Thomas Yau

Shanghai

Thomas Yau

Video Producer

Thomas Yau is the Post's Shanghai video correspondent. He joined the SCMP in 2011 as a junior photographer. 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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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. 

30 Nov 2019 - 2:22PM

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
‘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. 

23 Nov 2019 - 5:47PM

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
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.

22 Nov 2019 - 9:52PM

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
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.

20 Nov 2019 - 1:26AM

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
Clashes, escapes and arrests as stand-off continues at Hong Kong Polytechnic University

The stand-off between radical protesters barricaded inside Hong Kong Polytechnic University and riot police threatening mass arrests continued without a solution into the early hours of November 19, 2019. Sources say dozens of protesters abseiled onto a highway from a campus footbridge and escaped via motorbike. Meanwhile, thousands of other demonstrators tried to march to the university to help those inside, resulting in more clashes with police.

19 Nov 2019 - 4:41AM

The stand-off between radical protesters barricaded inside Hong Kong Polytechnic University and riot police threatening mass arrests continued without a solution into the early hours of November 19, 2019. Sources say dozens of protesters abseiled onto a highway from a campus footbridge and escaped via motorbike. Meanwhile, thousands of other demonstrators tried to march to the university to help those inside, resulting in more clashes with police.

Clashes, escapes and arrests as stand-off continues at Hong Kong Polytechnic University
Chinese consumers set new Singles’ Day record with sales of US$38.4 billion in 24 hours

China’s e-commerce platform Alibaba recorded its highest Singles’ Day sales figures yet, racking up 268.4 billion yuan (US$38.4 billion) in 24 hours on November 11, 2019. The shopping festival, which falls on November 11 every year, is the world’s largest of its kind, where shoppers scoop up everything from consumer electronics to luxury items and even cars. The festival was being closely watched this year as a barometer for consumer sentiment, 16 months into a US-China trade war and amid a slowdown in the Chinese economy. Alibaba Group Holding is the parent company of the South China Morning Post.

12 Nov 2019 - 10:33AM

China’s e-commerce platform Alibaba recorded its highest Singles’ Day sales figures yet, racking up 268.4 billion yuan (US$38.4 billion) in 24 hours on November 11, 2019. The shopping festival, which falls on November 11 every year, is the world’s largest of its kind, where shoppers scoop up everything from consumer electronics to luxury items and even cars. The festival was being closely watched this year as a barometer for consumer sentiment, 16 months into a US-China trade war and amid a slowdown in the Chinese economy. Alibaba Group Holding is the parent company of the South China Morning Post.

Chinese consumers set new Singles’ Day record with sales of US$38.4 billion in 24 hours
While National Day celebrations get under way in Hong Kong, tensions run high

As anti-government protesters aimed to disrupt National Day, a traditional flag-raising ceremony at Bauhinia Square in Wan Chai took place on October 1, 2019. Delegates including Hong Kong Chief Secretary for Administration Matthew Cheung Kin-chung watched the ceremony indoors on a screen.

1 Oct 2019 - 1:51PM

As anti-government protesters aimed to disrupt National Day, a traditional flag-raising ceremony at Bauhinia Square in Wan Chai took place on October 1, 2019. Delegates including Hong Kong Chief Secretary for Administration Matthew Cheung Kin-chung watched the ceremony indoors on a screen.

While National Day celebrations get under way in Hong Kong, tensions run high
Tear gas, petrol bombs and mass arrests on 17th straight Sunday of anti-government protests in Hong Kong

Anti-government protesters threw at least two petrol bombs inside an MTR station in Hong Kong on September 29, 2019, the 17th straight Sunday of demonstrations in the city. 

30 Sep 2019 - 10:12AM

Anti-government protesters threw at least two petrol bombs inside an MTR station in Hong Kong on September 29, 2019, the 17th straight Sunday of demonstrations in the city. 

Tear gas, petrol bombs and mass arrests on 17th straight Sunday of anti-government protests in Hong Kong
Five years on, protesters return to the main site of the 2014 Occupy Central movement

On the fifth anniversary of the start of the Occupy movement in Hong Kong, a rally was held in Tamar Park to mark the day. While this rally was under way, protesters occupied Harcourt Road, shutting off traffic.  Bricks were thrown over the water barriers surrounding government headquarters and windows were smashed. Petrol bombs were thrown and the police responded with water cannons and tear gas. The police asked the rally to end early unless the crowd could be controlled by the organisers. The crowd continued to occupy the road and threw objects. The police clearance began and the crowd fled.

