Thomas Yau

Shanghai

Thomas Yau

Video Producer

Thomas Yau joined the Post in 2011 as a junior photographer, and is now the Post's Shanghai video correspondent. He holds a MSJ degree in documentary journalism from Northwestern University in Illinois, and a bachelor's degree in international journalism from Hong Kong Baptist University.

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Two sessions: How China's environmental policies are giving a boost to green industries

As China steps up its environmental protection policies, many companies are finding opportunities to cash in. Businesses hunting for the next green opportunities are keeping an eye on the upcoming “two sessions”,  where new environmental policies are expected to emerge as delegates from around the country gather for annual meetings of the National People's Congress and the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference.

As China steps up its environmental protection policies, many companies are finding opportunities to cash in. Businesses hunting for the next green opportunities are keeping an eye on the upcoming “two sessions”,  where new environmental policies are expected to emerge as delegates from around the country gather for annual meetings of the National People's Congress and the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference.

Two sessions: How China's environmental policies are giving a boost to green industries
4 Mar 2021 - 5:50PM
Shanghai gives high-risk groups Covid-19 vaccines

The Chinese city of Shanghai has started vaccinating residents from high-risk groups using Covid-19 vaccines manufactured in the country by Sinopharm and SinoVac. 

The Chinese city of Shanghai has started vaccinating residents from high-risk groups using Covid-19 vaccines manufactured in the country by Sinopharm and SinoVac. 

Shanghai gives high-risk groups Covid-19 vaccines
20 Jan 2021 - 3:23PM
Shanghai’s ‘hole in the wall’ cafe uses novel bear claw mitt to become a hit with customers

A cafe in the Chinese city of Shanghai has come up with a novel way to interact with customers. Known to locals as the “bear claw” cafe, the shop serves up items through a hole in a front wall which also serves as the only window between people outside and staff, some of whom have hearing disabilities.

A cafe in the Chinese city of Shanghai has come up with a novel way to interact with customers. Known to locals as the “bear claw” cafe, the shop serves up items through a hole in a front wall which also serves as the only window between people outside and staff, some of whom have hearing disabilities.

Shanghai’s ‘hole in the wall’ cafe uses novel bear claw mitt to become a hit with customers
15 Jan 2021 - 6:10PM
Returning to Wuhan one year since the Chinese city became ground zero of the Covid-19 pandemic

The first cluster of cases of what was first identified as a “mysterious pneumonia” was reported in the central Chinese city of Wuhan in December 2019. At the time, few suspected the novel coronavirus behind the illness would spread worldwide to become one of the deadliest pandemics in human history. The Post's Shanghai video correspondent Thomas Yau was among the first international journalists on the ground in Wuhan. One year later, he returned to Wuhan to see how the pandemic has affected the city and how it has recovered. 

The first cluster of cases of what was first identified as a “mysterious pneumonia” was reported in the central Chinese city of Wuhan in December 2019. At the time, few suspected the novel coronavirus behind the illness would spread worldwide to become one of the deadliest pandemics in human history. The Post's Shanghai video correspondent Thomas Yau was among the first international journalists on the ground in Wuhan. One year later, he returned to Wuhan to see how the pandemic has affected the city and how it has recovered. 

Returning to Wuhan one year since the Chinese city became ground zero of the Covid-19 pandemic
28 Dec 2020 - 5:32PM
China’s ‘folded man’ finds happiness on road to recovery after complicated surgeries

After a series of complicated and risky surgeries, China’s “folded man” is finally able to stand upright for the first time in 28 years. Li Hua suffers from ankylosing spondylitis which can cause bones to fuse and the spine curve forward. In the case of 47-year-old Li, his upper body folded forward completely. After enduring four surgeries which involved breaking and reconstructing some of his bones, he is gradually adjusting to a far more normal life than he had before.

After a series of complicated and risky surgeries, China’s “folded man” is finally able to stand upright for the first time in 28 years. Li Hua suffers from ankylosing spondylitis which can cause bones to fuse and the spine curve forward. In the case of 47-year-old Li, his upper body folded forward completely. After enduring four surgeries which involved breaking and reconstructing some of his bones, he is gradually adjusting to a far more normal life than he had before.

China’s ‘folded man’ finds happiness on road to recovery after complicated surgeries
8 Dec 2020 - 6:10AM
Wartime Shanghai battleground becomes a symbol of Chinese nationalism

In 1937, during the closing phase of the Battle of Shanghai, Chinese troops made a last stand against invading Japanese forces at Sihang Warehouse. Decades later, the site is flooded with tourists each year during “golden week” holidays around the time of National Day and the Mid-Autumn Festival. The location resembles a shrine, with Chinese flags, wine and even cigarettes placed there in honour of the fallen soldiers.

