SCMP FILM: Fighting fentanyl: the drug from China destroying American lives
Overdoses linked to fentanyl, a synthetic opioid up to 50 times stronger than heroin, killed nearly 30,000 people in the United States in 2017. Authorities say most fentanyl sold in the state of Pennsylvania can be traced back to China. We went to Kensington, an area considered a “ground zero” of America’s opioid crisis, in the Pennsylvanian city of Philadelphia, to find out how a drug funneled through from China is fueling a health crisis half a world away.
SCMP: US farmers hurting over flooding and trade war
Major US agriculture states including Minnesota, Iowa and Illinois are bracing for one of the wettest planting seasons in more than a hundred years. For Lake Benton, a small town of 683 people in southern Minnesota, the stress is compounded by a plunge in prices and an escalating US-China trade war that has grounded the soybean trade to a virtual halt. The double blow of flooding and tariffs has hit soybean farmers like Jon and Bob Worth, but they say they are willing to endure the short-term pain to support President Donald Trump.
SCMP FILM: What happened to our parents? Uygur sisters seek answers
Zumret and Humar Isaac lost contact with their parents in November 2018. Since then, the two Uygur sisters from Xinjiang, China, have been on a quest to find out what happened. A phone call from someone claiming to work for the community affairs centre led the sisters to believe that their parents were sent to one of Xinjiang’s “re-education” facilities, where according to the UN, an estimated one million Uygurs are being held. The sisters launched a social media campaign calling for their release. In late March, their parents resurfaced and resumed contact, but the sisters were left with more questions than answers.
BBC News: ‘I just had a baby - now I’m going to the frontline.’
In New York, the epicenter of the US’ fight against COVID-19, Tre Kwon is one of the healthcare workers fighting to save lives. As coronavirus overwhelmed hospitals, she ended her maternity leave early to return to the frontline. Many doctors and nurses are working with limited supplies, including a shortage of personal protective equipment. Kwon told BBC News about “the deaths, the sadness and the stress” medical staff in New York are facing now. Story published here: https://www.bbc.com/news/av/world-us-canada-52137166/i-just-had-a-baby-now-i-m-going-to-the-frontline
BBC News: The sinking island voting for Trump
Tangier Island is slowly disappearing due to erosion and rising water levels, but this US community of fishermen is putting its faith in a sea wall - and President Trump - to protect their homes, jobs and way of life. Some of the Chesapeake Bay residents warn that their neighbours are in denial about the threat of climate change. And scientists say who occupies the White House for the next four years could play a critical role in the global fight against dangerous climate change. Produced by Xinyan Yu, filming and editing by Roderick Macleod and Xinyan Yu
Brian Leung: The Hong Kong Legco protester unmasked
Subscribe to our YouTube channel for free here: https://sc.mp/subscribe-youtube In an exclusive interview with the South China Morning Post, Brian Leung Kai-ping, one of the demonstrators who stormed Hong Kong’s legislature in July 2019, talked about why he stepped up to be the face of the protest and how he felt justified and at peace about the use of force. At least 12 protesters have been arrested for their alleged participation in the occupation of the legislature on July 1, and dozens of protesters fled Hong Kong. Leung returned to the US and enrolled as a graduate student at the University of Washington. Read our full interview here: http://sc.mp/1hney Follow us on: Website: https://scmp.com Facebook: https://facebook.com/scmp Twitter: https://twitter.com/scmpnews Instagram: https://instagram.com/scmpnews Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/company/south-china-morning-post/
SCMP: The Mandarin Duck: New York’s most surprising celebrity
A mysterious bird has become one of New York’s most unlikely attractions. The beautiful male Mandarin duck caught the attention of bird watchers in Central Park in October. Soon after, one of the surprised visitors – David Barrett, who runs the Twitter account Manhattan Bird Alert – posted a video of the fowl online, and it immediately went viral. Now the duck is drawing flocks of fans from all over the US, attracted by his feisty personality and the mystery of how a bird native to East Asia made it to middle of Manhattan.
Hong Kong chef brings contemporary Chinese food to America
Subscribe to our YouTube channel for free here: https://sc.mp/subscribe-youtube Junzi Kitchen, a fast-casual Chinese restaurant, has grown from its first storefront at Yale University to three stores in Manhattan, New York since 2015. Lucas Sin, the chef of Junzi, which means integrity, talks about how Chinese food deserves a role in the evolution of an ethnic cuisine renaissance in New York. Follow us on: Website: https://scmp.com Facebook: https://facebook.com/scmp Twitter: https://twitter.com/scmpnews Instagram: https://instagram.com/scmpnews Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/company/south-china-morning-post/