The story of a 41-year-old Yunnan villager who persevered with his career despite having lost both of his arms in an accident has gone viral on the Chinese web.
Jiang Shengfa’s arms were amputated as a result of an electrical accident in 1996.
After re-teaching himself how to write and carry out daily tasks without his hands, Jiang decided to pursue a career teaching others, CCTV News reports. He got a job as a substitute teacher at a Yunnan village primary school, where he has remained for the past 12 years.
Jiang turns book pages with his mouth, and is able to write on the blackboard (exceptionally well) by fastening a piece of chalk to his right arm. He has mastered the art of calligraphy using the same technique.
Jiang’s story first made headlines two years ago, and after much media attention, he was offered a teaching position with a higher salary at a Hunan institution.
He turned down the job, however, insisting on staying in his hometown where his career first began.
Previously on Shanghaiist: Armless Zhejiang man runs his own store after being rejected by university