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‘At the end of the day, we're all humans’: Asian-American Olympian Yul Moldauer speaks out on racism

While preparing to compete in his first Olympics, Asian-American gymnast Yul Moldauer says he hopes the Games can serve as a platform for him to raise awareness about anti-Asian hate and the need to break racial stereotypes. The 24-year-old Team USA gymnast was born in South Korea and adopted by an American couple as an infant. Moldauer says representing the US at the Olympics is special to him because the country gave him “a second life”. In response to the racism he's faced, he said: “It doesn't matter what you look like, if you're going to represent our country, you should be proud of them.”

While preparing to compete in his first Olympics, Asian-American gymnast Yul Moldauer says he hopes the Games can serve as a platform for him to raise awareness about anti-Asian hate and the need to break racial stereotypes. The 24-year-old Team USA gymnast was born in South Korea and adopted by an American couple as an infant. Moldauer says representing the US at the Olympics is special to him because the country gave him “a second life”. In response to the racism he's faced, he said: “It doesn't matter what you look like, if you're going to represent our country, you should be proud of them.”

‘At the end of the day, we're all humans’: Asian-American Olympian Yul Moldauer speaks out on racism
22 Jul 2021 - 8:00AM
US, Britain and EU accuse China of sponsoring massive Microsoft email server hack

The US, Britain, the EU and Nato have accused China of sponsoring a massive cyberattack on the Microsoft Exchange email server discovered in early 2021. The US State Department said on July 19, 2021, that “cyber actors” had worked with China’s Ministry of State Security in the operation that Microsoft publicly disclosed in March after the company reportedly learned about the intrusion in January. Washington says the cyberespionage “indiscriminately compromised thousands of computers and networks, mostly belonging to private sector victims”.

The US, Britain, the EU and Nato have accused China of sponsoring a massive cyberattack on the Microsoft Exchange email server discovered in early 2021. The US State Department said on July 19, 2021, that “cyber actors” had worked with China’s Ministry of State Security in the operation that Microsoft publicly disclosed in March after the company reportedly learned about the intrusion in January. Washington says the cyberespionage “indiscriminately compromised thousands of computers and networks, mostly belonging to private sector victims”.

US, Britain and EU accuse China of sponsoring massive Microsoft email server hack
20 Jul 2021 - 2:40PM
Young Hong Kong opposition activists in the US cope with life in exile

Hundreds of Hongkongers are believed to have fled the city to avoid prosecution for their roles in months of anti-government protests. Two years after the unrest started in 2019, many are seeking asylum in Western countries, including Australia, Britain and the United States. Among the activists now in the US is a 26-year-old who asked to be identified as “Kenny” who faces multiple charges back home. He said he has been struggling with mixed feelings about leaving others behind, and is now trying to do all he can to give something back to his hometown. “Kenny” compares his work with other exiled Hong Kong activists to “buying an indulgence to ease my guilt”. 

Hundreds of Hongkongers are believed to have fled the city to avoid prosecution for their roles in months of anti-government protests. Two years after the unrest started in 2019, many are seeking asylum in Western countries, including Australia, Britain and the United States. Among the activists now in the US is a 26-year-old who asked to be identified as “Kenny” who faces multiple charges back home. He said he has been struggling with mixed feelings about leaving others behind, and is now trying to do all he can to give something back to his hometown. “Kenny” compares his work with other exiled Hong Kong activists to “buying an indulgence to ease my guilt”. 

Young Hong Kong opposition activists in the US cope with life in exile
10 Jul 2021 - 8:00AM
Assailant dies after stabbing Hong Kong police officer and then himself on busy street

A lone assailant died after he stabbed a police officer and then himself on a busy Hong Kong street on July 1, 2021, as the city marked the 24th anniversary of its return to Chinese sovereignty.

A lone assailant died after he stabbed a police officer and then himself on a busy Hong Kong street on July 1, 2021, as the city marked the 24th anniversary of its return to Chinese sovereignty.

Assailant dies after stabbing Hong Kong police officer and then himself on busy street
2 Jul 2021 - 7:34AM
New York City Chinatown residents split over Asian-American mayoral candidate Andrew Yang

New Yorkers will vote for a new mayor in November 2021. But the June Democratic Party primary is likely to decide who the next mayor will be. If Andrew Yang wins, he will become the first Asian-American to run New York City. But two long-time residents in Manhattan’s Chinatown are split over their support for Yang.

