Xinyan Yu

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Xinyan Yu

Senior Multimedia Producer, Inkstone

Xinyan Yu is a Senior Video Producer at the Post. She was previously a senior multimedia producer at Inkstone, after almost six years with the BBC. She writes, produces and films stories on China.

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Chinese diaspora fights coronavirus discrimination in the US

A group of people started a “free hugs” campaign in New York to raise awareness about coronavirus-related discrimination faced by the Chinese diaspora in the United States. Many people warmly welcomed the campaign in an area near Times Square, where the group of about 10 people held up placards reading, “I’m a Chinese. Not a virus” and other messages.

3 Mar 2020 - 12:14AM

A group of people started a “free hugs” campaign in New York to raise awareness about coronavirus-related discrimination faced by the Chinese diaspora in the United States. Many people warmly welcomed the campaign in an area near Times Square, where the group of about 10 people held up placards reading, “I’m a Chinese. Not a virus” and other messages.

Chinese diaspora fights coronavirus discrimination in the US
US prepares for widening coronavirus outbreak as Covid-19 epidemic spreads

As coronavirus cases surge worldwide, US President Donald Trump said his administration has done an “incredible job” preventing the spread of Covid-19 in the country. A US health official from the Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has meanwhile warned it is not a question of “if” but rather “when” America will face a community spread of the virus. California has been monitoring 8,400 people for signs of infection after it reported a coronavirus case of “unknown origin”, potentially the first instance of community transmission in the US.

29 Feb 2020 - 7:47AM

As coronavirus cases surge worldwide, US President Donald Trump said his administration has done an “incredible job” preventing the spread of Covid-19 in the country. A US health official from the Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has meanwhile warned it is not a question of “if” but rather “when” America will face a community spread of the virus. California has been monitoring 8,400 people for signs of infection after it reported a coronavirus case of “unknown origin”, potentially the first instance of community transmission in the US.

US prepares for widening coronavirus outbreak as Covid-19 epidemic spreads
Overseas Chinese students: how the coronavirus outbreak might change China in the long term

Three Chinese students studying in the US sat down to discuss what it’s like to watch the coronavirus outbreak in China from afar. Zeyi Yang, 23, from Wuhan, Elaine Chen, 24, from Hangzhou and 25-year-old Xiao Yang, from Chengdu, are master’s students at the School of International and Public Affairs, Columbia University. They told the South China Morning Post how the epidemic has affected them and how they think it might change their country. 

22 Feb 2020 - 6:18AM

Three Chinese students studying in the US sat down to discuss what it’s like to watch the coronavirus outbreak in China from afar. Zeyi Yang, 23, from Wuhan, Elaine Chen, 24, from Hangzhou and 25-year-old Xiao Yang, from Chengdu, are master’s students at the School of International and Public Affairs, Columbia University. They told the South China Morning Post how the epidemic has affected them and how they think it might change their country. 

Overseas Chinese students: how the coronavirus outbreak might change China in the long term
Wuhan hot dry noodle stall: coronavirus fears hit Chinese-American businesses

Since the outbreak became widely known, “Big Bear”, a Wuhan native living in Flushing, New York, has felt his business impacted by coronavirus fears. “Big Bear” runs Heat Noodles, a food stall that sells Wuhan hot dry noodles, a hearty bowl of noodles smothered in sesame sauce. He reveals to the South China Morning Post how his business and the Chinese-American community has been hit by fears of the epidemic.

14 Feb 2020 - 6:37AM

Since the outbreak became widely known, “Big Bear”, a Wuhan native living in Flushing, New York, has felt his business impacted by coronavirus fears. “Big Bear” runs Heat Noodles, a food stall that sells Wuhan hot dry noodles, a hearty bowl of noodles smothered in sesame sauce. He reveals to the South China Morning Post how his business and the Chinese-American community has been hit by fears of the epidemic.

