The Jinxing Show returns: China’s famous transgender female artist to host talk show revival
Published: Oct 21, 2021 07:16 PM
Jin Xing Photo: VCG

Jin Xing Photo: VCG

The Jinxing Show, a program featuring China's famous transgender female artist Jin Xing, has triggered an explosion of online discussion after it was announced that it would be returning after a four-year absence.

Jin announced the show's return at a press conference in Shanghai on Wednesday. 

Tentatively titled The Jinxing Show 2022, the literature criticism talk show will stream on China's leading streaming site Youku and is set to "surprise the audience."

The original Jinxing Show debuted on TV in 2015, running for three seasons before it was canceled in 2017. The show was hosted by Jin, making her China's first transgender female TV host. The show, mainly focused on entertainment and discussion of hot topics, was regarded by the general public in China as the "boldest talk show that always tells the truth."  

Speaking of the return of her show, Jin said at the press conference that she had been waiting for the chance to return to TV. 

"When the show was canceled, I said to myself that I needed to lay low and learn more. When the right moment came, I would then be able to talk about even more standout things that show my attitude."

Now it seems that that time has come.

Netizens in China not only celebrated the return of the show, but also welcomed the reemergence of the "strong opinions" that Jin expressed during the original run, saying that they think "Jin Xing is a real and edgy woman."

"The interesting thing about the show is that Jin always likes to comment on social events in China, such as topics concerning women and criticism of online celebrities with huge fan bases. She has said many things that most artists would not speak about."

Yet not all netizens are enthused about the return, as some commented that they found the remarks Jin made on her talk show were "sometimes too radical" and that they are not very "optimistic about the return of the Jinxing Show."

Yet insiders believe that the return of the show isn't significant for its "radical" language, but more importantly because it shows the high tolerance the Chinese general public has toward the transgender community.

Meng Yui, who works in the entertainment industry, told the Global Times that two reasons have made her "very excited about the upcoming show."

"Many people think that Jin Xing is too sharp-tongued, but I think, as most people do, that she's brave. This time the show will air online. I believe that the show will bring us more surprises," Meng said.

"On the other hand, the audience's high expectations for the show actually represent the high tolerance of the Chinese public toward transgender people, which is unlike some Western media's speculation that there is widespread stigmatization toward LGBTQ groups in China,"she added.

In addition to the show, Jin has been making a return to the public eye recently. She caused a fervor of discussion online in May when she became the new face of Dior J'adore fragrance, with netizens speaking up for Jin commenting that the two were a "good match." 

A well-known ballerina and choreographer, Jin, who is from China's Korean ethnic group, established her Jin Xing Dance Theatre in 1999. She rose to prominence on TV after appearing as a judge on the first season of Chinese dance competition show So You Think You Can Dance in 2013.
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