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While China's livestreaming explosion has mostly benefited women capable of thinking up new, creative ways of showing off their cleavage, it has also become an important platform for those with a bit more of a story to tell.
27-year-old Yang Li grew up in the Anhui city of Bengbu. When she was just four years old, she lost both of her arms after a terrible accident. Afterward, she slowly learned how to do with her feet what others did with their hands, including writing Chinese characters. Eventually, she made headlines by completing the gaokao, China's grueling college entrance exam, with her feet.
After graduating fro
m university, Yang initially struggled to find a job and became worried. She said that her biggest dream is to become independent so that a burden will finally be lifted off her parents' shoulders, letting them enjoy life as they grow older. Eventually, she was able to secure a job as a civil service clerk.
But the biggest change to her life came a few months ago when she discovered livestreaming and launched a channel with optimistic videos telling followers about her life and showing them how she does things like brush her teeth, put on makeup, and make dumplings.
Her videos were an instant hit, earning her the title of China's "inspirational sister, along with more than 900,000 fans. (News from the shanghailist)