This is heartbreaking, people, just heartbreaking. While we’re still on a manhunt trying to find that amputee in Guangzhou doing Chinese calligraphy on the streets with his HEAD, we hear of this guy — hearing impaired and with a withered right hand, painting AMAZING works of art on the street with the five fingers and palm of his other hand — classical Chinese paintings for just RMB5 a piece. Some of you know deaf people have a special place in our hearts, as we used to work with them as volunteer sign language interpretors for a good many years before making the big move to Shanghai. In the past few years that we’ve been here, we’ve met quite a few hearing impaired folks around China. Communication with them is not easy as they “speak” a completely different sign language (contrary to popular belief, sign language is NOT universal), and avenues for upward mobility are limited, unless of course you have rich parents that can afford to send you elsewhere.
In the meanwhile, we have not given up on our mission to do our own random act of kindness to someone we don’t know. IF any of you out there can help us get in touch with the amputee-painter or this hearing-impaired young man, we would be most grateful. Shanghaiist wants to help them put together their own art exhibitions. And we mean it.
If you have any leads, please get in touch with us at info AT shanghaiist DOT com.