South China Morning Post
A daily digest of the top China stories.
Guo Jingming was ordered to issue a public apology after being accused of plagiarism in 2003. He didn't apologize until the final day of 2020.
3 min 32 sec
A new study from China found that coronavirus patients experienced fatigue, shortness of breath and kidney problems six months after being discharged from the hospital.
3 min 45 sec
Tao Yong is unlikely to ever perform surgery again because of a stabbing that left his hand crippled. But the doctor wants to move on and help people see again.
4 min 10 sec
Hong Kong’s national security unit arrested 53 former lawmakers and activists on Wednesday. Here is the event that prompted the arrests.
5 min 58 sec
A Chinese company was fed up with people playing on their phones while in the bathroom, so they are fining employees who visit the restroom more than once during an 8-hour shift.
3 min 35 sec
China’s Generation Z are encouraging fellow citizens to slack off at work to protest against a culture of working long hours.
5 min 41 sec
The US has a long tradition of Presidents using the pardon power. In China, the tool is used a lot less often, but it tends to affect a larger number of people.
7 min 10 sec
A new study found that people who live in poor areas and have a family member who smokes are more likely to live in poverty than those who don't.
2 min 41 sec
The government is set to trial a "quiet car" option for its high-speed rail network and the city of Shanghai will punish people who use audio without headphones on the subway.
2 min 45 sec
A province in northeastern China announced new rules that would force companies to provide days off for women on their menstrual cycle. Some people in China worry that companies will not hire women because of the rules.
4 min 4 sec
BTS's famous song ‘Dynamite’ played on a Beijing radio for the first time in years. It may actually be a big moment.
1 min 47 sec
In a year filled with loss, disruptions and jarring surprises, news events that would be deemed unusual and quirky by previous standards can serve as a reminder of life’s bountiful offerings in a difficult period.
4 min 38 sec
A Chinese court withdrew the decision to punish a nine-year-old girl who couldn’t repay her dead father’s debts. The case triggered a heated debate over flaws in the nation’s social credit system
4 min 44 sec
China is home to 44 of the world's 100 tallest buildings, but a directive from Beijing means they are the last of a dying breed.
5 min 18 sec
In a world battling a lethal global pandemic with a mounting death toll, there are still countries that will kill you for consensual same-sex activity.
6 min 6 sec
A new documentary gives hope and courage to the plight of poor children in rural China.
3 min 24 sec
She had sacrificed her personal happiness for decades to try and fit China's ideals for the role of a woman in society. She decided it was time to be herself, and is now finding happiness by driving all over China.
6 min 32 sec
Covid-19 could not defeat three generations of this Wuhan family, who are now calling for the truth from their government about how the crisis was handled.
6 min 18 sec
A 30ft. stone statue of Buddha was revealed to the general public after maintenance workers removed dead trees and trash. Residents who had lived there for decades had no idea it existed.
2 min 38 sec
Social inequality, overwork and pandemic fatigue dominated the most popular new phrases in China.
5 min 22 sec
China often publishes the personal information of people who contracted Covid in an effort to prevent the spread of the disease. But it has many people wondering if it's a privacy violation.
4 min 19 sec
Elliot Page is embraced for coming out as transgender, but China’s community wouldn’t dare divulge its secrets
4 min 54 sec
Tragic death a reality check to China’s efforts to curb domestic abuse
18 min 18 sec
Chinese state media celebrated three women working in the Chang’e 5 lunar exploration mission. The coverage is welcomed by many Chinese women in the science field, as they try to break through the glass ceiling in a country where patriarchy runs deep.
4 min 24 sec
The world is seeing fewer cases of HIV every year, but in China, the number is growing rapidly. Experts say a lack of sexual education is causing the spread of the disease.
7 min 12 sec
Much of the world is in the midst of a wave of coronavirus cases, and most experts suggest that people make alternative plans for the holiday. Here are how some places are grappling with a muted Christmas season.
