car accident required him to use a wheelchair as a child.

Li, a 24-year-old Alpine skier competing for China in the Paralympic Winter Games, skis to win. But to him, it is also a [...]

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