29 Sep 2019 - 1:51AM

On the fifth anniversary of the start of the Occupy movement in Hong Kong, a rally was held in Tamar Park to mark the day. While this rally was under way, protesters occupied Harcourt Road, shutting off traffic.  Bricks were thrown over the water barriers surrounding government headquarters and windows were smashed. Petrol bombs were thrown and the police responded with water cannons and tear gas. The police asked the rally to end early unless the crowd could be controlled by the organisers. The crowd continued to occupy the road and threw objects. The police clearance began and the crowd fled.

Five years on, protesters return to the main site of the 2014 Occupy Central movement
100 days of protests: a milestone for Hong Kong’s anti-extradition chaos

When Hong Kong first saw a first mass march against the government’s now-abandoned extradition bill on June 9, 2019, few could have predicted the political abyss that would follow. 

17 Sep 2019 - 8:09PM

When Hong Kong first saw a first mass march against the government’s now-abandoned extradition bill on June 9, 2019, few could have predicted the political abyss that would follow. 

100 days of protests: a milestone for Hong Kong’s anti-extradition chaos
Shot fired and water cannon deployed as police and protesters clash in Hong Kong's Western New Territories

For the first time in 12 weekends of anti-government protests, a policeman fired a warning shot during clashes with demonstrators in Hong Kong. Earlier, police also deployed water cannon for the first time, threatening to use them in order to disperse hundreds of protesters who had occupied a road following a march.

26 Aug 2019 - 3:55AM

For the first time in 12 weekends of anti-government protests, a policeman fired a warning shot during clashes with demonstrators in Hong Kong. Earlier, police also deployed water cannon for the first time, threatening to use them in order to disperse hundreds of protesters who had occupied a road following a march.

Shot fired and water cannon deployed as police and protesters clash in Hong Kong's Western New Territories
Violence returns to Hong Kong streets on the 12th weekend of anti-government protests

Thousands of Hongkongers took part in an anti-government protests for a 12th consecutive weekend, but violence erupted when riot police and protesters clashed outside a police station in Kowloon. Police fired tear gas and rounds of non-lethal ammunition to disperse the crowd, which retreated a few blocks away. The protesters regrouped and put up barricades, resulting in another stand-off and firing of tear gas to clear the road.

25 Aug 2019 - 2:53AM

Thousands of Hongkongers took part in an anti-government protests for a 12th consecutive weekend, but violence erupted when riot police and protesters clashed outside a police station in Kowloon. Police fired tear gas and rounds of non-lethal ammunition to disperse the crowd, which retreated a few blocks away. The protesters regrouped and put up barricades, resulting in another stand-off and firing of tear gas to clear the road.

Violence returns to Hong Kong streets on the 12th weekend of anti-government protests
Hong Kong protesters stage sit-in at Yuen Long MTR station to remind passengers of violent attack

Thousands of protesters in Hong Kong staged a sit-in at Yuen Long MTR station to remind passengers of the violent mob attack that happened here one month ago. On July 21, a group of rod-wielding men dressed in white attacked protesters and passers-by indiscriminately at the station. At least 45 people were sent to the hospital for treatment. Police arrested 28 people, but no one has been charged for the violence.

22 Aug 2019 - 4:15AM

Thousands of protesters in Hong Kong staged a sit-in at Yuen Long MTR station to remind passengers of the violent mob attack that happened here one month ago. On July 21, a group of rod-wielding men dressed in white attacked protesters and passers-by indiscriminately at the station. At least 45 people were sent to the hospital for treatment. Police arrested 28 people, but no one has been charged for the violence.

Hong Kong protesters stage sit-in at Yuen Long MTR station to remind passengers of violent attack
Anti-government protesters flock to Hong Kong park for major rally on eleventh consecutive weekend of unrest

Hong Kong protesters gathered for another massive rally on August 18, 2019. This is the eleventh consecutive weekend of unrest in Hong Kong since the extradition bill crisis began in June. 

18 Aug 2019 - 10:06PM

Hong Kong protesters gathered for another massive rally on August 18, 2019. This is the eleventh consecutive weekend of unrest in Hong Kong since the extradition bill crisis began in June. 

Anti-government protesters flock to Hong Kong park for major rally on eleventh consecutive weekend of unrest
Protesters fill Victoria Park for anti-government protest

Protesters gather on August 18, 2019 in Victoria Park, Causeway Bay for an anti-government protest.

18 Aug 2019 - 8:49PM

Protesters gather on August 18, 2019 in Victoria Park, Causeway Bay for an anti-government protest.

