Australian actor Keith Brockett has an expressive, tender voice that sits so high on the vocal scale the listener might think the voice belongs to a woman. His voice, then, is perfectly suited to perform this memoir of gender identity, courage, and politics.
In 1967, Jin Xing was born in the People’s Republic of China and assigned the gender "male". As a child, however, Jin experienced strong transsexual desires and believed she was a female trapped in the wrong body – "God’s mistake", as she has called it. After rising to prominence as a ballet dancer and attaining the rank of colonel in the Chinese army, Jin underwent sex reassignment surgery and attained a rare official Chinese designation of "trans-woman". This is her story.
As dramatic, graceful and deeply felt as a pas de deux, Shanghai Tango is a deeply personal and inspiring account of growing up in a body that feels alien and of braving pioneering surgery in communist China.