20th April 2018
China’s only sign language lawyer on mission to defend deaf people’s rights
By Zhang Yu Source:Global Times
Tang Shuai’s social messaging app WeChat almost crashed recently after thousands of people sent him invitations hoping to befriend him. All these aspiring WeChat friends had one thing in common: they are deaf.
After he was featured in a video by the legal authorities of Dadukou district in Chongqing, calling him the only sign language lawyer in China, thousands of deaf people immediately sought him out for legal assistance. Some had been caught in financial scams, some were filing for divorce, and others had been sued and needed a lawyer to defend them.
After working as a sign language interpreter in Chinese courts for six years, Tang, 34, passed China’s judicial examination and became a lawyer in 2012.
Since then, he has spent most of his time fighting for the legal rights of the deaf and promoting legal awareness among the deaf community.
Newspaper headline: Silent partner