Protesters fill Victoria Park for anti-government protest
Kowloon Saturday protests at To Kwa Wan, Hung Hom and outside Mong Kok Police Station

August 17 saw continued protests in Hong Kong. This is the 11th week in the ongoing crisis sparked by the government’s now-suspended extradition law amendment, which would have allowed the transfer of suspects from Hong Kong to mainland China. 

18 Aug 2019 - 12:34AM

August 17 saw continued protests in Hong Kong. This is the 11th week in the ongoing crisis sparked by the government’s now-suspended extradition law amendment, which would have allowed the transfer of suspects from Hong Kong to mainland China. 

Kowloon Saturday protests at To Kwa Wan, Hung Hom and outside Mong Kok Police Station
Hong Kong Police tactics against citywide protests

As protests against the controversial extradition bill enters its second month, the Hong Kong Police have developed sophisticated tactics involving different highly specialised units and advanced weapons.

19 Aug 2019 - 1:26PM

As protests against the controversial extradition bill enters its second month, the Hong Kong Police have developed sophisticated tactics involving different highly specialised units and advanced weapons.

Hong Kong Police tactics against citywide protests
As it happened: Unprecedented disruption and violent clashes at Hong Kong International Airport

Violent clashes broke out between anti-government protesters and riot police at Hong Kong International Airport after thousands occupied the departures area, triggering the closure of check-in counters on August 13, 2019.

14 Aug 2019 - 10:54PM

Violent clashes broke out between anti-government protesters and riot police at Hong Kong International Airport after thousands occupied the departures area, triggering the closure of check-in counters on August 13, 2019.

As it happened: Unprecedented disruption and violent clashes at Hong Kong International Airport
Riot police, protesters clash in unprecedented violence at Hong Kong airport after flights severely ­disrupted

Anti-government protesters clashed with riot police at Hong Kong International Airport on August 13.

14 Aug 2019 - 4:40AM

Anti-government protesters clashed with riot police at Hong Kong International Airport on August 13.

Riot police, protesters clash in unprecedented violence at Hong Kong airport after flights severely ­disrupted
Hong Kong Sunday protests descend into chaos

Sunday saw another day and night of violent clashes in Hong Kong between the police and anti-government protesters who are angry with the government’s handling of the extradition bill crisis. A potential clash in North Point between protesters and Beijing loyalists never materialised. Instead, an approved rally in Victoria Park was followed by street occupations and blockages across the centre of Hong Kong Island. Riot police were on hand to clear the protesters with tear gas and baton charges. On Kowloon side, a rally that had failed to secure police permission went ahead anyway. Protesters then revisited flashpoints from previous days, where violence yet again gripped the streets. 

12 Aug 2019 - 3:54AM

Sunday saw another day and night of violent clashes in Hong Kong between the police and anti-government protesters who are angry with the government’s handling of the extradition bill crisis. A potential clash in North Point between protesters and Beijing loyalists never materialised. Instead, an approved rally in Victoria Park was followed by street occupations and blockages across the centre of Hong Kong Island. Riot police were on hand to clear the protesters with tear gas and baton charges. On Kowloon side, a rally that had failed to secure police permission went ahead anyway. Protesters then revisited flashpoints from previous days, where violence yet again gripped the streets. 

Hong Kong Sunday protests descend into chaos
Flash mob protests fan out across Hong Kong

The anti-government protests continued into the night in Hong Kong on August 10.  Multiple ‘flash mob’ style protests erupted across the city with protesters emerging from the MTR system, blocking roads, then retreating when police appear.

11 Aug 2019 - 1:49AM

The anti-government protests continued into the night in Hong Kong on August 10.  Multiple ‘flash mob’ style protests erupted across the city with protesters emerging from the MTR system, blocking roads, then retreating when police appear.

Flash mob protests fan out across Hong Kong
Protesters march without police permission in Tai Po

A proposed march in Tai Po against the government’s handling of the now suspended extradition bill crisis went ahead without police permission on August 10.  Police had cited safety concerns after earlier marches in the city had ended with violence.  Protesters and riot police faced off on a road near the police station.  The crowd dispersed without clashes after most protesters decided to head for the MTR to make their way to other parts of Hong Kong.

10 Aug 2019 - 8:04PM

A proposed march in Tai Po against the government’s handling of the now suspended extradition bill crisis went ahead without police permission on August 10.  Police had cited safety concerns after earlier marches in the city had ended with violence.  Protesters and riot police faced off on a road near the police station.  The crowd dispersed without clashes after most protesters decided to head for the MTR to make their way to other parts of Hong Kong.

Protesters march without police permission in Tai Po
Hundreds of anti-government protesters storm Hong Kong legislature on anniversary of handover to China

Tensions over the Hong Kong government's contentious extradition bill reached new heights on July 1, 2019, as hundreds of protesters stormed the city's legislature. It followed clashes with police earlier in the day, and coincided with an annual protest march on the 22nd anniversary of Hong Kong's handover to China.