New Yorkers will vote for a new mayor in November 2021. But the June Democratic Party primary is likely to decide who the next mayor will be. If Andrew Yang wins, he will become the first Asian-American to run New York City. But two long-time residents in Manhattan’s Chinatown are split over their support for Yang.

New York City Chinatown residents split over Asian-American mayoral candidate Andrew Yang
17 Jun 2021 - 6:43AM
Multiple overseas rallies mark anniversary of first major clash of 2019 Hong Kong protests

Supporters of the Hong Kong protest movement held rallies in dozens of overseas cities, including New York and Washington, to mark the June 12, 2019, protest in Hong Kong, which was the first major clash between protesters and police that year.

Supporters of the Hong Kong protest movement held rallies in dozens of overseas cities, including New York and Washington, to mark the June 12, 2019, protest in Hong Kong, which was the first major clash between protesters and police that year.

Multiple overseas rallies mark anniversary of first major clash of 2019 Hong Kong protests
13 Jun 2021 - 10:55AM
China expands two-child policy to three

China will allow couples to have up to three children, shifting away from its previous two-child limit. But critics say that without incentives and support for families, the policy change will do little to cope with the nation’s ageing population. Many people say the high cost of living and other pressures deter them from having more children.

China will allow couples to have up to three children, shifting away from its previous two-child limit. But critics say that without incentives and support for families, the policy change will do little to cope with the nation’s ageing population. Many people say the high cost of living and other pressures deter them from having more children.

China expands two-child policy to three
1 Jun 2021 - 9:10AM
New York teen attacked and called Asian slurs speaks out to raise awareness

Leting Cai was hanging out at a playground near his home in the New York borough of Queens with his friends when five teenagers approached the 15-year old and one of them called him “ching chong”. They then physically harassed Cai’s friends – punching and kicking him when he intervened. After the incident, Cai decided to set up a group to support other teens who have had similar experiences. “I feel like I need to stand up more now,” he said. “Because this can raise awareness, and this will give Asians and the Asian community a voice.”

Leting Cai was hanging out at a playground near his home in the New York borough of Queens with his friends when five teenagers approached the 15-year old and one of them called him “ching chong”. They then physically harassed Cai’s friends – punching and kicking him when he intervened. After the incident, Cai decided to set up a group to support other teens who have had similar experiences. “I feel like I need to stand up more now,” he said. “Because this can raise awareness, and this will give Asians and the Asian community a voice.”

New York teen attacked and called Asian slurs speaks out to raise awareness
28 May 2021 - 8:10AM
Surge in anti-Asian attacks sparks interest in self-defence classes in New York

Amid a rise in anti-Asian hate crimes, some martial arts schools in New York City are seeing a surge of interest in self-defence classes. Students are hoping to learn skills they need to fend off attacks.

Amid a rise in anti-Asian hate crimes, some martial arts schools in New York City are seeing a surge of interest in self-defence classes. Students are hoping to learn skills they need to fend off attacks.

Surge in anti-Asian attacks sparks interest in self-defence classes in New York
23 May 2021 - 8:00AM
192 died in Vancouver care homes under policy that delayed Covid-19 outbreak declarations

At least 192 residents died of Covid-19, with more than 1,000 people infected, at Vancouver-area care homes where the declaration of coronavirus outbreaks was delayed as part of an official policy, a South China Morning Post investigation has found. Under the strategy, care home outbreaks were deliberately not declared if just one “low risk” worker became infected. 

At least 192 residents died of Covid-19, with more than 1,000 people infected, at Vancouver-area care homes where the declaration of coronavirus outbreaks was delayed as part of an official policy, a South China Morning Post investigation has found. Under the strategy, care home outbreaks were deliberately not declared if just one “low risk” worker became infected. 

192 died in Vancouver care homes under policy that delayed Covid-19 outbreak declarations
20 May 2021 - 11:59AM
Rat-hunting dogs of New York City help tackle rodent problem

For the past three decades, a team of dogs and their owners has been venturing out at night to hunt rats in New York. But for Richard Reynolds, founding member of the Ryders Alley Trencher-fed Society (RATS), the hunt is not only about tackling the city’s rodent problem. “We're really doing this for the sake of the dogs,” he said. “We’re all about dogs.”

