Alice Yan

Shanghai

Alice Yan

Social news reporter, China

Alice Yan is a Shanghai-based social and medical news reporter. She started her journalism career in 2003 and has degrees in economics and public administration.

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Xi Jinping steps out in US$1,000 parka, giving Chinese sportswear company’s shares a boost

The president wore a blue high-end Arc’teryx parka while inspecting the site of the 2022 Winter Olympics this week – driving up parent company Anta Group’s share price. Anta has its sights set on replacing Nike as the No 1 sportswear brand in China.

22 Jan 2021 - 3:22PM

The president wore a blue high-end Arc’teryx parka while inspecting the site of the 2022 Winter Olympics this week – driving up parent company Anta Group’s share price. Anta has its sights set on replacing Nike as the No 1 sportswear brand in China.

Xi Jinping steps out in US$1,000 parka, giving Chinese sportswear company’s shares a boost
Bodybuilder with one leg sets up disability centre to help and inspire China’s 85 million disabled people

Paralympian and world record holder Gui Yuna has dealt with discrimination ever since she lost her leg in an accident aged seven. She has established the Wu’ai Disabled People’s Home to inspire and help China’s 85 million disabled people.

21 Jan 2021 - 7:15AM

Paralympian and world record holder Gui Yuna has dealt with discrimination ever since she lost her leg in an accident aged seven. She has established the Wu’ai Disabled People’s Home to inspire and help China’s 85 million disabled people.

Bodybuilder with one leg sets up disability centre to help and inspire China’s 85 million disabled people
Steroid cream gives Chinese baby hairy cheeks and causes her weight to shoot up; angry dad demands answers from producer

Parents in China who used a cream for their baby’s eczema were horrified to see her develop a protruding, hairy forehead and cheeks and her weight shoot up. A test showed the cream contained a powerful steroid.

18 Jan 2021 - 4:15AM

Parents in China who used a cream for their baby’s eczema were horrified to see her develop a protruding, hairy forehead and cheeks and her weight shoot up. A test showed the cream contained a powerful steroid.

Steroid cream gives Chinese baby hairy cheeks and causes her weight to shoot up; angry dad demands answers from producer
China’s weirdest news stories of 2021 so far: a celebrity pig, snow for sale and a 90-year-old internet star who hasn’t posted anything

From story that will make you squeal to a national treasure who will make his TikTok debut at 90, here are three weird China news stories that have stood out this year.

15 Jan 2021 - 5:13AM

From story that will make you squeal to a national treasure who will make his TikTok debut at 90, here are three weird China news stories that have stood out this year.

China’s weirdest news stories of 2021 so far: a celebrity pig, snow for sale and a 90-year-old internet star who hasn’t posted anything
‘Smart’ cushion that reports staff absences to the boss prompts outrage online, and may be illegal

A Chinese technology company gave 10 of its staff ‘smart’ cushions that monitor their vital signs and tell them when to get up and stretch. They also tell the boss when they are away from their desks, a fact that has drawn outrage online.

10 Jan 2021 - 4:15PM

A Chinese technology company gave 10 of its staff ‘smart’ cushions that monitor their vital signs and tell them when to get up and stretch. They also tell the boss when they are away from their desks, a fact that has drawn outrage online.

‘Smart’ cushion that reports staff absences to the boss prompts outrage online, and may be illegal
Plagiarism backlash? Cinemas pull film directed by Guo Jingming, days after Chinese writer’s belated apology for copying another novelist’s work in 2003

Popular writer Guo Jingming made a public apology last week for plagiarism. Days later, his blockbuster film The Yin-Yang Master: Dream of Eternity, which had taken US$70 million in 11 days, was pulled. Is there a connection?

9 Jan 2021 - 8:15PM

Popular writer Guo Jingming made a public apology last week for plagiarism. Days later, his blockbuster film The Yin-Yang Master: Dream of Eternity, which had taken US$70 million in 11 days, was pulled. Is there a connection?

Plagiarism backlash? Cinemas pull film directed by Guo Jingming, days after Chinese writer’s belated apology for copying another novelist’s work in 2003
‘The workers are lazy’: why a company in China fines staff for toilet breaks

A company in China’s Guangdong province has angered workers by fining them 20 yuan (US$3) for taking more than one toilet break during an eight-hour shift. Local authorities have ordered it to change policy and pay refunds.

6 Jan 2021 - 1:16PM

A company in China’s Guangdong province has angered workers by fining them 20 yuan (US$3) for taking more than one toilet break during an eight-hour shift. Local authorities have ordered it to change policy and pay refunds.

‘The workers are lazy’: why a company in China fines staff for toilet breaks
Young employees rebel against Chinese work ethic by being lazy, refusing overtime, and hiding in the toilets. They call it ‘touching fish’

A term taken from a Chinese proverb about opportunity in a crisis, ‘touching fish’ means being lazy at work – a philosophy China’s Generation Z workers increasingly embrace as a response to being underpaid and overworked.