Wuhan hot dry noodle stall: coronavirus fears hit Chinese-American businesses
New York mourns coronavirus whistle-blower doctor Li Wenliang

Hundreds of people in New York commemorated Dr Li Wenliang, the coronavirus whistle-blower who died from the disease last week, in a tribute at Central Park on February 9. Li was detained and silenced by Chinese authorities after he warned fellow medics about the outbreak in late December. His death has sparked public anger and united many in China to call for freedom of speech.

10 Feb 2020 - 9:21AM

Hundreds of people in New York commemorated Dr Li Wenliang, the coronavirus whistle-blower who died from the disease last week, in a tribute at Central Park on February 9. Li was detained and silenced by Chinese authorities after he warned fellow medics about the outbreak in late December. His death has sparked public anger and united many in China to call for freedom of speech.

New York mourns coronavirus whistle-blower doctor Li Wenliang
Escaping Wuhan: Chinese-American on her evacuation from coronavirus-hit city

Ningxi Xu, who was among the hundreds of US citizens airlifted from the city at the centre of the outbreak, will spend 14 days in quarantine in California.

14 Feb 2020 - 5:32PM

Ningxi Xu, who was among the hundreds of US citizens airlifted from the city at the centre of the outbreak, will spend 14 days in quarantine in California.

Escaping Wuhan: Chinese-American on her evacuation from coronavirus-hit city
Escaping Wuhan and the coronavirus lockdown

Ningxi Xu, a Chinese-American who was born and bred in Wuhan, was one of the hundreds of American citizens who were evacuated out of Wuhan by the US government. She was visiting home from New York as the coronavirus outbreak started in late December 2019. She talks to the South China Morning Post about what it is like to escape Wuhan, the city in lockdown now.

8 Feb 2020 - 6:42AM

Ningxi Xu, a Chinese-American who was born and bred in Wuhan, was one of the hundreds of American citizens who were evacuated out of Wuhan by the US government. She was visiting home from New York as the coronavirus outbreak started in late December 2019. She talks to the South China Morning Post about what it is like to escape Wuhan, the city in lockdown now.

Escaping Wuhan and the coronavirus lockdown
Japanese journalist wins landmark #MeToo case

A Japanese court has ordered Noriyuki Yamaguchi, a prominent TV reporter and acquaintance of Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, to pay 3.3 million yen, or US$30,000, in damages to a journalist who accused him of rape. Shiori Ito accused Yamaguchi of raping her in 2015 while she was unconscious. Prosecutors said there was not enough evidence for a criminal case, so Ito filed a civil case. She has become a symbol of the #MeToo movement in a country where people rarely report sexual assault.

19 Dec 2019 - 6:51AM

A Japanese court has ordered Noriyuki Yamaguchi, a prominent TV reporter and acquaintance of Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, to pay 3.3 million yen, or US$30,000, in damages to a journalist who accused him of rape. Shiori Ito accused Yamaguchi of raping her in 2015 while she was unconscious. Prosecutors said there was not enough evidence for a criminal case, so Ito filed a civil case. She has become a symbol of the #MeToo movement in a country where people rarely report sexual assault.

Japanese journalist wins landmark #MeToo case
Overseas students in the US debate on Hong Kong protests

It’s been six months since protests erupted in Hong Kong in June. Four international students studying in New York, from Hong Kong and mainland China, spoke to South China Morning Post about their thoughts on the ongoing civil unrest. To protect their privacy, all names are pseudonyms at the interviewees’ requests. 

7 Dec 2019 - 10:00AM

It’s been six months since protests erupted in Hong Kong in June. Four international students studying in New York, from Hong Kong and mainland China, spoke to South China Morning Post about their thoughts on the ongoing civil unrest. To protect their privacy, all names are pseudonyms at the interviewees’ requests. 

