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Chao Xiaomi is one of the first people in China who started publicly talking about identifying as non-binary. In 2016, she took part in a popular entertainment show called Who Can Who Up where she talked about what it means to her to identify as gender fluid. That episode went viral reaching millions of people and turning Xiaomi into somewhat of a public figure. An excellent public speaker, Xiaomi continues to build bridges by...

October 30, 2017

I am one of the actors in Vagina Says, a feminist play, which draws inspiration from Vagina Monologues and, for the first time in its performance history in China, is acted out by a trans woman. Our play was derived from an interview with one of my friends, and the story centres on the struggles that unfold around the pain and frustrations of fake marriage. The play also underwent some editing by myself, making the emotional a...

October 23, 2017

Editor's note: This piece was originally posted in Chinese (see below) on Wechat on July 27th, 2017. It was written in response to "Escape", a movie about being trans that was produced by a group of high school students in Beijing. It was later shared online and viewed over 100,000 times.

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Greetings to the producers of "Escape",

I am Kelly, the Trans Project Director at the Beijing LGBT centre. Last week I joined your premiere...

October 16, 2017

Work on trans rights in Asia and the Pacific presents many challenges: language barriers, cultural divides, a large number of currencies and economies, and widely varying access to resources are only a few of these. When it comes to incorporating China into regional work, these barriers present unique challenges for compiling data and information.

The Asia Pacific Transgender Network (APTN) is a regional organisation whose miss...

October 11, 2017

Often described as “China’s first sexologist”, Li Yinhe (1952 -) is a pioneer and leading figure in women and gender studies in China, and one of the country’s best-known experts on sex and sexuality.

Born in Beijing, Li obtained her PhD in Sociology from the University of Pittsburgh in 1988 with a thesis entitled Marriage and Family for Modern Chinese Females. On her return to China, she took up a post-doctoral fellowship at P...

October 9, 2017

*Some names in the article are changed for the sake of privacy*

In 2014 I decided to make a documentary about trans men living in China, entitled The Trans Men’s Guide to China. As in most student projects, the first candidates I thought of for this documentary were myself, my friends, and my family members. I have never been particularly fond of this lens, nor have my family. That left me with the option of my trans friends. B...

October 2, 2017

Chinese trans activism has now been on the rise for the past few years. For people in China whose gender identity is different from that which they were assigned at birth, official recognition is often an uphill battle. China allows gender affirming surgeries and change of gender markers on the Chinese ID card (shenfen zheng) upon the completion of those surgeries. However, this is problematic as not all trans people choose to...

October 2, 2017

WAGIC’s second blog issue explores trans movements and media in China. In this issue, we take ‘trans’ as an umbrella term to refer to people whose gender identity is different from that they were assigned at birth. The past few years have seen a sharp increase in trans activism across China. We are interested in the role of media in trans activism in the country today.

We asked our contributors to reflect on how trans people in...

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