11 Jan 2021 - 10:42AM

A term taken from a Chinese proverb about opportunity in a crisis, ‘touching fish’ means being lazy at work – a philosophy China’s Generation Z workers increasingly embrace as a response to being underpaid and overworked.

Young employees rebel against Chinese work ethic by being lazy, refusing overtime, and hiding in the toilets. They call it ‘touching fish’
Obituary | Acclaimed Chinese-born pianist Fou Ts’ong, 86, dies from Covid-19 in the UK

Acclaimed pianist Fou Ts’ong, one of the first Chinese-born soloists to achieve international stardom, has died of Covid-19 in London.

29 Dec 2020 - 3:43PM

Acclaimed pianist Fou Ts’ong, one of the first Chinese-born soloists to achieve international stardom, has died of Covid-19 in London.

Acclaimed Chinese-born pianist Fou Ts’ong, 86, dies from Covid-19 in the UK
China passes law to protect Yangtze River

The country’s ‘mother river’ has suffered a series of environmental problems and this year a 10-year fishing ban was instituted to conserve stocks.

28 Dec 2020 - 4:35PM

The country’s ‘mother river’ has suffered a series of environmental problems and this year a 10-year fishing ban was instituted to conserve stocks.

China passes law to protect Yangtze River
Chinese woman says malicious gossip forced her out of job

The Hangzhou resident says she is suffering depression and is ‘socially dead’ because of the claims.

26 Dec 2020 - 8:35PM

The Hangzhou resident says she is suffering depression and is ‘socially dead’ because of the claims.

Chinese woman says malicious gossip forced her out of job
Peking University student Wu Xieyu tells murder trial he killed his mother out of compassion not conflict

Wu was a model student before his mother’s body was found wrapped in plastic and he was arrested with dozens of fake ID cards.

25 Dec 2020 - 7:09PM

Wu was a model student before his mother’s body was found wrapped in plastic and he was arrested with dozens of fake ID cards.

Peking University student Wu Xieyu tells murder trial he killed his mother out of compassion not conflict
Bans on plastic straws, plates and cutlery come in as China ramps up its war on plastic to reduce the volume of waste the country generates

Initiative by the city of Chengdu is the latest measure introduced to help China meet its goal of reducing the amount of plastic waste it generates next year.

25 Dec 2020 - 1:42PM

Initiative by the city of Chengdu is the latest measure introduced to help China meet its goal of reducing the amount of plastic waste it generates next year.

Bans on plastic straws, plates and cutlery come in as China ramps up its war on plastic to reduce the volume of waste the country generates
Teacher’s video advice to wear long johns goes viral in wintry China, where some young people shun the underwear as old-fashioned

After finding two pupils without long johns amid a cold snap – common these days, with young Chinese considering the underwear old-fashioned – teacher posts video advising their use. Parents praise her warmheartedness.

23 Dec 2020 - 2:51AM

After finding two pupils without long johns amid a cold snap – common these days, with young Chinese considering the underwear old-fashioned – teacher posts video advising their use. Parents praise her warmheartedness.

Teacher’s video advice to wear long johns goes viral in wintry China, where some young people shun the underwear as old-fashioned
Coronavirus makes Chinese parents fearful of sending their children overseas to study

‘Parents always put their children’s safety as first priority, followed by the academic level of the schools,’ boss of marketing firm says.

18 Dec 2020 - 2:27PM

‘Parents always put their children’s safety as first priority, followed by the academic level of the schools,’ boss of marketing firm says.

Coronavirus makes Chinese parents fearful of sending their children overseas to study
Giant Buddha statue found between buildings in China, but where’s its head?

The enormous headless statue of Buddha, believed to date back to China’s Qing dynasty, aroused attention after internet users posted its image on social media.

15 Dec 2020 - 8:15PM

The enormous headless statue of Buddha, believed to date back to China’s Qing dynasty, aroused attention after internet users posted its image on social media.

Giant Buddha statue found between buildings in China, but where’s its head?
Chinese viewers divided over film about surrogacy, illegal in China but which thrives via underground networks

Chen Kaige’s short film 10 Months With You sparked fierce debate on Chinese social media, with some calling it out for ‘beautifying’ surrogacy.

15 Dec 2020 - 7:32PM

Chen Kaige’s short film 10 Months With You sparked fierce debate on Chinese social media, with some calling it out for ‘beautifying’ surrogacy.

Chinese viewers divided over film about surrogacy, illegal in China but which thrives via underground networks
9 Chinese women who made a big difference in 2020

Despite the impact of Covid-19 and the challenges it has brought this year, many women in China have stood out for their achievements. Here are nine to celebrate.

10 Dec 2020 - 8:40AM

Despite the impact of Covid-19 and the challenges it has brought this year, many women in China have stood out for their achievements. Here are nine to celebrate.

9 Chinese women who made a big difference in 2020
Influencers in rural China boost tourism and trade, from a hot Tibetan herder to a cool, ‘too beautiful’ horse rider in Xinjiang

First came Zhaxi Dingzhen, a Tibetan herder from southwest China whose rugged looks wowed internet users. Now comes a horse rider from Xinjiang, and the rest of China is scrambling to find social media influencers of their own.

