Tom Wang

Tom Wang

Video Producer

Tom Wang is a contributor to Inkstone. He is a Beijing-based video journalist.

Location
Beijing
Language spoken
English, Mandarin
Areas of Expertise
Video production
Fighting for HIV drug access in China
China Aids Walk is the nation’s largest awareness and fundraising event focusing on HIV discrimination. Since 2012, people from a wide range of backgrounds have been invited to take part in the event at China’s Great Wall. The event aims to educate the public about HIV, advocate for equal rights for those infected with the virus and raise funds for communities affected by the disease. The group also organizes walking events in six other Chinese cities, drawing in more than 4,000 participants. Martin Yang, director of China Aids Walk, spoke to us about the goals of the organization.
Fighting for HIV drug access in China
How to train your pigeon
Dong Xiaobo has an unusual hobby. He raises 1,200 racing pigeons in the southern suburbs of Beijing. Dong's pigeons compete in many races and have won him several trophies. But like many pigeon enthusiasts in China, Dong doesn’t make money from his hobby. He's invested in 600,000 yuan ($85,554) of his own money every year to raise and train his pigeons. 
How to train your pigeon
‘It has been my dream’: Jeremy Lin leads basketball team in China
Basketball star Jeremy Lin is relishing the chance to lead a team in China, now that he is joining the Beijing Ducks. Coming off of an NBA championship season with the Toronto Raptors, he is playing this season in the Chinese Basketball Association. It’s the first time he is playing basketball professionally in China, where he will reportedly earn $3 million for one year of playing in the Chinese league.
‘It has been my dream’: Jeremy Lin leads basketball team in China
Beijing’s last ‘ghost market’
The Daliushu market in Beijing opens every Tuesday night as darkness falls in the Chinese capital, only to close before dawn the next day.  They're known as “ghost markets” among locals because they open only at night. The market features stalls selling antiques, jade and housewares.  While Beijing was once home to several nighttime markets, Daliushu is the only one that remains.
Beijing’s last ‘ghost market’
The director bringing Tibetan films to the world
Pema Tseden is one of the first directors to bring Tibetan films to a worldwide audience.  As a child, he was fascinated with movies but never dreamed he could actually make them.  But taking a chance on himself, Pema Tseden defied his critics and went on to make films that have given audiences insight into Tibetan culture.
The director bringing Tibetan films to the world
A Chinese town’s battle with heroin trafficking and addiction
Xiamaguan is a town in northwestern China’s Ningxia Hui autonomous region that is home to about 100 families, the majority of which have been affected by heroin smuggling and addiction. Many farmers in the area got involved with heroin smuggling in the 1980s – lured into the trade by the prospect of making easy money.  In the video above, we meet with families trapped in the cycles of crime and addiction and see how they are trying to move forward with their lives.
A Chinese town’s battle with heroin trafficking and addiction
Surfing in Beijing
Indoor surfing, or flowboarding, is gaining popularity in landlocked Beijing. Riding the waves to the sound of pop music has become a trendy way to beat the summer heat in the Chinese capital. Guo Yunchuan, 39, and his team developed the first surf simulator that was made in China.  Watch the video above.
Surfing in Beijing
Snowfall blankets the Forbidden City
Beijing has had its first snowfall of 2019, and the city is blanketed in white.  The Forbidden City in the center of China’s capital is more beautiful than ever.
Snowfall blankets the Forbidden City
Priced out of Beijing, and trying to get by
Rising property prices are pushing people out of large cities in China, such as Beijing. Workers like Li Jun are starting to move to satellite cities in order to afford the cost of living. But that comes at a cost: four hours of commuting, every day. Watch the video, above, to find out what it’s like trying to get by after being priced out of the Chinese capital.
Priced out of Beijing, and trying to get by