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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China patriotism: producers to be forced to label dual citizenship actors in bid to remove non-Chinese artists from screens

China has revealed a new regulation requiring TV productions to supply the names of all on-Chinese citizens employed as actors to stop foreign artists from appearing on air.

China has revealed a new regulation requiring TV productions to supply the names of all on-Chinese citizens employed as actors to stop foreign artists from appearing on air.

4 hours ago
Coronavirus: woman in China announces she is getting engaged to blind date whose home she was trapped in during lockdown

A woman trapped for almost 30 days with a man she met on a blind date says they are getting engaged, but will wait six months before tying the knot, because they don’t want to be ‘impulsive’.

A woman trapped for almost 30 days with a man she met on a blind date says they are getting engaged, but will wait six months before tying the knot, because they don’t want to be ‘impulsive’.

19 Jan 2022 - 9:53AM
‘I fought dinosaurs’: Chinese boy, born with no fingers on 1 hand, tells people he lost them protecting his mum, becomes dumpling-making celebrity

A little boy born without fingers on his left hand has delighted the internet after a video of him skilfully making dumplings went viral on Chinese social media.

A little boy born without fingers on his left hand has delighted the internet after a video of him skilfully making dumplings went viral on Chinese social media.

18 Jan 2022 - 10:20AM
China coronavirus: woman on blind date trapped after man’s home placed under Covid-19 lockdown

A woman who has been trapped at a blind date’s house for more than a week after a sudden lockdown is an online celebrity after her videos about the experience went viral in China.

A woman who has been trapped at a blind date’s house for more than a week after a sudden lockdown is an online celebrity after her videos about the experience went viral in China.

14 Jan 2022 - 6:00PM
Father donates organs of daughter, 9, who died after being knocked down in school corridor and hitting her head

A father who donated the organs of his nine-year-old daughter after she died from brain injuries suffered at school has received an apology from the school after it delayed sending her for medical care.

A father who donated the organs of his nine-year-old daughter after she died from brain injuries suffered at school has received an apology from the school after it delayed sending her for medical care.

14 Jan 2022 - 7:04PM
Wang Leehom: estranged wife Lee Jinglei alleges star tried to enter her home, leaving her afraid for her and children’s safety

In the latest twist in the Wang Leehom divorce saga, his estranged wife alleges she was left shaking in fear after he tried to enter her home to see their children after she refused permission.

In the latest twist in the Wang Leehom divorce saga, his estranged wife alleges she was left shaking in fear after he tried to enter her home to see their children after she refused permission.

12 Jan 2022 - 9:24PM
Jiang Ge murder: Chinese mother sues friend whose ex-boyfriend killed her daughter in Japan

A mother has sued a former friend of her murdered daughter for US$110,000 after the friend’s ex-boyfriend stabbed her daughter to death in Japan.

A mother has sued a former friend of her murdered daughter for US$110,000 after the friend’s ex-boyfriend stabbed her daughter to death in Japan.

12 Jan 2022 - 9:00AM
China education: students receive piglets as a reward for hard work and in the hope it will boost the local economy

Students in a poor region of China have been given free piglets as a reward for studying hard and as part of a wider programme to revitalise the local economy.

Students in a poor region of China have been given free piglets as a reward for studying hard and as part of a wider programme to revitalise the local economy.

11 Jan 2022 - 9:05AM
Traditional Chinese medicine treatment by grandma leaves baby girl in hospital with serious injuries to her face

A well-intentioned Chinese grandmother has caused further injury to a sick baby after scratching her forehead with a silver ring smeared with egg whites in an attempt to cure a cough.

A well-intentioned Chinese grandmother has caused further injury to a sick baby after scratching her forehead with a silver ring smeared with egg whites in an attempt to cure a cough.

7 Jan 2022 - 7:02PM
Mystery Good Samaritan pays student’s education fees for 7 years up till university then cuts all contact

A university student sought help tracking down a man known only as ‘Brother Ice’ who paid for his education then cut all contact after giving him a final payment for university fees and wishing him well.

A university student sought help tracking down a man known only as ‘Brother Ice’ who paid for his education then cut all contact after giving him a final payment for university fees and wishing him well.

7 Jan 2022 - 10:59AM
Quirky China: man profits from hot water ice stunt, truck hangs off 100 metre high cliff, and illegal dog gambling ring exposed

Making news in China: man sells hot water to tourists to throw into the winter air to freeze into unusual shapes, a truck is left teetering on a cliff edge, and an Illegal dog gambling den exposed.

