Deaf students complete linguistics diplomas using sign language ∞
"Seven students made history when they became the first batch of deaf students to receive high diplomas in linguistics.
The students — three from Hong Kong, two from Sri Lanka and two from Indonesia — spent six years to complete their basic and high diplomas under the Asia Pacific Sign Linguistics Research and Training Programme at the Chinese University.
"This opened my eyes to what opportunities there are for me," said graduate Kenny Chu.
In a city where sign language is still not regarded officially as a language, still banned from usage in most classrooms and where there are only 10 officially licensed translators, Chu had grown up with low self-esteem and little prospects.
"This programme taught me that sign language is a legitimate language too, and knowing that I do have a language — it gave me confidence again."