In 1937, during the closing phase of the Battle of Shanghai, Chinese troops made a last stand against invading Japanese forces at Sihang Warehouse. Decades later, the site is flooded with tourists each year during “golden week” holidays around the time of National Day and the Mid-Autumn Festival. The location resembles a shrine, with Chinese flags, wine and even cigarettes placed there in honour of the fallen soldiers.

Wartime Shanghai battleground becomes a symbol of Chinese nationalism
15 Oct 2020 - 9:50AM
With Covid-19 infections under control, tourism in Shanghai booms during China’s ‘golden week’

China is celebrating its first major national holiday since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic, as tourists are eager to travel head out on domestic trips while international movements remain restricted. Large crowds converged at popular tourist spots in Shanghai, giving local businesses a much-needed boost. In some areas, crowds grew so large that police had to put crowd-control measures in place.

China is celebrating its first major national holiday since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic, as tourists are eager to travel head out on domestic trips while international movements remain restricted. Large crowds converged at popular tourist spots in Shanghai, giving local businesses a much-needed boost. In some areas, crowds grew so large that police had to put crowd-control measures in place.

 With Covid-19 infections under control, tourism in Shanghai booms during China’s ‘golden week’
1 Oct 2020 - 10:02PM
The ‘Yiwu Index’: How a Chinese city could predict the result of the US Presidential election

Donald Trump took much of the world by surprise when he won the US presidential election in 2016. But many business owners in Yiwu, the Chinese city known as the nation’s “small merchandise capital”, predicted Trump would win before most US voters cast their ballots. Four years later, the current race for the presidency is overshadowed by the Covid-19 pandemic, violent protests in some US cities and a deteriorating US-China relationship. Could the Yiwu Index correctly predict the US election result again in 2020?

Donald Trump took much of the world by surprise when he won the US presidential election in 2016. But many business owners in Yiwu, the Chinese city known as the nation’s “small merchandise capital”, predicted Trump would win before most US voters cast their ballots. Four years later, the current race for the presidency is overshadowed by the Covid-19 pandemic, violent protests in some US cities and a deteriorating US-China relationship. Could the Yiwu Index correctly predict the US election result again in 2020?

The ‘Yiwu Index’: How a Chinese city could predict the result of the US Presidential election
21 Sep 2020 - 7:34AM
The Shanghai cafe helping China’s underprivileged and disabled stand on their own two feet

A cafe in Shanghai, which is operated by a special needs school, is staffed mostly by the mentally disabled. Its staff includes seven graduates from the Special Education School in Pudong New Area and one able-bodied young man who works as a manager. Launched jointly by the school and a local businessman, the project will expand to include a car wash service and a gift shop to offer more jobs for such young people.

A cafe in Shanghai, which is operated by a special needs school, is staffed mostly by the mentally disabled. Its staff includes seven graduates from the Special Education School in Pudong New Area and one able-bodied young man who works as a manager. Launched jointly by the school and a local businessman, the project will expand to include a car wash service and a gift shop to offer more jobs for such young people.

The Shanghai cafe helping China’s underprivileged and disabled stand on their own two feet
13 Sep 2020 - 12:15PM
China’s delivery business provides a career path for the deaf

Gaining access to the job market has always been relatively challenging for disabled people around the world. But in the Chinese city of Shanghai, the booming package delivery service sector has become a well-worn career path for deaf people, who are earning the same wages as their counterparts who are not hearing impaired.

Gaining access to the job market has always been relatively challenging for disabled people around the world. But in the Chinese city of Shanghai, the booming package delivery service sector has become a well-worn career path for deaf people, who are earning the same wages as their counterparts who are not hearing impaired.

China’s delivery business provides a career path for the deaf
31 Aug 2020 - 11:59AM
China's ‘terraced’ buildings maintain reputation for unorthodox architecture

China has long been a testing ground for the world’s architects to try out new ideas. From the “bottle opener” in Shanghai to the “big trousers” in Beijing, the country is no stranger to unorthodox building design. The latest structures to draw attention are two new buildings in the country’s Yangtze River Delta.

China has long been a testing ground for the world’s architects to try out new ideas. From the “bottle opener” in Shanghai to the “big trousers” in Beijing, the country is no stranger to unorthodox building design. The latest structures to draw attention are two new buildings in the country’s Yangtze River Delta.

