Shanshan Kao

Hong Kong

Shanshan Kao

Video Journalist

Shanshan Kao is a video journalist at the Post. She joined the team in 2016, and has previously interned at Reuters and AP covering social, political and entertainment news.

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Indians born and bred in Hong Kong explain why the city will always be home

Born and raised in Hong Kong, Kawaljot Kaur and Yusuf Mohideen proudly consider the city to be home, describing themselves as “Indian-Hongkongers”. Immersed in the city’s culture and food, they have long made an effort to mingle with the local community in hopes of breaking down social divisions.

Born and raised in Hong Kong, Kawaljot Kaur and Yusuf Mohideen proudly consider the city to be home, describing themselves as “Indian-Hongkongers”. Immersed in the city’s culture and food, they have long made an effort to mingle with the local community in hopes of breaking down social divisions.

23 Jan 2022 - 8:00AM
Hong Kong businesses cry foul over abrupt return to anti-Covid-19 social-distancing rules

Bars, gyms and other leisure facilities have been ordered to close for two weeks and restaurants can only serve takeaway after 6pm as Hong Kong ramps up its battle to prevent the Omicron Covid-19 variant from spreading in the city. The measures, announced by the city’s leader Carrie Lam, take effect from January 7. Although the city has gone through such restrictions before, many business owners say they’ll once again bear the brunt. The Hong Kong Federation of Restaurants and Related Trades predicts losses of up to US$1.03 billion.

Bars, gyms and other leisure facilities have been ordered to close for two weeks and restaurants can only serve takeaway after 6pm as Hong Kong ramps up its battle to prevent the Omicron Covid-19 variant from spreading in the city. The measures, announced by the city’s leader Carrie Lam, take effect from January 7. Although the city has gone through such restrictions before, many business owners say they’ll once again bear the brunt. The Hong Kong Federation of Restaurants and Related Trades predicts losses of up to US$1.03 billion.

17 Feb 2022 - 10:35AM
Hong Kong reimposes tough Covid-19 restrictions in bid to ward off fifth pandemic wave

Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor announced a raft of fresh Covid-19 restrictions on January 5, 2022, as the city rushed to curb the spread of several Omicron variant clusters. The latest measures include reinstating a 6pm curfew on in-person dining, closing bars, clubs and karaoke establishments, as well as beaches and sports clubs. Hong Kong also imposed a two-week ban on all passenger flights from eight countries, including the US, UK and Australia. The measures are aimed at warding off a fifth wave of coronavirus infections after several cases emerged that have been linked to Cathay Pacific employees who broke isolation rules to dine in city restaurants and bars. 

Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor announced a raft of fresh Covid-19 restrictions on January 5, 2022, as the city rushed to curb the spread of several Omicron variant clusters. The latest measures include reinstating a 6pm curfew on in-person dining, closing bars, clubs and karaoke establishments, as well as beaches and sports clubs. Hong Kong also imposed a two-week ban on all passenger flights from eight countries, including the US, UK and Australia. The measures are aimed at warding off a fifth wave of coronavirus infections after several cases emerged that have been linked to Cathay Pacific employees who broke isolation rules to dine in city restaurants and bars. 

5 Jan 2022 - 8:21PM
Hong Kong independent news site Citizen News to shut down

Hong Kong online news site Citizen News has revealed it will cease operations on January 4, 2022, to “ensure everyone is safe in this time of crisis”. Founder Chris Yeung Kin-hing said the decision was made amid an increasingly tough media environment. The abrupt announcement followed the arrest of seven senior staff members at Stand News, another independent Hong Kong news outlet, over charges that it allegedly published seditious content and stirred up hatred against the government. 

Hong Kong online news site Citizen News has revealed it will cease operations on January 4, 2022, to “ensure everyone is safe in this time of crisis”. Founder Chris Yeung Kin-hing said the decision was made amid an increasingly tough media environment. The abrupt announcement followed the arrest of seven senior staff members at Stand News, another independent Hong Kong news outlet, over charges that it allegedly published seditious content and stirred up hatred against the government. 

17 Feb 2022 - 10:36AM
Farming families ponder future under Hong Kong government’s Northern Metropolis plans

The Hong Kong government has presented an ambitious plan to develop land near the city’s border with mainland China into a “Northern Metropolis” which will serve as an economic and residential hub for some 2.5 million residents. The plan includes building a “technopole” in the San Tin area that is being touted as “Hong Kong’s version of Silicon Valley”. But farmers who have long made a living off the land earmarked for development are concerned about what the plans mean for them and their livelihoods.

The Hong Kong government has presented an ambitious plan to develop land near the city’s border with mainland China into a “Northern Metropolis” which will serve as an economic and residential hub for some 2.5 million residents. The plan includes building a “technopole” in the San Tin area that is being touted as “Hong Kong’s version of Silicon Valley”. But farmers who have long made a living off the land earmarked for development are concerned about what the plans mean for them and their livelihoods.

3 Jan 2022 - 4:08PM
Hong Kong’s Stand News closes after national security police arrest 7, freeze its assets

Stand News, a Hong Kong online media outlet that was popular with opposition activists, has shut down after national security police arrested at least seven people including its current and former chief editors and four former board members. The arrests happened around 6am on December 29, 2021, according to police, who said the group face charges related to a colonial-era law covering conspiracy to print or distribute seditious materials. More than 100 officers also raided the Stand News office under a warrant that allowed them to seize items including journalistic materials.

Stand News, a Hong Kong online media outlet that was popular with opposition activists, has shut down after national security police arrested at least seven people including its current and former chief editors and four former board members. The arrests happened around 6am on December 29, 2021, according to police, who said the group face charges related to a colonial-era law covering conspiracy to print or distribute seditious materials. More than 100 officers also raided the Stand News office under a warrant that allowed them to seize items including journalistic materials.

