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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Campaign takes a stab at promoting proper disposal of used needles in China

Used syringes in household rubbish cans constitute a ‘gigantic potential source for contagious diseases’. The I Love Future NGO has distributed 12,000 sharp waste boxes to diabetes patients at no charge at 20 hospitals over five years.

24 Mar 2019 - 10:15AM

Used syringes in household rubbish cans constitute a ‘gigantic potential source for contagious diseases’. The I Love Future NGO has distributed 12,000 sharp waste boxes to diabetes patients at no charge at 20 hospitals over five years.

Campaign takes a stab at promoting proper disposal of used needles in China
Chinese tourists target Singapore, US, Italy and Thailand after being given ‘extra’ May Day holiday

Decision to extend holiday period to four days is expected to trigger 150 million extra trips to favourite domestic and foreign destinations

22 Mar 2019 - 9:09PM

Decision to extend holiday period to four days is expected to trigger 150 million extra trips to favourite domestic and foreign destinations

Chinese tourists target Singapore, US, Italy and Thailand after being given ‘extra’ May Day holiday
Chinese head teachers ordered to eat with pupils after string of food safety scandals

Order is one of a string of government directives issued in face of public outrage following series of incidents where pupils were being given rotten and mouldy food.

21 Mar 2019 - 11:34AM

Order is one of a string of government directives issued in face of public outrage following series of incidents where pupils were being given rotten and mouldy food.

Chinese head teachers ordered to eat with pupils after string of food safety scandals
Forget avocado toast: this vegetable is the taste of financial ‘freedom’ in China

First spring leaves of the Chinese mahogany tree are now out of reach for some – and they’ve taken to social media to complain.

20 Mar 2019 - 2:13PM

First spring leaves of the Chinese mahogany tree are now out of reach for some – and they’ve taken to social media to complain.

Forget avocado toast: this vegetable is the taste of financial ‘freedom’ in China
Chinese restaurant chain sorry after hygiene problems exposed on TV

Xibei Oat Noodle Village outlet in Nanjing says it will step up training and transparency after inspectors find dirty bowls, staff not following regulations.

18 Mar 2019 - 11:18PM

Xibei Oat Noodle Village outlet in Nanjing says it will step up training and transparency after inspectors find dirty bowls, staff not following regulations.

Chinese restaurant chain sorry after hygiene problems exposed on TV
Chinese woman pays US$44,710 back to crowdfunders who helped her father

When her truck driver dad needed money to compensate pedestrian after accident, Hai Lin raised it online in one night

13 Mar 2019 - 10:57PM

When her truck driver dad needed money to compensate pedestrian after accident, Hai Lin raised it online in one night

Chinese woman pays US$44,710 back to crowdfunders who helped her father
Chinese student’s comics about her cancer raise US$30,000 for medical bills after Weibo appeal

Thousands praise 21-year-old’s illustrated diaries about her Hodgkin’s lymphoma, and donate to make up the shortfall after she endures chemotherapy 30 times and radiotherapy 20 times.

14 Mar 2019 - 11:33AM

Thousands praise 21-year-old’s illustrated diaries about her Hodgkin’s lymphoma, and donate to make up the shortfall after she endures chemotherapy 30 times and radiotherapy 20 times.

Chinese student’s comics about her cancer raise US$30,000 for medical bills after Weibo appeal
Stanley Ho’s daughter Sabrina reveals she will marry Harvard student from northeast China

Engagement announced on social media along with video of Thomas Xin Qilong proposing to Sabrina Ho in September.

9 Mar 2019 - 10:20PM

Engagement announced on social media along with video of Thomas Xin Qilong proposing to Sabrina Ho in September.

Stanley Ho’s daughter Sabrina reveals she will marry Harvard student from northeast China
Looking for a new wife, 90-year-old Shanghai man finds children he had searched decades for

A visit to a matchmaking agency proves fortuitous as an employee helps a father reconnect with his children.

8 Mar 2019 - 6:31PM

A visit to a matchmaking agency proves fortuitous as an employee helps a father reconnect with his children.

Looking for a new wife, 90-year-old Shanghai man finds children he had searched decades for
Warnings issued after Britain freezes Chinese students’ bank accounts on money laundering fears

British officials suspect that organised crime groups targeted overseas students.

