Phoebe Zhang

Reporter, China

Phoebe Zhang is a society reporter with the Post. She has a master's degree in journalism.

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Chinese government push for better maternity leave met with shrugs or concerns it will promote discrimination against women

Regional governments increased maternity leave benefits in the hopes to incentivise families to have more children, but it was met with ambivalence and apprehension.

Regional governments increased maternity leave benefits in the hopes to incentivise families to have more children, but it was met with ambivalence and apprehension.

Chinese government push for better maternity leave met with shrugs or concerns it will promote discrimination against women
29 Nov 2021 - 7:00PM
Explainer | China’s ‘ghost marriages’ see dead dug up for macabre marriages despite government crackdowns

The practice of ‘ghost marriages’ where two dead people are married to each other in a bizarre wedding ceremony dates back to ancient times in China and is designed to ensure unmarried men who die are fulfilled in the afterlife and do not return to haunt people.

The practice of ‘ghost marriages’ where two dead people are married to each other in a bizarre wedding ceremony dates back to ancient times in China and is designed to ensure unmarried men who die are fulfilled in the afterlife and do not return to haunt people.

China’s ‘ghost marriages’ see dead dug up for macabre marriages despite government crackdowns
27 Nov 2021 - 11:20AM
Explainer | Flat head syndrome – facts about the condition behind the helmet-wearing baby fad and how to prevent or fix it

Do you need to worry if your baby has a flat head, like the parents who make theirs wear helmets? Here are the facts about the condition behind that fad, and how to prevent or fix it.

Do you need to worry if your baby has a flat head, like the parents who make theirs wear helmets? Here are the facts about the condition behind that fad, and how to prevent or fix it.

Flat head syndrome – facts about the condition behind the helmet-wearing baby fad and how to prevent or fix it
26 Nov 2021 - 5:15PM
Hong Kong Canto-pop star Alan Tam, 71, denies affair allegation by man on social media

Hong Kong Canto-pop legend Alan Tam Wing-lun and his management have condemned a social media post where another man alleges the singer is having an affair with his girlfriend.

Hong Kong Canto-pop legend Alan Tam Wing-lun and his management have condemned a social media post where another man alleges the singer is having an affair with his girlfriend.

Hong Kong Canto-pop star Alan Tam, 71, denies affair allegation by man on social media
26 Nov 2021 - 3:18PM
China celebrities Zheng Shuang, Kris Wu Yifan and Zhang Zhehan included on blacklist released by performing arts body

A new blacklist of almost 90 celebrities and social media influencers has been released by the China Association of Performing Arts this week following their involvement in recent scandals.

A new blacklist of almost 90 celebrities and social media influencers has been released by the China Association of Performing Arts this week following their involvement in recent scandals.

China celebrities Zheng Shuang, Kris Wu Yifan and Zhang Zhehan included on blacklist released by performing arts body
24 Nov 2021 - 5:52PM
Dior and artist Chen Man apologise for ‘immature and ignorant’ photograph that infuriated the Chinese internet

Iconic brand Dior and a famous Chinese photographer apologised for a widely criticised photograph deemed offensive in China.

Iconic brand Dior and a famous Chinese photographer apologised for a widely criticised photograph deemed offensive in China.

Dior and artist Chen Man apologise for ‘immature and ignorant’ photograph that infuriated the Chinese internet
24 Nov 2021 - 4:38PM
E-commerce hub Hangzhou fines top online influencers for tax evasion amid live-streaming crackdown

The Hangzhou tax authority fined Zhu Chenhui and Lin Shanshan for illegally filing personal wages as company income, evading more than US$6.5 million in taxes, amid a broader industry crackdown from Beijing.

The Hangzhou tax authority fined Zhu Chenhui and Lin Shanshan for illegally filing personal wages as company income, evading more than US$6.5 million in taxes, amid a broader industry crackdown from Beijing.

E-commerce hub Hangzhou fines top online influencers for tax evasion amid live-streaming crackdown
22 Nov 2021 - 8:59PM
Hunting Pokemon: Spider man finds way home amid Shenzhen’s creepy crawlies

In the urban jungle of Shenzhen, a group of nature enthusiasts are hoping their passion can help other residents learn about the megacity’s surprising biodiversity.

In the urban jungle of Shenzhen, a group of nature enthusiasts are hoping their passion can help other residents learn about the megacity’s surprising biodiversity.

Hunting Pokemon: Spider man finds way home amid Shenzhen’s creepy crawlies
20 Nov 2021 - 9:00AM
Sexually suggestive facial expressions curse NetEase’s Harry Potter game in China

China’s second-largest gaming company apologised on Tuesday after receiving backlash that an animated female character appeared to be very sexual.

China’s second-largest gaming company apologised on Tuesday after receiving backlash that an animated female character appeared to be very sexual.

Sexually suggestive facial expressions curse NetEase’s Harry Potter game in China
17 Nov 2021 - 9:21PM
China coronavirus: apology after officials beat pet dog to death with iron bar after breaking into home of woman in quarantine while she watched on CCTV

A woman in China has received an apology after government workers broke into her home and beat her dog to death in the latest pet killing under China’s strict virus prevention controls.

