Ian Young

Ian Young is the Post's Vancouver correspondent. A journalist for more than 20 years, he worked for Australian newspapers and the London Evening Standard before arriving in Hong Kong in 1997. There he won or shared awards for excellence in investigative reporting and human rights reporting, and the HK News Awards Scoop of the Year. He moved to Canada with his wife in 2010.
Ian Young
Ian Young is the Post's Vancouver correspondent. A journalist for more than 20 years, he worked for Australian newspapers and the London Evening Standard before arriving in Hong Kong in 1997. There he won or shared awards for excellence in investigative reporting and human rights reporting, and the HK News Awards Scoop of the Year. He moved to Canada with his wife in 2010.

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Canadian police took down a Hong Kong protester. Here’s what happened

A complex scene unfolded as protesters were taunted, rival groups closed in and police tried to keep both sides apart to stop clashes from turning physical.

12 Oct 2019 - 10:07AM

A complex scene unfolded as protesters were taunted, rival groups closed in and police tried to keep both sides apart to stop clashes from turning physical.

Canadian police took down a Hong Kong protester. Here’s what happened
As hundreds in Canada sang Glory to Hong Kong, he sang a different tune: ‘Shame on losers’

Vancent Zhu, a lonely dissenter against a flash mob by Hong Kong protest supporters near Vancouver, has previously protested in potentially hostile waters, sailing to the disputed Diaoyu Islands to assert Chinese territorial claims in 2006.

9 Oct 2019 - 3:41PM

Vancent Zhu, a lonely dissenter against a flash mob by Hong Kong protest supporters near Vancouver, has previously protested in potentially hostile waters, sailing to the disputed Diaoyu Islands to assert Chinese territorial claims in 2006.

As hundreds in Canada sang Glory to Hong Kong, he sang a different tune: ‘Shame on losers’
Canadian police go undercover as Hong Kong protest tensions rise in Richmond, the world’s most-Chinese city outside Asia

A Hong Kong-style Lennon Wall in Richmond was torn apart on China’s National Day by counterprotesters dressed in designer clothes who threw money at opponents. The building and destruction of the wall was monitored by a police undercover operation – apparently unseen by protesters

4 Oct 2019 - 11:33PM

A Hong Kong-style Lennon Wall in Richmond was torn apart on China’s National Day by counterprotesters dressed in designer clothes who threw money at opponents. The building and destruction of the wall was monitored by a police undercover operation – apparently unseen by protesters

Canadian police go undercover as Hong Kong protest tensions rise in Richmond, the world’s most-Chinese city outside Asia
Canada lawyer rejects ‘narrative of abuse’ by Meng Wanzhou’s legal team, saying timing of arrest demanded ‘discretion’

Judge says the bagging of Meng’s phones by border agents was ‘clearly associated’ with US request for arrest, as Canada lawyer claimed it was ‘incidental’.

3 Oct 2019 - 4:15AM

Judge says the bagging of Meng’s phones by border agents was ‘clearly associated’ with US request for arrest, as Canada lawyer claimed it was ‘incidental’.

Canada lawyer rejects ‘narrative of abuse’ by Meng Wanzhou’s legal team, saying timing of arrest demanded ‘discretion’
‘Error but not a sham’: Canada border officers gave Meng Wanzhou’s passwords to police by mistake, government lawyer claims

Meng’s legal team says the fact that the passwords to her electronic devices were passed along shows that her rights were abused.

2 Oct 2019 - 10:34PM

Meng’s legal team says the fact that the passwords to her electronic devices were passed along shows that her rights were abused.

‘Error but not a sham’: Canada border officers gave Meng Wanzhou’s passwords to police by mistake, government lawyer claims
Canadian police feared Meng Wanzhou could flee via consulate and private airport, officer’s notes suggest

Sergeant’s handwritten notes released by Canadian government lawyers describe concerns that police ‘could not act’ if Meng escaped.

1 Oct 2019 - 10:42PM

Sergeant’s handwritten notes released by Canadian government lawyers describe concerns that police ‘could not act’ if Meng escaped.

Canadian police feared Meng Wanzhou could flee via consulate and private airport, officer’s notes suggest
Meng Wanzhou case: Canada’s lawyer mocks ‘movie trailer’ claim that Huawei CFO’s rights were abused, as US extradition push continues amid trade war

Crown lawyers deny that Meng’s rights were abused by Canada border officials or that they should hand over more documents.

1 Oct 2019 - 10:02AM

Crown lawyers deny that Meng’s rights were abused by Canada border officials or that they should hand over more documents.

