Ethan Paul

Ethan Paul

Graduate Trainee

Ethan is a Graduate Trainee reporter at the Post. Previously, he was a freelance writer focused on US-China relations. He graduated from Peking University's Yenching Academy and Pennsylvania State University.

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Tokyo 2020: who are Asia’s top gold medal hopes at the Olympic Games?

Outside China, a number of Asian athletes are capable of winning gold, including Filipino boxer Eumir Marcial, Malaysian cyclist Azizulhasni Awang and wrestler Risako Kawai.

Outside China, a number of Asian athletes are capable of winning gold, including Filipino boxer Eumir Marcial, Malaysian cyclist Azizulhasni Awang and wrestler Risako Kawai.

21 Jul 2021 - 3:51PM
Why do Hong Kong, China and Taiwan have separate teams at the Olympic Games?

Taiwan have marched under the name of ‘Chinese Taipei’ since the 1984 Olympic Games, while Hong Kong are allowed a separate team under ‘one country, two systems’.

Taiwan have marched under the name of ‘Chinese Taipei’ since the 1984 Olympic Games, while Hong Kong are allowed a separate team under ‘one country, two systems’.

20 Jul 2021 - 10:45PM
Explainer | China’s top Olympic athletes of all time: part two – Sun Yang, Liu Xiang and Lang Ping

Which of China’s many Olympic legends rank among its greatest of all time?

Which of China’s many Olympic legends rank among its greatest of all time?

5 Jul 2021 - 7:47PM
Explainer | China’s top Olympic athletes of all time: part one – Lin Dan, Li Ning and Fu Mingxia

Which of China’s many Olympic legends rank among its greatest of all time?

Which of China’s many Olympic legends rank among its greatest of all time?

5 Jul 2021 - 7:45PM
‘Socialism with Chinese characteristics’ explained

From Deng Xiaoping in the 1980s to Xi Jinping today, China’s leaders have long said the country practises a unique type of socialism – “socialism with Chinese characteristics.” Framed as an adaptive, flexible socialism, it’s tailored specifically to China’s conditions and problems. Initially, the phrase meant an embrace of free markets, free enterprise and trade, to reverse the economic stagnation of the Mao Zedong years. However, current leader Xi Jinping has declared the start of a “new era”, requiring a new type of socialism with Chinese characteristics – with the clearest continuity being that the Communist Party remains large and in charge. 

From Deng Xiaoping in the 1980s to Xi Jinping today, China’s leaders have long said the country practises a unique type of socialism – “socialism with Chinese characteristics.” Framed as an adaptive, flexible socialism, it’s tailored specifically to China’s conditions and problems. Initially, the phrase meant an embrace of free markets, free enterprise and trade, to reverse the economic stagnation of the Mao Zedong years. However, current leader Xi Jinping has declared the start of a “new era”, requiring a new type of socialism with Chinese characteristics – with the clearest continuity being that the Communist Party remains large and in charge. 

26 Jun 2021 - 6:00PM
Hong Kong faces expat exodus as appeal of international city wanes

The Post’s Cliff Buddle writes that Hong Kong must do all it can to keep foreign residents from leaving and continue attracting others like them if it's to make good on its claim to be an international city. Last week, an American Chamber of Commerce survey of 325 people found that 42 per cent of respondents were planning or considering leaving, as politics and the pandemic pushed expats to weigh up their options.

The Post’s Cliff Buddle writes that Hong Kong must do all it can to keep foreign residents from leaving and continue attracting others like them if it's to make good on its claim to be an international city. Last week, an American Chamber of Commerce survey of 325 people found that 42 per cent of respondents were planning or considering leaving, as politics and the pandemic pushed expats to weigh up their options.

18 May 2021 - 4:04PM
China 2020 census records slowest population growth in decades

After delays and speculation, China has released the initial results of its once-in-a-decade population census, which reported that the country’s population increased to 1.412 billion in 2020. South China Morning Post political economy editor John Carter and reporter Sidney Leng unpack the news that China has recorded its slowest population growth in decades amid a falling birth rate.

