Elaine Yau

Beijing

Elaine Yau

Senior reporter, Culture

Elaine Yau is a senior reporter on the culture desk based in Beijing. She covers food, fashion, travel, health and fitness, music, film and TV, arts, lifestyle, as well as insider tips on the best of Beijing. She studied translation in Hong Kong and taught secondary English before joining the Post.

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Zhang Ziyi follows Jackie Chan, Tom Cruise in playing a character much younger than she is, but fans and critics are not impressed

Chinese actress Zhang Ziyi was 38 when she filmed period drama Monarch Industry, playing a character from the age of 15 into middle age. Jackie Chan and Tom Cruise get away with it, but audience and critics alike criticised her portrayal of a teen.

16 Jan 2021 - 5:31AM

Chinese actress Zhang Ziyi was 38 when she filmed period drama Monarch Industry, playing a character from the age of 15 into middle age. Jackie Chan and Tom Cruise get away with it, but audience and critics alike criticised her portrayal of a teen.

Zhang Ziyi follows Jackie Chan, Tom Cruise in playing a character much younger than she is, but fans and critics are not impressed
How Chinese people eat lamb, from hotpot in the north to a big stir fry in the south

Lamb, seen as something of a staple meat in the north of China, is gaining popularity elsewhere in the country – and ways to prepare it differ from region to region.

14 Jan 2021 - 5:15PM

Lamb, seen as something of a staple meat in the north of China, is gaining popularity elsewhere in the country – and ways to prepare it differ from region to region.

How Chinese people eat lamb, from hotpot in the north to a big stir fry in the south
New Jackson Yee movie A Little Red Flower is China’s first box office hit of 2021 – how the terminal romance story won over audiences

Starring TFBoys member Yee and Liu Haocun, ‘A Little Red Flower’ tells the love story of a young couple with cancer and is intended as a spiritual guide, director Han Yan says.

12 Jan 2021 - 9:06PM

Starring TFBoys member Yee and Liu Haocun, ‘A Little Red Flower’ tells the love story of a young couple with cancer and is intended as a spiritual guide, director Han Yan says.

New Jackson Yee movie A Little Red Flower is China’s first box office hit of 2021 – how the terminal romance story won over audiences
How to age well: secrets from Sheren Tang, TV drama queen who embraced her Christian faith to boost her mental health

The secrets to Sheren Tang Shui-man feeling young don’t just lie in a good skincare, no make-up routine – they lie in her Christian faith and in keeping herself mentally and physically healthy.

8 Jan 2021 - 12:52PM

The secrets to Sheren Tang Shui-man feeling young don’t just lie in a good skincare, no make-up routine – they lie in her Christian faith and in keeping herself mentally and physically healthy.

How to age well: secrets from Sheren Tang, TV drama queen who embraced her Christian faith to boost her mental health
Queen of Chinese TV dramas Sheren Tang on real love, getting respect in China, and why she won’t take on any more roles like the one that made her famous

Sheren Tang talks to the Post about how Hong Kong actresses can make it big in China, why the continued popularity of the drama No Regrets surprises her, and how her Christian faith has helped her acting.

1 Jan 2021 - 1:39PM

Sheren Tang talks to the Post about how Hong Kong actresses can make it big in China, why the continued popularity of the drama No Regrets surprises her, and how her Christian faith has helped her acting.

Queen of Chinese TV dramas Sheren Tang on real love, getting respect in China, and why she won’t take on any more roles like the one that made her famous
Asian-Americans on the racism the coronavirus pandemic unleashed, and their identity

A collection of 71 deeply personal letters by Asian-American artists has been published, in which they reflect on their identity and the racism they have faced during Covid-19 because the pandemic began in China.

2 Jan 2021 - 5:11AM

A collection of 71 deeply personal letters by Asian-American artists has been published, in which they reflect on their identity and the racism they have faced during Covid-19 because the pandemic began in China.

Asian-Americans on the racism the coronavirus pandemic unleashed, and their identity
After Meryl Streep recites poem in Chinese on US TV, four celebrities who are fluent in the language and two Trump grandkids who are learning

Chinese internet users were wowed by actress Meryl Streep reciting in Chinese a poem she had learned nine years earlier. The actress is not the first celebrity in the West to have shown a passion for the language.

23 Dec 2020 - 8:45PM

Chinese internet users were wowed by actress Meryl Streep reciting in Chinese a poem she had learned nine years earlier. The actress is not the first celebrity in the West to have shown a passion for the language.

After Meryl Streep recites poem in Chinese on US TV, four celebrities who are fluent in the language and two Trump grandkids who are learning
Toymaker Pop Mart on a tear: US$674 million IPO came a decade after first store opened in Beijing

In 10 years, Pop Mart has gone from a single shop selling bric-a-brac to China’s biggest toys enterprise. Its design director took inspiration from a rash of Hong Kong designer toy launches in the noughties.

