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Doctoral student proves deafness is no obstacle

A deaf girl studying at Fudan University of Shanghai recently became the country’s first hearing-impaired student to pursue a doctorate degree.

Zheng Xuan, 26, can speak fluently in both Chinese and English. She appears so comfortable when speaking that most people would be surprised to discover that she is deaf.

Zheng, who is studying the linguistics of sign language, is making history by specializing in this form of communication, Xinmin Evening News reported.

Her research is focussed on the expression of abstract concepts via sign language.

‘So long as it can express abstract concepts, sign language can function as a complete language and better serve deaf and mute people,’ Zheng said.

‘I have a dream to build a communication bridge between people who can hear and deaf people.’

Zheng, a native of Wuhan in Hubei Province, lost her hearing in a medical accident when she was two years old.

She had a cold and was suffering from a high fever, so her mother brought her to hospital. The doctor gave her an…”

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