Bonnie Au

Bonnie Au

Bonnie is a contributor to Inkstone. She is a production assistant for the South China Morning Post.

‘Two sessions’ explained: China’s most important political meetings of the year
China normally holds its most important annual political meetings in March, when the top political advisory body and national legislature gather. But in 2020, the meetings were postponed to May 22, 2020 because of the coronavirus pandemic. Although the “two sessions” take place only days apart on the political calendar, the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Congress (CPPCC) and the National People’s Congress (NPC) are two very distinct gatherings. Here’s a closer look at how the two sessions, known as lianghui in Chinese, shape the nation’s policies.
Citizen journalist detained after live-streaming from China’s Wuhan
A 37-year-old Chinese citizen journalist, Zhang Zhan, has been detained after reporting from Wuhan, the city in central China where the global coronavirus pandemic first emerged. She last appeared on social media on May 14, 2020, live-streaming on YouTube from Wuhan’s Hankou railway station. Before her detention, at least three other citizen journalists have disappeared since they posted videos about the pandemic.
Jetmen push boundaries in the skies above China
Daredevil “jetmen” jumped out of a plane with small jet engines strapped to their backs for a stunt flight over the dramatic scenery of Zhangjiajie, in China’s central province of Hunan. For their flight on November 14, 2019, they used carbon fiber wings with attached jetpacks to zip around at speeds up to 250mph. The demonstration was part of Expo 2020 Dubai’s “Mission: Human Flight” program, which aims to develop equipment that ultimately allows “fully autonomous human flight.”
‘Fire phoenix’ spotted in central China
They're as beautiful as peacocks. The brilliantly colored golden pheasants have been made a rare appearance in their snowy habitat in China’s central province of Henan. The reclusive bird, also known as the “fire phoenix” or Chinese pheasant, is a Class II protected species in China because their numbers have been decreasing.
Tear gas, petrol bombs and mass arrests in Hong Kong
Downtown Hong Kong descended into chaos on Sunday as anti-government demonstrations entered their 17th straight week. Violent clashes took place two days before the People’s Republic of China marks 70 years since its founding. More protests are expected before and during the anniversary.
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.
China’s $4.8 billion ‘horizontal skyscraper’ is almost done
Construction is nearly complete on a “horizontal skyscraper” in Chongqing, in China’s southwest. The Raffles City Chongqing complex has a futuristic design, including a bridge which spans across four of the eight buildings. Developers say the sky bridge, named “Crystal,” is one of the world’s highest, and will be a key feature of the $4.8 billion complex.  There are also apartments, a shopping center, offices and leisure facilities. Raffles City Chongqing is expected to open in late 2019. Watch the video above to find out more.
Chinese parents paying to make their kids ‘perfect’
Some Chinese parents in Shanghai are splurging on expensive etiquette classes for their children, hoping that lessons on good posture, social skills and table manners will give their kids an advantage in a competitive city. Watch the video above.