July 7, 2016


A portfolio of selected pieces

CNBC | CNN | Abe Fellowship | AP | Bloomberg | TIMESupChina | Discovery


“No ‘American dream’ for Chinese tricked into illegal work in the U.S.,” March 14, 2018

“AP NewsBreak: American Samoans sue for birthright citizenship,” March 28, 2018

“Scientists reap data from Hawaii’s rumbling Kilauea volcano,” June 7, 2018

“Democrat who wins Hawaii primary likely to take House seat,” June 25, 2018


“China’s elite have begun their game of thrones — here are some of the potential winners,” Aug. 3, 2017

“China may be crippling some of its largest companies with a crackdown on investment,” Aug. 24, 2017

“In China, big cosmetics firms are selling products tested on animals,” April 19, 2017

“Chinese bike-sharing start-up Ofo says it’s now worth more than $2 billion,” April 17, 2017

“Owner of Inter Milan asks fans to have ‘patience and trust’ despite recent losses,” May 16, 2017

“French restaurants lament China’s ban on stinky, soft cheese,” Sept. 14, 2017

“One of China’s hottest stocks is a tiny glass company you’ve never heard of,” Aug. 22, 2017

“China’s tallest skyscraper is facing rental woes, reflecting wider issues in the market,” June 2, 2017

“Rise of machines will ‘lead to more opportunities, rather than less” May 25, 2017

“Jackie Chan’s empire gets even bigger with new 3-D cartoon,” April 14, 2017


“U.S. steps up pressure on China over prison labor,” June 6, 2016

“Chinese are hiring surrogate moms in America,” Aug. 23, 2015

“Chinese snap up fine art for use in laundering schemes,” Feb. 21, 2014

“‘We refuse to give up hope’: Families ache for dozens lost in Taiwan quake,” Feb. 9, 2016 

“What it was like to cover the ‘Umbrella Revolution,'” Oct. 7, 2014
CNNMoney’s Sophia Yan shares her experience of covering the protests that gripped Hong Kong.

“Macau: Inside the economy that shrank 20% last year,” May 23, 2016

“Hong Kong white-collar boxing craze: What it feels like to punch a banker,” Sept. 15, 2015

“China goes gaga over pole dancing,” April 21, 2015

“China booming $1.5 billion pet pampering market,” Oct. 23, 2014

“Economists are very worried about China’s stock market,” July 8, 2015
Quarterly survey launched and conducted by CNNMoney’s Sophia Yan

“Hong Kong’s maids are often treated like slaves,” March 15, 2016

“China tries to rein in dancing grannies,” March 25, 2015

“Nobody escapes U.S. taxes – even astronauts,” Feb. 13, 2015

“U.S. runs out of investor visas as Chinese overwhelm program,” Aug. 28, 2014

“The world is running low on single malt scotch, “ March 4, 2016

“Beethoven: An unlikely hero in China,” Nov. 29, 2015

“What does $14 billion in one day mean for Alibaba?,” Nov. 12, 2015

“Americans turn in passports as new tax law hits,” Sept. 5, 2013

“Banks lock out Americans over new tax law,” Sept. 15, 2013

“Uncle Sam says my Swedish kid is American,” March 11, 2015

“Fresh ink brings new type of currency war,” Nov. 10, 2013

“How Grumpy Cat makes her millions,” April 15, 2015

Women: Japan’s Hidden Asset (Abe Fellowship)

“Japan’s single mothers face poverty trap,” Nov. 3, 2016

“The Japanese government is trying to find your perfect match,” Sept. 27, 2016

“Training to be a ‘super dad’ in Japan,” Oct. 21, 2016

“Career women battle Japan’s ‘salaryman’ culture,” Oct. 17, 2016

“Japan’s female lawmakers are way behind Saudi Arabia’s,” Sept. 29, 2016

“Why Japan is failing its women,” Oct. 16, 2016


“First Pentagon Energy Chief Drives for ‘Natural Security’ Goal,” July 15, 2011

“GE Healthcare Plan to Patient-Monitoring Boom Impeded by Boeing,” July 21, 2010


“Social Norms: Anonymous Gossip Sites,” Dec. 7, 2009 issue
Vicious? Yes. Cowardly? Ditto. Legal? Ay, there’s the rub. How colleges are dealing with the trend

“Facebook Legal Defense: Social Networking as Alibi,” Jan. 21, 2010

“Arts Groups in Tough Times Think Locally,” July 24, 2009

“In West Virginia, a Battle Over Mountaintop Mining,” March 12, 2010

“How Scott Brown’s Social-Media Juggernaut Won Massachusetts,” Feb. 4, 2010

The Observer

“Crackdown leaves little hope for an open and tolerant China,” Jan. 14, 2018 (commentary)


“China’s Hottest Granny, at 70, Has Big Plans Ahead,” Feb. 5, 2018

“From Xiaolongbao to Siu Mai: A Primer on the Chinese Dumpling,” March 15, 2018


“Hong Kongish column: Inside the Powerhouse,” May 2017 issue
As the Hong Kong Philharmonic tours Asia, classical pianist Sophia Yan looks at Hong Kong’s bid to become a global musical force.