For the past three decades, a team of dogs and their owners has been venturing out at night to hunt rats in New York. But for Richard Reynolds, founding member of the Ryders Alley Trencher-fed Society (RATS), the hunt is not only about tackling the city’s rodent problem. “We're really doing this for the sake of the dogs,” he said. “We’re all about dogs.”

Rat-hunting dogs of New York City help tackle rodent problem
14 May 2021 - 9:06AM
Bakery in New York’s Chinatown celebrates 70,000 free meals during year of pandemic support

A bakery in New York City’s Chinatown has been giving out free meals daily since April 2020. That’s when Patrick Mock, who manages the 46 Mott Bakery, started organising food deliveries to help the needy in a community devastated by the Covid-19 pandemic. Mock and his group of volunteers have distributed more than 70,000 meals in the year since. As they marked the first anniversary of the programme on April 23 by handing out 500 free meals, Mock reflected on how the pandemic has changed him personally as well as how it has reshaped his neighbourhood.

A bakery in New York City’s Chinatown has been giving out free meals daily since April 2020. That’s when Patrick Mock, who manages the 46 Mott Bakery, started organising food deliveries to help the needy in a community devastated by the Covid-19 pandemic. Mock and his group of volunteers have distributed more than 70,000 meals in the year since. As they marked the first anniversary of the programme on April 23 by handing out 500 free meals, Mock reflected on how the pandemic has changed him personally as well as how it has reshaped his neighbourhood.

Bakery in New York’s Chinatown celebrates 70,000 free meals during year of pandemic support
29 Apr 2021 - 6:21AM
New Yorkers escort elderly and form street patrols to combat anti-Asian attacks

New Yorkers have formed street patrols and volunteered to escort elderly people in an effort to combat anti-Asian attacks. Members of the Chinatown Block Watch have been patrolling the neighbourhood since February 2020. The founder of the group, Karlin Chan, said if they saw an incident, they would defuse and document it. Another group, Protect Chinatown, offers escorts to protect seniors. Sandy Yang, co-founder of the group, said 400 people have signed up to help.

New Yorkers have formed street patrols and volunteered to escort elderly people in an effort to combat anti-Asian attacks. Members of the Chinatown Block Watch have been patrolling the neighbourhood since February 2020. The founder of the group, Karlin Chan, said if they saw an incident, they would defuse and document it. Another group, Protect Chinatown, offers escorts to protect seniors. Sandy Yang, co-founder of the group, said 400 people have signed up to help.

New Yorkers escort elderly and form street patrols to combat anti-Asian attacks
23 Apr 2021 - 12:15PM
New NYPD Chief Rodney Harrison meets with community leaders in Manhattan’s Chinatown

New NYPD chief Rodney Harrison visited Manhattan’s Chinatown on April 2, 2021, as reports of anti-Asian hate incidents surged. His visit came 3 days after he was sworn in on March 30. Meeting with community leaders, Harrison stressed the importance of neighbourhood policing and promised that he would improve the force’s relationship with the community, as well as making sure perpetrators of hate crimes will be held accountable. 

New NYPD chief Rodney Harrison visited Manhattan’s Chinatown on April 2, 2021, as reports of anti-Asian hate incidents surged. His visit came 3 days after he was sworn in on March 30. Meeting with community leaders, Harrison stressed the importance of neighbourhood policing and promised that he would improve the force’s relationship with the community, as well as making sure perpetrators of hate crimes will be held accountable. 

New NYPD Chief Rodney Harrison meets with community leaders in Manhattan’s Chinatown
3 Apr 2021 - 11:21AM
New Yorkers rally against anti-Asian violence in call for solidarity after Atlanta shootings

New Yorkers rallied in multiple locations in the city on March 21, 2021 to protest against anti-Asian violence. They came five days after the Atlanta shootings in which eight people were killed, six of whom were Asian women. Protesters called for solidarity among minority groups and demanded more resources from the government to support Asian-Americans.

