Jesse Chung (Zhong Jie Xi)



Jesse with her husband Joshua


"Blood proposal wins her heart", Electric New Paper, Nov. 21, 2004

"Emotional ‘I do’ at wedding", Malay Mail, Nov. 14, 2005

"I'm Happy With What I'm Doing", Says Jessie Chung, Malaysian National News Agency, Nov. 15, 2005


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From the Electric New Paper, Singapore, November 21, 2004:,4136,77674,00.html

Blood proposal wins her heart



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.


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.


'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
KUCHING, SARAWAK, Nov 14, 2005


It was a wedding of sorts and the bride shed tears.


TEARS OF JOY: Jessie Chung sobbing when the priest announced the newly-wed as husband and wife, while her dream man, Joshua Beh Soo Kiang, tries to console her.





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".

A lavish wedding ceremony was held at a five-star hotel attended by 800 friends and relatives.

 The "marriage" was solemnised by three pastors from the Bountiful Harvest, Shepherds’ Centre Foundation and Assembly of Love.

A cake-cutting ceremony was followed by a champagne toast. Chung wore a white bridal gown while Beh was in white tuxedo.

It is learnt that the ceremony was held with the consent and blessing of their parents.

Chung, who holds a doctorate in nutritional therapy and runs a natural health farm business in Kuala Lumpur, underwent a sex change operation three years ago.

She told reporters she was waiting for a reply from the National Registration Department regarding her gender and added that if the situation here did not permit them to live as "husband and wife" they were making plans to migrate. — NST








   From the "Malaysian National News Agency," Nov. 15, 2005



November 15, 2005 21:52 PM  

"I'm Happy With What I'm Doing", Says Jessie Chung

KUCHING, Nov 15 (Bernama) -- Their marriage is "invalid" and will not be recognised by the law and religion, but for Jessie Chung and Joshua Beh the most important thing now is they are happy and satisfied with their relationship.

Chung, who was born a male and had undergone sex change operations three years ago, said "she" was fully aware of the Malaysian law that does not allow its citizens to change their gender in their identity cards and that their marriage is "invalid" according to the Marriage and Divorce Reform Act 1976.

"I'm very happy, grateful to the people surrounding us. We're very happy even though it (the marriage) is not recognised by the government, but it is recognised by my parents, his parents, which is very, very important. They are very loving, open minded and understanding," said Chung when interviewed by Bernama and Utusan Malaysia at her residence here Tuesday.

Chung and Beh held their lavish wedding reception for some 800 friends and relatives at a leading hotel here last Saturday night. Believed to be the first of its kind in this country, Chung and Beh's marriage was blessed by peninsula-based Charismatic Church.

Three pastors from Bountiful Harvest, Shepherd's Centre and Assembly of Love presided over the solemn ceremony attended by some 800 relatives and friends. The couples' parents gave their consent for Chung and Beh to tie the knot and signed their customary marriage documents.

Donning a striking pink `baju kurung' and Beh in a batik shirt, Chung, who was smiling and happy throughout the interview, said she had no hard feelings against the authority and the church's remark that their marriage is illegal.

"For us, the customary marriage is very important and we're not fighting for legal status or asking legal recognition as long as our parents, relatives, friends accept our marriage. We've now settled down and both of us are keeping a very healthy relationship," said Beh, an accountant who hails from Ipoh.

To a question whether they are prepared to migrate if the situation does not permit them to live as husband and wife, Chung said she would not do so.

"I won't leave this country unless my parents or his parents, my relatives and friends don't accept me as what I'm now, then I have no choice, but not because of the government.

"I respect the view of the government and they must have a valid reason for having such a law. I respect them (the authorities) and I will not fight against them," said Chung, who advised other transsexual people not to go against the authorities.

Chung, who had once lived in the United States, Canada and China, described Malaysia as the best Muslim country and peaceful, that all races in the country could live in peace and harmony.

Saying that she could have continued to stay in the United States where she could earn a lavish income with her qualification as a doctor 10 years ago, Chung said she decided to return to Malaysia because of her love for this country.

Chung, who is trained in nutritional therapy, now runs a natural health farm business in Kuala Lumpur and Kuching.

"I want to contribute to this country and the society here. I'm useful in this country and have been helping thousands of sick people over the past 20 years through my clinics and health care centres.

"I'm happy with what I'm doing," she said, adding that she plans to settle down in Kuching.

Asked on their sex life, Chung, who described her sex life as "fantastic" said they were satisfied living as husband and wife.

On whether they would have "children", she said that they have no plans yet at the moment.




See also:

Jesse Chung's Website (in Chinese) > TS Women's Successes > Gallery Page 2 > Jesse Chung (Zhong Jie Xi)