Francine Chen

Francine Chen

Francine joined SCMP as a Production Editor in 2019 after a decade working as a digital content editor and subeditor in New Zealand and Singapore.

Latest from Francine Chen

This Year in Asia: a Philippine F-bomb, China vaccines, Kim Seon-ho cancelled, Wang Leehom’s divorce and other highlights of 2021

These stories are just some of the favourites from around the region chosen by the Asia desk’s Maria Siow, Bhavan Jaipragas and Francine Chen.

These stories are just some of the favourites from around the region chosen by the Asia desk’s Maria Siow, Bhavan Jaipragas and Francine Chen.

1 Jan 2022 - 11:28PM
Coronavirus: New Zealand faces growing calls for ‘circuit breaker’ lockdown

The country was largely virus-free until mid-August, when a Delta outbreak saw it start to shift away from a Covid-19 elimination strategy.

The country was largely virus-free until mid-August, when a Delta outbreak saw it start to shift away from a Covid-19 elimination strategy.

16 Oct 2021 - 10:32PM
New Zealand seeks rich investors, high-skilled labour in immigration reset

PM Jacinda Ardern says the country’s reliance on temporary workers has suppressed wages and put pressure on infrastructure and housing.

PM Jacinda Ardern says the country’s reliance on temporary workers has suppressed wages and put pressure on infrastructure and housing.

21 May 2021 - 6:54PM
For New Zealand-Chinese, global rise in anti-Asian hate a painful reminder of past wounds

As the #StopAsianHate movement grows, Chinese-New Zealanders are reminded that equality is still a distant proposition.

As the #StopAsianHate movement grows, Chinese-New Zealanders are reminded that equality is still a distant proposition.

22 Apr 2021 - 3:59PM
China-Australia tensions, Lee Kuan Yew’s warning, a Japanese sex pest: Asia’s most popular stories in 2020

The top-read story in 2020 was an in-depth look into how South Korea managed to contain its earliest Covid-19 outbreak without hard lockdowns.

The top-read story in 2020 was an in-depth look into how South Korea managed to contain its earliest Covid-19 outbreak without hard lockdowns.

28 Dec 2020 - 3:09PM
As Jacinda Ardern soars in New Zealand elections, ethnic Chinese voters look to her opponent

Although the incumbent prime minister leads in polls by double digits, her support is a paltry 26.5 per cent among Chinese Kiwis, who largely favour the National Party.

Although the incumbent prime minister leads in polls by double digits, her support is a paltry 26.5 per cent among Chinese Kiwis, who largely favour the National Party.

12 Oct 2020 - 12:52PM
Coronavirus: migrant groups warn of ‘humanitarian crisis’ in New Zealand as workers blocked from welfare benefits

Many migrant workers on temporary visas who have lost their jobs due to Covid-19 are struggling as they are unable to access social benefits.

Many migrant workers on temporary visas who have lost their jobs due to Covid-19 are struggling as they are unable to access social benefits.

17 May 2020 - 8:10PM
Coronavirus: as New Zealand lockdown begins, fears rise for abuse victims and the homeless

During the four-week period, only essential services will remain open and the public has been urged to stay at home as much as possible.

During the four-week period, only essential services will remain open and the public has been urged to stay at home as much as possible.

11 Apr 2020 - 9:22PM
‘Traumatised and paranoid’: Malaysians in New Zealand struggle after Christchurch terrorist attack

While there is caution and anxiety among the community, the people of Christchurch and Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern have been commended for their sensitivity.

While there is caution and anxiety among the community, the people of Christchurch and Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern have been commended for their sensitivity.

22 Mar 2019 - 8:38AM
Chinese man accused of groping three girls at Philippine theme park, prompting angry backlash

Recent arrests have drawn attention to the tensions caused by the influx of Chinese workers into the Philippines.

Recent arrests have drawn attention to the tensions caused by the influx of Chinese workers into the Philippines.

14 Feb 2019 - 10:55PM
Destructive durians, passports for sale, Korea’s ‘natural extinction’ – here are 10 great reads for Lunar New Year

Want to know about the black sugar you probably ate over the festive period? Are you keeping an eye on elections in Thailand, Indonesia, or the Philippines? Or wondering where the US is taking on China next? Read on …

Want to know about the black sugar you probably ate over the festive period? Are you keeping an eye on elections in Thailand, Indonesia, or the Philippines? Or wondering where the US is taking on China next? Read on …

7 Feb 2019 - 5:48PM