Alice Yan

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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Beat smog with air purifiers, China tells schools and gyms

National health authority issues guidelines to cut exposure to contaminants as the country enters the winter pollution season.

11 Dec 2019 - 10:39PM

National health authority issues guidelines to cut exposure to contaminants as the country enters the winter pollution season.

Beat smog with air purifiers, China tells schools and gyms
Chinese state media joins rural life blogger Li Ziqi’s millions of followers

YouTube star from Sichuan whose videos pull in tens of millions of hits does better job of promoting China than Confucius Institute, fans say.

11 Dec 2019 - 2:23PM

YouTube star from Sichuan whose videos pull in tens of millions of hits does better job of promoting China than Confucius Institute, fans say.

Chinese state media joins rural life blogger Li Ziqi’s millions of followers
Meet the Chinese disabled woman who battled adversity to build a leading business

Yu Lina was a qualified accountant with more than a decade of experience but couldn’t convince employers to give her a job when she moved cities so she took a chance and set up her own company.

8 Dec 2019 - 10:37PM

Yu Lina was a qualified accountant with more than a decade of experience but couldn’t convince employers to give her a job when she moved cities so she took a chance and set up her own company.

Meet the Chinese disabled woman who battled adversity to build a leading business
Chinese farmers’ offer of free radishes for locals goes viral … costs them US$42,000

Thousands of looters travel from miles around to strip field of 500 tonnes of white radishes after growers tell their neighbours it’s OK to ‘take a few’.

7 Dec 2019 - 10:39PM

Thousands of looters travel from miles around to strip field of 500 tonnes of white radishes after growers tell their neighbours it’s OK to ‘take a few’.

Chinese farmers’ offer of free radishes for locals goes viral … costs them US$42,000
Chinese man cleared of murder after 11 years in jail

Family’s long fight for a review pays off as dead woman’s neighbour walks free because evidence in case was insubstantial and insufficient, court rules.

5 Dec 2019 - 3:53PM

Family’s long fight for a review pays off as dead woman’s neighbour walks free because evidence in case was insubstantial and insufficient, court rules.

Chinese man cleared of murder after 11 years in jail
Chinese teens put to the information age test in global Pisa education study

Results suggest China is going in the right education reform direction but there’s more to do, researchers say.

5 Dec 2019 - 12:36AM

Results suggest China is going in the right education reform direction but there’s more to do, researchers say.

Chinese teens put to the information age test in global Pisa education study
Has China forgiven tax cheat Fan Bingbing?

Actress back in the state media eye for a charity appearance – but she’s hard to spot in the picture.

27 Nov 2019 - 9:15PM

Actress back in the state media eye for a charity appearance – but she’s hard to spot in the picture.

Has China forgiven tax cheat Fan Bingbing?
Girl mauled to death by dogs on the way to school in China

Family drives animals away but victim dies of wounds in hospital.

27 Nov 2019 - 5:18PM

Family drives animals away but victim dies of wounds in hospital.

Girl mauled to death by dogs on the way to school in China
Chinese man has to have cigarette lighter removed from stomach after drinking session

Patient initially felt fine but two days later he started to suffer severe pains and medical staff noticed that the lighter appeared to be leaking fluid.

26 Nov 2019 - 6:45PM

Patient initially felt fine but two days later he started to suffer severe pains and medical staff noticed that the lighter appeared to be leaking fluid.

Chinese man has to have cigarette lighter removed from stomach after drinking session
China live-streaming app ‘partly responsible’ in death of rooftopper Wu Yongning

Appeal court upholds family’s US$4,300 compensation claim but says 26-year-old was ‘aware of the danger’ when he climbed skyscraper without safety equipment.

25 Nov 2019 - 11:13PM

Appeal court upholds family’s US$4,300 compensation claim but says 26-year-old was ‘aware of the danger’ when he climbed skyscraper without safety equipment.

China live-streaming app ‘partly responsible’ in death of rooftopper Wu Yongning
Angry father wins support online after attacking Chinese kindergarten teacher who hit his five-year-old daughter

Both parent and teacher are detained after the former takes exception to his daughter’s treatment, while thousands comment on footage of the incident.