After delays and speculation, China has released the initial results of its once-in-a-decade population census, which reported that the country’s population increased to 1.412 billion in 2020. South China Morning Post political economy editor John Carter and reporter Sidney Leng unpack the news that China has recorded its slowest population growth in decades amid a falling birth rate.

12 May 2021 - 4:11PM
‘Fear has activated’: How Covid-19 is affecting young people in India

India is grappling with the world's worst Covid-19 outbreak, with nearly 370,000 new infections and over 3,700 deaths on May 10, 2021. More than 30 per cent of those caught up in India’s Covid-19 crisis are under the age of 30. Sanghamitra Acharya, professor at the Centre of Social Medicine and Community Health at Jawaharlal Nehru University in New Delhi, describes how Covid-19 is affecting not only the physical health of young people but also their mental health and job opportunities.

India is grappling with the world's worst Covid-19 outbreak, with nearly 370,000 new infections and over 3,700 deaths on May 10, 2021. More than 30 per cent of those caught up in India’s Covid-19 crisis are under the age of 30. Sanghamitra Acharya, professor at the Centre of Social Medicine and Community Health at Jawaharlal Nehru University in New Delhi, describes how Covid-19 is affecting not only the physical health of young people but also their mental health and job opportunities.

11 May 2021 - 3:28PM
Marking 20 years as Post cartoonist, Harry Harrison publishes new book, ‘Add Ink’

It has been 27 years since the South China Morning Post’s Harry Harrison moved to Hong Kong, where he began work as a cartoonist for the publication. Through the years, his illustrations depicted the many changes the city has undergone, most recently, the 2019 Hong Kong protests and the Covid-19 pandemic. Harry recaps his “roller-coaster” journey in a new collection of cartoons titled Add Ink: Cartoon chronicles of life in Hong Kong.

It has been 27 years since the South China Morning Post’s Harry Harrison moved to Hong Kong, where he began work as a cartoonist for the publication. Through the years, his illustrations depicted the many changes the city has undergone, most recently, the 2019 Hong Kong protests and the Covid-19 pandemic. Harry recaps his “roller-coaster” journey in a new collection of cartoons titled Add Ink: Cartoon chronicles of life in Hong Kong.

10 May 2021 - 3:29PM
‘A lot of people are going to die’: a frontline doctor’s account of Covid-19 crisis in India

India is in the grip of a spiralling Covid-19 crisis, with more than 20 million infections and 220,000 deaths recorded across the country. Dr Abbas Ali Khatai is on the front line of the pandemic fight at a hospital in New Delhi. He spoke with South China Morning Post reporter Alkira Reinfrank about the mental strain created by the second wave of coronavirus in India, where he and his colleagues have to contend with a lack of beds and oxygen for their patients.

India is in the grip of a spiralling Covid-19 crisis, with more than 20 million infections and 220,000 deaths recorded across the country. Dr Abbas Ali Khatai is on the front line of the pandemic fight at a hospital in New Delhi. He spoke with South China Morning Post reporter Alkira Reinfrank about the mental strain created by the second wave of coronavirus in India, where he and his colleagues have to contend with a lack of beds and oxygen for their patients.

6 May 2021 - 1:42PM
Hong Kong domestic helpers slam ‘discriminatory’ Covid-19 rules

All foreign domestic helpers in Hong Kong must be vaccinated before they can renew their work contracts, according to the government which announced the new measures on April 30, 2021. It has also ordered all helpers to undergo mandatory Covid-19 testing by May 9, 2021, after a 39-year-old domestic worker was confirmed to be the first untraceable local case of a mutated strain of Covid-19. The compulsory testing and vaccination order have caused an uproar among the city’s 370,000 foreign domestic helpers, with some accusing the arrangement as “discriminatory”.

All foreign domestic helpers in Hong Kong must be vaccinated before they can renew their work contracts, according to the government which announced the new measures on April 30, 2021. It has also ordered all helpers to undergo mandatory Covid-19 testing by May 9, 2021, after a 39-year-old domestic worker was confirmed to be the first untraceable local case of a mutated strain of Covid-19. The compulsory testing and vaccination order have caused an uproar among the city’s 370,000 foreign domestic helpers, with some accusing the arrangement as “discriminatory”.

