Vivian Chiu
Vivian Chiu
Vivian Chiu graduated from UC Berkeley with a bachelor's degree in mass communications. She specialises in stories on women's issues and rural mainland China. After a 10-year stint in the SCMP's features section, she continues to contribute to the Post

Malaysia has hiked the fees of the scheme as part of a relaunch, but those unhappy with the decision have received support from one of the country’s most influential people.

More than 48,000 foreigners have been granted visas under the Malaysia My Second Home programme since 2002. Now, some say the scheme’s more demanding financial criteria means they can’t stay on.

Linde Welberg and Lianna Fogg were given up for adoption in China because of the country’s one-child policy – but vowed to find their birth parents. Both felt pangs of separation, but have finally found closure.


In 1996, Carol Free adopted a Chinese girl, who she named Kathryn, and took her to the US. This year Kathryn returned to China to seek her biological parents – But, for any number of reasons, they may not want to be found.

Air conditioning accounts for 30 per cent of the city’s energy use, and environmental group Green Sense wants everyone to use fans instead on the night of October 7

Consultants smooth the process of applying for university abroad, and the best ones find an institution that suits a student’s personality and talent. But there are rogue operators too, especially in China

Extension from one year to three of permit scheme for foreigners graduating in STEM subjects from American universities opens the way for them to gain residency in the US

A growing number of America’s elite universities are looking at more than just test scores when determining admission, instead focusing on attributes such as altruism and passion for worthwhile causes

Desire of growing Chinese middle class for their children to learn English, plus needs of Chinese families returning from spells abroad,  is fuelling a rapid rise in provision of international education in China.

HKU students are helping retired fishermen show visitors and fellow Hongkongers their vanishing way of life as part of a project to enhance Aberdeen and its harbour as a tourism destination.


Thousands of students are drawn to a design career, but degree places in the field are limited locally. While many opt for overseas universities as an alternative, some are venturing to study in China, acquiring a strong foundation in traditional techniques at top art academies. Local students normally take the Joint Entrance Examination to study in China. In 2014, 322 out of 509 students who took the exam were admitted, according to the Hong Kong Examinations and Assessment Authority (HKEAA).