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  • In China, as women become more independent,

  • some are choosing to become single moms.

  • We met up with three women

  • who are redefining what a modern family means.

  • One who posted an online ad asking for sperm.

  • One who flew abroad for an IVF procedure.

  • And one who went ahead with her unintended pregnancy,

  • despite the odds.

  • What drives their decisions?

  • What challenges do they face?

  • Earlier this year,

  • Beijing-based artist Alan posted this ad online.

  • She had already put up four others looking for a husband.

  • But eventually, she realized she didn't need a husband.

  • All she needed was sperm.

  • Alan hopes her video can spark more discussions

  • about the reproductive rights of single women.

  • The issue entered the spotlight

  • four years ago with this Chinese celebrity.

  • 45-year-old Xu Jinglei

  • is one of China's top actresses and directors.

  • She is also the first celebrity

  • to openly talk about freezing her eggs.

  • Xu has helped normalize discussions of sex and reproduction

  • outside of marriage,

  • subjects that were once taboo.

  • And young people in particular seem to be in line with Xu.

  • In one survey,

  • almost 9 out of 10 people under the age of 40

  • said it was okay for a single woman to have kids.

  • Zhan Yingying, an advocate for single moms' rights,

  • helped conduct the online survey with 2,800 people.

  • Last year, the number of newborns in China hit a 50-year low.

  • After enforcing a one-child policy for over three decades,

  • China is now allowing people to have a second child

  • to encourage more births.

  • And this is making life a bit easier for single moms.

  • In the past,

  • it was difficult for them to get their children

  • into the household registration system,

  • which works like a national ID.

  • Single moms who could not produce a marriage certificate

  • had to pay a hefty fine before they could register their kids.

  • But China is still hesitant to fully endorse single parenthood.

  • Dr. Xia Yanping, an OB/GYN physician

  • at a women and children's hospital in Shanghai,

  • explains that she cannot help unmarried women

  • freeze their eggs or perform an IVF procedure.

  • One of them is 38-year-old Xiaogunzhu.

  • She had to travel to California three times to have a baby girl,

  • once to extract her eggs,

  • once to implant an embryo,

  • and the last to give birth.

  • I asked her how she picked her daughter's dad at the sperm bank.

  • Although Xiaogunzhu had the full support of her mom,

  • one of her biggest challenges was getting her dad on board.

  • Xiaogunzhu went to top universities in China and the U.S.

  • She describes herself as a strong, independent woman,

  • which makes it hard to find a partner in China.

  • As women become more independent,

  • some are also rejecting the notion

  • that if they accidentally get pregnant,

  • they should marry the father.

  • 43-year-old Chris is one of them.

  • Three years ago, she found out that she was pregnant

  • the day after she broke up with her boyfriend.

  • This is also the approach Alan wants

  • to take when she has a child in the future.

  • I think this is one of my favorite videos

  • that I've produced at Goldthread.

  • It was very interesting for me

  • because I'm also a woman in her early 30s,

  • so I think reproduction is a topic that is very close to my heart.

  • It's also very challenging for me because

  • even though I've done these very in-depth interviews

  • with a few women,

  • I feel like the topic is so broad and deep

  • and there's so much more to say about it.

  • A 10-minute video really can't capture it all.

  • This episode wraps up the first season of

  • the "What's It Like" series.

  • I hope you enjoyed it.

  • Thank you and subscribe to @Goldthread2.

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    林宜悉 posted on 2020/10/30
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