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.

Latest from Joanna Chiu

Refugee-screening system slammed as a confusing 'shambles'

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

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

Refugee-screening system slammed as a confusing 'shambles'
21 May 2014 - 6:35PM
Book review: Leftover Women, by Leta Hong Fincher

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.

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.

Book review: Leftover Women, by Leta Hong Fincher
4 May 2014 - 1:55PM
Erwiana named one of the world’s 100 most influential people by Time magazine

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.

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.

Erwiana named one of the world’s 100 most influential people by Time magazine
26 Apr 2014 - 4:08AM
Asylum seeker group says defamation case a chance to probe welfare contractor

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.

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.

Asylum seeker group says defamation case a chance to probe welfare contractor
20 Apr 2014 - 5:27AM
Student minds the language gap in MTR station names
15 Apr 2014 - 11:53AM
From Nine Dragons to Fire Beach: Creator of alternative MTR map seeks translation help

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.

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.

From Nine Dragons to Fire Beach: Creator of alternative MTR map seeks translation help
15 Apr 2014 - 4:25PM
Erwiana supporters accuse Indonesia of pressuring her to appoint consulate lawyer

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.

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 supporters accuse Indonesia of pressuring her to appoint consulate lawyer
20 Jul 2018 - 2:53PM
Erwiana’s arrival in Hong Kong marred by dispute over accommodation

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

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

Erwiana’s arrival in Hong Kong marred by dispute over accommodation
8 Apr 2014 - 12:52PM
A flurry of feathers as hundreds join Hong Kong’s largest annual pillow fight

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.

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.

A flurry of feathers as hundreds join Hong Kong’s largest annual pillow fight
7 Apr 2014 - 6:16PM
Report slams Hong Kong for 'narrow, fragmented laws' that fail to stop human trafficking

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.

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.

Report slams Hong Kong for 'narrow, fragmented laws' that fail to stop human trafficking
28 Mar 2014 - 11:37AM
Database of maid abuse being compiled to stop agency exploitation
22 Mar 2014 - 8:46AM
'Parody' protesters march to urge mainlanders to 'reignite their patriotism... and shop at home'

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.

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.

'Parody' protesters march to urge mainlanders to 'reignite their patriotism... and shop at home'
10 Mar 2014 - 11:15AM
Transgenders 'should not have to undergo sex change before getting married in Hong Kong'
7 Mar 2014 - 9:05AM
Draft law to define who is transgender is expected to provoke debate
2 Mar 2014 - 10:11AM
Hong Kong’s maid agencies face tough new rules after Erwiana case

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.

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.

Hong Kong’s maid agencies face tough new rules after Erwiana case
20 Jul 2018 - 2:53PM
Pictures: First domestic workers from Myanmar arrive in Hong Kong amid concerns of abuse
24 Mar 2014 - 4:52PM
Hong Kong as you've never seen it before: Daredevil duo scale city's highest buildings

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.

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.

Hong Kong as you've never seen it before: Daredevil duo scale city's highest buildings
20 Jul 2018 - 2:53PM
Report to UN casts doubt on progress of women’s rights in Hong Kong

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

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

Report to UN casts doubt on progress of women’s rights in Hong Kong
20 Jul 2018 - 2:53PM
China tightens watch on growing e-commerce sector

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.

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.

China tightens watch on growing e-commerce sector
28 Jan 2014 - 2:45PM
Indonesian official wants city's maid agencies to register with consulate
20 Jun 2018 - 3:24PM
Money still can't buy my love, says Gigi Chao after tycoon father doubles 'dowry' to HK$1b
27 Jan 2014 - 10:38PM
Hong Kong police take statement from Erwiana in Indonesia
21 Jan 2014 - 5:24PM
Indonesian maid Erwiana was 'prisoner' in employer's home, father claims

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.

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.

Indonesian maid Erwiana was 'prisoner' in employer's home, father claims
22 Jan 2014 - 5:16AM
Hong Kong woman accused of abusing, torturing maids detained at airport on way to Thailand

A woman accused of wounding two Indonesian domestic helpers - including one who says she suffered prolonged torture - was in police custody last night after being arrested at the airport.

A woman accused of wounding two Indonesian domestic helpers - including one who says she suffered prolonged torture - was in police custody last night after being arrested at the airport.

Hong Kong woman accused of abusing, torturing maids detained at airport on way to Thailand
21 Jan 2014 - 2:06PM
Indonesian maid at centre of 'torture ordeal' row could sue Hong Kong government

The Indonesian domestic helper who claims she suffered eight months of torture at the hands of her Hong Kong employer may sue the city's government. Representatives of Erwiana Sulistyaningsih, 23, who is in hospital back home, claim the city's human rights laws could have been breached.

The Indonesian domestic helper who claims she suffered eight months of torture at the hands of her Hong Kong employer may sue the city's government. Representatives of Erwiana Sulistyaningsih, 23, who is in hospital back home, claim the city's human rights laws could have been breached.

Indonesian maid at centre of 'torture ordeal' row could sue Hong Kong government
21 Jan 2014 - 10:41AM
Gay rights groups outraged over network's hidden camera footage of male sex worker
17 Jan 2014 - 4:33PM
Bangkok residents debate democracy ahead of looming city shutdown

Thousands of anti-government protesters will march through Bangkok this week to build momentum ahead of their planned January 13 shutdown of the capital. Reporter Joanna Chiu took to the streets to find out what city residents think of the latest political developments.

Thousands of anti-government protesters will march through Bangkok this week to build momentum ahead of their planned January 13 shutdown of the capital. Reporter Joanna Chiu took to the streets to find out what city residents think of the latest political developments.

Bangkok residents debate democracy ahead of looming city shutdown
6 Jan 2014 - 7:09PM
Hong Kong to get world's second bitcoin ATM, say makers

The bitcoin revolution is shifting to the east, say the Americans behind the world's first cash machine for the virtual currency, as they prepare to open a second one - in Hong Kong.

The bitcoin revolution is shifting to the east, say the Americans behind the world's first cash machine for the virtual currency, as they prepare to open a second one - in Hong Kong.

Hong Kong to get world's second bitcoin ATM, say makers
6 Jan 2014 - 3:07PM
Virtual currency entrepreneurs fight for future of bitcoin in Hong Kong

When 16-year-old Casper Cheng Tsz-chun of the New Territories started creating, or "mining" for, bitcoins two years ago using his father's computer, he never imagined that the value of the digital currency would reach a high of US$1,242 a piece.

When 16-year-old Casper Cheng Tsz-chun of the New Territories started creating, or "mining" for, bitcoins two years ago using his father's computer, he never imagined that the value of the digital currency would reach a high of US$1,242 a piece.

Virtual currency entrepreneurs fight for future of bitcoin in Hong Kong
20 Jul 2018 - 2:53PM
Heirs to the crown

Along Kowloon's teeming Nathan Road, it is common to see multiple Luk Fook jewellery stores on the same block.

Along Kowloon's teeming Nathan Road, it is common to see multiple Luk Fook jewellery stores on the same block.

Heirs to the crown
15 Jan 2014 - 1:27PM