Overseas students in the US debate on Hong Kong protests
Five Cents A Can: painting New York’s ‘invisibles’

Artist Siyan Wong’s exhibition, “Five Cents A Can: Making visible the invisible” was on display at the New York Arts Centre in November 2019. Her work focuses on the “canners” working in Manhattan’s Chinatown. Many are elderly women who collect and sell cans for a living after many lost their jobs when garment factories closed in the area. Wong has since launched her “Making It 10 Cents” campaign to push for higher prices for recycling of cans as a way of helping the canners. 

5 Dec 2019 - 2:17AM

Artist Siyan Wong’s exhibition, “Five Cents A Can: Making visible the invisible” was on display at the New York Arts Centre in November 2019. Her work focuses on the “canners” working in Manhattan’s Chinatown. Many are elderly women who collect and sell cans for a living after many lost their jobs when garment factories closed in the area. Wong has since launched her “Making It 10 Cents” campaign to push for higher prices for recycling of cans as a way of helping the canners. 

Five Cents A Can: painting New York’s ‘invisibles’
Lady M: the New York bakery taking Asia by storm

Lady M Confections is a New York bakery famous for its 20-layer crepe cakes and for using French techniques with a Japanese twist. With 35 branches in the US, Singapore, Hong Kong and on the Chinese mainland, Lady M has won the hearts of many Asians who are drawn to the subtle sweetness and “cloudlike” texture of their confections. 

3 Dec 2019 - 7:48AM

Lady M Confections is a New York bakery famous for its 20-layer crepe cakes and for using French techniques with a Japanese twist. With 35 branches in the US, Singapore, Hong Kong and on the Chinese mainland, Lady M has won the hearts of many Asians who are drawn to the subtle sweetness and “cloudlike” texture of their confections. 

Lady M: the New York bakery taking Asia by storm
New York students square off over Hong Kong protests

Dozens of pro-Beijing students squared off with supporters of Hong Kong protesters during a tense stand-off in New York on November 18, 2019. 

19 Nov 2019 - 3:16PM

Dozens of pro-Beijing students squared off with supporters of Hong Kong protesters during a tense stand-off in New York on November 18, 2019. 

New York students square off over Hong Kong protests
Hong Kong reporters stage silent protest at police presser

The Hong Kong police cancelled its weekly news conference after a few journalists staged a silent protest against alleged police mistreatment of reporters. They wore helmets denouncing what they called “police violence”. The press conference happened as scores of people were injured during another chaotic weekend of anti-government protests in Hong Kong.

5 Nov 2019 - 4:36AM

The Hong Kong police cancelled its weekly news conference after a few journalists staged a silent protest against alleged police mistreatment of reporters. They wore helmets denouncing what they called “police violence”. The press conference happened as scores of people were injured during another chaotic weekend of anti-government protests in Hong Kong.

Hong Kong reporters stage silent protest at police presser
‘Orrrder!’ Britain’s celebrity Speaker John Bercow bows out

John Bercow, the Speaker of Britain’s House of Commons, who became a global celebrity during the political drama over Brexit, stepped down on October 31 after a decade of keeping lawmakers in line.

2 Nov 2019 - 4:10AM

John Bercow, the Speaker of Britain’s House of Commons, who became a global celebrity during the political drama over Brexit, stepped down on October 31 after a decade of keeping lawmakers in line.

‘Orrrder!’ Britain’s celebrity Speaker John Bercow bows out
Norah Yang: introducing stand-up comedy to China

As a female comedian who performs in both English and Chinese, Norah Yang is a rarity in the world of stand-up comedy. Hailing from China, she did her first show in New York in October 2019. Yang spoke to the South China Morning Post about the emerging stand-up comedy industry in China and the funny business of bringing humor with Chinese characteristics to an international audience. 

31 Oct 2019 - 10:55AM

As a female comedian who performs in both English and Chinese, Norah Yang is a rarity in the world of stand-up comedy. Hailing from China, she did her first show in New York in October 2019. Yang spoke to the South China Morning Post about the emerging stand-up comedy industry in China and the funny business of bringing humor with Chinese characteristics to an international audience. 

