Shanshan Kao

Shanshan Kao

Video Journalist

Shanshan is a contributor to Inkstone. She is a video journalist at the South China Morning Post.

Location
Hong Kong
Language spoken
English, Mandarin, Cantonese, Shanghainese, Taiwanese
Areas of Expertise
Video production, Hong Kong society and politics
This audio engineer is trying to capture what Hong Kong sounds like
For almost two years, 26-year-old sound engineer Andrew Kan has been roaming around Hong Kong with an audio recorder. It’s part of Kan’s effort to collect sounds. His goal is to capture audio snapshots of urban as well as rural life, finding surprises in the sounds of nature that are drowned out by engine noise.
Piano class in a truck
Ming’s Piano, a Hong Kong music instruction center, lost 70% of its income as most Hongkongers were staying home to help stop the spread of the coronavirus.  But the center has managed to get some students in front of carefully sterilized keyboards in mobile classrooms. The center’s first “piano truck” hit the road on February 20, and since then two others have been rolled out to reach students across Hong Kong. 
Surviving the coronavirus in a Hong Kong cage home
During the Lunar New Year, Hong Kong resident Guo Yongfeng returned to the Chinese mainland to visit his hometown of Harbin, the capital of the northeastern province of Heilongjiang. But the outbreak of Covid-19 on the mainland meant that he was required to spend 14 days in self-quarantine upon his return to Hong Kong. But Guo lives in a cubicle in a subdivided housing unit known as a “cage home,” and found it impossible to completely isolate himself until he managed to get a bed in a government quarantine facility.
Thousands in Hong Kong camp out overnight for masks
Thousands of Hongkongers camped out overnight in line in the cold after a company in the Kowloon Bay neighborhood said it would release thousands of boxes of surgical masks for sale during citywide shortages caused by the coronavirus outbreak. Masks are believed to help prevent the spread of the virus, which has infected at least 24 people and caused one death in the city.  The company, Luck Well International Holdings, sold its entire stock of 11,000 boxes.
Taiwanese voters share election hopes
In the days before Taiwan voters go to the polls on January 11, 2020, to select their next president, the South China Morning Post interviewed people on the self-ruled island to learn more about what they hope for and expect from their next political leaders.
‘President Trump, please liberate Hong Kong!’
Thousands of Hong Kong protesters – some waving American flags – filled Hong Kong streets on Monday night to ask the US government and President Trump for help. They urged the US Congress to pass a bill that would sanction and penalize Beijing and Hong Kong officials deemed to have suppressed “basic freedoms” in the city.
Hong Kong protesters defy anti-mask law
Thousands of protesters marched through the streets of Hong Kong over the weekend. Many wearing masks, they defied a new anti-mask law introduced by the city’s leader, who invoked emergency powers as demonstrations grew increasingly violent.
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.
Street brawls break out in Hong Kong as political strife deepens
Pro-Beijing groups in Hong Kong had called on people to clear out anti-government art installations in the city known as “Lennon Walls.” These clearances became flashpoints as the pro-democracy protesters and their supporters came out to defend the walls. Bitter clashes between rival groups took place over the weekend in the Amoy Plaza mall in Kowloon City, illustrating the polarization of Hong Kong society as unrest triggered by an unpopular extradition bill entered its 15th straight week.
Channeling Bruce Lee in ‘Warrior’
Hong Kong-born actor Jason Tobin plays the role of Young Jun, a Chinese gang leader in 1870s San Francisco, in the Cinemax hit show Warrior. Warrior is a television show based on an original idea from Hong Kong martial arts legend Bruce Lee. Watch the video, above, to see how Tobin embraces Lee’s philosophy in his life and career.