Join us in the new D Center space!! HUB 327.  Shixin Huang will be presenting her research on disability in China, in this Disability Studies brown bag seminar.


Location: HUB 327 (the D Center)

Title: “International and Local Interface of Disability Rights Movement in China”

Presenter: Shixin Huang, PhD candidate, Jackson School for International Studies

Accessibility Info:

We will have CART and ASL for this talk. The D Center is a scent-free space and mobility aid accessible.

Questions? Please contact Stephen Meyers


In the presentation, I will scrutinize the seemingly alliance relationship between international and local disability rights movement by contextualizing the process in which the disability rights model being diffused globally. Drawing from preliminary fieldwork in the summer of 2019, I critically examine the transplantation of the rights-based model as an agenda that is actively promoted by international disability rights movement in the context of China. I argue that the authoritarian politics that confine the state and civil society relationship, as well as the economic vulnerability of people with disabilities in the post-socialist market economy, limit, if not invalidate, the rights model mandated by the international disability rights movement. 



Shixin Huang is a Ph.D. student in the Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies. Her research focuses on the disability rights movement in contemporary China. She is interested in understanding how the international norms of disability rights come into China and interact with the authoritarian politics to shape disability activism on the ground.