Jesse Chung (Zhong Jie Xi)
Jesse with her husband Joshua
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From the Electric New Paper, Singapore, November 21, 2004:
Blood proposal wins her heart
|Picture/ GUANGMING DAILY|
LEGALLY, they can't get married. They can never have children. Their love can never be recognised in a Malaysian court of law.
Terrified of ruining his life, she rejected his proposals - even though it broke her heart.
And yet, he persisted.
He proposed again and again.
It took six proposals - and six rejections - before Miss Zhong Jie Xi (hanyu pinyin) agreed to marriage.
And even then, it took a letter written in blood in front of more than 100 friends that finally broke her strong will.
There was nothing Miss Zhong would have liked more than to be married to her boyfriend of two years, but her love for him stopped her from saying yes.
You see, Miss Zhong, who is from Subang, is not an ordinary woman.
She used to be a man.
'I didn't want him to make a mistake and ruin his entire life,' the transsexual told Guangming Daily, adding that she felt like a poor match for him.
MET AS MEN
Miss Zhong, who completed her sex change operation this year, met her boyfriend four years ago. At that time, she was still living as a man, known as Zhong Xuan Tai.
She started dating the 30-year-old accountant from Ipoh two years later. She declined to reveal his name, saying only that he was athletic and resembled Hong Kong actor Daniel Wu.
After dating for one year, Miss Zhong, who had known since she was a child that she was 'male outside, but female at heart', decided on the sex change.
But their relationship was fraught with uncertainties: They faced their parents' disapproval and a society that simply could not accept them.
ACCEPTED BY MUM
'At first, his mother thought I was some sex worker he picked up from the street. But when she realised I was actually Zhong Xuan Tai (his friend), she accepted me and told him to take good care of me,' said Miss Zhong, who was educated in Canada.
Despite the difficulties and her insecurities, Miss Zhong said her boyfriend never gave up on them. He was loving, patient, and persistent.
After being rejected so many times, he finally decided to prove his love for her in front of their friends.
At a celebration one evening, he produced a pocket knife and, in front of a gathering of more than 100 friends, he cut his hand and wrote a letter to her with his blood.
'You are the source of all my joy, the strength in my life,' read the letter.
'After seeing him cut himself and all that blood, I fainted,' said Miss Zhong.
'I was so touched I agreed to get engaged.'
The couple plans to get registered next year.
However, one thing still stands in their way.
Miss Zhong's identity card and passport still say she's a man. She has to carry a doctor's letter indicating she's had a sex change whenever she travels.
'We have appealed to the Malaysian authorities to have it changed,' she said.
'But if they don't agree to it, we'll just have to get married overseas and come back to Malaysia for the wedding ceremony.'
As for children, the pair have no intentions of having any yet.
'We want to enjoy being a couple first. We'll worry about children when the time comes,' said Miss Zhong.
'After all, we visit orphanages frequently and the children there are already like our children.'
From The Malay Mail, Nov. 14, 2005
Emotional ‘I do’ at wedding
It was a wedding of sorts and the bride shed tears.
For transsexual Jessie Chung, it was an emotional day
when she and accountant Joshua Beh Soo Kiang from Ipoh, Perak,
hosted guests to a "wedding party".
From the "Malaysian National News Agency," Nov. 15, 2005
Jesse Chung's Website (in Chinese)
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