1 Jan 2021 - 10:30AM

In 10 years, Pop Mart has gone from a single shop selling bric-a-brac to China’s biggest toys enterprise. Its design director took inspiration from a rash of Hong Kong designer toy launches in the noughties.

Toymaker Pop Mart on a tear: US$674 million IPO came a decade after first store opened in Beijing
Cancer immunotherapy adapted to treat pet viruses could help humans fight infections, researcher says

Injecting laboratory-grown immune system cells cures 10 cats with HIV-like disease that is otherwise untreatable, and stops a feline virus similar to Covid-19. A bigger trial is needed to confirm breakthrough, which offers hope of new human treatments.

21 Dec 2020 - 7:33AM

Injecting laboratory-grown immune system cells cures 10 cats with HIV-like disease that is otherwise untreatable, and stops a feline virus similar to Covid-19. A bigger trial is needed to confirm breakthrough, which offers hope of new human treatments.

Cancer immunotherapy adapted to treat pet viruses could help humans fight infections, researcher says
Chinese artist Cai Guo-qiang on his Palace Museum show in Beijing: ‘I don’t see this as a cost to my art’

Chinese artist Cai Guo-qiang has been criticised in the past for his government commissions but his new show at Beijing’s Palace Museum is yet another. We ask him why he took it on.

23 Dec 2020 - 11:57AM

Chinese artist Cai Guo-qiang has been criticised in the past for his government commissions but his new show at Beijing’s Palace Museum is yet another. We ask him why he took it on.

Chinese artist Cai Guo-qiang on his Palace Museum show in Beijing: ‘I don’t see this as a cost to my art’
Five child stars in China who made it in show business, from the girl who ‘sang’ at the 2008 Beijing Olympics, to actress in a Stephen Chow film

From the actress in Stephen Chow Sing-chi’s 2008 film CJ7 to the girl who lip-synched to a song in the Beijing Olympics opening ceremony, these five Chinese child stars went on to enjoy further show business success.

19 Dec 2020 - 7:47PM

From the actress in Stephen Chow Sing-chi’s 2008 film CJ7 to the girl who lip-synched to a song in the Beijing Olympics opening ceremony, these five Chinese child stars went on to enjoy further show business success.

Five child stars in China who made it in show business, from the girl who ‘sang’ at the 2008 Beijing Olympics, to actress in a Stephen Chow film
Tibetan mastiff dogs ravaging wildlife, mauling people, and spreading disease in China after collapse of pet market

Tibetan mastiffs were once an expensive status symbol in China. When the market crashed, hundreds of thousands of dogs were abandoned on the Tibetan Plateau, where they roam in packs, affecting the food chain and ecology.

17 Dec 2020 - 10:15AM

Tibetan mastiffs were once an expensive status symbol in China. When the market crashed, hundreds of thousands of dogs were abandoned on the Tibetan Plateau, where they roam in packs, affecting the food chain and ecology.

Tibetan mastiff dogs ravaging wildlife, mauling people, and spreading disease in China after collapse of pet market
Adventure of the Ring, romantic comedy TV series about a nerd and his air hostess fiancée set in Taiwan, debuts on HBO in Asia

Nerd meets air hostess, they fall in love, he loses engagement ring, and laughs and learnings ensue – Adventure of the Ring, starring Chris Wang and Allison Lin, debuts on HBO Asia.

14 Dec 2020 - 5:51PM

Nerd meets air hostess, they fall in love, he loses engagement ring, and laughs and learnings ensue – Adventure of the Ring, starring Chris Wang and Allison Lin, debuts on HBO Asia.

Adventure of the Ring, romantic comedy TV series about a nerd and his air hostess fiancée set in Taiwan, debuts on HBO in Asia
Chinese tourists are discovering their own country in RVs as avoiding crowds becomes the norm

With most international borders still closed, a growing number of Chinese tourists are hitting the road in recreational vehicles (RVs) to the extent it can be hard to find one to rent.

6 Dec 2020 - 12:45PM

With most international borders still closed, a growing number of Chinese tourists are hitting the road in recreational vehicles (RVs) to the extent it can be hard to find one to rent.

Chinese tourists are discovering their own country in RVs as avoiding crowds becomes the norm
China’s virtual idols with digital avatars and human voices: meet the live-stream kings and queens of Bilibili

Unlike Vocaloids, which are digital avatars run by computer programs, virtual idols have real people behind the virtual faces – and they are taking over China.

1 Dec 2020 - 6:18PM

Unlike Vocaloids, which are digital avatars run by computer programs, virtual idols have real people behind the virtual faces – and they are taking over China.