Meng Wanzhou case: Canada’s lawyer mocks ‘movie trailer’ claim that Huawei CFO’s rights were abused, as US extradition push continues amid trade war
Border search of Meng Wanzhou was bogus because her entry to Canada was ‘foregone conclusion’, lawyers say in extradition case

The hearing is adjourned until Monday, when crown lawyers will continue arguments opposing the defence request to disclose more documents about Meng’s arrest.

26 Sep 2019 - 8:27AM

The hearing is adjourned until Monday, when crown lawyers will continue arguments opposing the defence request to disclose more documents about Meng’s arrest.

Border search of Meng Wanzhou was bogus because her entry to Canada was ‘foregone conclusion’, lawyers say in extradition case
Canada border officers subjected Meng Wanzhou to ‘chilling, serious misconduct’ by seizing devices and keeping arrest warrant secret, lawyers tell court in Huawei extradition saga

Lawyers for Huawei CFO, battling a US extradition bid, say border agents acted as proxy investigators for the FBI by delaying Meng’s arrest to question her and gather evidence.

25 Sep 2019 - 10:46PM

Lawyers for Huawei CFO, battling a US extradition bid, say border agents acted as proxy investigators for the FBI by delaying Meng’s arrest to question her and gather evidence.

Canada border officers subjected Meng Wanzhou to ‘chilling, serious misconduct’ by seizing devices and keeping arrest warrant secret, lawyers tell court in Huawei extradition saga
Huawei’s Meng Wanzhou thanks supporters as lawyers chase details of Canadian cooperation with FBI

Legal team pursues documents relating to arrest; crown’s lawyers call it a ‘fishing expedition’.

24 Sep 2019 - 9:42PM

Legal team pursues documents relating to arrest; crown’s lawyers call it a ‘fishing expedition’.

Huawei’s Meng Wanzhou thanks supporters as lawyers chase details of Canadian cooperation with FBI
Why pro-democracy star Albert Cheng ‘sold everything’ in Hong Kong and returned to Vancouver

The celebrity democrat, broadcaster, media tycoon and ex-legislator returned to Vancouver to live for good eight months ago. But he promptly ended his 26-year Vancouver radio show amid the Hong Kong unrest, tired of trying to win over patriotic Chinese he fears find him ‘disgusting’.

20 Sep 2019 - 3:45AM

The celebrity democrat, broadcaster, media tycoon and ex-legislator returned to Vancouver to live for good eight months ago. But he promptly ended his 26-year Vancouver radio show amid the Hong Kong unrest, tired of trying to win over patriotic Chinese he fears find him ‘disgusting’.

Why pro-democracy star Albert Cheng ‘sold everything’ in Hong Kong and returned to Vancouver
The Hongcouver | A Bubble Tea Summit brings together pro-Hong Kong and pro-China protesters in Vancouver

The rivals sat together for almost three hours, trying to understand how the other came to such wildly different views about Hong Kong’s unrest to their own

13 Sep 2019 - 8:03AM

The rivals sat together for almost three hours, trying to understand how the other came to such wildly different views about Hong Kong’s unrest to their own

A Bubble Tea Summit brings together pro-Hong Kong and pro-China protesters in Vancouver
After pro-China camp suggest taking gun and machetes to deal with Vancouver’s ‘trash’ Hong Kong protesters, police ask questions

Activist Victor Feng said WeChat discussions about weapons were only a joke, but a rival Hong Kong activist said the ‘very threatening’ messages forced the cancellation of one event in Vancouver.

13 Sep 2019 - 12:13PM

Activist Victor Feng said WeChat discussions about weapons were only a joke, but a rival Hong Kong activist said the ‘very threatening’ messages forced the cancellation of one event in Vancouver.

After pro-China camp suggest taking gun and machetes to deal with Vancouver’s ‘trash’ Hong Kong protesters, police ask questions
He tried to sell ‘revolutionary’ backpacks in Hong Kong. Facebook’s response left him ‘gobsmacked’

Facebook blames ‘technical issues’ for the banning of the ads, but the seller and a social media consultant believe algorithms flagged the word as politically inflammatory.

5 Sep 2019 - 4:29PM

Facebook blames ‘technical issues’ for the banning of the ads, but the seller and a social media consultant believe algorithms flagged the word as politically inflammatory.

He tried to sell ‘revolutionary’ backpacks in Hong Kong. Facebook’s response left him ‘gobsmacked’
The Hongcouver | Vancouver’s Hong Kong protesters think they’re being watched. They’re right – but by whom?

Suspicion of surveillance is endemic among the protest movement in Vancouver, amid fears of retribution.

5 Sep 2019 - 11:29PM

Suspicion of surveillance is endemic among the protest movement in Vancouver, amid fears of retribution.

