Jin Xing

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For the eldest son of Aisin Gioro Hengzhen, see Jin Xing (Aisin Gioro).
Jin Xing
Chinese name
Chinese 金星
Korean name
Hangul 김성
This is a Chinese name; the family name is Jin.

Jin Xing (Chinese: 金星; pinyin: Jīn Xīng, Korean: 김성, McCune–Reischauer romanization: Kim Seong); born August 13, 1967 in Shenyang, Liaoning) is a Chinese ballerina, modern dancer, choreographer, actress, and owner of the contemporary dance company Shanghai Jin Xing Dance Theatre. She is the host of Chinese television show The Jin Xing Show.[1] She can speak Chinese, English, Korean, Italian and French. Jin was the first transgender woman in China to receive the government's approval to undergo a sex change, and she is also one of the first few transgender women to be officially recognized as a woman by the Chinese government.


Born to ethnic Korean parents, she studied in a local Korean elementary school. Her father worked in the police department. She was praised as highly intelligent, and had won abacus contests many times.[2] She expressed high enthusiasm in dance performance. At the age of 9, she joined the People's Liberation Army to receive dance and military training;[3] she became a member of the military's dance troupe, and eventually attained the rank of colonel. She experienced strong transsexual desires early in life. She said she would stay outside during rain, and wish that a lightning strike would turn her body female.[4] Later she won the national dance contest with a piece of Central Asian ethnic dance.

1987, Jin went to New York to study modern dance for four years, studying under modern dance pioneers such as Limon, Cunningham, and Graham.[5] She then traveled and performed in Europe, and taught dance in Rome from 1991 to 1993, followed by a world tour, and returned to China at the age of 26.[6] She underwent sex reassignment surgery in 1996.[7] Her left leg was paralyzed for a while after the surgery.[8] After the recovery, she went to Shanghai to choreograph and train students. At the age of 33, she adopted a son and then two other children she raised by herself until her marriage in 2005.[9] She currently lives with her three adopted children and her German husband in Shanghai.

In 2013, she began her ascent to national fame while serving as a judge on China's first season of So You Think You Can Dance (China). She went viral when she scathingly commented on the show's host's attempt to turn a contestant's injury into a sob story. She commented, "Chinese TV always digs at people's scars, consumes their pain. This is the biggest weakness of Chinese TV and I hate it! I hope that on 'So You Think You Can Dance' we won't use people's pain, we won't use people's sympathy, we won't use people's suffering." Audiences ate up her raw honesty and nine months later she had her own nationally broadcast show.[10]


Jin's works are "startlingly original and provocative."[11] These include The Imperial Concubine Has Been Drunk for Ages (Guifei zui jiu, an adaptation of the famous Peking opera title) and Cross Border–Crossing the Line (Cong dong dao xi, a collaboration with British pianist Joanna MacGregor).

Her film debut was in the Korean movie Resurrection of the Little Match Girl in 2002. In 2005, she appeared in the Thai movie Tom-Yum-Goong as the villain Madam Rose. She later participated in the Stock Exchange of Visions project in 2007.

Jin and her husband Hans were contestants on The Amazing Race China 3 in 2016, where they finished 6th.



  • (About Shanghai) "This city is a completely female city. Female town. Beijing is male. All rough and politics. Shanghai is more delicate. Money talks. Beautiful. I had enough rough. I need details. Specially because (I am) a lady. I need city."
  • "Some people complain about system: system is not good, they can't do anything. It's excuse. Freedom is in your heart."
  • "Until the last minute, I'm closing my eyes and saying goodbye to human life or I will continue to fantasize. It made me happy. That's my life: Fantasy."
  • "Complete happiness costs absolute pain. Only whoever suffers can live!"

Originally spoken in English. Roughly dictated from Colonel Jin Xing: A Unique Destiny.


  • Jin, Xing (2004-04-03). Even God's Mistake Could Not Block My Dream. Li Ming (trans.). 晶冠出版社. ISBN 957-28409-7-5. 
  • Sylvie Levey et al. (2002). Colonel Jin Xing: A Unique Destiny. [Documentary film]. New York, NY: Filmakers Library. 
  • Faison, Seth (2004). South of the Clouds: Exploring the Hidden Realms of China. New York, NY: St. Martin's Press. 
  • Li, Ruru. "Jin Xing." Encyclopedia of Contemporary Chinese Culture. New York: Routledge. 2005. ISBN 0-415-24129-4


  1. ^ http://baike.baidu.com/link?url=MrPtaqMi-VrlOUqtgHQJx4RFcUcKcHRsx7D9oqzwzk-_BuLv6EszmBpPH4pgK8BgMywwgKahKPvUKMALFOxLbZBLUvTnT2_0j7jasjS9F0Ys_KvF4maJzPezq6vor6Qz
  2. ^ (Levey)
  3. ^ (Levey; Li)
  4. ^ (Levey)
  5. ^ Francis, Rain (April 1, 2010). "Jin Xing's Story". Dance Informa. Retrieved February 20, 2017. 
  6. ^ (Jin)
  7. ^ (Li)
  8. ^ (Levey)
  9. ^ Rahman, Abid (1 November 2016). "Meet the Oprah of China, Who Happens to Be Transgender". The Hollywood Reporter. 
  10. ^ Sheehan, Matt (April 16, 2015). "Meet The Badass Transgender Talk Show Host Who Wants To Be China's Most Influential Woman". Huffington Post. Retrieved February 20, 2017. 
  11. ^ (Li)

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