• Chris McMillan

Service with a dimpled smile and a flower

Shine


15th May 2020


Service with a dimpled smile and a flower

by Zhu Ying


“We want to communicate with normal people, but we fear rejection and we don’t want to trouble them.”


The speaker is 23-year-old Hua Yuxin, who suffers a hearing loss. A barista at a cafe called Lili Time, he goes by the nickname Xiaoyu. For hearing-impaired people, nicknames are more easily expressed in sign language.


Located on Mengzi Road E., the coffee shop employs seven deaf or hard-of-hearing people born mainly in the 1980s and 90s. It offers them an opportunity to step outside their small, silent world and connect with the wider society.


https://www.shine.cn/feature/lifestyle/2005158176/

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