Andersen Xia

Andersen Xia

Video Producer

Andersen is a contributor to Inkstone. He is a video producer at the South China Morning Post with a focus on social minorities.

Location
Hong Kong
Language spoken
English, Mandarin, Cantonese
Areas of Expertise
Video production
Hong Kong students form human chains to support protests
Thousands of Hong Kong school pupils and alumni formed human chains on the morning of September 9, 2019, as part of continuing protests to pressure the government to meet their demands. Though the government has announced it will withdraw the controversial extradition bill that initially sparked protests, demonstrations continue to insist on pushing four other demands, which include the establishment of a commission to independently investigate police conduct and greater democracy.
Hong Kong students form human chains to support protests
The art fueling Hong Kong’s protests
Amid anti-government protests that have rocked Hong Kong for nearly three months, some artists who support the movement talk about the works they have created to express their feelings about the movement or to offer support for demonstrators.
The art fueling Hong Kong’s protests
Gay Chinese go on a cruise, parents in tow
In mid-June, more than 1,000 members of China's LGBT community and their friends and families embarked on a five-day holiday cruise making a round trip from China’s southern city of Shenzhen to Vietnam. Organized under the slogan “Be Yourself,” the cruise was described as a trip “without closets.” On board, passengers were able to take part in workshops and sharing sessions meant to help gay and lesbian people better connect with parents who often struggle to accept their children’s sexual orientation. We had previously published a diary by a lesbian holidaymaker on the cruise. Now, we bring you a film featuring one of the gay tourists and his mother.
Gay Chinese go on a cruise, parents in tow
How China managed to save its national treasures
When imperial rule collapsed in China at the beginning of the 20th century, the emperor’s Forbidden City home was turned over to the public and transformed into the Palace Museum. Fierce fighting that rocked the country for years after the leadership change posed a grave threat to the palace treasures – considered one of the world’s greatest collections of art and artifacts. To protect them, the Palace Museum director decided to evacuate a large number of items and set them on a 14-year, 46,600-mile journey. Watch the video above.
How China managed to save its national treasures
The army of eunuchs behind China’s Forbidden City
The presence of eunuchs in the Chinese court was part of a long-standing tradition. These emasculated men frequently served as menial workers, spies and harem watchdogs in ancient Chinese imperial society. Over time, eunuchs serving in government roles began to exert enough influence with emperors that they could control state affairs or even orchestrate the fall of a dynasty. Check out our video, above, to find out more.
The army of eunuchs behind China’s Forbidden City
The high cost of honoring the dead
Grave-sweeping is an important part of the Ching Ming, or Qing Ming, festival – a 2,500-year-old tradition that sees millions flock to cemeteries to pay tribute to their dead. Family members and friends burn paper money, light joss sticks, and offer food and other trinkets to their departed loved ones. But these offerings don’t come cheap. And what’s worse, Hong Kong is running out of space for cemeteries, columbariums and cremation facilities. The dignity of death may be under threat.
The high cost of honoring the dead
Raising a child with autism in China
In China, children with autism are referred to as “children of the stars,” because communicating with them has been compared to talking to aliens. China has some an estimated two million people on the autism spectrum, but there’s very little support for them or their families. Wang Xuetao, 13, has never spoken clearly.  His mother Yang Yang, whose husband is intellectually disabled, struggles to raise her son by herself.
Raising a child with autism in China
A Hong Kong icon closes for good
The Excelsior hotel sits on a slice of Hong Kong history. The iconic waterfront hotel was built on Lot No 1: the very first plot of land sold in 1842 when the British took control of the colony. The hotel itself opened in 1973 – and now, after 46 years of catering to Hong Kong’s great and good, it's seen its final turndown service. In recent years, the hotel has struggled amid rising rents and competition from newer hotels. Its owner, Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group, will tear down the four-star hotel and build a commercial office tower on the site instead. Check out our video, above, for a final look at a legendary hotel.
A Hong Kong icon closes for good
A European campus in the heart of China
Chinese telecoms giant Huawei is facing increasing scrutiny, particularly from the US. Its new lakeside research headquarters appear to be untouched by international pressure – although there’s an international influence nonetheless. The buildings on campus have replicated elements of 12 European cities, but in the southern Chinese city of Dongguan. The 313-acre campus is expected to provide office space for 25,000 employees. Check out our video, above, for more.
A European campus in the heart of China
Grandpa catch-em-all
Videos of Taiwanese grandfather Chen San-yuan have gone viral, thanks to his 21-phone bike setup. Chen says that playing on multiple phones increases his chance of catching rare creatures in the augmented reality game Pokemon Go. The 70-year-old Taoist priest has been obsessed with the game since his grandson introduced him to it in 2016. Videos of Chen and his phones fixed to a bicycle that carries him between Pokestops have gone viral online, and even earned him a gig endorsing a mobile phone brand. Check out our video, above, to see for yourself.
Grandpa catch-em-all