7 Mar 2019 - 10:53PM

British officials suspect that organised crime groups targeted overseas students.

Warnings issued after Britain freezes Chinese students’ bank accounts on money laundering fears
More Shanghai babies given mother’s surname as China’s old patriarchal traditions start to fade

Official figures from city suggest almost 10 per cent of newborns took their mother’s name as women start to enjoy more independence and higher status.

7 Mar 2019 - 12:10PM

Official figures from city suggest almost 10 per cent of newborns took their mother’s name as women start to enjoy more independence and higher status.

More Shanghai babies given mother’s surname as China’s old patriarchal traditions start to fade
Poverty-stricken Chinese student’s 17-hour study schedule goes viral

Student’s holiday study timetable impresses teacher and wins admiration from China’s online community.

6 Mar 2019 - 10:54PM

Student’s holiday study timetable impresses teacher and wins admiration from China’s online community.

Poverty-stricken Chinese student’s 17-hour study schedule goes viral
China’s traditional White Rabbit sweets star in Los Angeles ice cream

Lunar New Year novelty flavour using iconic Chinese confectionery sells out in hours and the Shanghai sweet maker is said to be ‘delighted’.

4 Mar 2019 - 10:19PM

Lunar New Year novelty flavour using iconic Chinese confectionery sells out in hours and the Shanghai sweet maker is said to be ‘delighted’.

China’s traditional White Rabbit sweets star in Los Angeles ice cream
Chinese prosecutors forced by public opinion to accept self-defence plea from couple who killed stalker

Campaign by daughter to save parents from trial for death of man who tormented her family promoted what one lawyer called ‘judicial fairness’.

4 Mar 2019 - 10:19PM

Campaign by daughter to save parents from trial for death of man who tormented her family promoted what one lawyer called ‘judicial fairness’.

Chinese prosecutors forced by public opinion to accept self-defence plea from couple who killed stalker
Chinese court orders family of Didi driver who raped and killed passenger to pay US$92,700 in compensation

Driver Liu Zhenhua took own life after murdering Li Mingzhu in case that shocked China.

1 Mar 2019 - 10:11PM

Driver Liu Zhenhua took own life after murdering Li Mingzhu in case that shocked China.

Chinese court orders family of Didi driver who raped and killed passenger to pay US$92,700 in compensation
In China, fur flies at Starbucks as limited edition US$30 cups are like catnip for collectors and coffee fans

Coffee chain says it’s surprised by whirlwind reception for feline-themed promotion, while internet scalpers sell Cat Claw Cups at up to nine times their retail value.

1 Mar 2019 - 10:47PM

Coffee chain says it’s surprised by whirlwind reception for feline-themed promotion, while internet scalpers sell Cat Claw Cups at up to nine times their retail value.

In China, fur flies at Starbucks as limited edition US$30 cups are like catnip for collectors and coffee fans
Thieving ‘migratory birds’ from northeast China ruffle feathers on tropical island of Hainan
  • Winter migration of hundreds of thousands of elderly people is a long-standing cause of resentment among locals.
12 Mar 2019 - 2:37PM
  • Winter migration of hundreds of thousands of elderly people is a long-standing cause of resentment among locals.
Thieving ‘migratory birds’ from northeast China ruffle feathers on tropical island of Hainan
Why do Chinese mothers breastfeed less than the world? Blame formula milk ads

Only 30 per cent of Chinese babies are fed only breast milk, survey finds, as research group behind the study blames advertising for China trailing the global average and its own target of 50 per cent by 2020.

28 Feb 2019 - 10:47AM

Only 30 per cent of Chinese babies are fed only breast milk, survey finds, as research group behind the study blames advertising for China trailing the global average and its own target of 50 per cent by 2020.

Why do Chinese mothers breastfeed less than the world? Blame formula milk ads
Chinese tourist detained over box of coral reef ‘souvenirs’ from Weizhou Island

University lecturer arrested as he tried to leave the nature reserve with 10 pieces of coral packed in a styrofoam container, police say.

26 Feb 2019 - 8:01PM

University lecturer arrested as he tried to leave the nature reserve with 10 pieces of coral packed in a styrofoam container, police say.

