Alice Yan

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. Her Twitter account is @TingYanalice
Alice Yan
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. Her Twitter account is @TingYanalice

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Chinese fake goods seller caught after her mother used ‘Louis Vuitton’ bag to do her shopping

Officers said they became suspicious when they saw a woman putting pork and vegetables in a bag they did not think she could afford and linked it to a fraud complaint received the previous day.

14 Oct 2019 - 6:19PM

Officers said they became suspicious when they saw a woman putting pork and vegetables in a bag they did not think she could afford and linked it to a fraud complaint received the previous day.

Chinese fake goods seller caught after her mother used ‘Louis Vuitton’ bag to do her shopping
Chinese kindergarten under investigation after forcing children to finish meals in the toilet

Management apologises after being confronted by parents whose children said they were sent to eat in the lavatory if they ate too slowly.

11 Oct 2019 - 4:19PM

Management apologises after being confronted by parents whose children said they were sent to eat in the lavatory if they ate too slowly.

Chinese kindergarten under investigation after forcing children to finish meals in the toilet
Who is Can Xue, the Chinese writer in the running for a Nobel Prize for literature?

The question has been trending on Chinese social media ahead of Thursday’s announcement of two winners for literature, after last year’s award was postponed over a sexual assault scandal.

10 Oct 2019 - 11:51AM

The question has been trending on Chinese social media ahead of Thursday’s announcement of two winners for literature, after last year’s award was postponed over a sexual assault scandal.

Who is Can Xue, the Chinese writer in the running for a Nobel Prize for literature?
Pedestrians in eastern China face US$7 fine for checking mobile phones while crossing the road

People’s Congress of Jiaxing warns ‘frolicking’ on zebra crossings will not be tolerated, while local newspaper says that, as with smoking bans, public opinion must be shaped to break uncivilised habits.

8 Oct 2019 - 10:54PM

People’s Congress of Jiaxing warns ‘frolicking’ on zebra crossings will not be tolerated, while local newspaper says that, as with smoking bans, public opinion must be shaped to break uncivilised habits.

Pedestrians in eastern China face US$7 fine for checking mobile phones while crossing the road
One moment, 13 years and a hit documentary: Chinese filmmaker Zhang Tongdao journeys into his son’s generation

A conversation with his four-year-old begins Zhang’s voyage of discovery into the lives of children born in 2000.

6 Oct 2019 - 10:34PM

A conversation with his four-year-old begins Zhang’s voyage of discovery into the lives of children born in 2000.

One moment, 13 years and a hit documentary: Chinese filmmaker Zhang Tongdao journeys into his son’s generation
Why a US$1,400 ‘flying knife’ operation could cost a Chinese brain surgeon his job

Neurosurgery department head faces inquiry after cash payment row embroils surgeon from Beijing invited to rural Shanxi hospital to repair blood vessels after cerebral infarction.

28 Sep 2019 - 4:14AM

Neurosurgery department head faces inquiry after cash payment row embroils surgeon from Beijing invited to rural Shanxi hospital to repair blood vessels after cerebral infarction.

Why a US$1,400 ‘flying knife’ operation could cost a Chinese brain surgeon his job
Cool response in China for Greta Thunberg’s global warming speech at UN’s Climate Action Summit

Chinese young people prefer tree planting and other activities to street protests.

28 Sep 2019 - 1:28PM

Chinese young people prefer tree planting and other activities to street protests.

Cool response in China for Greta Thunberg’s global warming speech at UN’s Climate Action Summit
Nostalgia in China as Singapore prepares to demolish Sentosa merlion

Giant lion-headed statue will make way for corridor linking north and south of island in US$65 million redevelopment.

23 Sep 2019 - 8:00PM

Giant lion-headed statue will make way for corridor linking north and south of island in US$65 million redevelopment.

Nostalgia in China as Singapore prepares to demolish Sentosa merlion
Chinese woman fined US$28 for tossing coins from plane to ‘cure baby’s diarrhoea’

Superstitious medical student, 23, said it was customary in her hometown to throw money for good luck.

20 Sep 2019 - 5:21PM

Superstitious medical student, 23, said it was customary in her hometown to throw money for good luck.

