Zigor Aldama

Zigor Aldama

Zigor Aldama is an award-winning journalist from Spain. Focused on social issues, he's been covering Asia from China since 1999. He lives in Shanghai and his work is currently published in Spanish by the newspapers of Vocento group and El País.

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China town: porcelain capital Jingdezhen, 2,000 years and still going strong

Jingdezhen, in Jiangxi province, has been producing exquisite handmade porcelain artworks for two millennia, but can its ancient techniques compete in a changing market?

Jingdezhen, in Jiangxi province, has been producing exquisite handmade porcelain artworks for two millennia, but can its ancient techniques compete in a changing market?

China town: porcelain capital Jingdezhen, 2,000 years and still going strong
19 Oct 2020 - 1:13PM
China’s acrobatics schools, once a ticket to the world, are struggling to survive

With numbers falling, the nation’s acrobatics schools – once a ticket to see the world – are struggling to compete in an increasingly affluent society, as a visit to the Shenyang Acrobatic Troupe School shows.

With numbers falling, the nation’s acrobatics schools – once a ticket to see the world – are struggling to compete in an increasingly affluent society, as a visit to the Shenyang Acrobatic Troupe School shows.

China’s acrobatics schools, once a ticket to the world, are struggling to survive
15 Dec 2019 - 10:30AM
Viva la revolución – the Spanish fiesta that celebrates a coup d’etat that never was

In the usually sleepy Alicante town of Ibi, all hell breaks lose every December 28, as local men wage an epic, smelly battle.

In the usually sleepy Alicante town of Ibi, all hell breaks lose every December 28, as local men wage an epic, smelly battle.

Viva la revolución – the Spanish fiesta that celebrates a coup d’etat that never was
17 Oct 2019 - 2:35PM
Are Mongolia’s lucrative cashmere goats grazing themselves out of existence?

For the country’s nomadic herders, finding land on which to graze their ever larger herds is becoming more difficult as climate breakdown means moving camp up to 30 times a year.

For the country’s nomadic herders, finding land on which to graze their ever larger herds is becoming more difficult as climate breakdown means moving camp up to 30 times a year.

Are Mongolia’s lucrative cashmere goats grazing themselves out of existence?
15 Sep 2019 - 7:09AM
In India, Bangladesh and Nepal, transgender communities exist on margins of society, waiting for change in public opinion

Transgender rights across South Asia are being addressed. Societal shifts occur more slowly, however, and discrimination remains a daily reality for the subcontinent’s hijras.

Transgender rights across South Asia are being addressed. Societal shifts occur more slowly, however, and discrimination remains a daily reality for the subcontinent’s hijras.

In India, Bangladesh and Nepal, transgender communities exist on margins of society, waiting for change in public opinion
20 Jul 2019 - 8:10PM
How activist Bayarjargal Agvaantseren took on Mongolia’s mining industry to save the snow leopards

Bayarjargal Agvaantseren roused local communities and politicians to prevent mines destroying the magnificent mountain cat’s habitat – home to a population of snow leopards that is the world’s second largest after China.

Bayarjargal Agvaantseren roused local communities and politicians to prevent mines destroying the magnificent mountain cat’s habitat – home to a population of snow leopards that is the world’s second largest after China.

How activist Bayarjargal Agvaantseren took on Mongolia’s mining industry to save the snow leopards
24 Jun 2019 - 5:28PM
The Hu: Mongolian folk rockers ready to conquer the world with throat singing and traditional instruments

They weren’t an overnight success at home, but YouTube has helped the band win over their fellow countrymen just as they prepare to conquer Europe.

They weren’t an overnight success at home, but YouTube has helped the band win over their fellow countrymen just as they prepare to conquer Europe.

The Hu: Mongolian folk rockers ready to conquer the world with throat singing and traditional instruments
3 Jun 2019 - 2:53PM
China’s abandoned children: Shanghai orphanage shows how far care has come, but adoption still a dream for many

A 1995 British documentary brought the plight of Chinese orphans to the world’s attention. Post Magazine visits the Shanghai Children’s Welfare Institute to see how the level of care, and the youngsters’ needs, have changed.