Norah Yang: introducing stand-up comedy to China
Hongkongers protest at NBA game in New York

Dozens of Hongkongers rallied in New York’s Madison Square Garden ahead of an NBA preseason game between the Washington Wizards and the New York Knicks. They stood in support of Daryl Morey, the General Manager of Houston Rockets, who had to delete a tweet voicing support for protests in Hong Kong after facing backlash in China. Americans passing by also shared their views on the incident. 

12 Oct 2019 - 12:32PM

Dozens of Hongkongers rallied in New York’s Madison Square Garden ahead of an NBA preseason game between the Washington Wizards and the New York Knicks. They stood in support of Daryl Morey, the General Manager of Houston Rockets, who had to delete a tweet voicing support for protests in Hong Kong after facing backlash in China. Americans passing by also shared their views on the incident. 

Hongkongers protest at NBA game in New York
Hong Kong chef brings contemporary Chinese food to America

Junzi Kitchen, a fast-casual Chinese restaurant, has grown from its first storefront at Yale University to three stores in Manhattan, New York since 2015. Lucas Sin, the chef of Junzi, which means integrity, talks about how Chinese food deserves a role in the evolution of an ethnic cuisine renaissance in New York.

11 Oct 2019 - 6:00PM

Junzi Kitchen, a fast-casual Chinese restaurant, has grown from its first storefront at Yale University to three stores in Manhattan, New York since 2015. Lucas Sin, the chef of Junzi, which means integrity, talks about how Chinese food deserves a role in the evolution of an ethnic cuisine renaissance in New York.

Hong Kong chef brings contemporary Chinese food to America
Chinese plus-size influencer in New York challenges stereotypes

Scarlett Hao, a China-born fashion influencer based in New York, is redefining beauty of Asian women. One of the first Asian plus-size influencers, Hao is breaking stereotypes in the US as well as promoting the concept of positive body image in Asia.

9 Oct 2019 - 12:29AM

Scarlett Hao, a China-born fashion influencer based in New York, is redefining beauty of Asian women. One of the first Asian plus-size influencers, Hao is breaking stereotypes in the US as well as promoting the concept of positive body image in Asia.

Chinese plus-size influencer in New York challenges stereotypes
Best Chinese food in New York: Flushing Chinatown’s ‘three essentials’

The neighbourhood of Flushing in New York City is one of the world’s largest and fastest-growing Chinatowns. The first wave of Asian immigrants to the area in the 1970s brought a plethora of regional cuisines to the area. Over the past decade, an influx of people from mainland China has turned the dynamic district into a mega food destination distinct from New York’s downtown Chinatown. Food blogger Shali Wan from EATNYC on China’s social media platform WeChat, introduces South China Morning Post’s Laura Ma to Flushing’s “three essentials”.

5 Oct 2019 - 12:46AM

The neighbourhood of Flushing in New York City is one of the world’s largest and fastest-growing Chinatowns. The first wave of Asian immigrants to the area in the 1970s brought a plethora of regional cuisines to the area. Over the past decade, an influx of people from mainland China has turned the dynamic district into a mega food destination distinct from New York’s downtown Chinatown. Food blogger Shali Wan from EATNYC on China’s social media platform WeChat, introduces South China Morning Post’s Laura Ma to Flushing’s “three essentials”.

Best Chinese food in New York: Flushing Chinatown’s ‘three essentials’
Brian Leung Kai-ping: the Legco protester unmasked

In an interview with the South China Morning Post, Brian Leung Kai-ping, one of the demonstrators who stormed Hong Kong’s legislature in July 2019, talked about why he stepped up to be the face of the protest and how he felt justified and at peace about the use of force. 

20 Sep 2019 - 10:10PM

In an interview with the South China Morning Post, Brian Leung Kai-ping, one of the demonstrators who stormed Hong Kong’s legislature in July 2019, talked about why he stepped up to be the face of the protest and how he felt justified and at peace about the use of force. 