New Yorkers rallied in multiple locations in the city on March 21, 2021 to protest against anti-Asian violence. They came five days after the Atlanta shootings in which eight people were killed, six of whom were Asian women. Protesters called for solidarity among minority groups and demanded more resources from the government to support Asian-Americans.

New Yorkers rally against anti-Asian violence in call for solidarity after Atlanta shootings
22 Mar 2021 - 11:19AM
NYC landmark Jing Fong dining room closes as Manhattan’s Chinatown feels bite of pandemic

New York City’s Jing Fong restaurant closed its 800-seat dining room in Manhattan’s Chinatown on March 7, 2021, due to struggles during the Covid-19 pandemic. 

New York City’s Jing Fong restaurant closed its 800-seat dining room in Manhattan’s Chinatown on March 7, 2021, due to struggles during the Covid-19 pandemic. 

NYC landmark Jing Fong dining room closes as Manhattan’s Chinatown feels bite of pandemic
10 Mar 2021 - 8:00AM
New York’s Chinatown on edge after Asian man stabbed in back

Crowds of New Yorkers gathered in lower Manhattan on February 27, 2021, to protest against anti-Asian hate crimes. Just two days previously, a 36-year-old Asian man was stabbed in the back a block away from where the rally took place. The suspect was arrested and charged with hate crimes, among other offences. The incident was the latest in a string of violent attacks against Asian-Americans in the US.

Crowds of New Yorkers gathered in lower Manhattan on February 27, 2021, to protest against anti-Asian hate crimes. Just two days previously, a 36-year-old Asian man was stabbed in the back a block away from where the rally took place. The suspect was arrested and charged with hate crimes, among other offences. The incident was the latest in a string of violent attacks against Asian-Americans in the US.

New York’s Chinatown on edge after Asian man stabbed in back
28 Feb 2021 - 11:52AM
New York City remembers Asian-American photographer Corky Lee who dies from coronavirus

Asian-American photographer Corky Lee died at age 73 from the coronavirus on January 27, 2021. He spent the last 5 decades documenting Asian communities in the US. Hundreds of people gathered in Manhattan’s Chinatown for his funeral procession on February 6 to pay tribute to him. 

Asian-American photographer Corky Lee died at age 73 from the coronavirus on January 27, 2021. He spent the last 5 decades documenting Asian communities in the US. Hundreds of people gathered in Manhattan’s Chinatown for his funeral procession on February 6 to pay tribute to him. 

New York City remembers Asian-American photographer Corky Lee who dies from coronavirus
10 Feb 2021 - 2:36AM
The young bakery manager striving to keep Manhattan’s Chinatown afloat during Covid-19 crisis

The Covid-19 pandemic has devastated one of the busiest tourist spots in New York City: Manhattan’s Chinatown. But the manager of the local 46 Mott Bakery is doing everything he can to keep not only his store, but the entire neighbourhood afloat. 

The Covid-19 pandemic has devastated one of the busiest tourist spots in New York City: Manhattan’s Chinatown. But the manager of the local 46 Mott Bakery is doing everything he can to keep not only his store, but the entire neighbourhood afloat. 

The young bakery manager striving to keep Manhattan’s Chinatown afloat during Covid-19 crisis
17 Feb 2021 - 2:26PM
Joe Biden becomes 46th US president in scaled-down, socially-distanced inauguration

Joe Biden was sworn in as the 46th president of the United States on January 20, 2021 in a dramatically scaled down, socially-distanced inauguration ceremony. Kamala Harris also became the first black American, first woman and first person of Indian descent to reach the office of US vice-president. The event was attended by several former presidents and vice-presidents, but Biden's predecessor Donald Trump and his wife Melania were noticeably absent. Trump chose not to attend the inauguration, after claiming without evidence that the election was stolen. After taking his oath of office, Biden addressed the nation to pledge to heal America's deep political divisions, beat Covid-19, fix the economy and repair the international reputation of the US.

Joe Biden was sworn in as the 46th president of the United States on January 20, 2021 in a dramatically scaled down, socially-distanced inauguration ceremony. Kamala Harris also became the first black American, first woman and first person of Indian descent to reach the office of US vice-president. The event was attended by several former presidents and vice-presidents, but Biden's predecessor Donald Trump and his wife Melania were noticeably absent. Trump chose not to attend the inauguration, after claiming without evidence that the election was stolen. After taking his oath of office, Biden addressed the nation to pledge to heal America's deep political divisions, beat Covid-19, fix the economy and repair the international reputation of the US.