25 Nov 2019 - 11:13PM

Both parent and teacher are detained after the former takes exception to his daughter’s treatment, while thousands comment on footage of the incident.

Angry father wins support online after attacking Chinese kindergarten teacher who hit his five-year-old daughter
Chinese poet Liu Shahe dies from throat cancer aged 88

Online fans of writer, who spent two decades in a hard labour camp, pay their respects by quoting a speech about his love for Americans.

24 Nov 2019 - 8:38PM

Online fans of writer, who spent two decades in a hard labour camp, pay their respects by quoting a speech about his love for Americans.

Chinese poet Liu Shahe dies from throat cancer aged 88
Chinese surgeons use straws to drain man’s bladder in mid-flight medical emergency

Doctors improvise with tape and oxygen mask tubing to make device to save patient on plane from Guangzhou to New York.

21 Nov 2019 - 10:07PM

Doctors improvise with tape and oxygen mask tubing to make device to save patient on plane from Guangzhou to New York.

Chinese surgeons use straws to drain man’s bladder in mid-flight medical emergency
Chinese safety regulators blame ‘reckless greed’ after 15 die in coal mine blast

Nine miners also reported injured after blast at site in Shanxi province.

20 Nov 2019 - 5:57AM

Nine miners also reported injured after blast at site in Shanxi province.

Chinese safety regulators blame ‘reckless greed’ after 15 die in coal mine blast
Leniency from China court in Dying to Survive cancer drug case

Suspended sentence for man whose arrest for selling overseas medication to cancer patients sparked public outcry.

18 Nov 2019 - 7:59PM

Suspended sentence for man whose arrest for selling overseas medication to cancer patients sparked public outcry.

Leniency from China court in Dying to Survive cancer drug case
Chinese man, 55, contracts bubonic plague after eating wild rabbit in Inner Mongolia

Resident of Inner Mongolia becomes third plague victim in a week after two people from the same region are reported to have caught pneumonic strain of the deadly disease.

18 Nov 2019 - 1:42AM

Resident of Inner Mongolia becomes third plague victim in a week after two people from the same region are reported to have caught pneumonic strain of the deadly disease.

Chinese man, 55, contracts bubonic plague after eating wild rabbit in Inner Mongolia
Chinese boy, 9, dies after falling down manhole covered only by a net

Child was playing close to his parents’ noodle shop and had no idea the shaft was there because it had been hidden, his uncle says.

17 Nov 2019 - 5:14PM

Child was playing close to his parents’ noodle shop and had no idea the shaft was there because it had been hidden, his uncle says.

Chinese boy, 9, dies after falling down manhole covered only by a net
It’s a dirty job and I’m the one to do it, says millionaire who risks his reputation to break China’s litter habit

Zhong Congrong is a successful businessman but, on mornings and nights for the past four years, he has risked insults and beatings to spread his green message.

16 Nov 2019 - 10:51PM

Zhong Congrong is a successful businessman but, on mornings and nights for the past four years, he has risked insults and beatings to spread his green message.

It’s a dirty job and I’m the one to do it, says millionaire who risks his reputation to break China’s litter habit
Chinese police say two of nine children abducted by ‘Aunt Mei’ traffickers have been found

Authorities say the woman in her 60s who brokered deals to sell abductees is still key to finding families who bought the children.

14 Nov 2019 - 7:51PM

Authorities say the woman in her 60s who brokered deals to sell abductees is still key to finding families who bought the children.

Chinese police say two of nine children abducted by ‘Aunt Mei’ traffickers have been found
Two endangered Chinese finless porpoises found dead in Yangtze River as species struggles for survival

As remains of ‘extremely endangered’ mammals are found in Yangtze River, authorities in Hunan say balancing interests of China’s ‘giant pandas in water’ and fishermen is difficult.

13 Nov 2019 - 8:00PM

As remains of ‘extremely endangered’ mammals are found in Yangtze River, authorities in Hunan say balancing interests of China’s ‘giant pandas in water’ and fishermen is difficult.

Two endangered Chinese finless porpoises found dead in Yangtze River as species struggles for survival
Selfie-taking tourist falls to her death from Huashan in northwest China

University student was sharing pictures with her friends and then she disappeared.

