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U.S. leading university honors Zhang Haidi

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Added On May 31, 2015

Zhang Haidi, a Chinese writer, translator and national role model who has been handicapped since the 1980s, was awarded an honorary doctorate by the University of Massachusetts Boston
 
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Zhang Haidi, regarded as China's Helen Keller, was conferred the degree of Doctor of Arts and Humane Letters for her achievements in literature and her efforts in promoting the wellbeing of people with disabilities. 
 
The conferment was held at the university's annual graduation ceremony at a gymnasium in downtown Boston, U.S. State of Massachusetts.
   
Keith Motley, Chancellor of the University of Massachusetts Boston, spoke highly on the Chinese woman's achievements in literature and social activity at the ceremony. 
   
Zhang, currently serves as chairwoman of the China Disabled Persons' Federation and the president of Rehabilitation International, got paraplegia during childhood, obtained a master' s degree through self-study in 1993. 
 
She is also the author of several novels.
   
 
Her life story and exceptional accomplishments have inspired several generations of Chinese youths and exemplify the ultimate triumph of the human spirit.
  

Celebrating its 50th anniversary this year, the University of Massachusetts Boston serves nearly 17,000 students while engaging local and global constituents through academic programs, research centers, and public service.