 Brian Leung Kai-ping: the Legco protester unmasked
Hong Kong pro-democracy activists find divided opinions on US visit

Hong Kong pro-democracy activists Joshua Wong Chi-fung and Brian Leung Kai-ping visited New York from September 13-15, 2019, sparking rallies by not only their supporters but also staged by groups who support the Chinese central government.

16 Sep 2019 - 8:56PM

Hong Kong pro-democracy activists Joshua Wong Chi-fung and Brian Leung Kai-ping visited New York from September 13-15, 2019, sparking rallies by not only their supporters but also staged by groups who support the Chinese central government.

Hong Kong pro-democracy activists find divided opinions on US visit
How Chinese mahjong shaped American lives

Linda Feinstein has been playing mahjong, a Chinese tile-based game, since she was nine years old. Now 71, Feinstein runs a popular American mahjong club in New York that attracts hundreds of players every Monday. Mahjong was invented in ancient China and spread to the US in the 1920s. Its popularity waned as more women went to work, but it’s made a comeback after 9/11.

11 Sep 2019 - 2:31AM

Linda Feinstein has been playing mahjong, a Chinese tile-based game, since she was nine years old. Now 71, Feinstein runs a popular American mahjong club in New York that attracts hundreds of players every Monday. Mahjong was invented in ancient China and spread to the US in the 1920s. Its popularity waned as more women went to work, but it’s made a comeback after 9/11.

How Chinese mahjong shaped American lives
Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam pledges to formally withdraw extradition bill which sparked three months of protests

Hong Kong’s Chief Executive Carrie Lam has announced that she will formally withdraw a contentious extradition bill which has sparked 13 weeks of mass protests that have frequently turned violent.

5 Sep 2019 - 10:36AM

Hong Kong’s Chief Executive Carrie Lam has announced that she will formally withdraw a contentious extradition bill which has sparked 13 weeks of mass protests that have frequently turned violent.

Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam pledges to formally withdraw extradition bill which sparked three months of protests
Hong Kong students protest over online claims about school expulsion warning

More than 100 people took part in a protest outside a Hong Kong secondary school on September 4, 2019, amid concerns that students taking part in an anti-government class boycott class could be punished. The protesters vandalised facilities outside the Chinese Foundation Secondary School (CFFS) in northeastern Hong Kong Island, after claims posted online saying the school  had warned it would expel students and dismiss staff who took part in protests against the government’s now-shelved extradition bill.

4 Sep 2019 - 7:40PM

More than 100 people took part in a protest outside a Hong Kong secondary school on September 4, 2019, amid concerns that students taking part in an anti-government class boycott class could be punished. The protesters vandalised facilities outside the Chinese Foundation Secondary School (CFFS) in northeastern Hong Kong Island, after claims posted online saying the school  had warned it would expel students and dismiss staff who took part in protests against the government’s now-shelved extradition bill.

Hong Kong students protest over online claims about school expulsion warning
Huawei export ban ‘won’t make US safer’

In the midst of an ongoing trade war, the US put Huawei on an entity list in May, 2019 that effectively banned the Chinese telecoms giant from buying American-made technology. Huawei has faced cybersecurity allegations from the US and its allies that its infrastructure equipment may enable surveillance by the Chinese government. Huawei Technologies’ Chief Security Officer addressed these concerns during an interview with the South China Morning Post.

6 Aug 2019 - 12:52AM

In the midst of an ongoing trade war, the US put Huawei on an entity list in May, 2019 that effectively banned the Chinese telecoms giant from buying American-made technology. Huawei has faced cybersecurity allegations from the US and its allies that its infrastructure equipment may enable surveillance by the Chinese government. Huawei Technologies’ Chief Security Officer addressed these concerns during an interview with the South China Morning Post.

