Kevin McSpadden

Kevin McSpadden

Kevin McSpadden is a writer and editor for the Post and graduated from the University of Hong Kong JMSC journalism programme. When not working, he can be found wandering around the great outdoors.

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Rumours over excavator at Beijing’s Forbidden City highlight mystique surrounding massive, mostly-lost Yongle encyclopaedia

A late night excavation project in Beijing spurred false and rampant rumours that authorities had discovered more volumes a massive Chinese encylopedia that has mostly been lost to history.

A late night excavation project in Beijing spurred false and rampant rumours that authorities had discovered more volumes a massive Chinese encylopedia that has mostly been lost to history.

Rumours over excavator at Beijing’s Forbidden City highlight mystique surrounding massive, mostly-lost Yongle encyclopaedia
22 Sep 2021 - 4:43PM
How China helped prove once and for all that dinosaurs had feathers

We know today that many species of dinosaurs had feathers, a key discovery that was driven largely by fossils found in China

We know today that many species of dinosaurs had feathers, a key discovery that was driven largely by fossils found in China

How China helped prove once and for all that dinosaurs had feathers
21 Sep 2021 - 9:25PM
Scientists find 9000-year-old Chinese pots were probably used to drink beer

Scientists analysed 20 9,000-year-old pots discovered in eastern China and found evidence that they were used to hold “rice beer”.

Scientists analysed 20 9,000-year-old pots discovered in eastern China and found evidence that they were used to hold “rice beer”.

Scientists find 9000-year-old Chinese pots were probably used to drink beer
19 Sep 2021 - 9:17PM
Treasure trove of artefacts revealed at one of world’s most remarkable archaeology sites in southwest China

Scientists in China revealed over 500 artefacts unearthed at the incredible Sanxingdui ruins in the past few months, including bronze statues, golden masks and jade artefacts.

Scientists in China revealed over 500 artefacts unearthed at the incredible Sanxingdui ruins in the past few months, including bronze statues, golden masks and jade artefacts.

Treasure trove of artefacts revealed at one of world’s most remarkable archaeology sites in southwest China
13 Sep 2021 - 12:59PM
Explainer | From hero to zero: How Weibo’s star-making ‘super hashtags’ became target of censorship

Weibo’s fan pages, called Chaohuas, helped transform celebrities into superstars, but they also are easy targets for online censors.

Weibo’s fan pages, called Chaohuas, helped transform celebrities into superstars, but they also are easy targets for online censors.

From hero to zero: How Weibo’s star-making ‘super hashtags’ became target of censorship
13 Sep 2021 - 2:50PM
China’s education reform creates havoc as students head back to school

In this issue of Global Impact, we look at Beijing's sweeping series of reforms to the national education system as well at the outlook for education in China.

In this issue of Global Impact, we look at Beijing's sweeping series of reforms to the national education system as well at the outlook for education in China.

China’s education reform creates havoc as students head back to school
30 Aug 2021 - 2:00PM
Chinese government fines surrogacy controversy actress Zheng Shuang US$46.1 million for tax evasion

The Chinese government fined actress Zheng Shuang US$46.1 million for tax evasion, saying she used a ‘yin and yang’ contract to hide her actual salary for a television show in 2019.

The Chinese government fined actress Zheng Shuang US$46.1 million for tax evasion, saying she used a ‘yin and yang’ contract to hide her actual salary for a television show in 2019.

Chinese government fines surrogacy controversy actress Zheng Shuang US$46.1 million for tax evasion
28 Aug 2021 - 11:00PM
Chinese government names and shames private tutoring reform violators

China’s Ministry of Education published details of five people or organisations that violated new tutoring laws and included information such as full company names and individual surnames.

China’s Ministry of Education published details of five people or organisations that violated new tutoring laws and included information such as full company names and individual surnames.

Chinese government names and shames private tutoring reform violators
28 Aug 2021 - 11:00PM
Chinese archaeologists discover ‘embracing lovers’, but it is the ring that intrigues

A team of scientists discovered the skeletons of two people that appear to be in an embrace and said they were clearly expressing their love for one another in the afterlife.

A team of scientists discovered the skeletons of two people that appear to be in an embrace and said they were clearly expressing their love for one another in the afterlife.

Chinese archaeologists discover ‘embracing lovers’, but it is the ring that intrigues
21 Aug 2021 - 9:52AM
Explainer | Why China is in love with archaeology and palaeontology

China is in love with palaeontology and archaeology, thanks to its unique history and the pioneers who laid the foundation.

China is in love with palaeontology and archaeology, thanks to its unique history and the pioneers who laid the foundation.

