Phoebe Zhang

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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‘Supporting Taiwan independence’ ruled slanderous in China as actress Ruby Lin sues Weibo accuser

Social media user ordered to apologise and pay compensation to Taiwanese actress Ruby Lin for accusing her of backing independence, her legal representatives say.

6 Dec 2019 - 10:24PM

Social media user ordered to apologise and pay compensation to Taiwanese actress Ruby Lin for accusing her of backing independence, her legal representatives say.

‘Supporting Taiwan independence’ ruled slanderous in China as actress Ruby Lin sues Weibo accuser
Scandal hits China’s star health care crowdfunding site Waterdrop

Undercover report finds staff signing up patients to fill quotas, exaggerating their stories and failing to check financial details.

6 Dec 2019 - 10:24PM

Undercover report finds staff signing up patients to fill quotas, exaggerating their stories and failing to check financial details.

Scandal hits China’s star health care crowdfunding site Waterdrop
Chinese city to investigate after six people die from carbon monoxide poisoning after burning ‘clean coal’

Death toll includes a 13-year-old girl who was overcome by fumes as she slept.

5 Dec 2019 - 9:33PM

Death toll includes a 13-year-old girl who was overcome by fumes as she slept.

Chinese city to investigate after six people die from carbon monoxide poisoning after burning ‘clean coal’
China ‘world’s worst’ for invasive use of biometric data

Study ranks 50 countries on how extensively they use facial recognition and other biological tools as well as privacy protections for individuals.

5 Dec 2019 - 11:25PM

Study ranks 50 countries on how extensively they use facial recognition and other biological tools as well as privacy protections for individuals.

China ‘world’s worst’ for invasive use of biometric data
Huawei says former employee has right to sue company over extortion case

Li Hongyuan alleges that he was wrongly detained for about eight months after he negotiated a severance package from the company.

3 Dec 2019 - 10:30PM

Li Hongyuan alleges that he was wrongly detained for about eight months after he negotiated a severance package from the company.

Huawei says former employee has right to sue company over extortion case
China’s LGBT community in push to legalise same-sex marriage

Hundreds of thousands have shared their love stories, written letters and made submissions to a review into Chinese civil law during November.

1 Dec 2019 - 4:30PM

Hundreds of thousands have shared their love stories, written letters and made submissions to a review into Chinese civil law during November.

China’s LGBT community in push to legalise same-sex marriage
Taiwanese, Belizean arrested in China for supporting Hong Kong protests

One of those arrested is Taiwan man Lee Meng-chu charged with illegally providing national secrets and spying for foreign forces.

1 Dec 2019 - 12:00AM

One of those arrested is Taiwan man Lee Meng-chu charged with illegally providing national secrets and spying for foreign forces.

Taiwanese, Belizean arrested in China for supporting Hong Kong protests
China’s social credit system expands to target social security fraud and reward blood donors

Social security ministry says individuals and companies that break law could face credit blacklisting on top of criminal penalties.

28 Nov 2019 - 6:35AM

Social security ministry says individuals and companies that break law could face credit blacklisting on top of criminal penalties.

China’s social credit system expands to target social security fraud and reward blood donors
China’s ageing population prompts plan to deal with looming silver shock

Five-point strategy unveiled in first policy paper aimed at the most daunting social and political challenge of coming decades.

24 Nov 2019 - 7:00AM

Five-point strategy unveiled in first policy paper aimed at the most daunting social and political challenge of coming decades.

China’s ageing population prompts plan to deal with looming silver shock
Donations flood in from mainland China for Hong Kong attack victims

While contributors are sincere, mainland media is not giving the full picture of events in the city, analyst says.

22 Nov 2019 - 9:32AM

While contributors are sincere, mainland media is not giving the full picture of events in the city, analyst says.

Donations flood in from mainland China for Hong Kong attack victims
Say it with snow: big chill in northern China sparks red-hot business

Owners of e-shops find moneymaking opportunity in creating frozen personalised messages.

20 Nov 2019 - 11:04PM

Owners of e-shops find moneymaking opportunity in creating frozen personalised messages.

Say it with snow: big chill in northern China sparks red-hot business
Trolls target Chinese University professor over Hong Kong protest posts

Former journalist inundated with thousands of abusive messages after sharing media reports and colleagues’ accounts of the unrest.

19 Nov 2019 - 5:38PM

Former journalist inundated with thousands of abusive messages after sharing media reports and colleagues’ accounts of the unrest.

Trolls target Chinese University professor over Hong Kong protest posts
Mentally disabled Chinese girl, 12, has second abortion in eight months

Standards of care for children with disabilities questioned in Guangdong city of Xinyi as police appeal to public for any information.

18 Nov 2019 - 10:23PM

Standards of care for children with disabilities questioned in Guangdong city of Xinyi as police appeal to public for any information.

Mentally disabled Chinese girl, 12, has second abortion in eight months
Mainland Chinese students flee, but hope to be back in Hong Kong soon

Shenzhen boarding houses run by Chinese Communist Party and affiliate colleges offer temporary refuge amid ongoing violence on campuses.

15 Nov 2019 - 9:24AM

Shenzhen boarding houses run by Chinese Communist Party and affiliate colleges offer temporary refuge amid ongoing violence on campuses.