A 1995 British documentary brought the plight of Chinese orphans to the world’s attention. Post Magazine visits the Shanghai Children’s Welfare Institute to see how the level of care, and the youngsters’ needs, have changed.

China’s abandoned children: Shanghai orphanage shows how far care has come, but adoption still a dream for many
17 May 2019 - 5:46AM
Vein-pattern recognition is the latest technology driving China’s AI, robotics revolution

A new world order is coming, driven by Chinese companies such as DeepBlue Technology, a leader in robotics and artificial intelligence. But as machines replace humans, what lay ahead for the human species?

A new world order is coming, driven by Chinese companies such as DeepBlue Technology, a leader in robotics and artificial intelligence. But as machines replace humans, what lay ahead for the human species?

Vein-pattern recognition is the latest technology driving China’s AI, robotics revolution
26 Apr 2019 - 4:41PM
Powered by the state, China takes charge of electric buses, with Shenzhen taking the lead

With more than half of its buses now electrified, Shanghai is racing to join Shenzhen, which now boasts the world’s first fully electric bus fleet.

With more than half of its buses now electrified, Shanghai is racing to join Shenzhen, which now boasts the world’s first fully electric bus fleet.

Powered by the state, China takes charge of electric buses, with Shenzhen taking the lead
9 Apr 2020 - 3:25PM
Ctrip is not only bringing the world to Chinese tourists, the online travel agent is changing the industry too

There’s no stemming the tide of tech-savvy Chinese tourists sweeping the globe, and nowhere else is it more apparent than at Ctrip, China’s largest online travel agency.

There’s no stemming the tide of tech-savvy Chinese tourists sweeping the globe, and nowhere else is it more apparent than at Ctrip, China’s largest online travel agency.

Ctrip is not only bringing the world to Chinese tourists, the online travel agent is changing the industry too
21 Dec 2018 - 3:42PM
Ctrip CEO Jane Sun: ‘my career is a reflection of China’s 40 years of development and opening up’

After studying overseas and cresting the Silicon Valley wave, Jane Sun returned to China, where she now helms the nation’s largest online travel agent and advocates for gender equality

After studying overseas and cresting the Silicon Valley wave, Jane Sun returned to China, where she now helms the nation’s largest online travel agent and advocates for gender equality

Ctrip CEO Jane Sun: ‘my career is a reflection of China’s 40 years of development and opening up’
19 Dec 2018 - 10:50AM
Opinion | ‘Trump will achieve nothing with tariffs’: former WTO head blasts US policy on China

In candid interview, Pascal Lamy says arrested Huawei CFO is the victim of ‘odd’ and ‘wrong’ extraterritorial sanctions

In candid interview, Pascal Lamy says arrested Huawei CFO is the victim of ‘odd’ and ‘wrong’ extraterritorial sanctions

‘Trump will achieve nothing with tariffs’: former WTO head blasts US policy on China
12 Dec 2018 - 3:13PM
Eagle huntresses challenge the patriarchy in Mongolia

Aisholpan Nurgaiv, the first female to enter – and win – the world’s top contest for eagle hunters, has inspired other young ethnic Kazakh women to venture into an arena long dominated by men, not all of whom welcome their new rivals

Aisholpan Nurgaiv, the first female to enter – and win – the world’s top contest for eagle hunters, has inspired other young ethnic Kazakh women to venture into an arena long dominated by men, not all of whom welcome their new rivals

Eagle huntresses challenge the patriarchy in Mongolia
29 Nov 2018 - 4:52PM
Inside fortress Maotai: secrets of China hard liquor that’s rocket fuel for its soft power ambitions

We breach a cordon of Chinese soldiers to learn the secrets of Kweichou Moutai, top producer of China’s most famous liquor, and learn of ambitions to put it on a par with whisky and vodka and make it a symbol of Chinese culture.

