Phoebe Zhang

Phoebe Zhang is a society reporter with the South China Morning Post. She likes to write human-interest stories and has written many about people living on the fringes of society. She believes there's no story or person that's too small.
Phoebe Zhang
Phoebe Zhang is a society reporter with the South China Morning Post. She likes to write human-interest stories and has written many about people living on the fringes of society. She believes there's no story or person that's too small.

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Driver in Jiangsu crash that killed three may have passed out at the wheel, police say

Three of the 13 travellers struck by car in Changzhou cycle lane die of injuries in hospital, while in Anhui man is detained for making inappropriate comments about crash on social media.

18 Jul 2019 - 10:41PM

Three of the 13 travellers struck by car in Changzhou cycle lane die of injuries in hospital, while in Anhui man is detained for making inappropriate comments about crash on social media.

Driver in Jiangsu crash that killed three may have passed out at the wheel, police say
Chinese movie fans say censors are tightening their grip as The Hidden Sword falls off release schedule

Xu Haofeng’s martial arts flick, set for cinemas this week, pulled for ‘market reasons’, while expert says 70th anniversary of People’s Republic founding is a ‘sensitive time’

16 Jul 2019 - 9:03PM

Xu Haofeng’s martial arts flick, set for cinemas this week, pulled for ‘market reasons’, while expert says 70th anniversary of People’s Republic founding is a ‘sensitive time’

Chinese movie fans say censors are tightening their grip as The Hidden Sword falls off release schedule
Chinese police race to solve mystery of missing girl, last seen with now-dead family tenants

A day after they promised to return the nine-year-old, the bodies of the pair were recovered from a lake in Ningbo.

11 Jul 2019 - 10:30PM

A day after they promised to return the nine-year-old, the bodies of the pair were recovered from a lake in Ningbo.

Chinese police race to solve mystery of missing girl, last seen with now-dead family tenants
Chinese police detain man who made online threats to rape and torture teenager

Shenzhen police say Xianyu account holder has admitted sending abusive messages, while girl’s mother fears he may have bought daughter’s clothes and knows where she lives.

10 Jul 2019 - 9:38PM

Shenzhen police say Xianyu account holder has admitted sending abusive messages, while girl’s mother fears he may have bought daughter’s clothes and knows where she lives.

Chinese police detain man who made online threats to rape and torture teenager
Three workers killed, 3 injured in stadium collapse in Shenzhen

They had been carrying out demolition work when the structure came down.

8 Jul 2019 - 11:15PM

They had been carrying out demolition work when the structure came down.

Three workers killed, 3 injured in stadium collapse in Shenzhen
Two men killed in road accident inferno after Maserati slams into BMW in central China

Father of three is killed as flames engulf car in crash at stop light in Henan – woman from wealthy family is held as police investigate drink-driving.

8 Jul 2019 - 10:59PM

Father of three is killed as flames engulf car in crash at stop light in Henan – woman from wealthy family is held as police investigate drink-driving.

Two men killed in road accident inferno after Maserati slams into BMW in central China
Meet the heroin trafficker’s son who is trying to save China’s ‘drug orphans’ one child at a time

Peng Lisheng’s life was turned upside down when he learned that his father was in prison for his involvement in the drug trade.

12 Jul 2019 - 1:17PM

Peng Lisheng’s life was turned upside down when he learned that his father was in prison for his involvement in the drug trade.

Meet the heroin trafficker’s son who is trying to save China’s ‘drug orphans’ one child at a time
Why West means best for middle-class parents fleeing the Chinese education system

Families disenchanted with exam-based classes and intense competition for tertiary places look offshore for alternatives.

29 Jun 2019 - 11:10PM

Families disenchanted with exam-based classes and intense competition for tertiary places look offshore for alternatives.

Why West means best for middle-class parents fleeing the Chinese education system
Thai police escort Chinese passenger off flight for opening emergency exit

Thai Lion Air passengers get a scare as flight is preparing for take-off from Bangkok to Wuhan.

28 Jun 2019 - 10:55PM

Thai Lion Air passengers get a scare as flight is preparing for take-off from Bangkok to Wuhan.

Thai police escort Chinese passenger off flight for opening emergency exit
Chinese man accused of throwing one-year-old son from sixth-floor window

Grief-stricken grandmother says tragedy followed argument over money.

