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Jin Xing: 'Everything I do I choose – no matter how tough or whatever failure.' Photograph: Dirk Bleicker
Jin Xing: from Chinese army officer to dancing TV stardom

in CHINA, 17/09/2012

China's most fascinating celebrity is probably the only contemporary dancer also capable of blowing up a bridge – she also used to be a man.

"All over the world, it's very tough for people to accept it," she says of her gender reassignment surgery.

But in China, which remains in some ways highly conservative, her frankness is almost unique: "Homosexuals are like a small island. Transgender [people] are a tiny island."

This is not a complaint. For one thing, Jin does not believe in them. "I hate whining. If you want to do it, do it. If you're doing it and complaining – what a pathetic life."

For another, she believes that having had the surgery makes her "more privileged, special and stronger, because I have a wider angle in looking at society and life."

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