A woman in China has received an apology after government workers broke into her home and beat her dog to death in the latest pet killing under China’s strict virus prevention controls.

China coronavirus: apology after officials beat pet dog to death with iron bar after breaking into home of woman in quarantine while she watched on CCTV
16 Nov 2021 - 1:19AM
Coronavirus: China is killing the pets of Covid-19 patients without their consent under draconian new measures

Chinese Covid-19 patients are returning home to find their pets have been killed by local authorities without their consent under the country’s harsh virus containment measures.

Chinese Covid-19 patients are returning home to find their pets have been killed by local authorities without their consent under the country’s harsh virus containment measures.

Coronavirus: China is killing the pets of Covid-19 patients without their consent under draconian new measures
14 Nov 2021 - 3:40PM
Chinese farm developing facial recognition technology for goats using cameras that can differentiate their features

A farm near Shanghai has been working on facial recognition technology for its goats since 2019 using security cameras that watch over the animals and can identify different features.

A farm near Shanghai has been working on facial recognition technology for its goats since 2019 using security cameras that watch over the animals and can identify different features.

Chinese farm developing facial recognition technology for goats using cameras that can differentiate their features
11 Nov 2021 - 6:24PM
China gender-based violence, victim-blaming in the spotlight after man arrested over alleged murder of woman jogging

The murder of a woman out jogging has renewed debate in China over gender-based violence and sexist attitudes and victim blaming.

The murder of a woman out jogging has renewed debate in China over gender-based violence and sexist attitudes and victim blaming.

China gender-based violence, victim-blaming in the spotlight after man arrested over alleged murder of woman jogging
9 Nov 2021 - 6:48PM
Turning everyone into an Ironman: How robotic exoskeleton technology is helping paralysed people walk again

A technology company in China uses robotics and artificial intelligence to provide paraplegics with a feeling they may have forgotten: walking.

A technology company in China uses robotics and artificial intelligence to provide paraplegics with a feeling they may have forgotten: walking.

Turning everyone into an Ironman: How robotic exoskeleton technology is helping paralysed people walk again
6 Nov 2021 - 2:18PM
Two hosts fired and talent agency loses client after Chinese live-streaming hosts mock ‘sissy idol’ representing Thai cosmetics brand

A Thai cosmetics company apologised and fired two live-streamers after they mocked the effeminate style of a Chinese celebrity brand ambassador.

A Thai cosmetics company apologised and fired two live-streamers after they mocked the effeminate style of a Chinese celebrity brand ambassador.

Two hosts fired and talent agency loses client after Chinese live-streaming hosts mock ‘sissy idol’ representing Thai cosmetics brand
3 Nov 2021 - 9:41AM
New fad in China has parents putting helmets and moulds on their babies to make their heads more round

Chinese parents who believe babies should have a round head are using helmets, moulds and mats to alter how their kids develop.

Chinese parents who believe babies should have a round head are using helmets, moulds and mats to alter how their kids develop.

New fad in China has parents putting helmets and moulds on their babies to make their heads more round
30 Oct 2021 - 3:38AM
Explainer | Who are China’s ‘Chaoyang public’, exposing celebrities for drug use, patronising prostitutes and other crimes?

Who are the ‘Chaoyang public’ and how are they helping expose corrupt celebrities for drug use, using sex workers and other illegal activities in China?

Who are the ‘Chaoyang public’ and how are they helping expose corrupt celebrities for drug use, using sex workers and other illegal activities in China?

Who are China’s ‘Chaoyang public’, exposing celebrities for drug use, patronising prostitutes and other crimes?
27 Oct 2021 - 12:02PM
China’s largest private education company cuts services for youngsters amid tutoring reforms

New Oriental Education, the largest tutoring company in China, announced it is closing its tutoring services for students from preschool to junior secondary level on the mainland.

New Oriental Education, the largest tutoring company in China, announced it is closing its tutoring services for students from preschool to junior secondary level on the mainland.

China’s largest private education company cuts services for youngsters amid tutoring reforms
26 Oct 2021 - 10:48PM
Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics: China unveils physical fitness and exercise overhaul for schools ahead of games

China is planning major changes to existing sports legislation including mandatory gym classes in schools and at least one hour of exercise a day as the country battles rising obesity rates.

China is planning major changes to existing sports legislation including mandatory gym classes in schools and at least one hour of exercise a day as the country battles rising obesity rates.

Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics: China unveils physical fitness and exercise overhaul for schools ahead of games
20 Oct 2021 - 9:01PM
Guo Meiling, who blended online influencing with crime, sentenced to 30 months in prison over illegal diet pills

Guo Meiling, who simultaneously became one of China’s first influencers but also dabbled in crime, received a 30-month prison sentence for selling illegal diet pills.

Guo Meiling, who simultaneously became one of China’s first influencers but also dabbled in crime, received a 30-month prison sentence for selling illegal diet pills.

