Qin Chen

Beijing

Qin Chen

Reporter, Inkstone

Qin is a reporter at Inkstone. Previously, she worked in newsrooms across the United States for five years. She was a senior video producer at The New Yorker, a documentary producer at CNBC, and a designer at the San Jose Mercury News.

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Explainer | Joining China’s Communist Party: how and why so many people do it, ‘secret’ members and expulsion

Since its founding 100 years ago, China’s ruling party now has almost 92 million members.

Since its founding 100 years ago, China’s ruling party now has almost 92 million members.

Joining China’s Communist Party: how and why so many people do it, ‘secret’ members and expulsion
21 May 2021 - 9:46AM
Coronavirus pandemic pushes more young Chinese people to write wills

A new report shows more young Chinese people are preparing wills, a phenomenon that reveals both rising wealth among younger generations and how the fear of dying during the pandemic caused many to make preparations. 

A new report shows more young Chinese people are preparing wills, a phenomenon that reveals both rising wealth among younger generations and how the fear of dying during the pandemic caused many to make preparations. 

Coronavirus pandemic pushes more young Chinese people to write wills
8 Apr 2021 - 11:04AM
Xinjiang cotton controversy has been a boon for Chinese premier sneaker scalpers

The top sneaker resale market in China turned to domestic brands Li-Ning and Anta after international footwear companies expressed concern over allegations of forced labour in Xinjiang.

The top sneaker resale market in China turned to domestic brands Li-Ning and Anta after international footwear companies expressed concern over allegations of forced labour in Xinjiang.

Xinjiang cotton controversy has been a boon for Chinese premier sneaker scalpers
6 Apr 2021 - 11:01PM
Internet users angered over ‘light’ penalty handed down to illegal clinic that destroyed Chinese star Gao Liu’s face

‘Punishment too light’: say internet users after actress reveals shocking botched surgery photos online

‘Punishment too light’: say internet users after actress reveals shocking botched surgery photos online

Internet users angered over ‘light’ penalty handed down to illegal clinic that destroyed Chinese star Gao Liu’s face
4 Apr 2021 - 2:37PM
Chinese PE classes might train the next kung fu master

Traditional martial arts are becoming more common in Chinese physical education classes. One teacher in Xian is reviving a centuries-old practice called Hong Quan. 

Traditional martial arts are becoming more common in Chinese physical education classes. One teacher in Xian is reviving a centuries-old practice called Hong Quan. 

Chinese PE classes might train the next kung fu master
3 Apr 2021 - 1:00PM
An online store in China that collects and sells people’s life stories for just 15 cents apiece a hit in China

A freelance writer was looking for inspiration for her own work when she stumbled into selling ordinary people’s true short stories, and now has 300,000 followers.

A freelance writer was looking for inspiration for her own work when she stumbled into selling ordinary people’s true short stories, and now has 300,000 followers.

An online store in China that collects and sells people’s life stories for just 15 cents apiece a hit in China
13 Apr 2021 - 4:15PM
Anniversary of pop icon Leslie Cheung’s death sparks concerns about depression in China

Canto-pop legend Leslie Cheung died on April 1, 2003. This year, the Chinese internet used the moment to openly discuss their own challenges with mental health.

Canto-pop legend Leslie Cheung died on April 1, 2003. This year, the Chinese internet used the moment to openly discuss their own challenges with mental health.

Anniversary of pop icon Leslie Cheung’s death sparks concerns about depression in China
16 Apr 2021 - 3:09PM
Chinese woman dies after botched fat grafting cosmetic surgery procedure left her brain dead

An unlicensed cosmetic surgery operator has been charged by police in southern China after performing a procedure that left a woman dead.

An unlicensed cosmetic surgery operator has been charged by police in southern China after performing a procedure that left a woman dead.

Chinese woman dies after botched fat grafting cosmetic surgery procedure left her brain dead
2 Apr 2021 - 12:55PM
Marie Kondo for adulting: Chinese companies help people fight procrastination

China is in the middle of a boom in companies that help people stay on top of their daily to-do list to help them stay on top of the stresses of life.

China is in the middle of a boom in companies that help people stay on top of their daily to-do list to help them stay on top of the stresses of life.

Marie Kondo for adulting: Chinese companies help people fight procrastination
7 Apr 2021 - 11:27AM
China is now home to two-thirds of the world’s top women billionaires, four times more than the US, Hurun research institute reveals

China had 85 billionaires as of January, 2021, which is nearly two-thirds of global female billionaires and four times as many as the US.

China had 85 billionaires as of January, 2021, which is nearly two-thirds of global female billionaires and four times as many as the US.

