Latest news, features and opinion on ethnic Chinese people overseas, including students studying abroad, the Chinese diaspora and the experiences of immigrants in countries such as the United States,

Canada, Australia and Britain and regions such as Southeast Asia.

Fleeing coronavirus, overseas Chinese find haven at home
Desperate to return to his Beijing home from Boston, but fearful of catching the coronavirus in the confines of a plane, 26-year-old Liu began his journey with the assumption that all surfaces were covered in the virus. For his flights from Boston to Hong Kong, and then to Beijing over the weekend, the exchange PhD student at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology put on two face masks, protective goggles, plastic gloves and a raincoat. After he arrived in the Chinese capital, he spent 10 hours going through stringent immigration and health checks. For Liu, who declined to use his full name, the nearly 30-hour long journey was worth it. “If something happens to me, I would rather be in Ch
She was brutally murdered in the US. Now her life is remembered in film
Zhang Yingying was 26 years old when she left China for the US as a visiting scholar to study climate change on crop yields in mid-2017. Just six weeks after she arrived in a new country, with its unfamiliar culture and language, Zhang disappeared, never to be seen again. In June that year, police arrested a former physics PhD candidate, Brendt Christensen, after surveillance footage showed that Zhang had entered a car driven by him. A jury later found him guilty of murder and he was sentenced to life in a federal prison. Prosecutors said he raped her and murdered her using a baseball bat and a knife. Zhang’s disappearance sent shockwaves through Chinese students in the US. Before Christense
Travel bans and racism deter Chinese students from studying overseas
The coronavirus outbreak will likely lead to a drop in Chinese students and tourists abroad, as Chinese citizens face entry bans and xenophobic attacks globally.  The epidemic has infected more than 110,000 people and killed more than 3,800 globally, most of them in China. Italy, Iran, Japan and South Korea have also been hit hard by the virus.  Although the spread of the virus has slowed in China, analysts say the travel restrictions imposed on Chinese travelers will have continuing effect on the education and tourism sectors worldwide.  In the United States, a Boston-based Chinese student agent said applications had dropped significantly following the virus outbreak, exacerbating an existi
Ferrari-driving Chinese patriots rev up protests in Canada
Convoys of Chinese patriots in Ferraris and other high-end sports cars have been revving up pro-Beijing demonstrations in Canada, home to tens of thousands of Chinese millionaire migrants. Drivers of luxury sports cars – which also included McLarens, Porsches and Aston Martins – waved Chinese flags, gunned their engines and honked their horns to cheers from pro-China demonstrators in Vancouver and Toronto, who were facing off against groups supporting the Hong Kong protest movement. In Vancouver, at the busy intersection of Broadway and Cambie Street, hundreds of rival demonstrators had gathered on Saturday afternoon at a major subway station. Protester Kevin Huang Yi Shuen, who supported th
Inside the reggae empire built by a Chinese-Jamaican family
Almost five years ago on a local TV show in New York, the host was taken aback when the Jamaican reggae artist Gyptian was introduced by a diminutive, elderly Asian woman. “He was not expecting to see a Chinese woman talking about reggae,” Patricia Chin, now 82, recalls with a laugh, during a telephone interview from New York. But the half-Chinese, half-Indian Chin, who was born in Jamaica, knows just about everything there is to know about reggae.  She and her late husband, Vincent “Randy” Chin, helped build the nascent reggae music scene in the late 1950s from their home in Kingston, Jamaica, along with the likes of the legendary Bob Marley and Peter Tosh. In 1975, the Chins emigrated to t
Chinese traditions are no excuse for disinheriting daughters in British Columbia
The elderly Chinese immigrant came to the office of Vancouver lawyer Trevor Todd, a long-time neighbor, with plans to write his will. He brought with him his wife of 35 years – and the intention to disinherit her and their daughter, and instead leave the entire family fortune to the couple’s adult son. “I told him ‘forget it’,” said Todd last week, of the encounter 15 years ago.  Todd’s neighbor was hardly an outlier. Lawyers say sex-based disinheritance of Asian women is common in Canada, with wives and daughters sometimes “shafted” (to use Todd’s wording) by the will of a family patriarch. But the phenomenon is now under scrutiny, thanks to a high-profile multimillion-dollar court victory
He called us ‘the g-word’ and told us to go home
Social media is filled with uplifting stories of people who encounter racism and rise above it. People of color who wade through the mire to embrace or convert their tormentors – or, at least, distinguish themselves in the face of ignorance. They go low, we go high. This is not one of those stories. The facts of my encounter with a real-life racist in Vancouver, your honor, are as follows. On July 10, a random white man called my wife and me “gooks,” an awful thing to do. He followed us and told us to “go home.” I confronted him and he backed down. So far, so woke. Here are the bits I left out. They do not enhance my heroic tale. He was homeless, or looked it. He was pushing his belongings
When Chinese students were given the uncensored internet
Part of living in mainland China is living with a censored internet. But what’s that doing to the people growing up behind the “Great Firewall”? A recent study has found that the perils of living with such a controlled internet go beyond simply having limited access to valuable information. In fact, censorship in China is fostering a society where people no longer demand uncensored information at all, according to research published in the American Economic Association. “Citizens with access to uncensored internet may not seek out politically sensitive information, due to lack of interest in politics, fear of government reprisal, and unawareness or distrust of foreign news outlets,” the rese
Serial child killer, cannibal, bogeyman – or scapegoat?
Si Quey Sae-ung’s reputation precedes him: notorious serial killer, vicious child murderer and ghoulish cannibal. Seen as evil personified in Thailand, the Chinese immigrant has become part of local folklore. He has been immortalized in films and books. He has also been a bogeyman for generations of children. For decades Thai parents have been warning their offspring that if they misbehaved, stayed out late or skipped school, Si Quey would come and eat their liver. Yet his embalmed corpse, in a small medical museum at Bangkok’s oldest hospital, doesn’t appear menacing at all. Si Quey’s preserved remains are on permanent display at the hospital’s Forensic Medicine Museum. Beside his corpse is
College scandal a cautionary tale for crazy rich Chinese
“Those more outstanding than you also work harder.” This is a trendy aspirational phrase in China in the digital era, meant to remind people who do not come from well-to-do families that the only way they can catch up is by working hard. Had the Stanford University admissions scandal involving, among others, sophomore Zhao “Molly” Yusi not made headlines, she would still be looked up to as living testimony of how diligence alone pays off in the end. But last week, the fairy tale unraveled. It turned out that Zhao’s “hard work” combined with $6.5 million that her parents paid to college consultant William “Rick” Singer, the largest such payment that has come to light, probably got her into St