17 Jun 2019 - 4:14PM

Grief-stricken grandmother says tragedy followed argument over money.

Chinese man accused of throwing one-year-old son from sixth-floor window
Chinese securities organisation blacklists UBS banker who made ‘pig’ remarks seen as offensive

Paul Donovan, who has apologised for his comments, attributed higher Chinese consumer prices to ‘sick pigs’ while speaking on a podcast.

15 Jun 2019 - 9:18PM

Paul Donovan, who has apologised for his comments, attributed higher Chinese consumer prices to ‘sick pigs’ while speaking on a podcast.

Chinese securities organisation blacklists UBS banker who made ‘pig’ remarks seen as offensive
The case of the missing child, the botched tests and a reunion with the wrong abducted son

Mother sues Chinese court over the mistaken identification of an abducted child two decades ago.

10 Jun 2019 - 11:22PM

Mother sues Chinese court over the mistaken identification of an abducted child two decades ago.

The case of the missing child, the botched tests and a reunion with the wrong abducted son
Chinese tech hub Shenzhen becomes key trade war battleground as US strikes at Huawei, its ‘dragon’s head’

As home to some of the country’s biggest exporters and tech firms, few other places in China are more exposed to Washington’s tariffs.

11 Jun 2019 - 11:25AM

As home to some of the country’s biggest exporters and tech firms, few other places in China are more exposed to Washington’s tariffs.

Chinese tech hub Shenzhen becomes key trade war battleground as US strikes at Huawei, its ‘dragon’s head’
#ChinaWakeUp a call to action as women expose Twitter accounts selling date-rape drugs, porn

Russian woman started #ChinaWakeUp with a tweet urging ‘English-speaking sisters’ to report users ‘that post videos of girls being drugged and raped’.

11 Jun 2019 - 6:08PM

Russian woman started #ChinaWakeUp with a tweet urging ‘English-speaking sisters’ to report users ‘that post videos of girls being drugged and raped’.

#ChinaWakeUp a call to action as women expose Twitter accounts selling date-rape drugs, porn
Beijing warns US farmers may lose China market for good, but plays down tariffs impact at home

Han Jun, vice-minister of agriculture and rural affairs, says ‘if the US loses China’s market, it will be very difficult for the US to regain it.’

3 Jun 2019 - 9:48AM

Han Jun, vice-minister of agriculture and rural affairs, says ‘if the US loses China’s market, it will be very difficult for the US to regain it.’

Beijing warns US farmers may lose China market for good, but plays down tariffs impact at home
Upgrades limit access to Chinese live-streaming, video sites over Tiananmen anniversary

Popular platforms announce users will not be able to change profile photos, register new accounts or post real-time comments while systems are upgraded.

30 May 2019 - 11:14PM

Popular platforms announce users will not be able to change profile photos, register new accounts or post real-time comments while systems are upgraded.

Upgrades limit access to Chinese live-streaming, video sites over Tiananmen anniversary
Generation Amnesia: why China’s youth don’t talk about Tiananmen

Censorship, silence and time have created a gulf between the young people who witnessed the crackdown 30 years ago and those who came after them.

3 Jun 2019 - 6:32PM

Censorship, silence and time have created a gulf between the young people who witnessed the crackdown 30 years ago and those who came after them.

Generation Amnesia: why China’s youth don’t talk about Tiananmen
Chinese fans cry ‘shame’ for Game of Thrones end but still love US shows

‘Rotten ending’ and anti-American sentiment fuelled by trade war fails to dent enthusiasm in China.

25 May 2019 - 10:41PM

‘Rotten ending’ and anti-American sentiment fuelled by trade war fails to dent enthusiasm in China.

Chinese fans cry ‘shame’ for Game of Thrones end but still love US shows
Chinese ‘gay fiction’ website told to stop publishing obscene content

Pornography watchdog orders Jinjiang Literature City to close some of its sections after an official investigation.

24 May 2019 - 9:54PM

Pornography watchdog orders Jinjiang Literature City to close some of its sections after an official investigation.

Chinese ‘gay fiction’ website told to stop publishing obscene content
Win a Nobel Prize, get a house in a Beijing suburb for free

Tongzhou district’s offer is ridiculed online as web users suggest it may be overestimating its appeal to high achievers.

