Zhang Yimou Fined 7.48 Million for Violating One-Child Policy

Zhang Yimou

Zhang Yimou

From NetEase:

Zhang Yimou Fined 7.48 Million For Violating One-Child Policy, Remin University Professor: Not One Cent Should be Fined

NetEase Entertainment January 10 report — January 9, Zhang Yimou fined 7.48 million [RMB, ~1.236 million USD] for violating One-Child Policy. The breaking of the news saw a huge clamor of public opinion. Quite a few netizens believe the fine to be excessive, while Remin University professor and sociology scholar Zhou Xiaozhen also said bluntly during an interview with columnist “奥德赛发”: “Not one cent should be fined.” His reasoning is “reproduction is a basic human right”.

With regards to Zhang Yimou being fined 7.48 million, Zhou Xiaozhen said “since ancient times, having children is the right of husbands and wives”, “Zhang Yimou used special privileges [his fame/connections] to protect his human rights. He had three children, and if he didn’t have his special privileges, then he wouldn’t have been given hukou registrations [for his children]. This isn’t a fault of having children, it’s Zhang’s fault for having special privileges.”

Netizens also paid a lot of attention to this matter. According to a certain survey, 38.6% of people believe the punishment was too light, with Zhou Xiaozhen expressing in response, “first, not even a cent should be fined. If he has special privileges, we should combat special privileges. Him having a hundred children is his own business, a basic human right.”

With regards to the National Population and Family Planning Commission, Zhou Xiaozhen says there’s no need for it to exist, “Immediately dissolve it. The National Population and Family Planning Commission has already been dismantled, merged it into the Health Department. In the Health Department, it’s called the Health Planning Commission, and its responsibility is the healthcare of women and children. Go take care of your responsibility, improve the healthcare of women and children.”

Zhang Yimu wife Chen Ting
Zhang Yimou’s wife Chen Ting being interviewed.

Comments from NetEase:

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timlaw [网易广东省韶关市网友]:

Strongly support this professor. It’s a pity that all he can do is talk about it [because he has no power to change it]…

网易上海市卢湾区网友 [撸到嗨哭湿烂]:

Just what breed is this beast? I’m thinking of raising one!

cunzai1234567 [网易广东省深圳市网友]: (responding to above)

Before flaming, can you first look at what the professor is actually saying??????? Can you not just look at the title before you start flaming?

网易上海市网友 ip:210.22.*.*:

What this professor said is quite correct. There shouldn’t be a family planning commission at all. I suggest the flamers finish reading the article before flaming!

timlaw [网易广东省韶关市网友]:

For those flamers who only look at the title without reading the actual articles, does anyone know how stupid you people are?

小咚咚 [网易广东省深圳市网友]:

When peasants [rural people] are unable to pay the fines for having too many children and their pigs and food are confiscated or their home even demolished by family planning commission people, how come this beast didn’t say something? Netizens, don’t be skeptical, this is all true things that have happened.

杀光5毛傻逼为民除害 [网易北京市朝阳区网友]:

After decades of not saying something, only saying something when it comes to Zhang Yimou. There’s nothing more to be said of this garbage’s behavior.

[Note: This netizen’s username is “wiping out wumao stupid cunts to save the people from harm”.]

网易江苏省连云港市手机网友 ip:58.223.*.*:

You motherfucking beast, how come we’ve never seen you come out to say anything when it is the ordinary common people being fined for having too many children?

王昱钦 [网易河北省邯郸市网友]:

When I had to apply for a birth permit, I had to go to the community committee, the family planning office, town affairs office. They all said it was the responsibility of the others and refused to handle it yet wanted to fine me 5000, saying it was because I didn’t get a examination on time. Examination NMB~! This is my first child~ Finally I had no choice but to find a government leader [use connections] before they would handle it. The family planning office is TM just a waste of taxpayers’ money, completely superfluous~!

xtdpwjd [网易河北省张家口市网友]:

Professors will only speak up on behalf of the famous, but who will do anything for the ordinary common people?!

What do you think? Is Zhang Yimou’s fine for violating the One-Child Policy too heavy or too light?

Written by Fauna

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  • word on the street is the dude has like 9 kids with different women

    • YourSupremeCommander

      7.48 x 9

      • Cauffiel

        = drop in the bucket for the Party’s darling movie director and director of lauded summer Olympic games opening ceremonies.

        • Edward_Crowley

          Putin is doing the same thing for the sochi games, it looks more like summer, and with the largest clampdown since the beijing and london games (ie journalists being greeted with thousand yard stares and their visas being scrutinized) good luck to them…….it won’t work out……

  • moeimoei

    why is this even news? I thought his “productivity” is universal knowledge amongst the Chinese???

    • Joe

      lol dat couch casting

  • A Gawd Dang Mongolian

    “You can’t put a price on human life”

    Well now you can. It’s about 7.48 million RMB

    • Taoran

      The article mentions 3 kids, so I guess you’d have to divide that by 2.

    • Surfeit

      I’ll give you a nickel and my shiny Pog!

    • biggj

      It’s a lot less than that. A chinese life is worth around 2500 RMB. That is what is cost to have someone killed in China……for an average citizen.

      • Edward_Crowley

        Have you visited Colorado yet, bigg joint?

    • Guang Xiang

      your worth rises as you get older. I heard infants start at around 800 RMB

    • Jahar

      Not worth it.

  • markus peg

    lol, Make the children pay it..