3 May 2021 - 5:43PM
One-man band publisher behind the only Burmese-language newspaper in the US

Thakhin Kai Bwor has been publishing the Myanmar Gazette – the only Burmese-language newspaper in the US – for nearly 15 years. The 54-year-old edits and lays out the paper, and hand-delivers it to California neighbourhoods with a large Burmese-American presence. The paper, and its popular online edition, target around 300,000 Burmese speakers living in the US, and are offered for free, with advertising support from mostly Burmese-owned businesses. Its coverage is highly critical of Myanmar’s military coup in February, informed by Bwor’s own experience taking part in anti-government protests in 1988.

Thakhin Kai Bwor has been publishing the Myanmar Gazette – the only Burmese-language newspaper in the US – for nearly 15 years. The 54-year-old edits and lays out the paper, and hand-delivers it to California neighbourhoods with a large Burmese-American presence. The paper, and its popular online edition, target around 300,000 Burmese speakers living in the US, and are offered for free, with advertising support from mostly Burmese-owned businesses. Its coverage is highly critical of Myanmar’s military coup in February, informed by Bwor’s own experience taking part in anti-government protests in 1988.

27 Apr 2021 - 6:02PM
Japan declares new state of emergency after worst Covid-19 spike since January

Japan entered its third state of emergency on April 25, 2021, in an effort to bring the country's largest spike in Covid-19 cases and hospitalisations since January under control. New restrictions were imposed in Tokyo, Osaka, Kyoto and Hyogo prefectures from April 25 to May 11. Large shops, establishments serving alcohol and cinemas have been closed. While people have been asked to work from home, schools remain open. The order comes ahead of “golden week”, one of Japan’s largest public holidays that normally sees extensive travel. It is also happening three months before the start of the delayed Tokyo 2020 Olympics, which Japan says it is determined to carry forward.
 

Japan entered its third state of emergency on April 25, 2021, in an effort to bring the country's largest spike in Covid-19 cases and hospitalisations since January under control. New restrictions were imposed in Tokyo, Osaka, Kyoto and Hyogo prefectures from April 25 to May 11. Large shops, establishments serving alcohol and cinemas have been closed. While people have been asked to work from home, schools remain open. The order comes ahead of “golden week”, one of Japan’s largest public holidays that normally sees extensive travel. It is also happening three months before the start of the delayed Tokyo 2020 Olympics, which Japan says it is determined to carry forward.
 

26 Apr 2021 - 8:32PM
SPACs: Everything you need to know about the finance world’s new big thing

Special purpose acquisition companies (SPACs) have been around in some form for decades, but started booming during the Covid-19 pandemic. And the SPAC boom has been sensational. The shell companies designed solely to raise money from investors to buy assets – usually private, unlisted firms – raised more money in 2020 alone than they had over the previous 15 years. The trend continues in 2021, with SPAC fundraising blowing past the previous year's record in the first four months alone. By April 2021, a Southeast Asian tech company was set to take part in the largest SPAC deal ever, leaving regulators across the region trying to decide whether to allow the vehicles into their market. SCMP senior business reporter Chad Bray explains what's behind one of the hottest capital-raising trends of the year. 

Special purpose acquisition companies (SPACs) have been around in some form for decades, but started booming during the Covid-19 pandemic. And the SPAC boom has been sensational. The shell companies designed solely to raise money from investors to buy assets – usually private, unlisted firms – raised more money in 2020 alone than they had over the previous 15 years. The trend continues in 2021, with SPAC fundraising blowing past the previous year's record in the first four months alone. By April 2021, a Southeast Asian tech company was set to take part in the largest SPAC deal ever, leaving regulators across the region trying to decide whether to allow the vehicles into their market. SCMP senior business reporter Chad Bray explains what's behind one of the hottest capital-raising trends of the year. 