China’s virtual idols with digital avatars and human voices: meet the live-stream kings and queens of Bilibili
Zhang Enli, Chinese abstract painter who wasn’t boxed in by his early figurative art

Zhang Enli made dark, expressionistic paintings of China’s urban underbelly long after peers such as Zeng Fanzhi moved on. Then he found realism and abstract art, and his career picked up.

29 Nov 2020 - 4:46PM

Zhang Enli made dark, expressionistic paintings of China’s urban underbelly long after peers such as Zeng Fanzhi moved on. Then he found realism and abstract art, and his career picked up.

Zhang Enli, Chinese abstract painter who wasn’t boxed in by his early figurative art
Former actress Brigitte Lin on the pain of Anita Mui’s death, shocking William Chang with nude Polaroids, and seeing a penniless Li Ching in her last days

One-time screen goddess recalls the time she shocked designer William Chang with nude Polaroids of herself, how affected she was by Anita Mui’s death, and her friendship with another film icon, Tsui Hark.

28 Nov 2020 - 9:01PM

One-time screen goddess recalls the time she shocked designer William Chang with nude Polaroids of herself, how affected she was by Anita Mui’s death, and her friendship with another film icon, Tsui Hark.

Former actress Brigitte Lin on the pain of Anita Mui’s death, shocking William Chang with nude Polaroids, and seeing a penniless Li Ching in her last days
When Chiang Kai-shek’s photographer snapped Chang Ta-chien’s flower garden – rarely seen images on display in Shanghai

Chinese painter Chang Ta-chien designed a flower-filled courtyard in Taipei, and invited Hu Chung-hsien, once official photographer to Chinese leader Chiang Kai-shek, to shoot it. His photos are on show for the first time in decades.

24 Nov 2020 - 6:49PM

Chinese painter Chang Ta-chien designed a flower-filled courtyard in Taipei, and invited Hu Chung-hsien, once official photographer to Chinese leader Chiang Kai-shek, to shoot it. His photos are on show for the first time in decades.

When Chiang Kai-shek’s photographer snapped Chang Ta-chien’s flower garden – rarely seen images on display in Shanghai
Chinese art collectors’ ‘revenge buying’ makes Shanghai fairs worth the trip for galleries, and parties light up the night

Shanghai becomes the world’s party capital as art fairs draw international galleries eager to profit from Chinese collectors’ ‘revenge buying’.

18 Nov 2020 - 6:16PM

Shanghai becomes the world’s party capital as art fairs draw international galleries eager to profit from Chinese collectors’ ‘revenge buying’.

Chinese art collectors’ ‘revenge buying’ makes Shanghai fairs worth the trip for galleries, and parties light up the night
World Diabetes Day 2020: traditional Chinese medicine can cure Type 2 diabetes, not just control it, doctor heading Beijing hospital says

Using herbal medicine, acupuncture and ionotherapy, a doctor of traditional Chinese medicine says he has cured 60,000 Type 2 diabetics in the past 30 years. He heads a Beijing TCM hospital that specialises in diabetes.

15 Nov 2020 - 7:05PM

Using herbal medicine, acupuncture and ionotherapy, a doctor of traditional Chinese medicine says he has cured 60,000 Type 2 diabetics in the past 30 years. He heads a Beijing TCM hospital that specialises in diabetes.

World Diabetes Day 2020: traditional Chinese medicine can cure Type 2 diabetes, not just control it, doctor heading Beijing hospital says
Judy Chicago and Stanley Whitney art show in Shanghai promotes new foundation to support young Chinese artists and women artists

To promote the launch of a new art foundation supporting young artists in China, an art exhibition featuring the work of two well-known American artists is being held in Shanghai.

13 Nov 2020 - 10:45AM

To promote the launch of a new art foundation supporting young artists in China, an art exhibition featuring the work of two well-known American artists is being held in Shanghai.

Judy Chicago and Stanley Whitney art show in Shanghai promotes new foundation to support young Chinese artists and women artists
China’s frog restaurants prosper as appetite for delicacy known since the Ming dynasty explodes

Frogs have been a staple of Chinese cuisine since the Ming dynasty. A healthier option than beef, their consumption has shot up, spawning chains of frog restaurants.

13 Nov 2020 - 3:26PM

Frogs have been a staple of Chinese cuisine since the Ming dynasty. A healthier option than beef, their consumption has shot up, spawning chains of frog restaurants.

China’s frog restaurants prosper as appetite for delicacy known since the Ming dynasty explodes
China’s ‘Tesla’ of the art industry: tech investor to open digital robotics studio to help artists fulfil their visions

Miralab, a digital robotics studio in Shanghai, will give artists access to robotics and rapid 3D-printing machines to help them fulfil their visions, founder Jung Lee of Ren Space says.