    Okay, joking aside, he knew the rules, even if you may not agree with them, he broke the rules and must pay the fine. I know many people who aren’t as rich as him and have had to pay the fine.

    What i would like to know though is how the fine worked out, is it a standardized price per child or a % of earnings? That’s where the question of fair comes into it.

    • David

      I was wondering the exact same thing Markus. I had heard it was some sort of sliding scale based on income. If you make 100,000 RMB/year you might get fined 20,000 RMB but if you were making 1,000,000 RMB/year you might get fined 200,000 RMB (numbers are made up as an example, I have no clue what the real % are).

  • Wodowsan

    I agree with many of the comments of the Netizens; why didn’t he say something when the state was taking the pigs from the poor farmer, because he wasn’t a poor farmer? An action making it even harder to feed their children. He was only concerned with the in justice of the law when it affected him personally. A problem I fear too many of us have when we allow any government to dictate so much of the lives of our fellow citizens. Sooner or later they will come and bite us too.

    The other extreme is America; I taught in an inner city school in the States. I had students 15 years old on their second child. The government would send social workers to talk to the girls that were newly pregnant. Instead of informing them how not to get pregnant, they would inform them of all their benefits and entitlements they will get from the government.

    They actually told the girls if they have three children out wedlock the government is required to give them their own apartments. I and my first wife were evicted from our apartment in the States, because the landlord was able to get more money from a woman with three kids on state aid. The father still lived with them, but they were not married, if the social worker showed up he would just go out the back door. I was married with two, paying taxes, and had my rent raised so much I had to move out. Thanks to the American government.
    Whenever you give to one you are taking from another.Perhaps government should not be involved at all in paying you to have more, or fining you to have less children.

    • Surfeit

      You. Have. Had. Such. A. Tough. Life. By. Proxy.

    • Jahar

      No one cares what a professor says about peasants. They care when it’s about a professor.

      As for the welfare system, I don’t blame the government, I blame the people.

  • FYIADragoon

    7.48 million RMB? A nice apartment in Pudong would cost more. The man obviously has several properties. This fine is a joke.

  • nickhz

    this is such a tough topic…. there is definitely a population issue which effects everyone ( resources, pollution, etc… ) gut then on the other hand, I can’t imagine being told how many children I could have or whether I can even have children at all. i think something must be done to steady the rise in population ( globally ) but i just dont know what it is… it amazes me that with all of the family planning nonsense there is no sex education or access to the birth control pill on a larger scale… most of the girls i know in china have never even heard of “the pill” and the ones that have say they would never take them… if it such an issue why are they not handing them out on the street to anyone who is sexually active? and educate them on the benifits of using it.

    • Surfeit

      Sex education – One Chinese girl told me she can’t go to the swimming baths, because.. DA DA DAAAAA GAME SHOW TIME!!! Did she say: {A. someone jizzed in the pool, B. someone had a boner in the pool, or C. somebody had a boner yesterday, and is now in the pool.}

      • Boris_Da_Bengal_Tiger

        all 3?

        • Surfeit

          YES BORIS!

    • Cauffiel

      Global population growth is slowing. The population bomb is not as serious as you’re made to think it is.

  • Cameron

    Just don’t let the kids grow up to direct any more ridiculously choreographed Communist Party Commercials disguised as Hollwood Oscar Bait for naive western film critics “Movies” , like their dad.

  • vonskippy

    Yes, with 1.7 billion and rising chinese people it takes real rocket surgeons to figure out why allowing couples to have more then one child is a bad idea.

    • Jahar

      It’s an out of date, unnecessary practice that does more harm than good.

  • TJDubs

    I’m pretty sure I read somewhere that he’s going to have to abort all but one of them…

    How does he choose which one lives?

    • biggj

      They have to play Russian roulette.

      • Edward_Crowley

        Chinese chess?

    • North-eastern

      Rock, paper, scissor…

  • Surfeit

    He should make a movie about it…
    for 7.48 million rmb. PLAYAAAAA!!

  • Cauffiel

    Mao was revered in spite of killing millions, not for it.

    • Edward_Crowley

      As well as for being a pederast.

      • Spoiler Alert

        Eight-year-olds, Dude.

        • Edward_Crowley

          the dude abides!!!

  • Wodowsan

    There is a difference between anarchy and limited government. Same as there is a difference between limited government and tyranny. Government Is necessary, but when it dictates too much of our lives it can become a major problem. It Is finding that balance. The difference between too much water and not enough is floods and droughts. Opposing floods does not mean one is in favor of droughts.

    “Tyrants with absolute power may make the trains run on time, the problem is where those trains are taking us.” – A Joe Saying

  • Wodowsan

    “All tyranny needs to gain a foothold is for people of good
    conscience to remain silent.” –

    Thomas Jefferson

  • Guest

    Of course, how else will the corrupt officials get enough money to send their kids overseas to study…

  • North-eastern

    Didn’t the government pass a law to allow Chinese people to have two kids now?

  • Jahar

    Everything fucks up everyone.

  • wallimo

    isn’t that his wife?

  • donscarletti

    Just out of interest, does anyone here, working in a school in eastern Beijing happen to have a Chinese coworker that looks uncannily like ZYM’s wife in that photo?

  • Although I feel like this professor should have spoken sooner about other people >< I still feel sorry for him and I feel like the fine is wayyyyyyyy too steep just for violating the one child policy T_T

  • Dr Sun

    I guess you don’t realize that he already had a green card while living in the USA, but surrendered it as he didn’t want to pay taxes in the USA.