We breach a cordon of Chinese soldiers to learn the secrets of Kweichou Moutai, top producer of China’s most famous liquor, and learn of ambitions to put it on a par with whisky and vodka and make it a symbol of Chinese culture.

Inside fortress Maotai: secrets of China hard liquor that’s rocket fuel for its soft power ambitions
29 Oct 2018 - 10:48AM
The Chinese artist who, like his inspiration Gaudí, will not live to see his masterpiece completed

Aged 78, Song Peilun has created a hidden utopia on a hillside in Guizhou province, where commercial endeavours are kept at bay and art and indigenous culture thrive

Aged 78, Song Peilun has created a hidden utopia on a hillside in Guizhou province, where commercial endeavours are kept at bay and art and indigenous culture thrive

The Chinese artist who, like his inspiration Gaudí, will not live to see his masterpiece completed
25 Sep 2018 - 12:39PM
Fighting human trafficking in Nepal: on patrol with the activists trying to put a stop to sex trade to India, China and the world

Effective border monitoring is saving thousands of rural women and girls from being tricked into modern-day slavery

Effective border monitoring is saving thousands of rural women and girls from being tricked into modern-day slavery

Fighting human trafficking in Nepal: on patrol with the activists trying to put a stop to sex trade to India, China and the world
16 Jul 2018 - 6:16PM
Has the legacy of China’s one-child policy destroyed Xi Jinping’s World Cup dream?

Despite the country building world-class infrastructure and employing some of the best foreign coaches, China’s footballers have yet to become world beaters, with players born under the one-child policy lacking cooperation skills.

Despite the country building world-class infrastructure and employing some of the best foreign coaches, China’s footballers have yet to become world beaters, with players born under the one-child policy lacking cooperation skills.

Has the legacy of China’s one-child policy destroyed Xi Jinping’s World Cup dream?
20 Jun 2018 - 12:36PM
China’s self-driving vehicles on track to take global leadership position, ahead of US

Trial operations of autonomous buses and cars in Shanghai and Beijing highlight desire to steer automotive-tech revolution 

Trial operations of autonomous buses and cars in Shanghai and Beijing highlight desire to steer automotive-tech revolution 

China’s self-driving vehicles on track to take global leadership position, ahead of US
3 Jul 2018 - 8:22PM
Indonesian domestic helpers on sex abuse, slavery-like conditions they endure working overseas

Women give heartbreaking accounts of the sacrifices they make – and the dangers they face – toiling abroad to support families at home

Women give heartbreaking accounts of the sacrifices they make – and the dangers they face – toiling abroad to support families at home

Indonesian domestic helpers on sex abuse, slavery-like conditions they endure working overseas
8 Apr 2018 - 3:26PM
Period shaming in Nepal: new law may finally end practice of banishing menstruating women

Last year, Nepal announced a ban on chhaupadi – the age-old tradition of exiling women to huts during menstruation – but authorities face an immense challenge in implementing the new law when it comes into effect in August

Last year, Nepal announced a ban on chhaupadi – the age-old tradition of exiling women to huts during menstruation – but authorities face an immense challenge in implementing the new law when it comes into effect in August

Period shaming in Nepal: new law may finally end practice of banishing menstruating women
23 Feb 2018 - 12:35PM
How Philippines war on drugs has become a war on the poor

Despite international pressure to stop the extrajudicial killings and the police touting more transparency in their operations, the daily slaughter continues in Manila’s poverty stricken neighbourhoods.

Despite international pressure to stop the extrajudicial killings and the police touting more transparency in their operations, the daily slaughter continues in Manila’s poverty stricken neighbourhoods.