22 May 2019 - 8:28PM

Tongzhou district’s offer is ridiculed online as web users suggest it may be overestimating its appeal to high achievers.

Win a Nobel Prize, get a house in a Beijing suburb for free
Why Alabama’s new abortion ban has touched a raw nerve in China

Country’s own history of top-down population control, including the one-child policy, means the issue resonates with many people in China

17 May 2019 - 11:10AM

Country’s own history of top-down population control, including the one-child policy, means the issue resonates with many people in China

Why Alabama’s new abortion ban has touched a raw nerve in China
Chinese boy, 10, stabbed to death at school after classroom scuffle with his alleged killer’s daughter

Police in Jiangxi province say they have detained a 41-year-old man in connection with the death of a child following a knife attack.

11 May 2019 - 10:20PM

Police in Jiangxi province say they have detained a 41-year-old man in connection with the death of a child following a knife attack.

Chinese boy, 10, stabbed to death at school after classroom scuffle with his alleged killer’s daughter
Surprise ending for Chinese employees skipping work to watch Avengers: Endgame

A team at a heating company were in for a shock when Communist Party officials turned up at their office for a snap inspection, setting off a chain reaction around the city.

11 May 2019 - 11:22PM

A team at a heating company were in for a shock when Communist Party officials turned up at their office for a snap inspection, setting off a chain reaction around the city.

Surprise ending for Chinese employees skipping work to watch Avengers: Endgame
Fire and ice as Chinese Game of Thrones fans go online to voice disappointment over latest episode

Final season of hit show begins to stretch credulity and its followers are not happy, while Monday’s plot twists and a continuity error involving Starbucks cup set tongues wagging.

20 May 2019 - 7:22PM

Final season of hit show begins to stretch credulity and its followers are not happy, while Monday’s plot twists and a continuity error involving Starbucks cup set tongues wagging.

Fire and ice as Chinese Game of Thrones fans go online to voice disappointment over latest episode
Chinese mum’s US$148,000 appeal for sick crosstalking son starts tongues wagging online

Family of Wu Shuai made a crowdfunding request after the 33-year-old comic suffered a brain haemorrhage.

5 May 2019 - 10:47PM

Family of Wu Shuai made a crowdfunding request after the 33-year-old comic suffered a brain haemorrhage.

Chinese mum’s US$148,000 appeal for sick crosstalking son starts tongues wagging online
Chinese students in violent clash with police over fake nursing course

Footage of incident scrubbed from social media as police statement blames expelled troublemakers.

1 May 2019 - 2:29PM

Footage of incident scrubbed from social media as police statement blames expelled troublemakers.

Chinese students in violent clash with police over fake nursing course
Racers tear through Chinese city streets in rented Porsche sports cars

Dangerous midnight speed drive fuelled by drinking and karaoke session.

29 Apr 2019 - 5:03PM

Dangerous midnight speed drive fuelled by drinking and karaoke session.

Racers tear through Chinese city streets in rented Porsche sports cars
Backlash after Chinese fans show support for K-pop star Park Yoo-chun amid drug scandal

Singer and actor faces arrest in South Korea after testing positive for methamphetamine.

26 Apr 2019 - 4:18PM

Singer and actor faces arrest in South Korea after testing positive for methamphetamine.

Backlash after Chinese fans show support for K-pop star Park Yoo-chun amid drug scandal
Chinese court names and shames debtors in warm-up to Avengers movie

Public service message played in cinemas reveals amounts owed by 60 people.

25 Apr 2019 - 11:03PM

Public service message played in cinemas reveals amounts owed by 60 people.

Chinese court names and shames debtors in warm-up to Avengers movie
Durex ads ‘more frightening than pornography’, China’s online watchdog says after bubble tea brand Heytea joins innuendo-filled campaign

Authorities vow to crack down on condom maker’s ‘vulgar’ promotions after campaign with bubble tea brand features innuendos about ‘cheese on lips’.

24 Apr 2019 - 10:38PM

Authorities vow to crack down on condom maker’s ‘vulgar’ promotions after campaign with bubble tea brand features innuendos about ‘cheese on lips’.

Durex ads ‘more frightening than pornography’, China’s online watchdog says after bubble tea brand Heytea joins innuendo-filled campaign