China is now home to two-thirds of the world’s top women billionaires, four times more than the US, Hurun research institute reveals
7 Apr 2021 - 11:25AM
Quirky China: poker-faced bungee jumper, young good samaritan gives out masks, and university teaches whistling course

A controversial university course on how to whistle, a poker-faced, thrill-seeking bungee jumper, and a kind-hearted girl who has warmed the hearts of millions; the Post rounds up the week’s favourite stories.

A controversial university course on how to whistle, a poker-faced, thrill-seeking bungee jumper, and a kind-hearted girl who has warmed the hearts of millions; the Post rounds up the week’s favourite stories.

Quirky China: poker-faced bungee jumper, young good samaritan gives out masks, and university teaches whistling course
25 Mar 2021 - 6:04PM
Chinese grandmother who fought off white attacker plans to give nearly US$1 million in donations to fight racism against Asian-Americans

The story of a brave 76-year-old Chinese grandmother who turned the tables on a racist attacker in the US last week has gone viral and prompted an outpouring of support.

The story of a brave 76-year-old Chinese grandmother who turned the tables on a racist attacker in the US last week has gone viral and prompted an outpouring of support.

Chinese grandmother who fought off white attacker plans to give nearly US$1 million in donations to fight racism against Asian-Americans
25 Mar 2021 - 5:09PM
Historical discovery revives wild theories of an alien civilisation in ancient China, but experts say no way

A major discovery of a treasure trove of artefacts at a site in China has people talking about whether there were once aliens in China — but archaeologists are not having any of it.

A major discovery of a treasure trove of artefacts at a site in China has people talking about whether there were once aliens in China — but archaeologists are not having any of it.

Historical discovery revives wild theories of an alien civilisation in ancient China, but experts say no way
24 Mar 2021 - 3:31PM
Cemetery in China forced to bury controversial mortgages-for-graves plan after media backlash

A cemetery in southwest China faced a backlash after promoting a mortgage plan to help people buy grave sites, a reflection of public outrage at rising funeral costs and unscrupulous banking practices. 

A cemetery in southwest China faced a backlash after promoting a mortgage plan to help people buy grave sites, a reflection of public outrage at rising funeral costs and unscrupulous banking practices. 

Cemetery in China forced to bury controversial mortgages-for-graves plan after media backlash
19 Mar 2021 - 6:19PM
‘Deal with it’, school in China tells gay high school student bullied and sexually assaulted for months

A gay high school student in Beijing attempted suicide after students bullied him in incidents that included sexual assaults. Experts say the case showed that Chinese schools urgently need to introduce anti-bullying education and support.

A gay high school student in Beijing attempted suicide after students bullied him in incidents that included sexual assaults. Experts say the case showed that Chinese schools urgently need to introduce anti-bullying education and support.

‘Deal with it’, school in China tells gay high school student bullied and sexually assaulted for months
19 Mar 2021 - 10:25AM
Woman in China fired for taking maternity leave when pregnant wins landmark court case and compensation from ex-employer

A court ruling in favour of a woman fired for taking maternity leave is a sign China is serious about supporting working women in the face of declining birth rates.

A court ruling in favour of a woman fired for taking maternity leave is a sign China is serious about supporting working women in the face of declining birth rates.

Woman in China fired for taking maternity leave when pregnant wins landmark court case and compensation from ex-employer
17 Mar 2021 - 5:39PM
Quirky China: slingshot master splits a water drop, a hotel that stays clean with computers, and a poor man made his own gym

Life can be a bit of a drudge at times so the Post has decided to brighten your day with a look at some of the people bringing joy to millions online with their weird and quirky ideas this week.

Life can be a bit of a drudge at times so the Post has decided to brighten your day with a look at some of the people bringing joy to millions online with their weird and quirky ideas this week.

Quirky China: slingshot master splits a water drop, a hotel  that stays clean with computers, and a poor man made his own gym
13 Mar 2021 - 2:28PM
Calls in China for mandatory relationship courses after wave of domestic violence targeting young women

A series of tragic murders and suicides as a result of domestic violence has opened people’s eyes to a serious social issue in China.

A series of tragic murders and suicides as a result of domestic violence has opened people’s eyes to a serious social issue in China.

Calls in China for mandatory relationship courses after wave of domestic violence targeting young women
9 Mar 2021 - 3:40PM
China's feminist backlash; the women who #ChoosetoChallenge marriage and motherhood
8 Mar 2021 - 12:05PM
China rejoices as Chloé Zhao makes history at the Golden Globe with best film and best director wins

Beijing-born Zhao is the first Asian woman to win best director at the Golden Globes. Chinese citizens, actress Zhang Ziyi – who posted ‘Look forward to the Oscar!’ – and Zhao’s stepmother celebrated her success on social media.