China's ‘terraced’ buildings maintain reputation for unorthodox architecture
6 Aug 2020 - 3:20PM
Chinese man shows pole dancing isn't just a woman's performance art

Coco Kehong is one China’s most celebrated male pole dancers. The 27-year-old got his start after working behind the scenes at a Shanghai bar, where he worked as a make-up artist for the female dancers. 

Coco Kehong is one China’s most celebrated male pole dancers. The 27-year-old got his start after working behind the scenes at a Shanghai bar, where he worked as a make-up artist for the female dancers. 

Chinese man shows pole dancing isn't just a woman's performance art
22 Jul 2020 - 12:00PM
How an urban explorer in Shanghai delves into forgotten corners of the Chinese megacity

Urban exploration, also known as “urbex”, has attracted enthusiasts across the world, and China is no exception. Mickey Tang is among China’s many urban explorers who explore abandoned man-made structures. One of his recent explorations focused on an abandoned film studio on the outskirts of Shanghai.

Urban exploration, also known as “urbex”, has attracted enthusiasts across the world, and China is no exception. Mickey Tang is among China’s many urban explorers who explore abandoned man-made structures. One of his recent explorations focused on an abandoned film studio on the outskirts of Shanghai.

How an urban explorer in Shanghai delves into forgotten corners of the Chinese  megacity
12 Jun 2020 - 10:33AM
Beware of the potential for a second Covid-19 wave, Zhong Nanshan warns

In an exclusive interview with the South China Morning Post, China’s top respiratory expert Dr Zhong Nanshan, who played a pivotal role in the fight against the severe acute respiratory syndrome epidemic in 2002-03, warned of a potential second wave of Covid-19 infections in China. He also said sample testing can help prevent the next coronavirus wave.
 

In an exclusive interview with the South China Morning Post, China’s top respiratory expert Dr Zhong Nanshan, who played a pivotal role in the fight against the severe acute respiratory syndrome epidemic in 2002-03, warned of a potential second wave of Covid-19 infections in China. He also said sample testing can help prevent the next coronavirus wave.
 

Beware of the potential for a second Covid-19 wave, Zhong Nanshan warns
28 May 2020 - 7:21PM
Shanghai Disneyland reopens after coronavirus shutdown

The Walt Disney Company has reopened its biggest Asia resort after a four-month shutdown, as Shanghai’s health authorities eased restrictions on public gatherings after getting the coronavirus outbreak in the megacity of 24 million people under control.

The Walt Disney Company has reopened its biggest Asia resort after a four-month shutdown, as Shanghai’s health authorities eased restrictions on public gatherings after getting the coronavirus outbreak in the megacity of 24 million people under control.

Shanghai Disneyland reopens after coronavirus shutdown
11 May 2020 - 12:12PM
China’s hi-tech industries capitalise on Covid-19 pandemic health care needs

The Covid-19 pandemic has put great strain on hospitals which are short of enough workers and struggling to protect staff from the deadly virus that causes the disease. Many other industries are also scrambling to find ways to protect workers from infection. For some of China’s hi-tech industries, including those involved with robotics and artificial intelligence (AI), coronavirus challenges are creating business opportunities.  

The Covid-19 pandemic has put great strain on hospitals which are short of enough workers and struggling to protect staff from the deadly virus that causes the disease. Many other industries are also scrambling to find ways to protect workers from infection. For some of China’s hi-tech industries, including those involved with robotics and artificial intelligence (AI), coronavirus challenges are creating business opportunities.  

China’s hi-tech industries capitalise on Covid-19 pandemic health care needs
8 May 2020 - 5:02PM
Bartender to delivery man: a young Chinese worker’s changing fortunes amid the Covid-19 pandemic

Zou Dehu had been a bartender in Ningxia in northwestern China before he left town after he got into a fight with his father. Now more than eight months later, he’s in Shanghai and working as a delivery man. Restrictions on movements because of Covid-19 have forced the city to rely heavily on the work of delivery services. But the challenges of operating amid a pandemic, and fears about the economic damage it has created, now have Zou worrying about what lies ahead.

Zou Dehu had been a bartender in Ningxia in northwestern China before he left town after he got into a fight with his father. Now more than eight months later, he’s in Shanghai and working as a delivery man. Restrictions on movements because of Covid-19 have forced the city to rely heavily on the work of delivery services. But the challenges of operating amid a pandemic, and fears about the economic damage it has created, now have Zou worrying about what lies ahead.

