BEIJING – A man in his 50s has been dressing up a woman for 20 years to help his mentally ill mother cope with the death of his sister.
A video about the filial son is being widely shared on Chinese social media. Pear Video’s film about the unnamed man has over 4.2 million views on Weibo alone and is also being shared by major news portals.
The video shows the man from Guilin in the Guangxi region, tending to his elderly mother while wearing a cheongsam.
He told Pear Video that he started dressing as a woman after his mother began to show signs of mental illness following the death of her daughter.
His mother was immediately convinced that her daughter had come back. “She was so happy, so I kept doing it,” he said.
“I’ve basically been living as a woman ever since,” he added. “I don’t own any men’s clothing.”
In the video, his mother refers to her son saying: “She is my daughter. When my other daughter died she became my daughter.”
The man said he is not concerned about what people think because he is “doing it for his mother”.
“Why would I be afraid of people laughing at me?” he added.