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.As she once told CNN, when her oldest son asked her “Who is this boy?Over the following year she made a full recovery and eventually — and rather miraculously — returned to the stage as a woman. She founded her own modern dance troupe in Shanghai, and her story brought her nationwide fame.She was invited to be a judge on a local version of the show ‘So You Think You Can Dance’.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.
According to Wu, for over three decades, such nation-wide population control, the restriction of only allowing one child in a family, has led to cosseting and too much intervention by the family into the child’s adult life, including around marriage, career, and other major life choices.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?Chinese netizens also expressed mixed reactions on social media, with some using the word “disgusting”, while others simply enjoyed the entertainment..