Making news in China: man sells hot water to tourists to throw into the winter air to freeze into unusual shapes, a truck is left teetering on a cliff edge, and an Illegal dog gambling den exposed.

7 Jan 2022 - 10:19AM
China: ‘slanted eyes’ ad snack company in hot water again over earlier campaign using revolutionary red scarf

A company accused of using models with ‘slanted eyes’ has been forced to apologise again after it was found to have used symbols of China’s communist revolution without permission.

A company accused of using models with ‘slanted eyes’ has been forced to apologise again after it was found to have used symbols of China’s communist revolution without permission.

5 Jan 2022 - 2:00PM
‘Being unfunny is the biggest handicap for a comedian’: Meet China’s rising stand-up star with cerebral palsy

Zhang Jiaxin is a stand-up comedian based in Shanghai who hopes his jokes can help people who have been through similar traumas.

Zhang Jiaxin is a stand-up comedian based in Shanghai who hopes his jokes can help people who have been through similar traumas.

31 Dec 2021 - 7:11PM
Quirky China: 520 drones for a dog’s birthday, a groom in a wedding dress and feminine hygiene advertising faux pas

In this week’s Quirky China, a woman splurges big-time on her dog’s birthday, a wedding flips the script and a large feminine hygiene brand is forced to apologise

In this week’s Quirky China, a woman splurges big-time on her dog’s birthday, a wedding flips the script and a large feminine hygiene brand is forced to apologise

30 Dec 2021 - 9:00AM
‘Nanjing fat brother’ still struggling half a year after getting stabbed trying to stop a violent rampage in China

A man in China who was stabbed trying to stop a violent rampage has not physically recovered from the ordeal and still wears a fecal bag for the management of incontinence.

A man in China who was stabbed trying to stop a violent rampage has not physically recovered from the ordeal and still wears a fecal bag for the management of incontinence.

29 Dec 2021 - 5:39PM
‘Am I not Chinese?’: model pushes back against barrage of criticism for her perceived ‘slanted eyes’

A Chinese model pushed back against critics who said her eyes were too slanted in a 2019 advertisement, saying it is just the way she looks.

A Chinese model pushed back against critics who said her eyes were too slanted in a 2019 advertisement, saying it is just the way she looks.

27 Dec 2021 - 6:14PM
China: live-streamers arrested for forcing mentally disabled woman to perform in sexually degrading social media videos that left her in intensive care

Three men in China arrested after using a 23-year-old mentally disabled woman in a live-streaming show, that involved teasing her, touching her genitals, forcing her to drink alcohol and kiss different men.

Three men in China arrested after using a 23-year-old mentally disabled woman in a live-streaming show, that involved teasing her, touching her genitals, forcing her to drink alcohol and kiss different men.

24 Dec 2021 - 7:07PM
Wang Leehom scandal: how the singer and actor went from golden boy to social pariah in an instant

For more than two decades he was the golden boy pop star and actor who could do no wrong working with acclaimed directors, signing up for lucrative endorsements and building a huge fan base before it all came crashing down in an instant.

For more than two decades he was the golden boy pop star and actor who could do no wrong working with acclaimed directors, signing up for lucrative endorsements and building a huge fan base before it all came crashing down in an instant.

24 Dec 2021 - 4:12PM
All hail our feline overlords: Cats prove way more popular than dogs in China

Pet ownership is skyrocketing in China, and a recent survey suggests cats are significantly more popular in the country than dogs.

Pet ownership is skyrocketing in China, and a recent survey suggests cats are significantly more popular in the country than dogs.

22 Dec 2021 - 5:52PM
Li Bingbing, Transformers and Resident Evil star, plans to sue after social media videos removed over ‘too revealing’ complaint

Video platform Douyin has been forced to restore videos of the actress that it removed following a complaint by a single male internet user after a massive online backlash.

Video platform Douyin has been forced to restore videos of the actress that it removed following a complaint by a single male internet user after a massive online backlash.

22 Dec 2021 - 3:47PM
Wang Leehom scandal: China’s Communist Party warns celebrities to ‘pay attention to morals’ after singer’s divorce drama

The Communist Party of China’s internal watchdog, referring to ‘the recent case of the collapse of a celebrity image’, has warned stars to pay attention to their actions.

The Communist Party of China’s internal watchdog, referring to ‘the recent case of the collapse of a celebrity image’, has warned stars to pay attention to their actions.

21 Dec 2021 - 11:59AM
Scientists find emperor’s tomb after centuries of honour for wrong location

Scientists announced this week that a recently excavated pyramid belonged to Han dynasty Emperor Wen, acknowledging that historians had the wrong location for centuries.

