Diana Chan

Diana Chan is a video journalist and documentary filmmaker from Hong Kong. Currently based in New York City, she is interested in stories about politics and social justice.

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South Korean POWs in North Korea detail misery slaving in coal mines

Lee Sun-woo was a prisoner of war in North Korea. An estimated 50,000 former South Korean prisoners of war were never returned by Pyongyang after the 1950-53 conflict. They and their descendents were forced to work in coal mines for decades - an industry that was a major earner for North Korea until sanctions blocked exports three years ago.
 

15 Dec 2020 - 11:52PM

Lee Sun-woo was a prisoner of war in North Korea. An estimated 50,000 former South Korean prisoners of war were never returned by Pyongyang after the 1950-53 conflict. They and their descendents were forced to work in coal mines for decades - an industry that was a major earner for North Korea until sanctions blocked exports three years ago.
 

South Korean POWs in North Korea detail misery slaving in coal mines
In Nepal, traditional crafts made by elderly artisans get online spotlight

A Nepalese entrepreneur is giving elderly artisans a platform to share their crafts and through that, a renewed sense of purpose. Lorina Sthapit, inspired by her grandmother’s hand knitted socks, founded an online platform called Aji’s to showcase, sell and inform customers about traditional Nepalese crafts.

30 Nov 2020 - 9:22PM

A Nepalese entrepreneur is giving elderly artisans a platform to share their crafts and through that, a renewed sense of purpose. Lorina Sthapit, inspired by her grandmother’s hand knitted socks, founded an online platform called Aji’s to showcase, sell and inform customers about traditional Nepalese crafts.

In Nepal, traditional crafts made by elderly artisans get online spotlight
Thailand’s ‘sea gypsies’ benefit from absence of tourists in Phuket

For the Chao Lay people, also known as ‘sea gypsies’, the coronavirus has brought a welcome respite from mass tourism to their ancestral home, near Phuket. Thailand has been closed to foreign visitors for the past eight months. With no tourists, it’s now easier for the Chao Lay to fish; and the real estate projects which posed a threat to the Chao Lay’s ancestral land have also come to a standstill.
 

23 Nov 2020 - 9:31PM

For the Chao Lay people, also known as ‘sea gypsies’, the coronavirus has brought a welcome respite from mass tourism to their ancestral home, near Phuket. Thailand has been closed to foreign visitors for the past eight months. With no tourists, it’s now easier for the Chao Lay to fish; and the real estate projects which posed a threat to the Chao Lay’s ancestral land have also come to a standstill.
 

Thailand’s ‘sea gypsies’ benefit from absence of tourists in Phuket
Protesters storm Armenia’s parliament over Azerbaijan peace deal to end Nagorno-Karabakh fighting

Hundreds of Armenians stormed into parliament and government headquarters in Yerevan on November 10, 2020. The chaos came minutes after Prime Minister Nikol Pashininyan signed a deal with Azerbaijan and Russia to end the conflict in the disputed territory of Nagorno-Karabakh. 
 

10 Nov 2020 - 9:50PM

Hundreds of Armenians stormed into parliament and government headquarters in Yerevan on November 10, 2020. The chaos came minutes after Prime Minister Nikol Pashininyan signed a deal with Azerbaijan and Russia to end the conflict in the disputed territory of Nagorno-Karabakh. 
 

Protesters storm Armenia’s parliament over Azerbaijan peace deal to end Nagorno-Karabakh fighting
How virtual reality helps you get 'inside the head' of Mongolia's conflicted emperor Kublai Khan

The epic online performance Stones of Venice — directed from Britain using VR and motion-capture technologies in Hong Kong — creates a more intimate connection with audiences for this tale of the ruler’s existential crisis.

6 Nov 2020 - 10:29AM

The epic online performance Stones of Venice — directed from Britain using VR and motion-capture technologies in Hong Kong — creates a more intimate connection with audiences for this tale of the ruler’s existential crisis.

How virtual reality helps you get 'inside the head' of Mongolia's conflicted emperor Kublai Khan
International election observers arrive in the US ahead of presidential vote

International observers have arrived in the US ahead of the November 3 presidential vote, to observe what could become a complex and lengthy election. The team from the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe, will stay until mid-November with some members indicating that they may stay longer.

