The Wuxi Family Planning Bureau of Jiangsu Province has fined director and ‘prolific father‘ Zhang Yimou 7.48 million yuan, or 1.2 million USD, for violating the country’s one-child policy.
The district government where Zhang and his current wife, Chen Ting, live with their three children announced on its Weibo account that the fine was calculated based on the couple’s reported personal income. The Wall Street Journal reported their income as 3.58 million yuan or 591,000 USD total in 2000, 2003, and 2005, the birth years of their two daughters and one son.
So far, Zhang has not responded publicly to the Wuxi Family Planning Bureau’s decision, but Chinese netizens have not been so silent. Huanqiu, in fact, cites a survey of Chinese netizens showing approximately 40% consider the punishment “too serious,” demonstrating continued distrust of and dissatisfaction with the Chinese Family Planning Commission.
At the end of December, Zhang made a statement saying that he and his wife were ready to accept the penalties for their violations.
“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.
He added that their family had not received any special treatment from authorities because of his elite status.
By Sophia Solivio