Thomas Yau

Thomas Yau

Video Producer

Thomas Yau is a contributor to Inkstone and a video journalist at the South China Morning Post.

Location
Shanghai
Language spoken
English, Mandarin, Cantonese, Hokkien
Areas of Expertise
Video Production
Shanghai Disneyland reopens
Shanghai Disneyland has reopened to visitors last week after a four-month shutdown because of the Covid-19 pandemic, but things haven’t fully returned to normal just yet.
China’s Hubei province in full lockdown to combat coronavirus outbreak
China’s central province of Hubei, the epicenter of the coronavirus outbreak, has implemented tough travel restrictions. The new rules imposed on February 16, 2020, apply to the province’s entire population of 58 million and restricts all people from leaving their residential communities or villages. Hubei has seen the majority of the over 1,800 deaths worldwide from Covid-19, the illness caused by the new coronavirus.
Chinese bathrooms get coffee machines, face scan in ‘toilet revolution’
Since 2015, China has been engaged in a “toilet revolution” to clean up much-lamented public loos around the nation. Now the battle for better bathrooms is entering a new phase in places like Hangzhou. The capital of the eastern province of Zhejiang recently introduced a “smart” toilet, that turns answering nature’s call into a unique, relaxing and even pleasant experience.
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.
Police fire shot, water cannons in Hong Kong protests
For the first time in 12 weekends of anti-government protests in Hong Kong, a police officer fired a warning shot during clashes with demonstrators on Sunday. Earlier in the day, police also deployed water cannons for the first time, threatening to use them in order to disperse hundreds of protesters who had occupied a road following a march.
Medieval ‘knights’ in China are going to war
Hacking at each other armed with swords and shields in full medieval armor may seem like a job for stunt actors. But in China, dozens of enthusiasts are suiting up for exhausting bouts in the hope of finding international success in medieval combat. Watch the video above.
Cherry blossoms in Shanghai
Cherry trees are blossoming around Shanghai, charming park visitors as the eastern Chinese metropolis welcomes the arrival of spring. Check out our video, above, for more.
This company wants to make money from China’s social credit system
China is developing a controversial social credit system of rewards and punishments meant to encourage people and businesses to abide by rules and to promote integrity and trustworthiness in society at large. The government aims to have it in place by 2020, and so far its most visible applications include a ban on people from booking express trains or flights if they appear on various “blacklists”. While there are still many questions about how the system will be implemented, at least one company is setting its sights on making money out of social credit. Check out our video, above, for more.
A historic Shanghai neighborhood counts down its final days
Behind the towering modern skyscrapers of Shanghai, some older corners of the city still remain. The Laoximen neighborhood is one of the city’s oldest. Once the location of the west gate of the former walled city, the area’s history dates back 500 years. It’s home to some of the final remaining examples of colonial buildings built when Shanghai was one of the only places in China where foreigners were permitted to trade. But urban redevelopment has steadily chipped away at Laoximen, with the latest plans poised to erase the northern part of the neighborhood. Watch the video, above, for a taste of old Shanghai.
Cringe with us at China’s parliamentary propaganda rap
Chinese state news agency Xinhua has published an English-language propaganda rap video all about the “two sessions” – the country’s annual parliamentary meetings. Performed by rapper Su Han, who rose to fame in popular reality show Sing! China, the video celebrates China’s recent developments, including its landing on the far side of the moon, its battles against pollution and poverty, and its greening campaign. While hip hop culture and propaganda don’t seem like natural bedfellows, in recent years the government has increasingly been making use of rap to sell its message. Check out our video, above, for a taste. Interested in in-depth analysis and news from the Two Sessions? Check out the