Why China is in love with archaeology and palaeontology
18 Aug 2021 - 2:00PM
Police in China detain head of bogus reproductive health company that was buying and selling babies

A company in eastern China fronting as a reproductive health business was actually acting as a middleman to buy and sell babies.

A company in eastern China fronting as a reproductive health business was actually acting as a middleman to buy and sell babies.

Police in China detain head of bogus reproductive health company that was buying and selling babies
4 Aug 2021 - 7:17PM
Chinese parents are hanging on to after-school tutoring amid crackdown

China’s after-school tutoring reforms sent a shock wave through the industry, and it left parents scrambling for alternatives

China’s after-school tutoring reforms sent a shock wave through the industry, and it left parents scrambling for alternatives

Chinese parents are hanging on to after-school tutoring amid crackdown
2 Aug 2021 - 12:49PM
Fire, safety hazards found at Chinese cultural heritage sites, while authorities warn of flood risks

The central Chinese government issued a notice this week warning about flood and fire safety issues at the country’s cultural heritage sites.

The central Chinese government issued a notice this week warning about flood and fire safety issues at the country’s cultural heritage sites.

Fire, safety hazards found at Chinese cultural heritage sites, while authorities warn of flood risks
24 Jul 2021 - 8:00AM
Coronavirus prevention measures may have sabotaged China’s fight against nearsightedness

A study of almost 2.5 million Chinese students by the government health service found the number of children with myopia rose by 2.5 per cent in 2020.

A study of almost 2.5 million Chinese students by the government health service found the number of children with myopia rose by 2.5 per cent in 2020.

Coronavirus prevention measures may have sabotaged China’s fight against nearsightedness
20 Jul 2021 - 9:22AM
New dinosaur species found in China named after popular cartoon character Doraemon’s best buddy Nobita

A new dinosaur species discovered in China was named after the ‘Doraemon’ character Nobita because for many kids in China the cartoon is a “common memory”.

A new dinosaur species discovered in China was named after the ‘Doraemon’ character Nobita because for many kids in China the cartoon is a “common memory”.

New dinosaur species found in China named after popular cartoon character Doraemon’s best buddy Nobita
14 Jul 2021 - 11:25AM
Tencent updates system that kicks off 17.84 million kid gamers per day with ‘midnight patrol’

Tencent is using its algorithms and facial recognition technology to verify that kids are not pretending to be adults while gaming at night.

Tencent is using its algorithms and facial recognition technology to verify that kids are not pretending to be adults while gaming at night.

Tencent updates system that kicks off 17.84 million kid gamers per day with ‘midnight patrol’
11 Jul 2021 - 3:45AM
Chinese universities’ over-the-top acceptance ‘letters’ include lotus seeds, singing boxes and the sound of pulsars

Chinese acceptance letters have become remarkably creative in recent years, fuelled by ‘healthy competition’.

Chinese acceptance letters have become remarkably creative in recent years, fuelled by ‘healthy competition’.

Chinese universities’ over-the-top acceptance ‘letters’ include lotus  seeds, singing boxes and the sound of pulsars
6 Jul 2021 - 9:25PM
Five of 12 beached melon-headed whales dead, six have been returned to wild

Five of the 12 melon-headed whales that were beached in eastern China have died, with six being released back into the wild

Five of the 12 melon-headed whales that were beached in eastern China have died, with six being released back into the wild

Five of 12 beached melon-headed whales dead, six have been returned to wild
9 Jul 2021 - 2:04PM
Body armour, permanent teeth and a cousin in Vietnam: discovery in China sheds light on fish from hundreds of millions of years ago

The discovery of an ancient species of fish in China is helping scientists understand how the evolution of fish diverged.

The discovery of an ancient species of fish in China is helping scientists understand how the evolution of fish diverged.

Body armour, permanent teeth and a cousin in Vietnam: discovery in China sheds light on fish from hundreds of millions of years ago
1 Jul 2021 - 9:30AM
Renowned translator who bridged Chinese and Western literature dies at the age of 100

Xu Yuanchong, a translator who brought Chinese literature to the West, and Western literature to China, died two months after his 100th birthday.

Xu Yuanchong, a translator who brought Chinese literature to the West, and Western literature to China, died two months after his 100th birthday.

Renowned translator who bridged Chinese and Western literature dies at the age of 100
23 Jun 2021 - 6:40AM
China’s ‘Strong-willed Pig’ that became symbol of hope after Sichuan earthquake dies of old age

A pig that survived for 36 days in the aftermath of the devastating 2008 Sichuan earthquake died on Wednesday because of old age and exhaustion.

A pig that survived for 36 days in the aftermath of the devastating 2008 Sichuan earthquake died on Wednesday because of old age and exhaustion.

