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

Latest from Vivian Chiu

Will Sultan of Johor’s social media post prompt Malaysia to rethink cost increases to MM2H visa?

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.

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.

10 Sep 2021 - 4:09PM
‘It’s our only home’: Malaysia’s changes to MM2H visa scheme throw expats’ plans into chaos

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.

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.

19 Aug 2021 - 5:42PM
Hongkongers think twice as Malaysia changes migration rules amid Covid-19, political instability

Visa agents say the new income rules for the MM2H scheme are prohibitive and Malaysia’s political turmoil is also a deterrent.

Visa agents say the new income rules for the MM2H scheme are prohibitive and Malaysia’s political turmoil is also a deterrent.

14 Aug 2021 - 3:42AM
Chinese girls adopted by US and Dutch families find closure after reunion with birth parents

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.

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.

19 Mar 2019 - 10:35AM
Searching for her birth parents, Chinese girl adopted to the US 22 years ago just wants them to know she is safe and happy

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.

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.

19 Jul 2018 - 8:45PM
Hong Kong No Air Con Night pushed back to October in hope of more support

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

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

20 Jul 2018 - 2:54PM
Why parents in Hong Kong and China use consultants to find US college places for their children

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

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

27 May 2016 - 2:17PM
Hong Kong science/tech graduates in US can now work there 3 years

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

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

18 Apr 2016 - 1:50PM
Why US universities are changing what they look for in students, and how Asians are affected

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

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

7 Nov 2016 - 4:02PM
International schools ride booming demand in China

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.

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.

22 Nov 2015 - 6:41PM
A tough crew: Hong Kong fishermen tell their life stories to young generation

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.

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.

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Hong Kong design students benefit from studying in China

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).

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).

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