Beijing-born Zhao is the first Asian woman to win best director at the Golden Globes. Chinese citizens, actress Zhang Ziyi – who posted ‘Look forward to the Oscar!’ – and Zhao’s stepmother celebrated her success on social media.

China rejoices as Chloé Zhao makes history at the Golden Globe with best film and best director wins
29 Apr 2021 - 12:43PM
Chinese zodiac Year of the Ox forecasts: wealth, health, love and luck
12 Feb 2021 - 3:42PM
How China's Lunar New Year is affected by the Covid-19 pandemic
11 Feb 2021 - 12:16PM
China’s LGBT communities fear new internet rules will silence voices

China’s LGBT community already feel marginalised. Now the government’s crackdown on self-publishing could erase their voices even further.

China’s LGBT community already feel marginalised. Now the government’s crackdown on self-publishing could erase their voices even further.

China’s LGBT communities fear new internet rules will silence voices
8 Feb 2021 - 11:41AM
Young man’s death sheds light on life of China’s poor, and prompts an outpouring of sympathy – and questions

A school dropout from a broken home who fell out with his family struggled to earn enough to live on and suffered ill-health. Out of work, he turned in vain to video-game streaming. He died from poverty, a friend posted.

A school dropout from a broken home who fell out with his family struggled to earn enough to live on and suffered ill-health. Out of work, he turned in vain to video-game streaming. He died from poverty, a friend posted.

Young man’s death sheds light on life of China’s poor, and prompts an outpouring of sympathy – and questions
1 Feb 2021 - 11:31AM
Can China encourage its people to have more babies? New local government proposal attempts to address demographic fears

A local government proposal that encourages people in China to have more babies has reignited concerns over the country’s looming demographic crisis.

A local government proposal that encourages people in China to have more babies has reignited concerns over the country’s looming demographic crisis.

Can China encourage its people to have more babies? New local government proposal attempts to address demographic fears
26 Jan 2021 - 10:38AM
US presidents regularly issue pardons, Chinese presidents don’t – but could that change?

Xi Jinping is the first Chinese leader since Mao Zedong to issue presidential pardons. This has led legal scholars to believe that the country might start issuing pardons more regularly and systematically.

Xi Jinping is the first Chinese leader since Mao Zedong to issue presidential pardons. This has led legal scholars to believe that the country might start issuing pardons more regularly and systematically.

US presidents regularly issue pardons, Chinese presidents don’t – but could that change?
2 Jan 2021 - 6:02AM
Chinese province grants women two days’ paid ‘period leave’ a month, but some fear it will lead to workplace discrimination

Companies in Liaoning, China must give time off to women with medical proof of severe menstrual cramps, but some fear it will cause workplace discrimination.

Companies in Liaoning, China must give time off to women with medical proof of severe menstrual cramps, but some fear it will cause workplace discrimination.

Chinese province grants women two days’ paid ‘period leave’ a month, but some fear it will lead to workplace discrimination
30 Dec 2020 - 10:24AM
5 weird and wonderful China stories that stood out in 2020

From Wuhan’s heroic pet rescuers to Blackpink’s internet roasting regarding pandas, this year’s stories have run the gamut from heartwarming to hysterical.

From Wuhan’s heroic pet rescuers to Blackpink’s internet roasting regarding pandas, this year’s stories have run the gamut from heartwarming to hysterical.

5 weird and wonderful China stories that stood out in 2020
26 Dec 2020 - 7:22AM
Nine-year-old found liable by court for dead father’s debts, and punished under China’s social credit system when she couldn’t pay up

Daughter of a man executed for murder is found liable by a Chinese court for his debts, and when the nine-year-old cannot pay, she is sanctioned under social credit system. After an outcry, the court reverses its decision.

Daughter of a man executed for murder is found liable by a Chinese court for his debts, and when the nine-year-old cannot pay, she is sanctioned under social credit system. After an outcry, the court reverses its decision.

Nine-year-old found liable by court for dead father’s debts, and punished under China’s social credit system when she couldn’t pay up
24 Dec 2020 - 8:45PM
Rent a holiday home for 20 years for US$1,000: how one Chinese town is trying to revive the rural economy

A town in eastern China hopes to boost its economy by offering very cheap long-term leases on run-down houses to urbanites who agree to invest in renovation and buy local farm produce.

A town in eastern China hopes to boost its economy by offering very cheap long-term leases on run-down houses to urbanites who agree to invest in renovation and buy local farm produce.

Rent a holiday home  for 20 years for US$1,000: how one Chinese town is trying to revive the rural economy
17 Dec 2020 - 4:12PM