14 Nov 2019 - 8:18PM

University student was sharing pictures with her friends and then she disappeared.

Selfie-taking tourist falls to her death from Huashan in northwest China
HKUST condemnation of attack on student fails to dispel mainlanders’ safety fears amid Hong Kong protests

Hong Kong University of Science and Technology says it strongly condemns incident in which mainland student was assaulted last week.

12 Nov 2019 - 5:54PM

Hong Kong University of Science and Technology says it strongly condemns incident in which mainland student was assaulted last week.

HKUST condemnation of attack on student fails to dispel mainlanders’ safety fears amid Hong Kong protests
China targets cigarette sellers in new rules to stub out smoking among children

Authorities issue new guidelines with lines of official responsibility but industry insider questions just how effective they will be.

8 Nov 2019 - 7:30AM

Authorities issue new guidelines with lines of official responsibility but industry insider questions just how effective they will be.

China targets cigarette sellers in new rules to stub out smoking among children
Chinese man threatens to sue Starbucks and shopping mall over falling window pane

Customer in Shanghai says he and his friend cheated death as glass crashed on to terrace – coffee chain says window was not on its property.

7 Nov 2019 - 8:01PM

Customer in Shanghai says he and his friend cheated death as glass crashed on to terrace – coffee chain says window was not on its property.

Chinese man threatens to sue Starbucks and shopping mall over falling window pane
Chinese museum celebrates start of five-year collaboration with France’s Pompidou Centre

Pompidou Centre chief says it is committed to showing off ‘charm and value’ of Chinese art; Project means Shanghai museum is bringing works by artists such as Picasso and Chagall to China.

6 Nov 2019 - 10:36PM

Pompidou Centre chief says it is committed to showing off ‘charm and value’ of Chinese art; Project means Shanghai museum is bringing works by artists such as Picasso and Chagall to China.

Chinese museum celebrates start of five-year collaboration with France’s Pompidou Centre
Shanghai recycling scheme slips up on 9,000 tonnes of wet waste churned out each day

Compulsory programme launched in China’s biggest city in July after President Xi Jinping urges people to turn waste sorting a ‘fashionable new lifestyle’.

3 Nov 2019 - 10:33PM

Compulsory programme launched in China’s biggest city in July after President Xi Jinping urges people to turn waste sorting a ‘fashionable new lifestyle’.

Shanghai recycling scheme slips up on 9,000 tonnes of wet waste churned out each day
Chinese woman detained after beating daughter with iron bar because she was unmarried

Quarrels because of mother’s unhappiness with adult child’s single status.

1 Nov 2019 - 10:00PM

Quarrels because of mother’s unhappiness with adult child’s single status.

Chinese woman detained after beating daughter with iron bar because she was unmarried
Chinese farmer cuts off finger after being bitten by snake. Doctors tell him he needn’t have bothered

Man took drastic step after being bitten by a ‘five-step snake’ – believed to strike victims down after taking just a handful of steps – but doctors say it was unnecessary.

29 Oct 2019 - 10:52PM

Man took drastic step after being bitten by a ‘five-step snake’ – believed to strike victims down after taking just a handful of steps – but doctors say it was unnecessary.

Chinese farmer cuts off finger after being bitten by snake. Doctors tell him he needn’t have bothered
Chinese customs officers rescue 806 Siamese crocodiles, 2,735 macaques in raids on smuggling gangs

At least 35 people detained in series of strikes by customs officers in Guangxi and Guangdong that also recover 100,000 dried seahorses.

24 Oct 2019 - 7:02PM

At least 35 people detained in series of strikes by customs officers in Guangxi and Guangdong that also recover 100,000 dried seahorses.

Chinese customs officers rescue 806 Siamese crocodiles, 2,735 macaques in raids on smuggling gangs
Cancer patient arrested for fatal stabbing of doctor in China

Investigators in Gansu say they cannot find motive for attack.

24 Oct 2019 - 11:46AM

Investigators in Gansu say they cannot find motive for attack.

Cancer patient arrested for fatal stabbing of doctor in China