chapter  20
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The materialist rhetoric about SARS sequelae in China

Networked risk communication, social justice, and immaterial labor
WithHuiling Ding

This chapter examines the rhetorical endeavors made by patients of SARS sequelae to make their suffering visible, to collectively bargain for governmental support and compensation, to make sense out of their experiences, and to battle against societal discrimination and stigma. While some patients would agree with a famous Chinese saying which claims that ‘living a miserable life is better than dying a good death’, others saw themselves stuck in a living hell with endless suffering and no light at the end of the tunnel.