Popular TV host, Liching, underwent a sex change operation 29 years ago in Singapore. -TNP
Sun, Jan 31, 2010
AsiaOne and TNP
By Charlene Chua and Germaine Lim
HER legions of fans in Singapore and Taiwan idolise her for her looks, her skills at auctioning anything and her husky voice.
Now, they will have another reason to gawk.
Six years ago, popular 48-year-old Taiwanese TV host Liching had shocked the Asian showbiz scene when she announced that she was a hermaphrodite who had a sex change operation to become a woman.
The term hermaphrodite is used to describe a person who is born with ambiguous genitalia.
But now, in a bizarre twist, the doctor who had encouraged her to undergo surgery in Singapore 29 years ago has come out to say that she was not a hermaphrodite, but a man.
Dr Zhang Qizhong exposed her in a Taiwanese medical journal that he wrote to document his 35 years in medicine.
He said the article was meant only for internal circulation to encourage people to face their sexuality, reported Next magazine, a Hong Kong weekly.
But the Asian media soon picked it up, leaving Liching distraught and forcing her into hiding.
Dr Zhang had referred Liching to a Singapore hospital in 1981 for her sex change operation because such surgery was then illegal.
It is likely that the operation was performed by the late Prof S S Ratnam, who was then the only Singapore surgeon skilled enough to carry out a sex change operation.
Prof Ratnam was a pioneer in sex change operations. His department atKandang Kerbau Hospital had performed 500 such operations between 1971 and 1995.
The trouble with the whole “I wasn’t transsexual, I was really intersex.” lie is that it is too easy to contradict. Especially when ever garden variety of sister tries to pull it. Especially given how few brothers try to pull it when the logic of infant genital surgery for sex assigning purposes would suggest that they would vastly out number those surgically assigned as male.
Remember too big a clit gets cut down and too small a penis gets turned into a clit.