17 Feb 2022 - 10:38AM
More Tiananmen crackdown monuments removed from Hong Kong university campuses

Two more monuments commemorating the 1989 Tiananmen crackdown were removed from two university campuses in Hong Kong in the early hours of Christmas Eve. After removing the Goddess of Democracy, the Chinese University of Hong Kong said its placement on campus had never been authorised, while Lingnan University cited “legal and safety risks” over their decision to tear down a wall relief. The moves come just one day after the University of Hong Kong dismantled the eight-metre tall Pillar of Shame, a sculpture dedicated to victims of the 1989 crackdown, in a late-night operation.

Two more monuments commemorating the 1989 Tiananmen crackdown were removed from two university campuses in Hong Kong in the early hours of Christmas Eve. After removing the Goddess of Democracy, the Chinese University of Hong Kong said its placement on campus had never been authorised, while Lingnan University cited “legal and safety risks” over their decision to tear down a wall relief. The moves come just one day after the University of Hong Kong dismantled the eight-metre tall Pillar of Shame, a sculpture dedicated to victims of the 1989 crackdown, in a late-night operation.

25 Dec 2021 - 2:59PM
‘Avatars’ roll in restaurant that uses robotics to create jobs for disabled, homebound workers

Dignity Kitchen is a social enterprise serving Singaporean street food in Hong Kong’s bustling Kowloon neighbourhood of Mong Kok. What sets it apart are its remote-controlled robots operated by homebound disabled employees. Inspired by the disabled character in the film Avatar, the eatery has developed a system that allows even paraplegic workers to move freely, greeting customers, guiding them to their tables, answering queries and taking orders.

Dignity Kitchen is a social enterprise serving Singaporean street food in Hong Kong’s bustling Kowloon neighbourhood of Mong Kok. What sets it apart are its remote-controlled robots operated by homebound disabled employees. Inspired by the disabled character in the film Avatar, the eatery has developed a system that allows even paraplegic workers to move freely, greeting customers, guiding them to their tables, answering queries and taking orders.

17 Feb 2022 - 11:11AM
Pro-establishment bloc dominates Hong Kong Legislative Council after record-low turnout for election

The pro-establishment bloc in Hong Kong nearly swept all seats in the city’s Legislative Council poll held on Sunday, December 19, 2021. Only one centrist candidate won a seat in a revamped Legco, after traditional opposition parties stayed out of the race. It was the first Legco poll since Beijing’s overhaul of Hong Kong’s electoral system to ensure that only “patriots” could run for office. Voter turnout was the lowest since Britain handed the city back to China in 1997 at 30.2 per cent, compared to 58 per cent in the most recent Legco vote in 2016. 

The pro-establishment bloc in Hong Kong nearly swept all seats in the city’s Legislative Council poll held on Sunday, December 19, 2021. Only one centrist candidate won a seat in a revamped Legco, after traditional opposition parties stayed out of the race. It was the first Legco poll since Beijing’s overhaul of Hong Kong’s electoral system to ensure that only “patriots” could run for office. Voter turnout was the lowest since Britain handed the city back to China in 1997 at 30.2 per cent, compared to 58 per cent in the most recent Legco vote in 2016. 

17 Feb 2022 - 11:11AM
Last-minute campaigning in Hong Kong Legislative Council election

Hong Kong Legislative Council election candidates and their supporters made their final appeals to voters on election day, December 19, 2021.
 

Hong Kong Legislative Council election candidates and their supporters made their final appeals to voters on election day, December 19, 2021.
 

17 Feb 2022 - 11:12AM
Voting under way in Hong Kong Legislative Council election

Voters entered polling stations to cast their ballots in the 2021 Legislative Council election.  Voting commenced at 8.30am on December 19 and in the first hour, 3.18 per cent of voters – or 142,304 people – had cast their ballots, according to the Registration and Electoral Office.

Voters entered polling stations to cast their ballots in the 2021 Legislative Council election.  Voting commenced at 8.30am on December 19 and in the first hour, 3.18 per cent of voters – or 142,304 people – had cast their ballots, according to the Registration and Electoral Office.

17 Feb 2022 - 11:12AM
Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam casts her vote in citywide Legislative Council election

Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam cast her vote in the first election for Hong Kong's legislature under Beijing's "patriots-only" revamp of the system. Some 4.5 million people are eligible to cast their ballots in the December 19, 2021 poll amid a vastly altered political landscape.

Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam cast her vote in the first election for Hong Kong's legislature under Beijing's "patriots-only" revamp of the system. Some 4.5 million people are eligible to cast their ballots in the December 19, 2021 poll amid a vastly altered political landscape.

17 Feb 2022 - 11:13AM
Major fire breaks out at Hong Kong’s World Trade Centre in Causeway Bay, injuring 13

More than 300 people were trapped in a major fire in Hong Kong’s World Trade Centre in Causeway Bay on December 15, 2021. The building, which serves as both a mall and office complex, had been undergoing partial renovation. Police say the fire was likely to have broken out in an electrical switch room in the lower floor of the shopping centre. The blaze is believed to have then spread to scaffolding covering part of the building. At least 13 people were injured in the fire, including one listed in critical condition.

More than 300 people were trapped in a major fire in Hong Kong’s World Trade Centre in Causeway Bay on December 15, 2021. The building, which serves as both a mall and office complex, had been undergoing partial renovation. Police say the fire was likely to have broken out in an electrical switch room in the lower floor of the shopping centre. The blaze is believed to have then spread to scaffolding covering part of the building. At least 13 people were injured in the fire, including one listed in critical condition.

15 Dec 2021 - 8:59PM