Vancouver’s Hong Kong protesters think they’re being watched. They’re right – but by whom?
Montreal Pride expels gay Hong Kong marchers, blaming ‘threats by pro-Communists’ to sabotage parade

Parade organisers tell Hong Kong marchers that police warned of attempts by their opponents to disrupt the parade – but Montreal police deny issuing the alert. A lone Hong Kong gay rights activist was trailed by dozens of demonstrators who sang the Chinese anthem during moment of silence for victims of Aids and bigotry.

29 Aug 2019 - 7:34AM

Parade organisers tell Hong Kong marchers that police warned of attempts by their opponents to disrupt the parade – but Montreal police deny issuing the alert. A lone Hong Kong gay rights activist was trailed by dozens of demonstrators who sang the Chinese anthem during moment of silence for victims of Aids and bigotry.

Montreal Pride expels gay Hong Kong marchers, blaming ‘threats by pro-Communists’ to sabotage parade
Hong Kong’s Chan brothers, famed for charity in Canada, fight tax investigation over KPMG offshore firms

Tax agency wants the heirs to Hong Kong’s Crocodile Garments fortune to hand over 1,297 documents about an offshore company structure in Isle of Man. A lawyer says the offshore firms were only for philanthropy and never distributed gifts or income for the Chan family’s personal use.

28 Aug 2019 - 1:39AM

Tax agency wants the heirs to Hong Kong’s Crocodile Garments fortune to hand over 1,297 documents about an offshore company structure in Isle of Man. A lawyer says the offshore firms were only for philanthropy and never distributed gifts or income for the Chan family’s personal use.

Hong Kong’s Chan brothers, famed for charity in Canada, fight tax investigation over KPMG offshore firms
Meng Wanzhou’s lawyers accuse Canadian officers of deception, and working for FBI, in fullest account of Huawei CFO’s airport arrest

The defence says Meng was subjected to a lengthy border inspection that was an unlawful attempt to gather evidence in the US case against her.

22 Aug 2019 - 11:08PM

The defence says Meng was subjected to a lengthy border inspection that was an unlawful attempt to gather evidence in the US case against her.

Meng Wanzhou’s lawyers accuse Canadian officers of deception, and working for FBI, in fullest account of Huawei CFO’s airport arrest
Canada judge releases video of Huawei CFO Meng Wanzhou being searched at Vancouver airport before arrest

Documents filed by Meng’s counsel made public for ‘maximum transparency’, while the lawyer seeking Huawei executive’s extradition to US to face sanctions busting charges must file submissions by September 17.

22 Aug 2019 - 2:29PM

Documents filed by Meng’s counsel made public for ‘maximum transparency’, while the lawyer seeking Huawei executive’s extradition to US to face sanctions busting charges must file submissions by September 17.

Canada judge releases video of Huawei CFO Meng Wanzhou being searched at Vancouver airport before arrest
‘Worst Fast and Furious movie ever’: convoys of Ferrari-driving pro-China patriots rev up protests in Vancouver and Toronto

Police in Vancouver spoke to drivers who honked their horns and revved their engines, in what a critic called a ‘power play’ of ‘conspicuous consumption’.

22 Aug 2019 - 11:01AM

Police in Vancouver spoke to drivers who honked their horns and revved their engines, in what a critic called a ‘power play’ of ‘conspicuous consumption’.

‘Worst Fast and Furious movie ever’: convoys of Ferrari-driving pro-China patriots rev up protests in Vancouver and Toronto
Canadian police escort worshippers as ‘bullying’ pro-China protesters surround church holding prayers for Hong Kong

Worshippers ‘would have felt unsafe to just walk out of the door’ without police protection, prayer organiser says, describing the actions of the flag-waving crowd as bullying and intimidation.

20 Aug 2019 - 6:05PM

Worshippers ‘would have felt unsafe to just walk out of the door’ without police protection, prayer organiser says, describing the actions of the flag-waving crowd as bullying and intimidation.

Canadian police escort worshippers as ‘bullying’ pro-China protesters surround church holding prayers for Hong Kong
Chinese immigration and visitor visa applications to Canada plunge since arrest of Huawei’s Meng Wanzhou

Permanent residency and visitor visa applications have hit their lowest point in recent years after Beijing issued a travel warning about ‘arbitrary detention’.

14 Aug 2019 - 10:20PM

Permanent residency and visitor visa applications have hit their lowest point in recent years after Beijing issued a travel warning about ‘arbitrary detention’.

Chinese immigration and visitor visa applications to Canada plunge since arrest of Huawei’s Meng Wanzhou
Chinese tycoon Li Jianhua fights daughter over Canada real estate fortune in lawsuits depicting knife violence, fraud and corporate turmoil

The former Chinese politician denies ‘each and every allegation’ by daughter Carol Li Xiaoqi in their fight over Vancouver assets worth millions.