Chinese woman fined US$28 for tossing coins from plane to ‘cure baby’s diarrhoea’
Chinese views on art laid bare as students’ nude drawing class offends Weibo users

‘Art is the behaviour of hooligans,’ one person says, as teacher describes ‘unbelievable’ negative comments on photos of life drawing lesson at arts institute.

19 Sep 2019 - 10:24PM

‘Art is the behaviour of hooligans,’ one person says, as teacher describes ‘unbelievable’ negative comments on photos of life drawing lesson at arts institute.

Chinese views on art laid bare as students’ nude drawing class offends Weibo users
Chinese head teacher sacked over canteen washing up scandal

Video of staff washing tableware with laundry detergent goes viral.

18 Sep 2019 - 4:03PM

Video of staff washing tableware with laundry detergent goes viral.

Chinese head teacher sacked over canteen washing up scandal
China’s scissor-hand selfie-takers warned of cybersecurity threat

Powerful zoom functions can reveal fingerprint details which may be copied by criminals.

17 Sep 2019 - 10:04PM

Powerful zoom functions can reveal fingerprint details which may be copied by criminals.

China’s scissor-hand selfie-takers warned of cybersecurity threat
Wolf Warrior star Wu Jing wins US$16,900 over hospital prostate operation advertisement

Star of biggest Chinese-made movie says he was afraid brochure would lead fans into thinking he had suffered bad health; Yunnan hospital ignored summons to send representative to court, report says.

17 Sep 2019 - 5:51PM

Star of biggest Chinese-made movie says he was afraid brochure would lead fans into thinking he had suffered bad health; Yunnan hospital ignored summons to send representative to court, report says.

Wolf Warrior star Wu Jing wins US$16,900 over hospital prostate operation advertisement
How much is enough? Chinese student’s plea for more pocket money a lesson in the true cost of education

University student’s complaint stirs up social media storm about youthful spending habits.

13 Sep 2019 - 10:42PM

University student’s complaint stirs up social media storm about youthful spending habits.

How much is enough? Chinese student’s plea for more pocket money a lesson in the true cost of education
Video shows Chinese teacher enforcing make-up ban by wiping girls’ faces with towel and water from a bucket

Another staff member says 80 per cent of students at school are left-behind children who ‘may be led into extreme directions in aesthetics standard and life values’.

12 Sep 2019 - 8:13PM

Another staff member says 80 per cent of students at school are left-behind children who ‘may be led into extreme directions in aesthetics standard and life values’.

Video shows Chinese teacher enforcing make-up ban by wiping girls’ faces with towel and water from a bucket
Berlin zoo to keep politics out of panda names after public picks Hong and Kong

Keepers in Germany say too early to tell gender of Meng Meng’s twins – panda breeding experts in China have last word on names given to cubs born overseas.

10 Sep 2019 - 11:14PM

Keepers in Germany say too early to tell gender of Meng Meng’s twins – panda breeding experts in China have last word on names given to cubs born overseas.

Berlin zoo to keep politics out of panda names after public picks Hong and Kong
Could a seaweed-based drug offer relief from the ravages of Alzheimer’s?

Scientists in Shanghai link degenerative condition to bacteria in human gut, while trials show GV-971 brought ‘significant improvement’ to early or medium stage Alzheimer patients.

10 Sep 2019 - 12:07PM

Scientists in Shanghai link degenerative condition to bacteria in human gut, while trials show GV-971 brought ‘significant improvement’ to early or medium stage Alzheimer patients.

Could a seaweed-based drug offer relief from the ravages of Alzheimer’s?
Beijing over the moon as cake maker slams Hong Kong protests

Communist Party mouthpiece People’s Daily full of praise for Annie Wu Suk-ching – whose father founded Maxim’s chain – after she speaks out against those behind unrest in the city.

8 Sep 2019 - 11:48PM

Communist Party mouthpiece People’s Daily full of praise for Annie Wu Suk-ching – whose father founded Maxim’s chain – after she speaks out against those behind unrest in the city.

Beijing over the moon as cake maker slams Hong Kong protests
Will nationwide waste sorting solve China’s landfill problem?

Landfill sites around the country are filling up ahead of time, adding urgency to the authorities’ need to cut the amount sent to them.

7 Sep 2019 - 9:58PM

Landfill sites around the country are filling up ahead of time, adding urgency to the authorities’ need to cut the amount sent to them.

