Bonnie Au

Bonnie Au

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

Rare sighting of sea lion on China’s coast
A rare sighting of a Steller sea lion was reported at Dandong port on the coast of China’s northeastern province of Liaoning on July 13, 2020. The animals are usually more active in the northern Pacific Ocean, but several have recently been seen in China. Listed as “near threatened” by conservation groups, the creatures are the largest species in the sea lion family.  
Taiwan offers fake flights for people who miss flying
You can check in but you can never leave, at least for now, from Taiwan’s Songshan Airport. The terminal in Taipei offered “fake” flights on July 2, 2020, to satisfy passengers hungry for a chance to travel as they wait for Covid-19 pandemic restrictions to be lifted. Thousands of people applied for “tickets to nowhere” that offered about 60 lucky passengers a chance to go through check-in procedures and board a plane that never left the ground.
‘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.