11 Nov 2020 - 12:34PM

Miralab, a digital robotics studio in Shanghai, will give artists access to robotics and rapid 3D-printing machines to help them fulfil their visions, founder Jung Lee of Ren Space says.

China’s ‘Tesla’ of the art industry: tech investor to open digital robotics studio to help artists fulfil their visions
Seven endings, 180 choices: first interactive feature film in cinemas, crime thriller Late Shift, is a hit with audiences

A crime thriller whose storyline is decided by audience voting, Late Shift requires cinema-goers to make 60 either/or decisions about its hero’s next steps in the course of its 90-minute running time.

9 Nov 2020 - 6:12PM

A crime thriller whose storyline is decided by audience voting, Late Shift requires cinema-goers to make 60 either/or decisions about its hero’s next steps in the course of its 90-minute running time.

Seven endings, 180 choices: first interactive feature film in cinemas, crime thriller Late Shift, is a hit with audiences
Chinese actress Miya Muqi, Jackie Chan’s co-star in Vanguard, on Scarlett Johansson, Michelle Yeoh and promoting ‘kung fu yoga’

Chinese martial arts actress and rising movie star Miya Muqi talks about her role model Scarlett Johansson, learning from Michelle Yeoh and promoting ‘kung fu yoga’.

7 Nov 2020 - 8:28PM

Chinese martial arts actress and rising movie star Miya Muqi talks about her role model Scarlett Johansson, learning from Michelle Yeoh and promoting ‘kung fu yoga’.

Chinese actress Miya Muqi, Jackie Chan’s co-star in Vanguard, on Scarlett Johansson, Michelle Yeoh and promoting ‘kung fu yoga’
Actress Myolie Wu’s mastery of Mandarin Chinese makes her a rare success as a Hong Kong star in China

Many native Cantonese speakers come a cropper in China. Not Myolie Wu, whose mastery of Mandarin Chinese and its dialects wowed actress Vicki Zhao Wei, fellow jurors and audiences on a recent reality TV show.

6 Nov 2020 - 1:19PM

Many native Cantonese speakers come a cropper in China. Not Myolie Wu, whose mastery of Mandarin Chinese and its dialects wowed actress Vicki Zhao Wei, fellow jurors and audiences on a recent reality TV show.

Actress Myolie Wu’s mastery of Mandarin Chinese makes her a rare success as a Hong Kong star in China
Five Years on, Ten Years directors reflect on the spooky political predictions of their Hong Kong Film Awards best picture

The collection of short films showing life in Hong Kong in 2025 was a critical hit and some of its dystopian stories seem to have come to pass. Its directors talk about their predictions and the negative effects on their lives and careers.

4 Nov 2020 - 6:45PM

The collection of short films showing life in Hong Kong in 2025 was a critical hit and some of its dystopian stories seem to have come to pass. Its directors talk about their predictions and the negative effects on their lives and careers.

Five Years on, Ten Years directors reflect on the spooky political predictions of their Hong Kong Film Awards best picture
Transformers, Kung Fu Panda zones unique to Universal Studios Beijing will be among theme park’s draws when it opens in 2021

Universal Studios Beijing theme park is on track to open as planned in 2021 despite the Covid-19 pandemic, and it will feature unique Transformers and Kung Fu Panda attractions.

2 Nov 2020 - 6:35PM

Universal Studios Beijing theme park is on track to open as planned in 2021 despite the Covid-19 pandemic, and it will feature unique Transformers and Kung Fu Panda attractions.

Transformers, Kung Fu Panda zones unique to Universal Studios Beijing will be among theme park’s draws when it opens in 2021
How Zhang Ziyi lookalike Tong Yao, Chinese actress and star of Nothing But Thirty, overcame controversy to win audiences’ hearts

Tong Yao, star of Chinese drama Nothing But Thirty, got a head start thanks to looking like Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon’s Zhang Ziyi, but has hit some bumps on the way.

26 Oct 2020 - 9:55PM

Tong Yao, star of Chinese drama Nothing But Thirty, got a head start thanks to looking like Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon’s Zhang Ziyi, but has hit some bumps on the way.

How Zhang Ziyi lookalike Tong Yao, Chinese actress and star of Nothing But Thirty, overcame controversy to win audiences’ hearts
Fish boiled in water, a Chinese way to let freshness and tender texture of the flesh shine

From spicy Sichuan and sour Yunnan styles to cooked in steel pots, Chinese water-boiled fish dishes come in many forms. We put three popular restaurants in Beijing to the test.

22 Oct 2020 - 10:17PM

From spicy Sichuan and sour Yunnan styles to cooked in steel pots, Chinese water-boiled fish dishes come in many forms. We put three popular restaurants in Beijing to the test.

Fish boiled in water, a Chinese way to let freshness and tender texture of the flesh shine