Joanna Chiu
Joanna Chiu
Joanna Chiu is a contributor to Goldthread. She's been based out of Beijing and Hong Kong as a foreign correspondent covering social issues, politics and culture in China for AFP and DPA, and has written for outlets like The Economist, Foreign Policy, South China Morning Post, Quartz, and Mashable, among others. She is the chair of NüVoices, an editorial collective celebrating the work of women writers and creators on China subjects.

The roll-out of a new system to screen refugees has been mired in confusion and lack of transparency, says a report out today.

In China's biggest cities, well-educated women in their 20s are turning down promotions at work or even quitting their jobs, fearing they might become too old or too successful to find a husband.

Erwiana Sulistyaningsih would not be travelling to New York for an event organised by Time to celebrate being named among the magazine's 100 most influential people in the world this year - as she cannot afford the trip.

The head of the association representing the world's newspapers told an international conference in Hong Kong yesterday that he was concerned about the decline of press freedom in the city.


Rights group Vision First says a defamation lawsuit filed against it by a government contractor is a welcome opportunity for public scrutiny of the contractor's work with asylum seekers.

The creator of an alternative map of Hong Kong's MTR system, where Cantonese names are translated into their literal English versions, is looking for help with tricky translations so he can update his work.

More questions emerged about how Indonesian authorities are treating former domestic helper Erwiana Sulistyaningsih, whose Hong Kong employer is being prosecuted for allegedly abusing her.

Erwiana Sulistyaningsih, the domestic helper allegedly abused by her employer, returned to Hong Kong on Monday afternoon to help with evidence in the trial.

They were armed, but not very dangerous.With pillows at the ready, some still in their pyjamas, they marched into battle. An hour later it was all over.


Erwiana Sulistyaningsih, the domestic helper allegedly abused by her employer, will return to Hong Kong next week to help with evidence for the woman's trial.

Furious passengers were forced to spend the night on a grounded plane with little food and water after it was diverted from Hong Kong to Shenzhen due to Sunday's violent storms.

Hong Kong's laws on human trafficking are too narrow and fragmented to protect victims, says a report published today. It says the city's focus on trafficking for prostitution means it is failing to address the wider problem of forced labour.

Dozens of protesters, some dressed in Red Guard uniforms, marched through Mong Kok urging mainland visitors to "love their country and party" - and stay at home.

Hong Kong will overhaul its regulatory system for foreign domestic helpers and revise punishments for unscrupulous employment agencies that are currently set "too low", the labour and welfare secretary told the South China Morning Post on Thursday.

After cavorting about on the roofs of 15 skyscrapers in Hong Kong, including the 78-storey, 374-metre-high Central Plaza in Wan Chai, two daredevils from Ukraine and Russia plan to return to the city next month to get to the roof of the IFC, some 400 metres above ground.

Lawmakers and 67 local advocacy groups have cast doubt on Hong Kong's progress in meeting its international obligations to improve women's rights.

Defying the rains, protesters gathered outside Commercial Radio's offices in Hong Kong early in the morning to demand an explanation as to why host Li Wei-ling, who had been critical of the government, was fired.

In the space of just three years, online sales on the mainland soared from US$3 billion to US$64 billion in 2012, a figure that took the United States a decade to achieve.

Indonesian President Dr Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono expressed "anger and concern" yesterday over the alleged torture of one of his country's domestic helpers in Hong Kong as new allegations of abuse emerged.


Indonesian maid Erwiana Sulistyaningsih was forced to break contact with her family for six months and was barred from leaving her employers' flat, her parents have claimed.