How Philippines war on drugs has become a war on the poor
20 Jan 2018 - 10:24AM
From Made in China to Created in China: how nation turned itself from world’s sweatshop to global innovator in just one decade

While the ‘Made in China’ label has long held negative connotations, the newly embraced ‘Created in China’ designation celebrates a nation that is blazing a trail in manufacturing, technology and the new economy

While the ‘Made in China’ label has long held negative connotations, the newly embraced ‘Created in China’ designation celebrates a nation that is blazing a trail in manufacturing, technology and the new economy

From Made in China to Created in China: how nation turned itself from world’s sweatshop to global innovator in just one decade
5 Sep 2018 - 11:31AM
China’s big brother: how artificial intelligence is catching criminals and advancing health care

Zhu Long, co-founder of company whose facial-recognition algorithms have logged 1.8 billion faces and caught criminals across China, says artificial intelligence will change the world more than the industrial revolution

Zhu Long, co-founder of company whose facial-recognition algorithms have logged 1.8 billion faces and caught criminals across China, says artificial intelligence will change the world more than the industrial revolution

China’s big brother: how artificial intelligence is catching criminals and advancing health care
15 Jun 2018 - 4:06PM
India’s young female wrestlers fighting to overcome tradition, prejudice

Their families worry they won’t find husbands but Delhi’s determined young kushti fighters are putting the sport first

Their families worry they won’t find husbands but Delhi’s determined young kushti fighters are putting the sport first

India’s young female wrestlers fighting to overcome tradition, prejudice
20 Jul 2018 - 2:55PM
How Chinese tourists are changing the world

135 million travellers a year, spending US$261 billion – numbers that will soon be smashed: Chinese tourists are having a huge impact on destinations everywhere, which welcome the money they pay but not always their ways

135 million travellers a year, spending US$261 billion – numbers that will soon be smashed: Chinese tourists are having a huge impact on destinations everywhere, which welcome the money they pay but not always their ways

How Chinese tourists are changing the world
17 Oct 2017 - 11:31AM
Going cash free: why China is light years ahead in the online payment revolution

We find out if it’s possible to live in Shanghai without paper money or bank cards and discover how online payments have dethroned cash as king in digital revolution that’s being led by two big players – Alipay and Tenpay

We find out if it’s possible to live in Shanghai without paper money or bank cards and discover how online payments have dethroned cash as king in digital revolution that’s being led by two big players – Alipay and Tenpay

Going cash free: why China is light years ahead in the online payment revolution
20 Jul 2018 - 2:55PM
Shanghai Metro: keeping world’s longest mass-transit rail system on track

What it takes to run one of the busiest, safest, most punctual and affordable subway systems on the planet

What it takes to run one of the busiest, safest, most punctual and affordable subway systems on the planet

Shanghai Metro: keeping world’s longest mass-transit rail system on track
20 Jul 2018 - 2:55PM
LGBTI in Mongolia fighting for rights and recognition

Activists and members of LGBTI community are demanding to be heard in the land of Genghis Khan, a nation that used to be tolerant

Activists and members of LGBTI community are demanding to be heard in the land of Genghis Khan, a nation that used to be tolerant

LGBTI in Mongolia fighting for rights and recognition
5 Sep 2018 - 4:26PM
Weighty pursuits at the ‘Basque Olympics’, where stone lifters, wood choppers and cart spinners vie for honours

The Basques of old turned their rural chores into 18 sports, which are taken very seriously in northern Spain, where boys as young as four wield axes and, these days, girls do their share of heavy lifting too

In Spain’s Basque region, locals who spend their days working in one of the most advanced industry manufacturing bases in Europe, devote their free time – and sense of pride – to ancient rural sports that are not for the faint-hearted.

The Basques of old turned their rural chores into 18 sports, which are taken very seriously in northern Spain, where boys as young as four wield axes and, these days, girls do their share of heavy lifting too

In Spain’s Basque region, locals who spend their days working in one of the most advanced industry manufacturing bases in Europe, devote their free time – and sense of pride – to ancient rural sports that are not for the faint-hearted.

Weighty pursuits at the ‘Basque Olympics’, where stone lifters, wood choppers and cart spinners vie for honours
20 Jul 2018 - 2:55PM