8 Aug 2019 - 7:56AM

The former Chinese politician denies ‘each and every allegation’ by daughter Carol Li Xiaoqi in their fight over Vancouver assets worth millions.

Chinese tycoon Li Jianhua fights daughter over Canada real estate fortune in lawsuits depicting knife violence, fraud and corporate turmoil
After vandals trash Canadian university’s Hong Kong-protest Lennon Wall, student society blasts ‘bullying’ and vows to set up mobile replacement

Canadian university student society votes to stand up to ‘bullying’ and ‘harassment’ after a ‘Lennon Wall’ supporting Hong Kong protesters was repeatedly trashed.

3 Aug 2019 - 9:52AM

Canadian university student society votes to stand up to ‘bullying’ and ‘harassment’ after a ‘Lennon Wall’ supporting Hong Kong protesters was repeatedly trashed.

After vandals trash Canadian university’s Hong Kong-protest Lennon Wall, student society blasts ‘bullying’ and vows to set up mobile replacement
Chinese aluminium tycoon Liu Zhongtian indicted in US over tariff evasion of US$1.8 billion

China Zhongwang Holdings’ founder is accused of engaged in a scheme that smuggled vast quantities of the metal into the US using firms he secretly controlled.

1 Aug 2019 - 10:44AM

China Zhongwang Holdings’ founder is accused of engaged in a scheme that smuggled vast quantities of the metal into the US using firms he secretly controlled.

Chinese aluminium tycoon Liu Zhongtian indicted in US over tariff evasion of US$1.8 billion
Asian values are no excuse for disinheriting daughters, Canadian court rules, as Vancouver sisters win multimillion-dollar case

A British Columbia law, unique in Canada, forces parents’ wills to fairly provide for all non-dependent adult children, regardless of cultural bias towards sons.

31 Jul 2019 - 1:52PM

A British Columbia law, unique in Canada, forces parents’ wills to fairly provide for all non-dependent adult children, regardless of cultural bias towards sons.

Asian values are no excuse for disinheriting daughters, Canadian court rules, as Vancouver sisters win multimillion-dollar case
Vancouver fights back in tax battle over US$20 million property linked to Chinese billionaire NPC member Zheng Jianjiang

Enforcement of a US$190,000 vacancy tax bill on a home owned by the wife of air-conditioning tycoon Zheng Jianjiang is ‘reasonable and correct’, the city says. The home, since demolished, was uninhabitable and filled with ‘large amounts of human/animal faeces’, says the owner’s lawsuit against the tax bill.

24 Jul 2019 - 11:12PM

Enforcement of a US$190,000 vacancy tax bill on a home owned by the wife of air-conditioning tycoon Zheng Jianjiang is ‘reasonable and correct’, the city says. The home, since demolished, was uninhabitable and filled with ‘large amounts of human/animal faeces’, says the owner’s lawsuit against the tax bill.

Vancouver fights back in tax battle over US$20 million property linked to Chinese billionaire NPC member Zheng Jianjiang
The Hongcouver | On a sunny Vancouver afternoon, he called us ‘the g-word’ and told us to go home

There are plenty of uplifting stories about how people handled racism with dignity and wisdom. This is not one of them.

22 Jul 2019 - 7:07AM

There are plenty of uplifting stories about how people handled racism with dignity and wisdom. This is not one of them.

On a sunny Vancouver afternoon, he called us ‘the g-word’ and told us to go home
Two-thirds of Canadians reject closer ties to China and want Huawei banned from 5G networks, poll says

People’s perceptions of China have ‘deteriorated markedly’, pollster says, while almost three-quarters support government’s handling of Meng Wanzhou case.

19 Jul 2019 - 10:37PM

People’s perceptions of China have ‘deteriorated markedly’, pollster says, while almost three-quarters support government’s handling of Meng Wanzhou case.

Two-thirds of Canadians reject closer ties to China and want Huawei banned from 5G networks, poll says
Wife of Chinese billionaire parliamentarian Zheng Jianjiang sues Vancouver over vacant-home tax bill on US$20 million property

Petition lodged by He Yiju, wife of NPC deputy Zheng Jianjiang, says her home was contaminated by asbestos and faeces when it was hit with a US$190,000 tax bill for being unoccupied.

10 Jul 2019 - 10:36PM

Petition lodged by He Yiju, wife of NPC deputy Zheng Jianjiang, says her home was contaminated by asbestos and faeces when it was hit with a US$190,000 tax bill for being unoccupied.

Wife of Chinese billionaire parliamentarian Zheng Jianjiang sues Vancouver over vacant-home tax bill on US$20 million property