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Celebrity in China$
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Louise Edwards and Elaine Jeffreys

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9789622090873

Published to Hong Kong Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5790/hongkong/9789622090873.001.0001

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Jin Xing: China's Transsexual Star of Dance

Jin Xing: China's Transsexual Star of Dance

(p.169) 9 Jin Xing: China's Transsexual Star of Dance
Celebrity in China

Gloria Davies

M. E. Davies

Hong Kong University Press

This chapter analyzes publications about Jin Xing for what they reveal of the cultural values, assumptions, and expectations that accompany the construction of her celebrity status in contemporary mainland China. It also examine Jin's self-description together with how she is represented in Chinese and English publications to compare her views on her own gender identity with those of her commentators. It concludes with a brief examination of how Jin Xing's public persona has helped to normalize transsexuality in contemporary Chinese culture but with the effect of affirming rather than resisting gender conformity.

Keywords:   Jin Xing, gender identity, transsexuality, Chinese culture, gender conformity

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