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.

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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.

21 May 2014 - 6:35PM

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'
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.

4 May 2014 - 1:55PM

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
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.

26 Apr 2014 - 4:08AM

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
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.

20 Apr 2014 - 5:27AM

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
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.

15 Apr 2014 - 4:25PM

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
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.

20 Jul 2018 - 2:53PM

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
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.

8 Apr 2014 - 12:52PM

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
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.

7 Apr 2014 - 6:16PM

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
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.

28 Mar 2014 - 11:37AM

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
Database of maid abuse being compiled to stop agency exploitation
Draft law to define who is transgender is expected to provoke debate
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.

20 Jul 2018 - 2:53PM

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
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.

20 Jul 2018 - 2:53PM

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
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.

20 Jul 2018 - 2:53PM

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
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.

28 Jan 2014 - 2:45PM

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
Indonesian official wants city's maid agencies to register with consulate
Money still can't buy my love, says Gigi Chao after tycoon father doubles 'dowry' to HK$1b
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.

22 Jan 2014 - 5:16AM

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
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.

21 Jan 2014 - 2:06PM

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
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.

21 Jan 2014 - 10:41AM

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
Gay rights groups outraged over network's hidden camera footage of male sex worker
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.

6 Jan 2014 - 7:09PM

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
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.

6 Jan 2014 - 3:07PM

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
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.

20 Jul 2018 - 2:53PM

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
Heirs to the crown

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

15 Jan 2014 - 1:27PM

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

Heirs to the crown
Furla weaves China dream amid affordable luxury boom

It is a family brand that has sought to infuse Italian passion, elegance and heritage into its leather handbags and stilettos. Now, it has its sights set on making China its largest market within the next five years.

28 Dec 2013 - 4:39AM

It is a family brand that has sought to infuse Italian passion, elegance and heritage into its leather handbags and stilettos. Now, it has its sights set on making China its largest market within the next five years.

Furla weaves China dream amid affordable luxury boom
Chan softens line on reform of IPO rules

Any change to rules governing Hong Kong's financial system must enshrine appropriate checks and balances that safeguard the interests of all market participants, Secretary for Financial Services and the Treasury Chan Ka-keung said yesterday.

24 Dec 2013 - 1:42AM

Any change to rules governing Hong Kong's financial system must enshrine appropriate checks and balances that safeguard the interests of all market participants, Secretary for Financial Services and the Treasury Chan Ka-keung said yesterday.

Chan softens line on reform of IPO rules
Mainland Chinese parents of gay children rally for LGBT rights at Hong Kong forum

Lan Yueliang, who now runs an online support group for wives of gay men in China (called tongqi), was one of the speakers who shared stories at the first annual Rainbow China Forum in Hong Kong last month. It was a rare gathering of over 200 gay rights advocates from across China.

9 Dec 2013 - 5:15AM

Lan Yueliang, who now runs an online support group for wives of gay men in China (called tongqi), was one of the speakers who shared stories at the first annual Rainbow China Forum in Hong Kong last month. It was a rare gathering of over 200 gay rights advocates from across China.

Mainland Chinese parents of gay children rally for LGBT rights at Hong Kong forum
Private sector crucial to sustain China growth, Moody's says

"The government will not allow massive privatisation to happen but it will allow state capital to flow more freely and allow the private sector to take funding pressures off state-owned enterprises. Otherwise, the [current] rate of growth in the mid-7 per cent won't be sustainable," said Kai Hu, vice-president of Moody's corporate finance group.

5 Dec 2013 - 6:00AM

"The government will not allow massive privatisation to happen but it will allow state capital to flow more freely and allow the private sector to take funding pressures off state-owned enterprises. Otherwise, the [current] rate of growth in the mid-7 per cent won't be sustainable," said Kai Hu, vice-president of Moody's corporate finance group.

Private sector crucial to sustain China growth, Moody's says
Hong Kong-listed mainland Chinese companies dominate directors' awards

"Mainland companies have been sweeping the categories for listed companies for the past several years, and I'm not surprised [with this year's result]," said Kelvin Wong, the chairman of the institute, which also gives awards to private companies and non-profit organisations.

4 Dec 2013 - 5:29AM

"Mainland companies have been sweeping the categories for listed companies for the past several years, and I'm not surprised [with this year's result]," said Kelvin Wong, the chairman of the institute, which also gives awards to private companies and non-profit organisations.

Hong Kong-listed mainland Chinese companies dominate directors' awards