From the Front Page Sections, translated…
“There’s a woman living inside of my body”, a male biology teacher, Tseng from the All-Boys’ High School in Taichung, Tseng, after his wife passed away two years ago, decided to follow his own heart, had consulted the physicians, started taking female hormones, to changed his secondary sex traits, and became a beautiful “cougar” from an overweight man, the June, he will get his male sex organs removed surgically, “she” had traveled on this path for multiple decades now.
Tseng is the eldest son of the four siblings in his house, he’d told, “when I was younger, I’d often dreamed, that I was a girl”, but because of how narrow the world was when he was growing up, he kept suppressing his gender identity, and managed to marry too, and, after he was wed, he couldn’t let his lovely wife knew the “truth” about him, and would often gone on shopping trips with his wife, treated her well, he was known, for treating his wife really well in the minds of his students and the fellow members of his faculty too.
He thought, that there was NO way he could change in this life, but six years after he’d married, his wife died of cancer, and they didn’t have children, he didn’t have any other considerations, and decided to make a change in his life.
At the end of last year, he’d started undergoing psych evaluations and treatment, started dressing in a more androgynous manner, grew his hair long, wore make up, exercised, gotten his weight of ninety kilograms down to seventy, to shape up his own body.
In the recent six months, the students and teachers and started noticing his change, and said, “Mr. Tseng looks more radiant now.”, the Principal of the school, Chen said, that Mr. Tseng is the very first to have a sex reassignment in the one-hundred year history of the school, his courage should be applauded, and she is a live lesson for the issue of gender equality.
Tseng said, that on a biology club meeting last May, he’d used the documentaries of sex change stories as the opening, and what moved “her” was, that the other teachers not only didn’t reject, they’d given “her” the encouragements and affirmations, and after all the teachers from the school learned about this, they’d all respected “her” choice, the students didn’t look at “her” weird, not did “she” get grilled by the parents, it’d set “her” mind to ease.
Tseng said, his younger brother and sister-in-law, as well as his nephew all accepted his “change”, only his mother had yet to accept it, from before he’d worried that the school might reject him, and thought about the worst case scenario of retiring early, but now, “she” said, “The First All-Boys’ High School in Taichung is filled with tolerance and warmth, I’m so very lucky.”
Kai-Hsin Tseng changed from a “him” to a “her”, all the way there, the students and the fellow teacher never talked badly about her, showed an extremely high level of tolerance. The principal, Chen said, that Mr. Tseng was the first instructor who went through the sex reassignment operations in the one-hundred years of the school’s history, that “her” bravery should be commended, and that “she” would be used, as a live lesson for gender equality, and through this past year, it’d never affected “her” lessons to the students, that it should be respected.
The last ye The last year student, Lin recalled, that during the second semester of his second-to-last year, he’d found, that Mr. Tseng became “prettier”, everybody originally thought that it was his way of grieving for his wife who had died, that he’d wanted to imitate the way she dresses, that, was why he’d become more and more feminine, and, they’d gotten used to it.
The student, Chiu said, that Mr. Tseng is very humorous in her lessons, talked very gently, with a very mild manner; after he’d gone home, he’d told his parents of how his teacher went through a sex reassignment operation, and the parents both thought that the instructor was really brave, feared that “she” might get some negative remarks, and kept reminding their son, “You must speak on your teacher’s behalf”.
The counselor at the school said, “Ms. Tseng’s condition is not a problem.” The school, in order to fit to her needs, altered the handicapped restrooms, most of the restrooms for the handicapped only have toilets, and not urinals; they’d already installed urinals on the level of her office now.
The Chinese teacher, Chiao said, Tseng is very brave, faced up to the truest version of herself. Tseng said, although at first, when she’d “switched” genders, she couldn’t do anything, he’d signed up for grooming classes, red the magazines, to help herself dress, and now, it’d become natural to her, and could dress herself us as she pleases, and the doctors are doing assessments, and in June, she will undergo a complete sex reassignment operation.
The former principal of the Taichung First Boys’ High School, Tsai said, the Mr. Tseng he knew was a rugged man, very unkempt; and through Facebook, he saw “her” now, searching for “herself”, loving life, and that “she” had become a living example, of the gender unspecific realm.
And so, this man was able to find the social support from his coworker, his students, as well as in his social circles, the strength he needed, to be his true self, and he is a great example for his students, because “she” showed them, that it’s okay, to be true to oneself, and sometimes, that will take a TON of bravery, like for this instructor…