Kevin McSpadden

Kevin McSpadden

Kevin is a production editor at Inkstone. He was the managing editor of e27, a leading Southeast Asian tech media company.

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‘Shy Trump voters' may prove decisive in 2020
US President Donald Trump stirred controversy on Sunday when he tweeted out a video of a fleet of trucks, flying Trump flags, apparently harassing a campaign bus for the campaign of candidate Joe Biden.  This political brashness has manifested itself in the US with Trump boat parties, sales of memorabilia far outstripping Biden gear and political rallies that are attended by thousands despite the country being the global center of the coronavirus pandemic.  But these people are unlikely to worry Biden supporters. They have already been “priced in” as the core of Trump’s base.  The unknowable potential voter block is the “shy Trump supporter”: those who are traditionally apolitical but have f
Tesla’s ‘made in China’ cars are heading to Europe
Every Tuesday and Thursday, Inkstone Index features a single, illuminating number that helps you make sense of China. 7,000: The number of cars Tesla is shipping to Europe from China. Electric car maker Tesla is shipping its Chinese-made vehicles to Europe for the first time, signaling the US company’s intention to use China to fulfill global demand for them. It held a ceremony at its Shanghai factory on Monday to mark the first shipment of about 7,000 Model 3 sedans from the Chinese city to ten European countries, including Germany, France and Italy, Chinese news outlet The Paper has reported. Tesla’s use of its Chinese facilities for export further bolsters the country’s position as the wo
Defectors from North Korea hit an all-time low
Every Tuesday and Thursday, Inkstone Index features one important number about China to give you insight into the rising power. 12: The number of North Koreans who defected to South Korea between April and June this year. The figure, an all-time low, represents a dramatic drop compared to the 320 people in North Korea who crossed into the South over the same period last year. According to South Korea’s Ministry of Unification, in the first three months of 2020, 135 North Koreans sought asylum in its southern neighbor, a 41% drop compared with 2019. Ministry spokesperson Yoh Sang-key told reporters that regional border closures caused the drop due to the coronavirus pandemic. Experts said th
Pompeo points finger directly at Wuhan lab for coronavirus
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Sunday there was “enormous evidence” that the coronavirus originated in a Chinese laboratory. While he offered no proof, Pompeo’s remarks were the Trump administration’s most direct accusation to date that a research facility in the Chinese city of Wuhan was responsible for the pandemic. US intelligence agencies have so far reached no conclusions on the origin of the virus. The virus first emerged in Wuhan. Scientists believe it likely spread to humans from animals, perhaps bats. The Office of the Director of National Intelligence said on Thursday that the US intelligence community agreed with the “scientific consensus that the Covid-19 virus was not m
‘Like a storm in my mind’: My experience getting the coronavirus test
I now understand how a dog feels when it poops in the hallway instead of making it downstairs. When I walked into a Hong Kong hospital on Thursday night, I was greeted with the shamed looks of a few others waiting to be tested for the rapidly spreading coronavirus. Like myself, they might have been fearing that they had unwittingly passed it to others. I decided to get tested because of a few factors that, in hindsight, probably created stress-induced symptoms. (Spoiler alert: I tested negative.) The two main reasons were a recent trip to Thailand and my acid-reflux disorder that, when it flares up, results in tightness of breath and a sore throat. Not ideal symptoms in the age of the corona
A tour of the ancient Chinese tradition of shadow puppetry
Chinese shadow plays are estimated to be about 2,000 years old. The tradition is passed down from generation to generation. This specific show, The Luoshan Shadow Play, which originated in central China’s Henan province, has a history dating back 400 years. Let's take a look behind the scenes.
This stunning Beijing tower boasts the world’s tallest atrium
The newly-opened Leeza SOHO is located in Beijing’s Fengtai business district and has set the record for “world’s tallest atrium.” The stunning building was designed by Zaha Hadid before her death in 2016. She was one of the great architecture talents of our time. Take a photo-gallery tour of this beautiful building.
New China mobile gaming rules have echoes of the past
For kids in China hoping to invite over their friends, order some food and play video games on their phones until the sun rises, they may have to find another hobby. This week, the Chinese government issued new rules in an effort to tackle online gaming addiction among minors. In doing so, regulators placed a slew of restrictions on the mobile gaming industry for people under the age of 18.  While the rules may sound shocking, they actually follow a pattern that was applied to PC and console gaming years before.  “In general China always tries to balance its core social values with economic growth. They’ve always been paternal in terms of [gaming] policies and regulations,” said Daniel Ahmad