2 Jul 2019 - 2:16AM

Tensions over the Hong Kong government's contentious extradition bill reached new heights on July 1, 2019, as hundreds of protesters stormed the city's legislature. It followed clashes with police earlier in the day, and coincided with an annual protest march on the 22nd anniversary of Hong Kong's handover to China.

Hundreds of anti-government protesters storm Hong Kong legislature on anniversary of handover to China
Clashes between anti-extradition bill protesters and Hong Kong police as July 1 handover ceremony begins with sober flag-raising

A tense stand-off between anti-extradition bill protesters and police in riot gear led to several clashes early on July 1, 2019, as Hong Kong marked the former British colony’s 1997 return to Chinese sovereignty. 

1 Jul 2019 - 11:31AM

A tense stand-off between anti-extradition bill protesters and police in riot gear led to several clashes early on July 1, 2019, as Hong Kong marked the former British colony’s 1997 return to Chinese sovereignty. 

Clashes between anti-extradition bill protesters and Hong Kong police as July 1 handover ceremony begins with sober flag-raising
‘No riots’ during 1989 Tiananmen Square protests, Beijing writer Ma Bo recalls

In 1989, Beijing-based writer Ma Bo, who is better known as Lao Gui, author of Blood Red Sunset, was a journalist working for state-run newspaper Legal Daily, as well as an active participant in the Tiananmen Square protests.

2 Jun 2019 - 12:28PM

In 1989, Beijing-based writer Ma Bo, who is better known as Lao Gui, author of Blood Red Sunset, was a journalist working for state-run newspaper Legal Daily, as well as an active participant in the Tiananmen Square protests.

‘No riots’ during 1989 Tiananmen Square protests, Beijing writer Ma Bo recalls
Sixteen years after his death, Canto-pop legend Leslie Cheung lives on in Chengdu cafe

Autographed portraits, vinyl records and posters of Leslie Cheung Kwok-wing adorn the walls of a back-alley cafe on Chunxi Road in Chengdu in China’s southwestern province of Sichuan.

31 May 2019 - 6:10PM

Autographed portraits, vinyl records and posters of Leslie Cheung Kwok-wing adorn the walls of a back-alley cafe on Chunxi Road in Chengdu in China’s southwestern province of Sichuan.

Sixteen years after his death, Canto-pop legend Leslie Cheung lives on in Chengdu cafe
Chinese 5G remote-control system takes the wheel at Shanghai Auto Show

A remote-control system that uses advanced 5G mobile networks to operate a car has taken pole position in the race for attention at the 2019 Shanghai Auto Show.

18 Apr 2019 - 3:47PM

A remote-control system that uses advanced 5G mobile networks to operate a car has taken pole position in the race for attention at the 2019 Shanghai Auto Show.

Chinese 5G remote-control system takes the wheel at Shanghai Auto Show
Company aims to monetise China’s social credit system

China is developing a  controversial social credit system of rewards and punishments meant to encourage people and businesses to abide by rules and to promote integrity and trustworthiness in society at large.

25 Mar 2019 - 8:08PM

China is developing a  controversial social credit system of rewards and punishments meant to encourage people and businesses to abide by rules and to promote integrity and trustworthiness in society at large.

Company aims to monetise China’s social credit system
President Xi's ‘Little Red App’

A slick tool for teaching “Xi Jinping Thought” has become the most popular smartphone app in China. The country’s ruling Communist Party launched the app as part of a new campaign calling on its cadres to immerse themselves in political doctrine every day.

20 Mar 2019 - 2:04PM

A slick tool for teaching “Xi Jinping Thought” has become the most popular smartphone app in China. The country’s ruling Communist Party launched the app as part of a new campaign calling on its cadres to immerse themselves in political doctrine every day.

President Xi's ‘Little Red App’
Five years on, families of missing MH370 passengers still seek answers

Five years since Malaysia Airlines’ MH370 went missing on March 8, 2014, Jiang Hui is still looking for any trace of his mother. She was among 239 people on board the plane when it vanished after taking off from Kuala Lumpur on its way to the Chinese capital Beijing.

8 Mar 2019 - 3:43PM

Five years since Malaysia Airlines’ MH370 went missing on March 8, 2014, Jiang Hui is still looking for any trace of his mother. She was among 239 people on board the plane when it vanished after taking off from Kuala Lumpur on its way to the Chinese capital Beijing.

Five years on, families of missing MH370 passengers still seek answers