This background allowed Jin to enjoy many privileges.
By age nine, she was admitted to a prestigious troupe and trained in traditional dance and acrobatics.
Her sharp-tongued comments often brought aspiring performers to tears, which earned her the title of Poisonous Tongue and made her an even more beloved TV personality. So I have no problem adopting.” Her family once again stood by her choice.
Her popularity eventually led to her own show, the ‘Jin Xing Show’, a wildly successful programme featuring dance competition and viewed by an estimated 100 million every week. When she adopted her first child, Leo, now 10, her mother was there to help look after him.
Now, she is once again under the spotlight for hosting a new dating show: one that features parents choosing potential daughters-in-law for their sons.
The first episode of aired on Christmas Eve, and caused a storm of outrage on the internet that still continues.
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.
” 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?
However, her ambitions and visions for life were beyond the confines of the army.
In 1988, she received a scholarship from the Asia Society and left for New York to study modern dance and improve her English.