Will nationwide waste sorting solve China’s landfill problem?
Police called in after needle found in young Chinese girl’s heart

After two heart surgeries to remove object, 11-year-old is fighting for her life.

5 Sep 2019 - 9:52PM

After two heart surgeries to remove object, 11-year-old is fighting for her life.

Police called in after needle found in young Chinese girl’s heart
Eight children killed in knife attack at Chinese primary school

Man, 40, is detained after the attack in Hubei province on the first day of the new school year, in which two other pupils are wounded.

3 Sep 2019 - 4:33PM

Man, 40, is detained after the attack in Hubei province on the first day of the new school year, in which two other pupils are wounded.

Eight children killed in knife attack at Chinese primary school
Chinese woman’s beauty treatment left her with near-fatal dose of botulism

The 29-year-old from Shanghai was floored by double vision, violent headaches and vomiting after having botulinum toxin jabs in her face.

27 Aug 2019 - 7:17PM

The 29-year-old from Shanghai was floored by double vision, violent headaches and vomiting after having botulinum toxin jabs in her face.

Chinese woman’s beauty treatment left her with near-fatal dose of botulism
Rare plant with noodles leaves bitter taste for Chinese video blogger

Hunt for novelty takes wild food enthusiast up a mountain and into hot water with botanists.

26 Aug 2019 - 10:51PM

Hunt for novelty takes wild food enthusiast up a mountain and into hot water with botanists.

Rare plant with noodles leaves bitter taste for Chinese video blogger
Chinese teacher suspended for ‘belittling’ great inventions in online chat

Associate professor caused ‘vicious social impact’ in comments to student in social media chat room.

26 Aug 2019 - 11:11PM

Associate professor caused ‘vicious social impact’ in comments to student in social media chat room.

Chinese teacher suspended for ‘belittling’ great inventions in online chat
More Chinese men open to the idea of becoming stay-at-home fathers

The traditional view that the man of the house must be the breadwinner may be crumbling, according to a recent survey.

25 Aug 2019 - 11:01PM

The traditional view that the man of the house must be the breadwinner may be crumbling, according to a recent survey.

More Chinese men open to the idea of becoming stay-at-home fathers
Trust me, I’m a clown doctor: young Chinese patients are getting a taste of Western ‘alternative medicine’

Don’t let the wigs and red noses fool you – some medical professionals are very serious about the beneficial effect of laughter on young patients’ health.

26 Aug 2019 - 11:55AM

Don’t let the wigs and red noses fool you – some medical professionals are very serious about the beneficial effect of laughter on young patients’ health.

Trust me, I’m a clown doctor: young Chinese patients are getting a taste of Western ‘alternative medicine’
Ten dead as torrential rain and mudslides hit southwest China

Two police officers are swept to their deaths as they answer emergency call in rural Sichuan – rescue services say 26 people are missing.

21 Aug 2019 - 6:53PM

Two police officers are swept to their deaths as they answer emergency call in rural Sichuan – rescue services say 26 people are missing.

Ten dead as torrential rain and mudslides hit southwest China
13 Chinese tourists killed in Laos bus crash

Vehicle runs off a mountainous road on the way to popular historic city of Luang Prabang.

21 Aug 2019 - 12:48PM

Vehicle runs off a mountainous road on the way to popular historic city of Luang Prabang.

13 Chinese tourists killed in Laos bus crash
Chinese teenager who trains through the pain takes skipping rope team to five world championship records

‘World’s most powerful thigh’ Cen Xiaolin, 17, jumps 6.33 times a second in competition, an achievement his coach says started in an impoverished Guangdong school seven years ago.

11 Aug 2019 - 9:10PM

‘World’s most powerful thigh’ Cen Xiaolin, 17, jumps 6.33 times a second in competition, an achievement his coach says started in an impoverished Guangdong school seven years ago.

Chinese teenager who trains through the pain takes skipping rope team to five world championship records
‘I don’t’: why China’s millennials are saying no to marriage

A generation of Chinese in no rush to tie the knot is creating a ‘single society’ with implications for individuals and for the country as a whole.

10 Aug 2019 - 10:50PM

A generation of Chinese in no rush to tie the knot is creating a ‘single society’ with implications for individuals and for the country as a whole.

‘I don’t’: why China’s millennials are saying no to marriage