Guo Meiling, who blended online influencing with crime, sentenced to 30 months in prison over illegal diet pills
18 Oct 2021 - 8:09PM
Dutch TikTok star finds her cute couple photo in a Chinese drama, except she was replaced in Photoshop

A Chinese drama apologised to a Dutch TikTok influencer after she discovered a photo of her and her boyfriend had been used in the show, and she had been Photoshopped out.

A Chinese drama apologised to a Dutch TikTok influencer after she discovered a photo of her and her boyfriend had been used in the show, and she had been Photoshopped out.

Dutch TikTok star finds her cute couple photo in a Chinese drama, except she was replaced in Photoshop
18 Oct 2021 - 11:07PM
‘I would rather they come to my shop for drinks’: Chinese cafes adapt to Squid Game biscuit fad

Dalgona biscuits have turned into a meme after the success of Netflix’s Squid Game, and people in China are taking advantage of the trend.

Dalgona biscuits have turned into a meme after the success of Netflix’s Squid Game, and people in China are taking advantage of the trend.

‘I would rather they come to my shop for drinks’: Chinese cafes adapt to Squid Game biscuit fad
16 Oct 2021 - 9:15AM
Tibetan vlogger Lhamo’s killer gets death sentence for brutal live-streamed murder

Tang Lu was convicted of murdering Lhamo when he set her on fire during a domestic attack while she was live-streaming to her fans.

Tang Lu was convicted of murdering Lhamo when he set her on fire during a domestic attack while she was live-streaming to her fans.

Tibetan vlogger Lhamo’s killer gets death sentence for brutal live-streamed murder
14 Oct 2021 - 6:24PM
Chinese county’s plan to solve ‘marriage crisis’ by pressuring women into marrying single rural men backfires

A Chinese county has been ridiculed for a planned campaign to get single local women to marry local unwed men with things like propaganda, jobs and matchmaking services.

A Chinese county has been ridiculed for a planned campaign to get single local women to marry local unwed men with things like propaganda, jobs and matchmaking services.

Chinese county’s plan to solve ‘marriage crisis’ by pressuring women into marrying single rural men backfires
15 Oct 2021 - 3:05PM
China’s ‘fake socialite’: student who lived for free for art school project caught up in wealth inequality controversy

An art student who managed to stay in extravagant hotels and eat for free for 21 days for a video project has been criticised as China’s debate on wealth inequality continues.

An art student who managed to stay in extravagant hotels and eat for free for 21 days for a video project has been criticised as China’s debate on wealth inequality continues.

China’s ‘fake socialite’: student who lived for free for art school project caught up in wealth inequality controversy
6 Oct 2021 - 6:32PM
‘Script-killing’ craze: the murder role-playing game young people in China are flocking to as escape from everyday life

A new form of role-playing where people are assigned a character from a script then work together to uncover the story’s plot and the final ending has taken off among China’s youth.

A new form of role-playing where people are assigned a character from a script then work together to uncover the story’s plot and the final ending has taken off among China’s youth.

‘Script-killing’ craze: the murder role-playing game young people in China are flocking to as escape from everyday life
13 Oct 2021 - 10:45AM
Surveillance and countersurveillance in China: the former private detective who went from installing spy cameras to rooting them out

Following China’s crackdown on private detective agencies, He Zhihui spied a niche in the market and now dedicates himself to uncovering the very devices he used to hide away.

Following China’s crackdown on private detective agencies, He Zhihui spied a niche in the market and now dedicates himself to uncovering the very devices he used to hide away.

Surveillance and countersurveillance in China: the former private detective who went from installing spy cameras to rooting them out
2 Oct 2021 - 2:39PM
The ‘CEO’ is a man: how Chinese artificial intelligence perpetuates gender biases

A new report released in China found that AI algorithms consistently produce results that discriminate against women.

A new report released in China found that AI algorithms consistently produce results that discriminate against women.

The ‘CEO’ is a man: how Chinese artificial intelligence perpetuates gender biases
4 Oct 2021 - 2:51PM
China coronavirus: killing of 3 cats who tested positive for Covid-19 while owner was in hospital sparks heated debate

A woman who was in hospital being treated for Covid-19 said community workers who were looking after her cats for her ended up killing them.

A woman who was in hospital being treated for Covid-19 said community workers who were looking after her cats for her ended up killing them.

China coronavirus: killing of 3 cats who tested positive for Covid-19 while owner was in hospital sparks heated debate
29 Sep 2021 - 5:55PM
Meng Wanzhou case should be taught in schools to ‘inspire patriotic enthusiasm’, some educators believe

Schools and educators across China are deciding if, or how, to include the case of Meng Wanzhou in their teachings amid a moment of patriotic fervour.

Schools and educators across China are deciding if, or how, to include the case of Meng Wanzhou in their teachings amid a moment of patriotic fervour.

Meng Wanzhou case should be taught in schools to ‘inspire patriotic enthusiasm’, some educators believe
28 Sep 2021 - 9:00PM