The Chinese director Zhang Yimou may face a huge fine for building his family. The master filmmaker who created cinematic magic with his films Raise the Red Lantern, Shanghai Triad and House of Flying Daggers (and if you haven’t seen his work, you MUST check it out), has three children, two more than Chinese law allows.
Zhang Yimou and his wife Chen Ting ignored the nation’s strict one child per family policy and welcomed two sons and one daughter in the years 2001, 2004, and 2006.
“For me and my parents, we wish to have more children as in traditional views, they could bring more happiness,” Zhang said in an interview over the weekend. “My father told me prior to his death that he hoped I could have a son to continue the family line and my mother also believed that with more children, they could have more companions.”
But in embracing his parents ideas about multiple children, he went against the will of the country, and this isn’t something that could be hidden. Zhang was caught. He and his wife are the subject of an investigation and may be fined up to about $1.2 million for adding to their family.
“As a public figure, I and my wife must assist the sweeping investigations by the family planning authorities and also are willing to make a public apology,” he said.
Although there are instances where families have additional children, the reason the Zhang Yimou’s story became news was because they thought he was getting special treatment due to his celebrity status. One wonders if he will be fined to the extent of the law to be an “example” of what can happen when a family breaks the law — and a high-profile one at that.
This story comes at a notable time since the Chinese government, after about 40 years, is looking to change their One Child Policy. As CNN reports: “The changes to the one-child policy, first announced last month, will mean couples will be allowed to have two children if one of the parents was an only child, according to the state-run Xinhua news agency. Currently, both parents must be sole children to be eligible for a second child.”
But I guess if you can afford it and want more children, some might just break the law regardless.
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