Joe Biden becomes 46th US president in scaled-down, socially-distanced inauguration
21 Jan 2021 - 7:10AM
End of Trump presidency leaves Chinese-American community deeply divided

As his four-year US presidency comes to a controversial end, Donald Trump is leaving behind great divisions in some quarters of the nation’s Chinese immigrant community. Yiping Wu and Jack Jia were involved in Asian-American activism during Trump’s term, and both supported his campaign to become president back in 2016. But in the days before Trump leaves the White House, they are split on his legacy, reflecting a mixed response among many ethnic Chinese people in the United States.

As his four-year US presidency comes to a controversial end, Donald Trump is leaving behind great divisions in some quarters of the nation’s Chinese immigrant community. Yiping Wu and Jack Jia were involved in Asian-American activism during Trump’s term, and both supported his campaign to become president back in 2016. But in the days before Trump leaves the White House, they are split on his legacy, reflecting a mixed response among many ethnic Chinese people in the United States.

End of Trump presidency leaves Chinese-American community deeply divided
20 Jan 2021 - 6:42AM
New York's Chinatown on the brink after a year of Covid-19

New York's Manhattan Chinatown has been hit hard by the effects of Covid-19 since January 2020, even before cases surged in the US. Businesses were impacted as soon as the first coronavirus cases emerged in Wuhan, China. Almost a year later, some businesses have shuttered, while the ones that survived are left reeling from the impact of the pandemic. 

New York's Manhattan Chinatown has been hit hard by the effects of Covid-19 since January 2020, even before cases surged in the US. Businesses were impacted as soon as the first coronavirus cases emerged in Wuhan, China. Almost a year later, some businesses have shuttered, while the ones that survived are left reeling from the impact of the pandemic. 

New York's Chinatown on the brink after a year of Covid-19
9 Jan 2021 - 12:21PM
Trump supporters storm US Capitol, interrupting Congress’ certification of Biden’s victory

A congressional proceeding to certify the US presidential election results turned chaotic and violent on January 6, 2021, as supporters of outgoing US President Donald Trump stormed the Capitol building, forcing the evacuation of Vice-President Mike Pence and lawmakers.

A congressional proceeding to certify the US presidential election results turned chaotic and violent on January 6, 2021, as supporters of outgoing US President Donald Trump stormed the Capitol building, forcing the evacuation of Vice-President Mike Pence and lawmakers.

Trump supporters storm US Capitol, interrupting Congress’ certification of Biden’s victory
7 Jan 2021 - 12:23PM
Will anyone miss 2020?

2020 is a year unlike any other. It left the world a starkly different place than the year before. The Covid-19 pandemic has claimed more than 1 million lives worldwide, wreaking havoc on the economy and leaving millions of people jobless and struggling to survive.

2020 is a year unlike any other. It left the world a starkly different place than the year before. The Covid-19 pandemic has claimed more than 1 million lives worldwide, wreaking havoc on the economy and leaving millions of people jobless and struggling to survive.

Will anyone miss 2020?
31 Dec 2020 - 4:42AM
Hong Kong activist rejected by US consulate reveals he was student shot during last year’s protests, now fears brunt of national security law

Tsang Chi-kin, 19, who has since gone into hiding over fears of the national security law, was due to appear in court on Tuesday over other charges, but did not show up.

Tsang Chi-kin, 19, who has since gone into hiding over fears of the national security law, was due to appear in court on Tuesday over other charges, but did not show up.

Hong Kong activist rejected by US consulate reveals he was student shot during last year’s protests, now fears brunt of national security law
22 Dec 2020 - 11:36PM
Hong Kong protester rejected for asylum by US consulate is teen who was shot by police in 2019

One of four Hong Kong activists who were turned away when they sought refuge at the US consulate in October 2020 has revealed to the Post that he was the teenager who was shot in the chest by a police officer during protest violence in 2019. Tsang Chi-kin, 19, also described being rejected by the US diplomatic mission when he was trying to flee the city as a fall “from heaven to hell”, and that he now has greater fears about the national security law imposed on the city by Beijing.

