Joy YT Chang

Joy YT Chang

Joy is a contributor to Inkstone and an intern at the South China Morning Post.

Location
New York
Chinese students find their voices on US college campuses
Chinese students studying abroad have taken advantage of the freedoms they have outside China to voice their political views. In February, Hong Kong political activists Joshua Wong and Nathan Law were invited to speak at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland. The event outraged some international students from mainland China. Inkstone joined them as they organized a protest on campus.
Xi Jinping defends China’s coronavirus response
Chinese President Xi Jinping defended his government’s coronavirus response at this year’s World Health Assembly meeting, saying that China has “acted with openness, transparency and responsibility” during the Covid-19 fight. He also said that China will support an investigation into the pandemic led by the World Health Organization.
Taiwan baseball league reopens stadiums to fans
For the first time in this season, the Taiwanese professional baseball league is allowing fans to watch games live. The stadiums will be limited to 1,000 fans per game, but it makes Taiwan one of the few places in the world hosting live sports. 
An Uber driver’s struggle amid the coronavirus pandemic
Rideshare drivers in New York are trapped between their fear of contracting the coronavirus and need to earn a living. Most drivers have stopped working to avoid Covid-19 infection, but some cannot afford to lose the income. Ke Jun, an Uber driver in New York, is back on the road after a one-month pause in March 2020. His work as a driver is the only source of income for his family, and he is struggling to make ends meet.
2020 Tokyo Olympics postponed for one year
The 2020 Summer Olympic Games in Tokyo have officially been postponed because of health concerns stemming from the coronavirus pandemic. Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said he asked for a one-year postponement and the International Olympic Committee has agreed.
No schools and no kisses: Italy moves to curb virus
Italy has shut down schools and is discouraging kisses and handshakes to limit the spread of the coronavirus. (Where did the coronavirus come from? How to prevent infections? Here’s what we’ve learned so far about the coronavirus.)
As deaths mount, is the US ready for the coronavirus?
As coronavirus cases surge worldwide, US President Donald Trump said his administration has done an “incredible job” preventing the spread of Covid-19 in the country. A US health official from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has meanwhile warned it is not a question of “if” but rather “when” America will face a community spread of the virus. California has been monitoring 8,400 people for signs of infection after it reported a coronavirus case of unknown origin, potentially the first instance of community transmission in the US. Washington state has reported 2 deaths from the coronavirus, and New York has reported its first case. The US has 88 reported cases as of March 2.
Love under lockdown in China
Liu Ting turned down a seat on the flight that evacuated 247 Taiwanese and their family members from Wuhan, the Chinese mainland city that is the epicenter of the coronavirus outbreak. Her wife, Yang Xi, who is from Wuhan, repeatedly urged Liu to escape without her. But because of a loophole in Taiwan’s same-sex marriage law, only relationships between people who are both Taiwanese are fully recognized. Since they do not have legal marriage status on the self-ruled island, Taiwan resident Liu could not bring her mainland Chinese partner with her onto the evacuation flight. They decided to stay together and live under lockdown in Wuhan, and have spoken about their experience in the video abov
Meet Wang Newton: a drag king in a world of queens
Wang Newton is a drag king and comedian based in New York City. She is one of the very few Asian-American “kings” in the US. Wang, who moved to the US from Taiwan at the age of five, has also performed on stages across Asia, including Taipei. She talks about life as a drag king in an industry dominated by queens.
Ex-UK consulate worker Simon Cheng ‘tortured’ in China
Simon Cheng, a former trade officer at the British consulate in Hong Kong, said that he was tortured during his 15-day detention in Shenzhen, China. According to Cheng, he was interrogated for days, shackled, blindfolded, beaten and locked up alone. He said he was pressed for information about the pro-democracy protests and whether the UK has a hand in the Hong Kong’s civil unrest.