Ellen Connolly

Ellen Connolly

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English
China in uproar over surrogacy film
A short film by Oscar-winning director Chen Kaige has been denounced in China for “romanticizing” surrogacy, a practice that is banned on the mainland.  Ten Months With You has sparked outrage on social media and from state-owned media for “glorifying” the illegal activity and painting it in a positive light.  “They did something illegal but didn’t receive any punishment. What kind of values does this film convey?” one of the more than 70,000 posts on China’s Twitter-like platform, Weibo, wrote.  “Chen sure knows how to form opinions on issues using American thinking,” read another. Surrogacy was outlawed in China in 2001, but black market surrogacy is flourishing, fueled by high demand and