Bartender to delivery man: a young Chinese worker’s changing fortunes amid the Covid-19 pandemic
2 May 2020 - 11:11AM
Coronavirus: Chinese town famous for its exports hit hard by Covid-19 pandemic

The Chinese town of Yiwu, just outside Shanghai, is known for making everything from Christmas trees to toys and souvenirs for export to international clients. But as the world struggles with the Covid-19 pandemic, orders for goods from Yiwu have plummeted.

The Chinese town of Yiwu, just outside Shanghai, is known for making everything from Christmas trees to toys and souvenirs for export to international clients. But as the world struggles with the Covid-19 pandemic, orders for goods from Yiwu have plummeted.

 Coronavirus: Chinese town famous for its exports hit hard by Covid-19 pandemic
15 Apr 2020 - 12:32PM
Century-old teahouse steeped in history as it offers visitors a taste of life in Sichuan

A teahouse in China’s southwestern province of Sichuan has earned a reputation for offering visitors a trip back in time. Bearing the name of the Chinese goddess of mercy, Guanyin, the Guanyinge Teahouse also serves up a sample of the laid-back lifestyle many associate with Sichuan almost as much as the spicy food found in the area.

A teahouse in China’s southwestern province of Sichuan has earned a reputation for offering visitors a trip back in time. Bearing the name of the Chinese goddess of mercy, Guanyin, the Guanyinge Teahouse also serves up a sample of the laid-back lifestyle many associate with Sichuan almost as much as the spicy food found in the area.

Century-old teahouse steeped in history as it offers visitors a taste of life in Sichuan
24 Mar 2020 - 1:20PM
Hong Kong secondary students learn online amid coronavirus fears

The coronavirus outbreak has kept Hong Kong schools closed since the Lunar New Year holiday, which ended on February 3. This will last until at least April 20. HKUGA College has resorted to teaching Chinese, maths, science and even physical education online.

The coronavirus outbreak has kept Hong Kong schools closed since the Lunar New Year holiday, which ended on February 3. This will last until at least April 20. HKUGA College has resorted to teaching Chinese, maths, science and even physical education online.

Hong Kong secondary students learn online amid coronavirus fears
16 Mar 2020 - 11:14AM
In the fight against coronavirus, Hongkongers take matters into their own hands

There has been a shortage of supplies since the beginning of the Coronavirus pandemic. Some ordinary Hongkongers are determined to help each other out amid the crisis.

There has been a shortage of supplies since the beginning of the Coronavirus pandemic. Some ordinary Hongkongers are determined to help each other out amid the crisis.

In the fight against coronavirus, Hongkongers take matters into their own hands
12 Mar 2020 - 5:03PM
Coronavirus: 106 Hongkongers return from infected Diamond Princess cruise ship in Japan

A flight carrying 106 of the 364 Hongkongers who have been under a coronavirus quarantine on board the Diamond Princess cruise ship in Japan for more than two weeks touched down in Hong Kong on the morning of February 20, 2020. The group was immediately taken to a government facility where they must now undergo another 14-day quarantine. At least 53 of the more than 300 passengers from Hong Kong on the vessel have tested positive for the deadly virus that causes Covid-19 and must remain in Japan for treatment. 

A flight carrying 106 of the 364 Hongkongers who have been under a coronavirus quarantine on board the Diamond Princess cruise ship in Japan for more than two weeks touched down in Hong Kong on the morning of February 20, 2020. The group was immediately taken to a government facility where they must now undergo another 14-day quarantine. At least 53 of the more than 300 passengers from Hong Kong on the vessel have tested positive for the deadly virus that causes Covid-19 and must remain in Japan for treatment. 

Coronavirus: 106 Hongkongers return from infected Diamond Princess cruise ship in Japan
20 Feb 2020 - 5:58PM
Volunteers help China’s isolated ‘empty nest’ seniors stay amid coronavirus outbreak

After the local government in the northern Chinese municipality of Tianjin ordered a lockdown to curb the spread of coronavirus, senior citizens also known as “empty nesters” were left unable to get daily necessities – until a group of volunteers came to their rescue.
 

After the local government in the northern Chinese municipality of Tianjin ordered a lockdown to curb the spread of coronavirus, senior citizens also known as “empty nesters” were left unable to get daily necessities – until a group of volunteers came to their rescue.
 