5 min 39 sec
The success of Zhaxi Dingzhen, currently China's most handsome man, has led other regional governments to scramble and find local influencers to help boost their tourism. He Jiaolong, a 41-year-old government worker in Xinjiang is leading the pack.
4 min 57 sec
A new podcast in Hong Kong has spotlighted anti-Black racism in Hong Kong, a problem that is equally prevalent on the mainland.
5 min 45 sec
An obscure actress sparked debate after criticizing the role of Zhong Nanshan, China’s equivalent to Anthony Fauci. One problem is that the “actress” might not even exist.
3 min 38 sec
For Chinese millennials, the death of Diego Maradona allowed them to remember watching soccer games with their fathers, and mourn the loss of their youth.
4 min 31 sec
Traveling is going to look a lot different for a long time because of the coronavirus pandemic. One step to returning to near normalcy may be a "Covid passport" that certifies immunity.
4 min 15 sec
A man visited a real estate exhibition wearing a motorcycle helmet to avoid detection from facial recognition cameras. The video has gone viral as many people in China ask if the cameras are being used too much.
4 min 36 sec
A relatively recent tradition, China’s “marriage markets” are dominated by anxious parents advertising for potential partners for their adult children – often without their consent.
6 min 41 sec
Moderna announced this week that they have a vaccine that was 95% effective in trials. A joint project between Pfizer and BioNTech released similar statistics. So what does it all mean?
5 min 20 sec
A new study says that activities that require full mental immersion go a long way to improving mental health during long quarantine periods.
3 min 30 sec
Many new mothers say they are being forced to stay at home to look after their children, while others believe they are being held back in the workplace after giving birth.
3 min 22 sec
A Chinese county tried to institute a controversial policy that would have required authorities to capture and kill dogs if their owner walked them in public three times. The backlash was fierce.
3 min 26 sec
Tofu has for hundreds of years been an essential part of East Asian cuisines, but Americans only started to appreciate the versatile and nutritious ingredient in recent decades.
8 min 46 sec
Four opposition lawmakers in Hong Kong were disqualified after a new resolution from Beijing allowed the city’s government to bypass the courts.
2 min 51 sec
A province in China issued a directive that threatened teachers with consequences if they continued to use parents as pseudo-after school tutoring programs.
3 min 35 sec
A former flight attendant of China Southern Airlines lost his job after a video of him kissing another male colleague went viral. He is now suing his former employer, the biggest air carrier of China and in Asia, for unjust firing.
5 min 35 sec
A boy in southern China might lose his hands after his father burned him with cigarettes and lighter over the years. But the growing number of cases in China may be more about a refusal to tolerate corporate punishment.
5 min 28 sec
The K-pop group Blackpink released a video that included one member holding a baby panda while wearing makeup and touching the mouth of an adult. People in China were not happy.
2 min 37 sec
A new green initiative means people in China are tossing coins out of hearses for good luck. An enterprising group is taking advantage to make a few bucks.
2 min 56 sec
The 2020 presidential election in the US has yet to result in a winner. In China, many people spent their days following the election. The residents of the authoritarian state found the democratic process "exciting" and "entertaining."
7 min 7 sec
A man scolded an after-school school worker for celebrating Halloween, a Western holiday. It sparked a debate about whether or not they should be celebrated in China.
4 min 34 sec
In the US, pollsters are trying to pinpoint Trump supporters that are too shy to admit their preference. In Hong Kong, it is the Biden supporters who are often outnumbered.
4 min 10 sec
The ancient city of Kashgar in Xinjiang has gone into lockdown as it fights to keep a coronavirus outbreak at bay. Our reporter offers a window inside the deserted city.
10 min 6 sec
A girls’ school principal said she would never take donations from alumni who become full-time housewives. And furniture salespeople were seen slapping themselves while kneeling during a staff training program.
4 min 31 sec
The toughest part of vaccinating the world during the pandemic may not be whether or not the drug works, but how to deliver it globally.
7 min 38 sec