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TEDxEDUcn - Yang Jia - 11/14/09

After graduating from the highly-regarded Graduate University of Chinese Academy of Sciences in Beijing, Yang Jia was promptly instated as a professor within the Foreign Language Department of the College of Humanities. At the time, Yang was the youngest and the only native Chinese professor within the foreign language department. In 1992, her eyesight began to strain while reading a book in class and by 1994 she was completely blind due to an eye disorder known as 'macular degeneration.' Despite these and other personal setbacks, Yang set out to write English Reading for Graduates which received high praise. In 2000, Yang took up yet another challenge, in which she applied for the highly competitive MPA (Master in Public Administration) course at Harvard. Now a Literacy Committee Member of World Blind Union, Vice-President of the China Blind Association, and college professor, Yang Jia has begun a new chapter in her life. With the purpose driven life she now holds, she hopes to continue in confidence in providing more equal opportunities for those who share similar experiences in their struggles for success. About TEDx, x=independently organized event In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self- organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TEDTalks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x=independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized.* (*Subject to certain rules and regulations)
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