The “He” that dresses like a “She” and constantly blurs the lines of division between male and female has ignited a fierce debate in China.
Liu Zhu wants to be a television star after having earned some fame in a television talent contest that he was eliminated from.
The 19-year-old young man who looks and sounds every bit like a young woman was a smash hit on “Happy Boy” [“2010快乐男声”], China’s all-male talent show equivalent to “American Idol.” (Liu Zhu can be seen performing on the show in a video here.)
His name returns more than 19 million results hits on leading Chinese search engine Baidu while his blog has received 3 million hits.
In a previous talent show this year, Xu Long, a boy known as “Tongtong,” also became famous because of his cross-dressing.
Thanks to the them and the sensation they have created, there is a buzzword in China: “Weiniang.” [伪娘] (Google the Chinese phrase to turn up photos of “Weiniang”.)
The word has entered Chinese from the Japanese word “Nisemusume” and refers to comely boys with a female appearance after they dress up. The Japanese word is popularly used in comics and dramas.
But the boys are not necessarily homosexuals.
Bu Wenxi, a “Weiniang” from Shenyang, capital of northeast China’ s Liaoning Province, describes himself as outgoing. Most people cannot understand to preference to cross dress. Most of his friends are male.
He says he doesn’t appreciate Liu Zhu parading himself for the media.
“Cross dressing is just a personal preference and you don’t have to go around telling everyone that you are ‘Weiniang.’ Liu just wants to be famous and all he has done is sell himself,” Bu said.
Different from Bu Wenxi, a college “Weiniang” named Niuniu, from Chengdu, capital city of southwest China’s Sichuan Province, declined to disclose his name because he worries most people view Weiniang with disfavor.
Niuniu has inner desire to be a girl, rather than being just interested in cross dressing – “I have wanted to be a girl since I was a child,” said Niuniu. “But I have had to compromise because I received little support from those around me.”
He had a chance to live his life once he entered college – but he felt embarrassed between choosing the male or female dormitory.
Niuniu is in favor of Liu Zhu – “Liu gave more opportunity for Weiniang to show themselves. I really admire Liu for his bravery,” Niuniu said.