Chinese tourist detained over box of coral reef ‘souvenirs’ from Weizhou Island
Chinese woman gets five days’ detention for rail rage window attack after row with boyfriend

Passenger tried to smash her way out using an emergency hammer after her partner threatened to leave her.

23 Feb 2019 - 5:13PM

Passenger tried to smash her way out using an emergency hammer after her partner threatened to leave her.

Chinese woman gets five days’ detention for rail rage window attack after row with boyfriend
Chinese boy, 8, beaten and stabbed by his father for not doing his homework on time

Third-grader suffered multiple wounds, including a gash to his leg that will take weeks to heal, doctor says.

23 Feb 2019 - 4:31PM

Third-grader suffered multiple wounds, including a gash to his leg that will take weeks to heal, doctor says.

Chinese boy, 8, beaten and stabbed by his father for not doing his homework on time
Family blames motorists blocking ambulance in China for grandfather’s death
China’s taste for worms is killing the soil

Shocking video shows men using electric currents to lure earthworms out of the ground for the cooking pot but the method is destroying the environment.

22 Feb 2019 - 6:04PM

Shocking video shows men using electric currents to lure earthworms out of the ground for the cooking pot but the method is destroying the environment.

China’s taste for worms is killing the soil
Alcohol bans on Chinese campuses backed by 65 per cent of students in poll
  • Some universities have banned drinking on and even off campus – with a stricter stance backed by many in a poll by Communist-affiliated newspaper and questionnaires website.
22 Feb 2019 - 10:48PM
  • Some universities have banned drinking on and even off campus – with a stricter stance backed by many in a poll by Communist-affiliated newspaper and questionnaires website.
Alcohol bans on Chinese campuses backed by 65 per cent of students in poll
Chinese woman forced to make desperate plea to motorists blocking ambulance with injured father

Woman gets down on hands and knees as she appeals to drivers to get their cars out of an emergency lane and clear the way to hospital.

22 Feb 2019 - 11:31AM

Woman gets down on hands and knees as she appeals to drivers to get their cars out of an emergency lane and clear the way to hospital.

Chinese woman forced to make desperate plea to motorists blocking ambulance with injured father
Madagascar detains Chinese tourists after live animals ‘found in luggage’

Pair were travelling with insect research tour group from mainland China when they were stopped at the airport, allegedly trying to carry out lizard and centipede species including endangered chameleon.

20 Feb 2019 - 8:38PM

Pair were travelling with insect research tour group from mainland China when they were stopped at the airport, allegedly trying to carry out lizard and centipede species including endangered chameleon.

Madagascar detains Chinese tourists after live animals ‘found in luggage’
Dig for gold in Ghana at your own risk, Chinese miners warned after arrests

Beijing issues statement after several Chinese nationals are arrested amid crackdown on illegal operations in West African country.

20 Feb 2019 - 10:35PM

Beijing issues statement after several Chinese nationals are arrested amid crackdown on illegal operations in West African country.

Dig for gold in Ghana at your own risk, Chinese miners warned after arrests
Chinese tourist arrested in US for fighting in public accused of domestic violence

New York consulate issues advisory after man arrested for getting into a tussle with his wife outside their hotel.

19 Feb 2019 - 11:11PM

New York consulate issues advisory after man arrested for getting into a tussle with his wife outside their hotel.

Chinese tourist arrested in US for fighting in public accused of domestic violence
Top Chinese model Li Jingwen bares her freckles for Zara and all hell breaks loose

Spanish fashion house accused of ‘uglifying China’ by showing one of the country’s most successful models without make-up.

19 Feb 2019 - 4:40AM

Spanish fashion house accused of ‘uglifying China’ by showing one of the country’s most successful models without make-up.

Top Chinese model Li Jingwen bares her freckles for Zara and all hell breaks loose
The eco-fighter tackling the scourge of rubbish on China’s beaches

Liu Yonglong decided to make a difference more than a decade ago and founded an NGO in Shanghai to turn back the tide of plastic washing up on the country’s shores.

17 Feb 2019 - 11:00PM

Liu Yonglong decided to make a difference more than a decade ago and founded an NGO in Shanghai to turn back the tide of plastic washing up on the country’s shores.

The eco-fighter tackling the scourge of rubbish on China’s beaches