2 Nov 2020 - 10:10PM

International observers have arrived in the US ahead of the November 3 presidential vote, to observe what could become a complex and lengthy election. The team from the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe, will stay until mid-November with some members indicating that they may stay longer.

International election observers arrive in the US ahead of presidential vote
US ‘gun church’ prepares for ‘spiritual battle’ to re-elect Trump

Members of the World Peace and Unification Sanctuary Church say they are praying for the re-election of US President Donald Trump as they gather for a spiritual boot camp in a rural part of the state of Pennsylvania. The Christian sect known for its outspoken gun advocacy, and for encouraging church members to bring firearms to services. It was founded by two sons of Reverend Sun Myung Moon, the founder of South Korea’s Unification Church.
 

30 Oct 2020 - 7:35PM

Members of the World Peace and Unification Sanctuary Church say they are praying for the re-election of US President Donald Trump as they gather for a spiritual boot camp in a rural part of the state of Pennsylvania. The Christian sect known for its outspoken gun advocacy, and for encouraging church members to bring firearms to services. It was founded by two sons of Reverend Sun Myung Moon, the founder of South Korea’s Unification Church.
 

US ‘gun church’ prepares for ‘spiritual battle’ to re-elect Trump
China and the Vatican renew controversial bishops deal after ‘good start’

China and the Vatican renewed a controversial agreement on the appointment of bishops on October 22, 2020. But the extension of the deal has been mired in controversy, with the Holy See under pressure from US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and others to withdraw because of China’s human rights record and repressive policies against religions. 
 

23 Oct 2020 - 5:45PM

China and the Vatican renewed a controversial agreement on the appointment of bishops on October 22, 2020. But the extension of the deal has been mired in controversy, with the Holy See under pressure from US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and others to withdraw because of China’s human rights record and repressive policies against religions. 
 

China and the Vatican renew controversial bishops deal after ‘good start’
Thailand health minister plants cannabis seedlings as nation chases medical marijuana market

Thailand's Minister of Public Health Anutin Charnvirakul helped plant cannabis seedlings on October 8, 2020, as the government looks to tap into the multibillion-dollar potential of medical marijuana. Thailand was the first country in Southeast Asia to legalise medical marijuana in 2018, but recreational use and other forms of trade in the drug remain illegal in the county. 

9 Oct 2020 - 5:31PM

Thailand's Minister of Public Health Anutin Charnvirakul helped plant cannabis seedlings on October 8, 2020, as the government looks to tap into the multibillion-dollar potential of medical marijuana. Thailand was the first country in Southeast Asia to legalise medical marijuana in 2018, but recreational use and other forms of trade in the drug remain illegal in the county. 

Thailand health minister plants cannabis seedlings as nation chases medical marijuana market
HSBC sees second-quarter profits plunge by 82 per cent thanks to coronavirus

HSBC warned it could take provisions for bad loans of as much as US$13 billion this year as its second-quarter pre-tax profits dropped by more than 80% compared to the same period last year. The bank blames the slump on weakening business activity globally because of the coronavirus pandemic.
 

3 Aug 2020 - 9:36PM

HSBC warned it could take provisions for bad loans of as much as US$13 billion this year as its second-quarter pre-tax profits dropped by more than 80% compared to the same period last year. The bank blames the slump on weakening business activity globally because of the coronavirus pandemic.
 

HSBC sees second-quarter profits plunge by 82 per cent thanks to coronavirus
Coronavirus doctor isolates herself from family while home from work at Philippine hospital

How far would you go to protect your family if you were a doctor working with Covid-19 patients? Dr Jan Claire Dorado regularly comes in contact with coronavirus patients while she works in an accident and emergency unit at a hospital the Philippine capital Manila. So her family built a makeshift isolation chamber in a storage room of their house to keep the 30-year-old doctor and her loved ones safe when she is not at work.

6 Jul 2020 - 12:59PM

How far would you go to protect your family if you were a doctor working with Covid-19 patients? Dr Jan Claire Dorado regularly comes in contact with coronavirus patients while she works in an accident and emergency unit at a hospital the Philippine capital Manila. So her family built a makeshift isolation chamber in a storage room of their house to keep the 30-year-old doctor and her loved ones safe when she is not at work.

