Tom Hancock

Recent and archived articles by Tom Hancock

3 Jul 2016 | 7:00 AM

Keeping alive a dying language

Spoken by China’s upper class up to a century ago, the country’s only Manchu speakers now are a handful of old people trying desperately to teach their mother tongue to the younger generation.

Motivating mentor: Shi himself had learnt Manchu from the older residents and is determined that the language must not become extinct. – AFP
12 Jun 2016 | 7:00 AM

China’s star tutors

Online teachers have become celebrities in their own right earning millions because of their unique teaching style and knowledge.

Online hero: Physics tutor Liu Jie gives an online lesson from a recording studio in Beijing. With a fan and student base that runs into several millions, Liu belongs to a growing cohort of educators feeding the country’s demand for after school online study. — AFP
7 Jun 2016 | 3:00 PM

Cash Kao: China’s tutors earn fortunes online

With a following of several million teenage fans, China’s Liu Jie says he can earn nearly US$50,000 (RM203,857) a month from his online videos and is often recognised on the street. But he is no pop star.

24 Mar 2015 | 12:00 AM

Pride of service: China wants more butlers

Just like on 'Downton Abbey', there is honour in providing good service. China’s super-rich are ready to be served by experts.

"Very good sir." More in China are enrolling in butler school to provide the rich with excellent service. Photo: AFP
8 Mar 2015 | 7:00 AM

New battleground for young warriors

China’s ruling party hopes to promote patriotic education and win over young minds across some of its poorest regions.

Patriotic: The children sing after raising the national flag in school. - AFP
22 Aug 2014 | 7:00 AM

Personals: Chinese men seek Vietnamese brides, will pay RM10,000, must relocate

China's gender gap, its rural farmers looking for affordable marriages, and Vietnam's mail-order bride phenomenon come together in a strange wedding that works – for some.

Vietnamese bride Vu Thi Hong Thuy, 21, poses with a photo of her Chinese husband in Weijian village, in China's Henan province. More than 20 Vietnamese brides have found new lives in the poverty stricken rural township, the beneficiaries and sometimes victims of trade-serving farmers who cannot attract local partners in the face of a huge gender imbalance. – AFP/GREG BAKER
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18 Jun 2013 | 7:00 AM

New home for rhinos

Fears for African rhinos in China forest.

The spike in the killings of rhinos in Africa has been blamed on high demand for rhino horn-based traditional medicine products across South-East Asia and China.
5 Mar 2013 | 12:00 AM

Deadly ivory trade thriving in Asia

Surging China demand drives deadly ivory trade.

2 Dec 2012 | 12:00 AM

In search of a stable job

Record numbers flock to take a test in the hope of securing a career in the civil service.