Lee Kuo Ai

Lee Kuo Ai

Senior Writer, Business News, Lianhe Zaobao

Lee Kuo Ai is Lianhe Zaobao's senior business writer. She currently helms a daily commentary on US market performance and a bi-monthly feature on alternative investments including luxury watches, handbags and even toys. She is also a familiar voice on SPH Radio's 96.3好FM (96.3 Hao FM), having been invited frequently to share her thoughts on her feature on alternative asset classes. 

A shot of the Miniso's global flagship store at Times Square, New York. (Photo provided by Miniso)

Is Chinese retailer Miniso's 400% stock rally sustainable?

A 400% price jump in the past year has made Miniso Group Holding Ltd. the best-performing stock on the Nasdaq Golden Dragon China Index. Zaobao journalist Lee Kuo Ai speaks to Robin Liu, chief marketing officer of lifestyle brand Miniso, to find out more about the secret behind its stellar stock price rise, how IP collaborations have helped it to turn in strong performances within and outside of China, and how it plans on tackling the challenges ahead.
A Be@rbrick exhibition in Fuzhou, Fujian province, China, 14 March 2023. (CNS)

‘A wall full of Be@rbricks is worth as much as an apartment in China’

A Be@rbrick figure, named after auteur Stanley Kubric and first created by Japanese toy maker Tatsuhiko Akashi, can be worth thousands of dollars and finds fans from Japan to China to Singapore. Even celebrities like Jay Chou, JJ Lin, Lee Chong Wei, Z Tao, and G-Dragon are avid collectors. Chances are that you have seen these bears sporting their portly bellies without paying them much attention. In fact, these adorable and fashionable bears have become collectibles and an alternative investment. So, what makes Be@rbrick figures so highly sought after?