A Chinese theme park employing performing dwarfs has come under criticism
from disabled rights groups that believe it is disrespectful towards its staff.
The Little People's Kingdom in Yunnan province employs 108 dwarfs from
across the country that dance and sing in fairytale costumes twice a day.
The performers must pretend to live in a fantasy world with a king, an army,
a health department, dwarf guardian angels and even its own foreign ministry.
Despite the park being a rare job opportunity for many of the employees,
who have to perform group dances and acrobatics wearing tutus, disabled rights
campaigners are labelling it exploitation.
Xie Yan, director of Beijing's One Plus One Cultural Exchange Center, said:
“We need to go and tell [the theme park’s owner] how to respect disabled
people's rights, how to help disabled people to develop in their own lives, and
not to exploit people's curiosity for commercial success.”
But employee Li Caixia argued: “As soon as employers see us, they know
they definitely wouldn't want a small person like us. They have to pay the same
salary, so they all want to find someone more normal. But here, staffs aren't
prejudiced like the people outside.”