China’s ‘Strong-willed Pig’ that became symbol of hope after Sichuan earthquake dies of old age
18 Jun 2021 - 4:09PM
Woman in China accused of brazen attempt to kidnap child by claiming him as her own

A woman in southern China is accused of trying to kidnap a small boy by hugging him and then publicly declaring that he is her child.

A woman in southern China is accused of trying to kidnap a small boy by hugging him and then publicly declaring that he is her child.

Woman in China accused of brazen attempt to kidnap child by claiming him as her own
17 Jun 2021 - 11:35PM
Archaeologists unearth evidence of 4,500-year-old ancient Chinese cabin and nearby rice paddy

The discovery of six pieces of fossilised bamboo may seem small, but archaeologists say it is provides significant evidence about the lives of people in Baodun.

The discovery of six pieces of fossilised bamboo may seem small, but archaeologists say it is provides significant evidence about the lives of people in Baodun.

Archaeologists unearth evidence of 4,500-year-old ancient Chinese cabin and nearby rice paddy
14 Jun 2021 - 5:14PM
Fewer babies, altered expectations and a desire for connection: how modern society is forcing Chinese filial piety to adapt to new times

Centuries of tradition in China are coming into conflict with modern life, but rather than a wholesale rejection filial piety, both China’s youth and elderly are changing how they interpret traditional ideas.

Centuries of tradition in China are coming into conflict with modern life, but rather than a wholesale rejection filial piety, both China’s youth and elderly are changing how they interpret traditional ideas.

Fewer babies, altered expectations and a desire for connection: how modern society is forcing Chinese filial piety to adapt to new times
15 Jun 2021 - 8:24AM
In China 88-year-old’s US$465,000 property gift nullified by Shanghai court after family reveals Alzheimer’s diagnosis

A court in Shanghai rules that an elderly man who bequeathed his property to a fruit stall owner was unable to ‘perform civil conduct’ because of an Alzheimer’s diagnosis in 2017, nullifying the gift.

A court in Shanghai rules that an elderly man who bequeathed his property to a fruit stall owner was unable to ‘perform civil conduct’ because of an Alzheimer’s diagnosis in 2017, nullifying the gift.

In China 88-year-old’s US$465,000 property gift nullified by Shanghai court after family reveals Alzheimer’s diagnosis
23 May 2021 - 11:50PM
China’s Shanghai pins hopes on Double Five shopping event to boost post coronavirus economic recovery

A shopping festival designed to boost the city’s economy during the coronavirus pandemic is set to return this year.

A shopping festival designed to boost the city’s economy during the coronavirus pandemic is set to return this year.

China’s Shanghai pins hopes on Double Five shopping event to boost post coronavirus economic recovery
7 May 2021 - 11:28AM
Two Chinese firefighters who died in Shanghai Apple component factory blaze named martyrs

Two firefighters who died trying to rescue a group of employees trapped in a massive factory fire near Shanghai were called ‘martyrs’ by both central and local governments. 

Two firefighters who died trying to rescue a group of employees trapped in a massive factory fire near Shanghai were called ‘martyrs’ by both central and local governments. 

Two Chinese firefighters who died in Shanghai Apple component factory blaze named martyrs
28 Apr 2021 - 10:55AM
China’s 2021 box office numbers reach US$3 billion in a few months, significantly more than the US made for all of 2020

China’s movie industry appears to be on the rebound as box office numbers released last weekend are already similar to figures for the whole 2020 and are likely to dwarf the US result.

China’s movie industry appears to be on the rebound as box office numbers released last weekend are already similar to figures for the whole 2020 and are likely to dwarf the US result.

China’s 2021 box office numbers reach US$3 billion in a few months, significantly more than the US made for all of 2020
22 Apr 2021 - 1:29PM
China’s ‘Moonlight clan’ generation lives pay cheque to pay cheque, but not because they are poor

A recent report highlights the growing popularity of the Moonlight clan — young professionals who spend their entire pay cheque on the sweet things in life.

A recent report highlights the growing popularity of the Moonlight clan — young professionals who spend their entire pay cheque on the sweet things in life.

China’s ‘Moonlight clan’ generation lives pay cheque to pay cheque, but not because they are poor
21 Apr 2021 - 4:39PM
Camels get traffic light to help tourists who are hoofing it through Chinese tourist destination

A tourist site in northwest China has struggled to handle traffic chaos created by camel riders. So they installed a hilarious and useful traffic signal.

A tourist site in northwest China has struggled to handle traffic chaos created by camel riders. So they installed a hilarious and useful traffic signal.

Camels get traffic light to help tourists who are hoofing it through Chinese tourist destination
16 Apr 2021 - 6:15AM