Huawei export ban ‘won’t make US safer’
Fireworks shot into protesters in Hong Kong’s Tin Shui Wai

Tensions flared outside Hong Kong’s Tin Shui Wai police station in the early morning of July 31. Hundreds of protesters gathered after at least two people were arrested earlier at a nearby Lennon Wall. Videos circulating on social media showed fireworks being fired out of a moving vehicle into the protesting crowd, disrupting traffic and causing a car crash. 

31 Jul 2019 - 8:42AM

Tensions flared outside Hong Kong’s Tin Shui Wai police station in the early morning of July 31. Hundreds of protesters gathered after at least two people were arrested earlier at a nearby Lennon Wall. Videos circulating on social media showed fireworks being fired out of a moving vehicle into the protesting crowd, disrupting traffic and causing a car crash. 

Fireworks shot into protesters in Hong Kong’s Tin Shui Wai
China’s Li Na enters International Tennis Hall of Fame

Li Na became the first Asian-born player to be inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame on July 20. She was enshrined along with France’s Mary Pierce and Russia’s Yevgeny Kafelnikov in an on-court ceremony in Rhode Island. Li, from Wuhan, China, enthralled the world after winning two Grand Slams and reached a career-high ranking of No 2 female tennis player in the world on Feb 17, 2014. 

23 Jul 2019 - 4:54AM

Li Na became the first Asian-born player to be inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame on July 20. She was enshrined along with France’s Mary Pierce and Russia’s Yevgeny Kafelnikov in an on-court ceremony in Rhode Island. Li, from Wuhan, China, enthralled the world after winning two Grand Slams and reached a career-high ranking of No 2 female tennis player in the world on Feb 17, 2014. 

China’s Li Na enters International Tennis Hall of Fame
Chinese-American scientists fear US racial profiling

The US government's actions to counter intellectual property theft are driving what Chinese scientists and engineers describe as a witch-hunt. Chinese-American physicist Xiaoxing Xi told the South China Morning Post that Washington’s policies risk shutting the US off from an exchange of ideas that is essential to basic research. Professor Xi was arrested on charges of sending American technology to China in 2015. He faced a maximum penalty of 80 years in prison and a US$1 million fine before the charges were dropped four months later. Xi has sued the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) for fabricating evidence and is speaking against “racial profiling”.

3 Jul 2019 - 10:46AM

The US government's actions to counter intellectual property theft are driving what Chinese scientists and engineers describe as a witch-hunt. Chinese-American physicist Xiaoxing Xi told the South China Morning Post that Washington’s policies risk shutting the US off from an exchange of ideas that is essential to basic research. Professor Xi was arrested on charges of sending American technology to China in 2015. He faced a maximum penalty of 80 years in prison and a US$1 million fine before the charges were dropped four months later. Xi has sued the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) for fabricating evidence and is speaking against “racial profiling”.

Chinese-American scientists fear US racial profiling
Hong Kong protests go global as marchers take to streets in US, Europe and Australia in show of solidarity

Demonstrations draw hundreds in New York and Washington as Hongkongers abroad show their support, in display that Chief Executive Carrie Lam has failed to appease the public at home or abroad.

18 Jun 2019 - 5:09AM

Demonstrations draw hundreds in New York and Washington as Hongkongers abroad show their support, in display that Chief Executive Carrie Lam has failed to appease the public at home or abroad.

Hong Kong protests go global as marchers take to streets in US, Europe and Australia in show of solidarity
Overseas Hongkongers demand withdrawal of extradition bill

Hundreds of protesters rallied in New York to support the millions of people who marched through the streets to demand a full withdrawal of the extradition bill. Frances Hui, a student from Hong Kong who’s now studying in the US, told the Post why Hongkongers overseas feel the urge to unite in support of their home city.

17 Jun 2019 - 2:59PM

Hundreds of protesters rallied in New York to support the millions of people who marched through the streets to demand a full withdrawal of the extradition bill. Frances Hui, a student from Hong Kong who’s now studying in the US, told the Post why Hongkongers overseas feel the urge to unite in support of their home city.

 Overseas Hongkongers demand withdrawal of extradition bill