One of four Hong Kong activists who were turned away when they sought refuge at the US consulate in October 2020 has revealed to the Post that he was the teenager who was shot in the chest by a police officer during protest violence in 2019. Tsang Chi-kin, 19, also described being rejected by the US diplomatic mission when he was trying to flee the city as a fall “from heaven to hell”, and that he now has greater fears about the national security law imposed on the city by Beijing.

Hong Kong protester rejected for asylum by US consulate is teen who was shot by police in 2019
23 Dec 2020 - 11:19AM
Major snowstorm drops 20cm of snow on eastern US

A major snowstorm hit parts of the eastern US with heavy snowfall and gusty winds on December 16, 2020. In New York, people woke up to a winter wonderland. Central Park saw 25cm of snow after overnight snow. 

A major snowstorm hit parts of the eastern US with heavy snowfall and gusty winds on December 16, 2020. In New York, people woke up to a winter wonderland. Central Park saw 25cm of snow after overnight snow. 

Major snowstorm drops 20cm of snow on eastern US
17 Dec 2020 - 11:56PM
Dogs rescued from China’s slaughterhouses arrive in New York to welcome of adoptive families

Nearly 80 dogs rescued in China by animal rights activists arrived in New York on November 27 and 28, 2020. They were brought to the United States by a group called No Dogs Left Behind. The group’s founder Jeff Beri said the dogs were rescued from several regions in China, and that “some were heading to slaughterhouses” before they were “intercepted by brave activists”.  Since many flights were grounded because of the coronavirus pandemic, Beri said transport costs more than doubled to US$200,000, but after waiting for months, those willing to adopt the animals covered the extra fees to make sure the dogs would make it to their new “forever homes”.

Nearly 80 dogs rescued in China by animal rights activists arrived in New York on November 27 and 28, 2020. They were brought to the United States by a group called No Dogs Left Behind. The group’s founder Jeff Beri said the dogs were rescued from several regions in China, and that “some were heading to slaughterhouses” before they were “intercepted by brave activists”.  Since many flights were grounded because of the coronavirus pandemic, Beri said transport costs more than doubled to US$200,000, but after waiting for months, those willing to adopt the animals covered the extra fees to make sure the dogs would make it to their new “forever homes”.

Dogs rescued from China’s slaughterhouses arrive in New York to welcome of adoptive families
8 Dec 2020 - 9:52AM
China’s Rebel City: The Hong Kong Protests

Hong Kong's biggest political crisis since its return to mainland China, starts with an ill-conceived plan by the government for an extradition law to allow the transfer of suspects for trial to Taiwan, Macau and mainland China. It sparks a massive public backlash, drawing millions of protesters onto the streets. By the time the government agrees to drop the extradition bill, events on the streets have overtaken them and Hong Kong spirals out of control. The police, using tear gas and firing rubber bullets to disperse the crowds, find themselves overwhelmed by public resentment and hatred. 

Hong Kong's biggest political crisis since its return to mainland China, starts with an ill-conceived plan by the government for an extradition law to allow the transfer of suspects for trial to Taiwan, Macau and mainland China. It sparks a massive public backlash, drawing millions of protesters onto the streets. By the time the government agrees to drop the extradition bill, events on the streets have overtaken them and Hong Kong spirals out of control. The police, using tear gas and firing rubber bullets to disperse the crowds, find themselves overwhelmed by public resentment and hatred. 

China’s Rebel City: The Hong Kong Protests
24 May 2021 - 1:59PM
Hundreds of primates scramble for food at annual monkey festival in Thailand

Hundreds of macaques scrambled for food during the annual “Monkey Buffet Festival” on November 29, 2020 in Thailand’s ancient city of Lopburi. They were treated with a variety of fruits, vegetables and sugary snacks. The feast was held to celebrate the macaques, which are believed to bring good luck to the area.

Hundreds of macaques scrambled for food during the annual “Monkey Buffet Festival” on November 29, 2020 in Thailand’s ancient city of Lopburi. They were treated with a variety of fruits, vegetables and sugary snacks. The feast was held to celebrate the macaques, which are believed to bring good luck to the area.

Hundreds of primates scramble for food at annual monkey festival in Thailand
2 Dec 2020 - 5:13AM