Coronavirus doctor isolates herself from family while home from work at Philippine hospital
Chinatowns become ghost towns as Covid-19 fight shuts down US

Normally bustling with activity and colour, Chinatowns in California have come to a standstill as a lockdown to slow the spread of the coronavirus pandemic forces most shops to close. Business has dropped up to 80 per cent, driven initially by racially charged fears about Covid-19, and later by a statewide shelter-in-place order. There are growing fears that many independent restaurants in the area may not survive the pandemic.

27 Apr 2020 - 2:51PM

Normally bustling with activity and colour, Chinatowns in California have come to a standstill as a lockdown to slow the spread of the coronavirus pandemic forces most shops to close. Business has dropped up to 80 per cent, driven initially by racially charged fears about Covid-19, and later by a statewide shelter-in-place order. There are growing fears that many independent restaurants in the area may not survive the pandemic.

Chinatowns become ghost towns as Covid-19 fight shuts down US
Prospects dim for Hollywood actors and crews as Los Angeles fights coronavirus pandemic

Actors based in Los Angeles are feeling the strain as the coronavirus forces the famous entertainment industry in the US west coast city to suspend production. LA is home to the world's largest entertainment hub including the iconic studios of Hollywood, and generates billions of dollars a year as it employs hundreds of thousands of industry professionals. But as the state of California enforces “stay at home” rules to curb the spread of the pandemic, many who work in the industry suddenly face an uncertain future.

15 Apr 2020 - 5:41PM

Actors based in Los Angeles are feeling the strain as the coronavirus forces the famous entertainment industry in the US west coast city to suspend production. LA is home to the world's largest entertainment hub including the iconic studios of Hollywood, and generates billions of dollars a year as it employs hundreds of thousands of industry professionals. But as the state of California enforces “stay at home” rules to curb the spread of the pandemic, many who work in the industry suddenly face an uncertain future.

Prospects dim for Hollywood actors and crews as Los Angeles fights coronavirus pandemic
Traffic disappears from Los Angeles amid coronavirus lockdowns

Los Angeles’ efforts to fight the coronavirus has had a visible impact on one of the city’s most defining features – its endless traffic has disappeared. Since officials urged residents to stay home and ordered non-essential businesses and schools to close in mid-March, the city's motorways have cleared up, leading to a rare sight – congestion-free roads. 

1 Apr 2020 - 7:02AM

Los Angeles’ efforts to fight the coronavirus has had a visible impact on one of the city’s most defining features – its endless traffic has disappeared. Since officials urged residents to stay home and ordered non-essential businesses and schools to close in mid-March, the city's motorways have cleared up, leading to a rare sight – congestion-free roads. 

Traffic disappears from Los Angeles amid coronavirus lockdowns
People in New York ‘not afraid’ despite US state declaring an emergency over coronavirus fears

Visitors and residents of New York  say they are not worried by Governor Andrew Cuomo’s move to declare a state of emergency because of the coronavirus outbreak. Many say that as long as they are careful about personal hygiene, there is no need to change their way of life. As of 10 March, more than 170 people in the US state had tested positive for Covid-19. Thousands more are self-quarantined at home after potential exposure to the  coronavirus that causes the disease.

11 Mar 2020 - 5:23AM

Visitors and residents of New York  say they are not worried by Governor Andrew Cuomo’s move to declare a state of emergency because of the coronavirus outbreak. Many say that as long as they are careful about personal hygiene, there is no need to change their way of life. As of 10 March, more than 170 people in the US state had tested positive for Covid-19. Thousands more are self-quarantined at home after potential exposure to the  coronavirus that causes the disease.

People in New York ‘not afraid’ despite US state declaring an emergency over coronavirus fears
Comedians in New York fight racism with coronavirus-themed show

A group of comedians in New York are fighting racism and misinformation surrounding the coronavirus with laughter. The all-Asian cast performed a coronavirus-themed show to a sold- out house, hoping to raise awareness about the nature of the virus and the discrimination Asians are facing because of it.

5 Mar 2020 - 2:13AM

A group of comedians in New York are fighting racism and misinformation surrounding the coronavirus with laughter. The all-Asian cast performed a coronavirus-themed show to a sold- out house, hoping to raise awareness about the nature of the virus and the discrimination Asians are facing because of it.

Comedians in New York fight racism with coronavirus-themed show