Volunteers help China’s isolated ‘empty nest’ seniors stay amid coronavirus outbreak
19 Feb 2020 - 6:11PM
Ladetiao, Shanghai's spiciest dish, is so hot it makes you jump

Shanghai is an international city featuring cuisine from all over the world. Adventurous eaters may want to go for a culinary challenge and try ladetiao, one of, if not the spiciest dish you can find in the city. It features bullfrog meat, slow-cooked for 40 minutes in five different types of chilli peppers. The dish is so daunting to eat – even for spice lovers – that one restaurant in Shanghai ran a promotion, offering ladetiao free of charge to anyone who could finish within an hour. Some might be put off by the name alone, which means “so spicy, it makes you jump.”

Shanghai is an international city featuring cuisine from all over the world. Adventurous eaters may want to go for a culinary challenge and try ladetiao, one of, if not the spiciest dish you can find in the city. It features bullfrog meat, slow-cooked for 40 minutes in five different types of chilli peppers. The dish is so daunting to eat – even for spice lovers – that one restaurant in Shanghai ran a promotion, offering ladetiao free of charge to anyone who could finish within an hour. Some might be put off by the name alone, which means “so spicy, it makes you jump.”

Ladetiao, Shanghai's spiciest dish, is so hot it makes you jump
20 Jan 2020 - 8:38PM
Mystery pneumonia infects at least 59 people in Wuhan, China

The number of patients infected with an unknown strain of pneumonia continues to rise in Wuhan, the capital of China’s central province of Hubei. Health authorities in the city said the number of cases had increased from 44 to 59 as of January 5, 2020.

The number of patients infected with an unknown strain of pneumonia continues to rise in Wuhan, the capital of China’s central province of Hubei. Health authorities in the city said the number of cases had increased from 44 to 59 as of January 5, 2020.

Mystery pneumonia infects at least 59 people in Wuhan, China
9 Dec 2020 - 3:57PM
Mystery illness outbreak in Wuhan, China

An unknown strain of pneumonia has been making people ill in Wuhan, China.  44 people have been infected with the unidentified virus, with 11 of them in a serious condition.  The local government and health authorities have been able to rule out Avian flu, influenza and adenovirus infection.  

An unknown strain of pneumonia has been making people ill in Wuhan, China.  44 people have been infected with the unidentified virus, with 11 of them in a serious condition.  The local government and health authorities have been able to rule out Avian flu, influenza and adenovirus infection.  

Mystery illness outbreak in Wuhan, China
9 Dec 2020 - 3:55PM
For China’s young leukaemia patients, treating the disease is only half the battle

Aside from the debilitating side effects of chemotherapy, leukaemia also comes with great costs to the families of young patients fighting the disease in China. 

Aside from the debilitating side effects of chemotherapy, leukaemia also comes with great costs to the families of young patients fighting the disease in China. 

For China’s young leukaemia patients, treating the disease is only half the battle
30 Nov 2019 - 2:22PM
‘No more tear gas’: Protest march in Hong Kong

In Hong Kong over a hundred people marched in Kowloon Tong on November 23, urging authorities to stop firing tear gas. Parents are worried that the chemicals in tear gas would hurt their children and affect the environment of school campuses. 

In Hong Kong over a hundred people marched in Kowloon Tong on November 23, urging authorities to stop firing tear gas. Parents are worried that the chemicals in tear gas would hurt their children and affect the environment of school campuses. 

‘No more tear gas’: Protest march in Hong Kong
23 Nov 2019 - 5:47PM
Inside PolyU

After coming under siege during violent clashes between radical protesters and police, Hong Kong’s Polytechnic University has remained in a stand-off for six days as officers await the surrender of diehard demonstrators.

After coming under siege during violent clashes between radical protesters and police, Hong Kong’s Polytechnic University has remained in a stand-off for six days as officers await the surrender of diehard demonstrators.

Inside PolyU
22 Nov 2019 - 9:52PM
Hong Kong police chase down protesters trying to escape from Polytechnic University

Several radical protesters who had been inside Hong Kong Polytechnic University tried to escape as first aiders and some injured protesters were escorted off the campus. Police quickly chased them down and arrested them. The university has been under siege for three days but it was a relatively calm evening at PolyU. The campus has been occupied by radical protesters for more than a week. Most have left but 60-100 remain inside.

Several radical protesters who had been inside Hong Kong Polytechnic University tried to escape as first aiders and some injured protesters were escorted off the campus. Police quickly chased them down and arrested them. The university has been under siege for three days but it was a relatively calm evening at PolyU. The campus has been occupied by radical protesters for more than a week. Most have left but 60-100 remain inside.

Hong Kong police chase down protesters trying to escape from Polytechnic University
20 Nov 2019 - 1:26AM