Play in sign language on Deaf movement history gets big clapping

September 7, 2015

Miyazaki-shi, Miyazaki:

There was a sign language play to trace history of Deaf movement on September 6 as one of events of the "64th  Kyushu Deaf Conference and 43rd Kyushu Interpreting Workshops" which was held on September 4-6 at Miyazaki-shi in Japan's southern island.

Total of about 60 Deaf and hearing persons performed so well that won big clapping from the audience.

The play outlined as follows: Deaf people hid sign language in the public as "something embarrassing", and even the use of sign language was forbidden in the school for the Deaf. But movement has started nationwide taking an incident concerning sign language in 1965 as an opportunity. The Deaf won the right to drive, and also to apply for housing loan as a result of the Deaf movement.

Some people shed tears to see such history at the stage. One person commented, "I felt that there is hardly discrimination against the Deaf right now because old Deaf persons had have a hard time to live years ago." 

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