4 Dec 2020 - 3:12PM

First came Zhaxi Dingzhen, a Tibetan herder from southwest China whose rugged looks wowed internet users. Now comes a horse rider from Xinjiang, and the rest of China is scrambling to find social media influencers of their own.

Influencers in rural China boost tourism and trade, from a hot Tibetan herder to a cool, ‘too beautiful’ horse rider in Xinjiang
Chinese fried food that trumps White House’s fast food feast, from crispy chicken to banana and dough sticks

The White House staff once served fast food to a visiting football team, a feast that was paid for by the president. We wonder what kind of fried dishes from China they could serve to a visiting delegation.

1 Dec 2020 - 8:15PM

The White House staff once served fast food to a visiting football team, a feast that was paid for by the president. We wonder what kind of fried dishes from China they could serve to a visiting delegation.

Chinese fried food that trumps White House’s fast food feast, from crispy chicken to banana and dough sticks
China’s most handsome man right now? Tibetan herder wows Chinese social media with rugged good looks

Zhaxi Dingzhen’s swarthy skin, big eyes, long eyelashes and thick but messy hair have caused quite a stir on Chinese social media after a video on Douyin went viral.

25 Nov 2020 - 8:15PM

Zhaxi Dingzhen’s swarthy skin, big eyes, long eyelashes and thick but messy hair have caused quite a stir on Chinese social media after a video on Douyin went viral.

China’s most handsome man right now? Tibetan herder wows Chinese social media with rugged good looks
‘It’s hard for women over 50 to find jobs’: retirement age revision plans in China spark anger

A government plan to raise the retirement age in China has sparked anger. An academic points out people stay in education longer these days and their life expectancy is higher than when pensionable ages were set decades ago.

24 Nov 2020 - 8:15PM

A government plan to raise the retirement age in China has sparked anger. An academic points out people stay in education longer these days and their life expectancy is higher than when pensionable ages were set decades ago.

‘It’s hard for women over 50 to find jobs’: retirement age revision plans in China spark anger
Coronavirus: mass testing of Shanghai airport workers as city reports new cases

More than 17,700 employees at Pudong International screened; high-risk staff to be given experimental vaccines.

23 Nov 2020 - 10:13PM

More than 17,700 employees at Pudong International screened; high-risk staff to be given experimental vaccines.

Coronavirus: mass testing of Shanghai airport workers as city reports new cases
To reduce obesity, more weight is being put on sport in China’s high-school entrance exam

A change in China’s high-school entrance exam may persuade schools and parents to put more emphasis on children being physically active. Childhood obesity is on the rise in China.

21 Nov 2020 - 7:37PM

A change in China’s high-school entrance exam may persuade schools and parents to put more emphasis on children being physically active. Childhood obesity is on the rise in China.

To reduce obesity, more weight is being put on sport in China’s high-school entrance exam
Chinese stand-up comedy gets a shot in the arm from women comedians who mine stereotypes about the sexes

Milking stereotypes about men and women, female stand-up comedians in China strike a chord with fans of the genre.

18 Nov 2020 - 12:47PM

Milking stereotypes about men and women, female stand-up comedians in China strike a chord with fans of the genre.

Chinese stand-up comedy gets a shot in the arm from women comedians who mine stereotypes about the sexes
US presidential election: the view from the street in China

A mix of interest around the country in the electoral race, from scorn to happiness to ambivalence.

7 Nov 2020 - 7:14AM

A mix of interest around the country in the electoral race, from scorn to happiness to ambivalence.

US presidential election: the view from the street in China
Doctors reveal surgical miracle which saved China’s ‘folded man’

Senior surgeon says deformity was so severe Li Hua would have died without the operations which straightened his spine.

5 Nov 2020 - 10:44AM

Senior surgeon says deformity was so severe Li Hua would have died without the operations which straightened his spine.

Doctors reveal surgical miracle which saved China’s ‘folded man’
How a mother’s love saw China’s ‘folded man’ through years of pain

For two decades, Li Hua relied on his mother to get through the day and survive his autoimmune disease.

4 Nov 2020 - 7:00PM

For two decades, Li Hua relied on his mother to get through the day and survive his autoimmune disease.

How a mother’s love saw China’s ‘folded man’ through years of pain
China’s ‘folded man’ finds happiness and hope after life-changing surgery

Li Hua has been living with a rare autoimmune disease for decades that eventually left his upper body completely bent over. After seeing numerous doctors, he finally found a specialist who could help him.

4 Nov 2020 - 7:04PM

Li Hua has been living with a rare autoimmune disease for decades that eventually left his upper body completely bent over. After seeing numerous doctors, he finally found a specialist who could help him.

China’s ‘folded man’ finds happiness and hope after life-changing surgery
Chinese high-speed rail firm to offer quiet carriages on Beijing-Shanghai line

New service to be introduced by the end of the year, operator says.

25 Oct 2020 - 10:37PM

New service to be introduced by the end of the year, operator says.

Chinese high-speed rail firm to offer quiet carriages on Beijing-Shanghai line