22 Apr 2021 - 3:24PM
Bilibili, the Chinese YouTube, is the go-to for Gen Z fashion trends as luxury brands, from Gucci to Louis Vuitton, court young consumers

China is expected to be the world’s biggest market for luxury goods by 2025, and 55 per cent of spending is expected to come from young people. Bilibili, a video platform many young Chinese use, is seeing a surge in fashion-related content.

China is expected to be the world’s biggest market for luxury goods by 2025, and 55 per cent of spending is expected to come from young people. Bilibili, a video platform many young Chinese use, is seeing a surge in fashion-related content.

14 Apr 2021 - 2:15PM
Excavated seal unveils owner of ancient tomb in northwest China

A small silver seal has unveiled the likely owner of Xuewei Tomb No 1, a 1,250-year-old tomb in China’s northwest Qinghai province. Discovered in November 2020, scans on the seal revealed the Tibetan saying “seal of nephew Azha King” carved into it. Researchers said this identifies the likely owner as Mohe Tuhun Khan, the son of a princess of the Tibetan Tubo Kingdom (618-842), who became the king of the “Azha” tribe. “Azha” is the name used by the Tubo Kingdom for the Tuyuhun, a Chinese minority tribe that ruled Qinghai for 350 years from the 4th to 7th centuries.

A small silver seal has unveiled the likely owner of Xuewei Tomb No 1, a 1,250-year-old tomb in China’s northwest Qinghai province. Discovered in November 2020, scans on the seal revealed the Tibetan saying “seal of nephew Azha King” carved into it. Researchers said this identifies the likely owner as Mohe Tuhun Khan, the son of a princess of the Tibetan Tubo Kingdom (618-842), who became the king of the “Azha” tribe. “Azha” is the name used by the Tubo Kingdom for the Tuyuhun, a Chinese minority tribe that ruled Qinghai for 350 years from the 4th to 7th centuries.

14 Apr 2021 - 12:17PM
Hong Kong owes much of its understanding of its flora and fauna to amateur naturalists

A new exhibition at the Hong Kong Science Museum, ‘Ecology in the Making (1816-present)’, highlights the contributions of the city’s amateur naturalists.

A new exhibition at the Hong Kong Science Museum, ‘Ecology in the Making (1816-present)’, highlights the contributions of the city’s amateur naturalists.

8 Apr 2021 - 5:45PM
Stoic figures living with Hong Kong’s ‘new normal’ stand out in artist Vivian Ho’s absurdist postcards of the city

Giant lucky cats, goldfish swimming above the Hong Kong skyline, and stoic citizens amid the mayhem – Vivian Ho’s solo exhibition shows her fantastical, cartoonish reimagination of the city.

Giant lucky cats, goldfish swimming above the Hong Kong skyline, and stoic citizens amid the mayhem – Vivian Ho’s solo exhibition shows her fantastical, cartoonish reimagination of the city.

5 Apr 2021 - 2:15PM
2 Apr 2021 - 4:15PM
‘I thought about Bruce Lee’: how Hong Kong artists in Britain struggled to feel from afar the pulse of their home city, and to represent it

A dance trio from Hong Kong watched their city in turmoil but could not get a sense of how it felt until they returned and gained fresh inspiration. An illustrator looked to its most famous son for inspiration.

A dance trio from Hong Kong watched their city in turmoil but could not get a sense of how it felt until they returned and gained fresh inspiration. An illustrator looked to its most famous son for inspiration.

29 Mar 2021 - 8:43AM
POST EDIT: The solar-powered smartphones protecting the world’s rainforests from deforestation

With support from the Rolex Awards for Enterprise, American technologist has installed a network of mobile phones that can detect and report illegal activity in remote and vulnerable areas of forest.

With support from the Rolex Awards for Enterprise, American technologist has installed a network of mobile phones that can detect and report illegal activity in remote and vulnerable areas of forest.

26 Aug 2021 - 2:42PM
Explainer | Fast fashion and Myanmar – why garment workers are protesting, how brands have responded, and the unrest’s potential impact on consumers

The apparel industry was a target of trade union efforts to unionise labour in Myanmar, which made it easy for workers to organise protests against the military’s takeover and appeal to multinational clothing brands to apply pressure on the generals.

