The doctors were adamant that Jin would have trouble walking again, let alone dancing. In an interview with Hollywood Reporter, Jin described this period as the most difficult of her life: “I almost committed suicide.I wanted to become a woman, but I didn't want to be handicapped. Maybe I needed to sacrifice more to get to what I wanted. If it was so easy, everyone would do it.” Her military experience proved to be useful and her own resilience paid off: after being released from the hospital in 1995, Jin immediately began intense physical therapy.
” and the brutal rejection of a 40-year-old divorcee and single mom?
has been slammed by critics both within and beyond China as a revival of outdated arranged marriages.
Jin Xing is the first transgender celebrity in China, and a progressive icon for many.
She enjoys many titles: an accomplished dancer, founder of a modern dance company, a single mother of three adopted children, a talk show host, a business woman, and a wife of an interracial marriage.
However, Jin then felt increasingly uncomfortable in her own skin, and eventually made a decision: to have gender confirmation surgery and become a woman. “In a Western environment maybe the technology is there, but my soul is too lonely.” The news that Jin was to be the first person to openly undergo gender reassignment surgery became a national sensation in China.
In 1994, Chinese doctors had almost no experience with such operations, but she still she felt a pull to make the change at home. This is no easy task in any country, in particular Chinese society where one’s marital status is a dinner table topic and family is at the core of social values.Jin Xing was born in 1967 in Shenyang in northern China.Her father was a staff officer in the People’s Liberation Army, a highly privileged position in China, and her mother a translator.” The chauvinistic comments and the patriarchal, misogynistic standards led Quartz News to publish a video titled: “A new hit Chinese TV show proves sexist ideas still persist there.”Yet Jin Xing has told the audience that she is proud of the show: “I told you, I don’t host average shows”, and presented it as in line with her harsh but fair attitude.(She once told the Huffington Post: “My words aren’t like massage oil — they’re like acupuncture needles, they go right to the nerve and twist it.”) What has happened to Jin Xing, once an icon of progressive attitudes around gender and sexuality?What adds more flavour to this apparently fairytale story, is how open and confident Jin appears to be about her past and the nature of her parenthood, sexuality, gender, and family.