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Disabled artists shine at Expo

07-16-2010 08:52 BJT Special Report:Shanghai World Expo 2010 |

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The "Life and Sunshine Pavilion" is the first pavilion especially designed for physically challenged people at any world fair throughout 159 years of history.

This week, the sunshine is on some disabled artists from central China's Henan Province, the country's most populated province.

Zhao Enmin is an artist that makes clay figurines. He can create the mini statues without any draft. The craftsman is among the six disabled artists specially invited to Shanghai to take part in the Expo's Henan Week.

As a child, 26-year-old Lou Yu lost both arms in an electricity strike (?shock). Since then, he has been practicing calligraphy using his mouth. His works have won a number of awards in provincial and nationwide competitions.

Lou Yu, calligraphy artist, said, "When I'm holding the brush in mouth, my neck is just like the wrist. All day, I have to bow my head, which makes me very tired. But it's all worthwhile when I see people appreciating my work."

Visitors were greatly inspired by their courage to meet life's difficult challenges.

A visitor said, "They represent all the physically challenged people of China. They certainly deserve our respect. Just to learn from them, we wouldn't give up in the face of difficulty."

Other demonstrations by Henan artists include painting, paper-cutting, and bamboo weaving.

Editor:Liu Fang |Source: CCTV.com

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