The apparel industry was a target of trade union efforts to unionise labour in Myanmar, which made it easy for workers to organise protests against the military’s takeover and appeal to multinational clothing brands to apply pressure on the generals.

1 Apr 2021 - 2:29PM
10 Hong Kong quarantine hacks to help you survive: pack alcohol, snacks, candles, and a SIM card - there’s no Wi-fi

Some liken Penny’s Bay Quarantine Centre to a prison, but it doesn’t have to be if you know what to pack. Forget clothes, and fill your luggage with snacks, drink, candles, and hot sauce, survivors say. Also, take something to divert you.

Some liken Penny’s Bay Quarantine Centre to a prison, but it doesn’t have to be if you know what to pack. Forget clothes, and fill your luggage with snacks, drink, candles, and hot sauce, survivors say. Also, take something to divert you.

11 Jun 2021 - 6:08PM
Why China is leading the global rebound in luxury spending: more e-commerce, and a growing consumer appetite for shopping rather than experiences

Luxury sales have recovered the fastest from the coronavirus pandemic in China, but why? Brands grew their online presence, consumers unable to go abroad shopped with gusto despite the higher prices, and holidays and eating out fell out of favour.

Luxury sales have recovered the fastest from the coronavirus pandemic in China, but why? Brands grew their online presence, consumers unable to go abroad shopped with gusto despite the higher prices, and holidays and eating out fell out of favour.

22 Mar 2021 - 7:15AM
Musician Dylan Halbroth addresses the stigma surrounding mental-health issues with his debut record

Each of the tracks on the debut EP of guitarist Dylan Halbroth – who records under the alias Dark at Three – embodies a different feeling, struggle or disorder.

Each of the tracks on the debut EP of guitarist Dylan Halbroth – who records under the alias Dark at Three – embodies a different feeling, struggle or disorder.

19 Mar 2021 - 4:15PM
The way of the sword: Hong Kong exhibition explores China and Italy’s warrior traditions

An exhibition at Tai Kwun – Centre for Heritage and Arts assembles more than 50 swords and pole arms dating back as far as 1800BC, 40 of which have never before been on public display.

An exhibition at Tai Kwun – Centre for Heritage and Arts assembles more than 50 swords and pole arms dating back as far as 1800BC, 40 of which have never before been on public display.

12 Mar 2021 - 4:15PM
How NFTs fueled ‘crypto art’ like Beeple’s, creating a new way of collecting

Digital art carrying unique blockchain-based ID tags that confirm authenticity is selling for big money, with even 255-year-old auction house Christie’s getting in on the action.

Digital art carrying unique blockchain-based ID tags that confirm authenticity is selling for big money, with even 255-year-old auction house Christie’s getting in on the action.

17 Nov 2021 - 11:43AM
Canada a draw for Hongkongers keen to leave, immigration inquiries up for Australia too

Some Hong Kong residents with BN(O) passports decide against Britain, choose to go elsewhere.

Some Hong Kong residents with BN(O) passports decide against Britain, choose to go elsewhere.

6 Feb 2021 - 9:00AM
Hong Kong banks told to stop accepting BN(O) passports while inmates with dual nationality forced to choose

Western governments express alarm over move to require inmates to declare a nationality, saying it could infringe upon an individual’s rights.

Western governments express alarm over move to require inmates to declare a nationality, saying it could infringe upon an individual’s rights.

4 Feb 2021 - 11:59PM
Hong Kong BN(O): official rejection of passports leaves many members of ethnic minority communities stranded at home

The city’s government no longer recognises BN(O) documents as valid for travel. But for many ethnic minority group members, the passport is all they have and applying for an HKSAR one is fraught with uncertainty.

The city’s government no longer recognises BN(O) documents as valid for travel. But for many ethnic minority group members, the passport is all they have and applying for an HKSAR one is fraught with uncertainty.

2 Feb 2021 - 11:57PM