Scientists announced this week that a recently excavated pyramid belonged to Han dynasty Emperor Wen, acknowledging that historians had the wrong location for centuries.

18 Dec 2021 - 2:00PM
Out of ‘hatred towards the woman’: Viral revenge video claims ex-mother-in-law was paid despite not working, sparks investigation from Chinese state-owned bank

A major state-owned bank cleared its employee of wrongdoing after a woman accused her of illegal activity in a video that went viral.

A major state-owned bank cleared its employee of wrongdoing after a woman accused her of illegal activity in a video that went viral.

18 Dec 2021 - 8:30AM
China education: restraining order against ‘tiger dad’ who beat kids aged 5 and 7 and forced them to study university subjects

A court has granted a restraining order against a ‘tiger dad’ who beat and verbally abused his children, aged seven and five, and forced them to study secondary and university subjects.

A court has granted a restraining order against a ‘tiger dad’ who beat and verbally abused his children, aged seven and five, and forced them to study secondary and university subjects.

16 Dec 2021 - 9:56AM
China crime: man suffers more than 10 bite wounds to face and body after crazed attacker mistakes him for ex-girlfriend’s new lover

A man is seeking harsher punishment for a man who mistook him for his ex-girlfriend’s lover and jumped through his car window and attempted to strangle him and bit him on the face and body more than 10 times causing multiple injuries.

A man is seeking harsher punishment for a man who mistook him for his ex-girlfriend’s lover and jumped through his car window and attempted to strangle him and bit him on the face and body more than 10 times causing multiple injuries.

15 Dec 2021 - 9:27AM
Alipay theft: man lifts sleeping woman’s eyelids to scan irises and steal US$23,500, blogger compared to Li Ziqi, delivery man quits after customer says she is ‘god’

Quirky China news this week: man uses his sleeping ex-girlfriend’s eyes to scan open her Alipay app, a new blogger called a rustic Li Ziqi and a delivery driver has quit after a customer demanded he treat her like his ‘god’.

Quirky China news this week: man uses his sleeping ex-girlfriend’s eyes to scan open her Alipay app, a new blogger called a rustic Li Ziqi and a delivery driver has quit after a customer demanded he treat her like his ‘god’.

14 Dec 2021 - 9:00AM
China education: school under fire after teacher tells girls to have a ‘clean heart and body’ and boys to be ‘real men’ and not effeminate

A moralising speech by a Beijing secondary school teacher telling girls to avoid ‘little clothes’ or ‘short skirts’, exposing arms, legs and navels, because boys will develop ‘evil thoughts’ has generated a backlash after the school published a transcript online.

A moralising speech by a Beijing secondary school teacher telling girls to avoid ‘little clothes’ or ‘short skirts’, exposing arms, legs and navels, because boys will develop ‘evil thoughts’ has generated a backlash after the school published a transcript online.

11 Dec 2021 - 10:52AM
Quirky China: paralysed man plays mahjong with brain-computer, Covid-19 test fancy dress, dog’s life ‘more precious’ than child

Making news in China: a paralysed man has had a computer interface connected to his brain allowing him to play mahjong, a man brings cheer by wearing a costume during a virus test, and a man claims his dog is ‘more precious than your kid’ after it knocked down a child.

Making news in China: a paralysed man has had a computer interface connected to his brain allowing him to play mahjong, a man brings cheer by wearing a costume during a virus test, and a man claims his dog is ‘more precious than your kid’ after it knocked down a child.

10 Dec 2021 - 9:14AM
China releases top 10 buzzwords of 2021 – lying flat, metaverse, awakening era, YYDS among them

China’s Ministry of Education releases its list of the top 10 Chinese buzzwords of the year, including yong yuan de shen, meaning ‘forever God’, and tang ping, meaning ‘lie flat’, which reflect surging nationalism and the latest online social trends.

China’s Ministry of Education releases its list of the top 10 Chinese buzzwords of the year, including yong yuan de shen, meaning ‘forever God’, and tang ping, meaning ‘lie flat’, which reflect surging nationalism and the latest online social trends.

9 Dec 2021 - 4:49PM
Chinese official a ‘hero’ after forcing US drug maker Biogen to cut cost of treatment for spinal disease with ‘gentle but firm’ approach

A US drug company has significantly cut the cost of a drug used to treat a rare spinal condition after intense negotiations with China’s medical insurance authority.

A US drug company has significantly cut the cost of a drug used to treat a rare spinal condition after intense negotiations with China’s medical insurance authority.

6 Dec 2021 - 7:10PM