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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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
US farmers hurting over flooding and trade war

Major US agriculture states including Minnesota, Iowa and Illinois are bracing for one of the wettest planting seasons in more than a hundred years. For Lake Benton, a small town of 683 people in southern Minnesota, the stress is compounded by a plunge in prices and an escalating US-China trade war that has grounded the soybean trade to a virtual halt. The double blow of flooding and tariffs has hit farmers like Jon and Bob Worth, but they say they are willing to endure the short-term pain to support President Donald Trump.

15 Jun 2019 - 4:11AM

Major US agriculture states including Minnesota, Iowa and Illinois are bracing for one of the wettest planting seasons in more than a hundred years. For Lake Benton, a small town of 683 people in southern Minnesota, the stress is compounded by a plunge in prices and an escalating US-China trade war that has grounded the soybean trade to a virtual halt. The double blow of flooding and tariffs has hit farmers like Jon and Bob Worth, but they say they are willing to endure the short-term pain to support President Donald Trump.

US farmers hurting over flooding and trade war
Rallies around the world in solidarity with Hong Kong extradition law protest

Demonstrators around the globe rallied in support of a huge Hong Kong protest against a proposed change to the city’s extradition law.

10 Jun 2019 - 4:17PM

Demonstrators around the globe rallied in support of a huge Hong Kong protest against a proposed change to the city’s extradition law.

Rallies around the world in solidarity with Hong Kong extradition law protest
San Francisco bans facial recognition surveillance

San Francisco became the first US city to ban local police use of facial recognition technology. The ban does not apply to personal, business or federal government use. It’s part of broader oversight legislation that orders local agencies to spell out details of any surveillance currently in use. Supporters say facial recognition technology is a serious threat to civil rights. Opponents say it helps fight crimes.

16 May 2019 - 7:01AM

San Francisco became the first US city to ban local police use of facial recognition technology. The ban does not apply to personal, business or federal government use. It’s part of broader oversight legislation that orders local agencies to spell out details of any surveillance currently in use. Supporters say facial recognition technology is a serious threat to civil rights. Opponents say it helps fight crimes.

San Francisco bans facial recognition surveillance
What happened to our parents? Uygur sisters seek answers

Zumret and Humar Isaac lost contact with their parents in November 2018. Since then, the two Uygur sisters from Xinjiang, China, have been on a quest to find out what happened. A phone call from someone claiming to work for the community affairs centre led the sisters to believe that their parents were sent to one of Xinjiang’s “re-education” facilities, where according to the UN, an estimated one million Uygurs are being held. The sisters launched a social media campaign calling for their release. In late March, their parents resurfaced and resumed contact, but the sisters were left with more questions than answers.

13 May 2019 - 10:22AM

Zumret and Humar Isaac lost contact with their parents in November 2018. Since then, the two Uygur sisters from Xinjiang, China, have been on a quest to find out what happened. A phone call from someone claiming to work for the community affairs centre led the sisters to believe that their parents were sent to one of Xinjiang’s “re-education” facilities, where according to the UN, an estimated one million Uygurs are being held. The sisters launched a social media campaign calling for their release. In late March, their parents resurfaced and resumed contact, but the sisters were left with more questions than answers.

What happened to our parents? Uygur sisters seek answers
‘Hard work’ (and US$6.5 million) gets you into Stanford

A Chinese student’s family allegedly paid consultant William ‘Rick’ Singer US$6.5 million to get her into Stanford University. Zhang Yusi is one of several Chinese students caught up in a US college admission scandal. A video of Zhao from 2017, before she started school, has resurfaced on Chinese social media. “I tested into Stanford through my own hard work,” she says in the footage. US prosecutors say Singer fabricated Zhao’s athletic accomplishments and donated US$500,000 to the Stanford sailing team after her acceptance. Zhao’s mother said in a statement she was “misled” into donating to Singer’s charity which he presented to her as a legitimate non-profit foundation funding student scholarships at Stanford.

4 May 2019 - 5:56AM

A Chinese student’s family allegedly paid consultant William ‘Rick’ Singer US$6.5 million to get her into Stanford University. Zhang Yusi is one of several Chinese students caught up in a US college admission scandal. A video of Zhao from 2017, before she started school, has resurfaced on Chinese social media. “I tested into Stanford through my own hard work,” she says in the footage. US prosecutors say Singer fabricated Zhao’s athletic accomplishments and donated US$500,000 to the Stanford sailing team after her acceptance. Zhao’s mother said in a statement she was “misled” into donating to Singer’s charity which he presented to her as a legitimate non-profit foundation funding student scholarships at Stanford.

‘Hard work’ (and US$6.5 million) gets you into Stanford
Japan’s ‘Valley of the Dolls’

In this tiny village deep in the mountains of western Japan, the streets are often void of people. Yet, Nagoro appears busy with life-sized dolls, which outnumber living humans 10 to one. Ayano Tsukimi, a 69-year-old villager, has been making them to counter the emptiness and loneliness in Nagoro. Like many other Japanese villages, Nagoro has been decimated by depopulation. Japan has been struggling to manage its shrinking population, low birth rate and long life expectancy.

3 May 2019 - 2:57AM

In this tiny village deep in the mountains of western Japan, the streets are often void of people. Yet, Nagoro appears busy with life-sized dolls, which outnumber living humans 10 to one. Ayano Tsukimi, a 69-year-old villager, has been making them to counter the emptiness and loneliness in Nagoro. Like many other Japanese villages, Nagoro has been decimated by depopulation. Japan has been struggling to manage its shrinking population, low birth rate and long life expectancy.

Japan’s ‘Valley of the Dolls’
US education says no to Chinese resources

The University of Minnesota has suspended ties with Chinese tech giant Huawei in February, shortly after ending a nearly 10-year relationship with the Confucius Institute, a Chinese government programme promoting its language and culture overseas. As China-US relations hit a new low, Washington accuses Beijing of using organisations like Huawei and the Confucius Institute to undermine American interests. For the University of Minnesota, it’s a choice between rejecting these organisations or losing federal government funding. SCMP visited Minnesota to find out how the decision impacts the faculty and students.

20 Mar 2019 - 11:57AM

The University of Minnesota has suspended ties with Chinese tech giant Huawei in February, shortly after ending a nearly 10-year relationship with the Confucius Institute, a Chinese government programme promoting its language and culture overseas. As China-US relations hit a new low, Washington accuses Beijing of using organisations like Huawei and the Confucius Institute to undermine American interests. For the University of Minnesota, it’s a choice between rejecting these organisations or losing federal government funding. SCMP visited Minnesota to find out how the decision impacts the faculty and students.

US education says no to Chinese resources
World shocked by New Zealand mosque shootings

A gunman rampaged through two mosques during afternoon prayers, killing 49 worshippers and wounding dozens more in Christchurch, New Zealand on March 15. The attack shocked the Muslim population in New Zealand and the rest of world. Many countries have condemned the grotesque attack and some reacted with protests.

18 Mar 2019 - 3:55PM

A gunman rampaged through two mosques during afternoon prayers, killing 49 worshippers and wounding dozens more in Christchurch, New Zealand on March 15. The attack shocked the Muslim population in New Zealand and the rest of world. Many countries have condemned the grotesque attack and some reacted with protests.

World shocked by New Zealand mosque shootings