Yu Shiyu

Political commentator

Yu Shiyu is an expert on international issues. He is a political commentator for Singapore's Lianhe Zaobao and a columnist for Malaysia's Sin Chew Jit Poh, as well as a writer for several newspapers and magazines in China. He holds a doctorate from the University of Columbia, and currently works with a government research organisation in Canada, while carrying out research on Asian history and culture. He was previously awarded the Barwis Holliday Award by the Royal Asiatic Society. His academic works in the US and UK have been translated into Chinese and Japanese and released in Taiwan and Japan.

Children learn skating in Beijing on 11 August 2020. (Noel Celis/AFP)

Can China reverse its population decline?

A study shows that the global population will peak before the end of the century and populations in most countries will be on a downward trajectory. China is no exception. Its birth rate continues to fall each year and its population size is expected to be as low as 730 million by 2100. How can China prevent this problem from becoming its Achilles heel?
A man wearing a protective mask is reflected on a window in Chinatown during the Covid-19 outbreak in New York City, New York, US, on 17 May 2020. (Jeenah Moon/Reuters)

Why do Chinese and Indian Americans stay silent during the US anti-racism protests?

Nothing is black and white when it comes to race debates, says Yu Shiyu. What if you’re not black but ‘brown’ as some term it, that is, a minority nonetheless. Some Asian Americans of Chinese and Indian descent have been labelled model minorities for largely rising through the ranks though they face some forms of discrimination. Question is, if they don't see the current protests as their fight and stay out of the fray, are they equally culpable?
As the world’s second largest economy, China should have gained enough confidence to not be affected by terms like "sick man of Asia". In this photo taken on 25 February 2020, a woman wearing a protective face mask walks on an overpass in Shanghai. (Noel Celis/AFP)

From ‘sick man’ to ‘sleeping lion’: Have the Chinese overreacted?

Yu Shiyu observes that China could be reading too much into terms such as “sick man” and should by now, have the self-confidence to let such comments roll off their backs.