Mainland Chinese students flee, but hope to be back in Hong Kong soon
Shenzhen and Hong Kong-based groups help mainland Chinese students flee city

Communist Youth League branch across the border opens doors of its centres for temporary stays.

14 Nov 2019 - 3:55PM

Communist Youth League branch across the border opens doors of its centres for temporary stays.

Shenzhen and Hong Kong-based groups help mainland Chinese students flee city
Makers of China’s record-breaking animation Nezha in plagiarism suit by creators of stage musical Memory

Box office smash ‘extremely similar’ to long-running musical, plaintiff claims in case to be heard by the Beijing Intellectual Court.

12 Nov 2019 - 10:44PM

Box office smash ‘extremely similar’ to long-running musical, plaintiff claims in case to be heard by the Beijing Intellectual Court.

Makers of China’s record-breaking animation Nezha in plagiarism suit by creators of stage musical Memory
Privacy concerns over security checks in China’s Guangzhou metro stations

Mixed public reaction greets news of security upgrade with checkpoints planned for most stations over the next two years.

11 Nov 2019 - 10:49PM

Mixed public reaction greets news of security upgrade with checkpoints planned for most stations over the next two years.

Privacy concerns over security checks in China’s Guangzhou metro stations
Hong Kong schools less popular with Chinese parents in Shenzhen

Continuing unrest, anti-mainland sentiment and a long commute for ‘cross-border’ kids behind spike in inquiries to international schools.

10 Nov 2019 - 11:30PM

Continuing unrest, anti-mainland sentiment and a long commute for ‘cross-border’ kids behind spike in inquiries to international schools.

Hong Kong schools less popular with Chinese parents in Shenzhen
Hong Kong baker’s protest-themed cake disqualified from international contest in Birmingham after mainlander lodges complaint

Organiser tells baker from 3rd Space Cafe in Sheung Wan that the cake featured protest messages that were considered ‘offensive’.

4 Nov 2019 - 11:35PM

Organiser tells baker from 3rd Space Cafe in Sheung Wan that the cake featured protest messages that were considered ‘offensive’.

Hong Kong baker’s protest-themed cake disqualified from international contest in Birmingham after mainlander lodges complaint
Halloween in China: just a bit of fun, or too scary for the authorities?

Many Chinese are happy to enjoy festive parties, while others object to importing Western traditions and some local governments ban costumes and make-up or brand them a threat to social stability.

31 Oct 2019 - 10:53PM

Many Chinese are happy to enjoy festive parties, while others object to importing Western traditions and some local governments ban costumes and make-up or brand them a threat to social stability.

Halloween in China: just a bit of fun, or too scary for the authorities?
Eight Chinese construction workers killed after car park collapses

Two seriously injured after being left trapped under rubble at site in Guizhou province.

29 Oct 2019 - 10:52PM

Two seriously injured after being left trapped under rubble at site in Guizhou province.

Eight Chinese construction workers killed after car park collapses
Woman, 67, becomes China’s oldest new mother as baby girl is ‘given by God’, reports say

Doctors at hospital in Shandong province deliver 2.6kg baby girl Tianci by caesarean section, local newspapers report.

29 Oct 2019 - 3:20PM

Doctors at hospital in Shandong province deliver 2.6kg baby girl Tianci by caesarean section, local newspapers report.

Woman, 67, becomes China’s oldest new mother as baby girl is ‘given by God’, reports say
For China’s elderly singles looking for love, it’s complicated

Some of Beijing’s older lonely hearts share their stories on a chilly October morning in Changpuhe Park.

18 Nov 2019 - 9:27AM

Some of Beijing’s older lonely hearts share their stories on a chilly October morning in Changpuhe Park.

For China’s elderly singles looking for love, it’s complicated
Reward: Shenzhen offers cash for top trash sorters

Southern city will launch its new waste management programme next month, promising money for the most active adopters – as well as fines for offenders.

18 Oct 2019 - 4:02PM

Southern city will launch its new waste management programme next month, promising money for the most active adopters – as well as fines for offenders.

Reward: Shenzhen offers cash for top trash sorters
Death and life in ‘widows village’ in the heart of China’s ‘dust lung’ country

Silicosis is taking a huge toll on the families of miners who worked in choking conditions, often with little more than a towel to cover their face.

18 Nov 2019 - 9:19AM

Silicosis is taking a huge toll on the families of miners who worked in choking conditions, often with little more than a towel to cover their face.

Death and life in ‘widows village’ in the heart of China’s ‘dust lung’ country
Next stop: Croatia. Chinese travellers skip Hong Kong for niche destinations over National Day break

Train trips, Xinjiang and chartered flights among the growing holiday trends, travel agents say.

30 Sep 2019 - 9:44PM

Train trips, Xinjiang and chartered flights among the growing holiday trends, travel agents say.

Next stop: Croatia. Chinese travellers skip Hong Kong for niche destinations over National Day break
36 people killed after coach slams into truck on expressway in eastern China

Bus had a tyre blowout and collided with road divider before slamming into truck in the opposite land in Yixing, Jiangsu province, police say.

29 Sep 2019 - 5:05PM

Bus had a tyre blowout and collided with road divider before slamming into truck in the opposite land in Yixing, Jiangsu province, police say.

36 people killed after coach slams into truck on expressway in eastern China
Occupy Central was catalyst for the collapse of rule of law in Hong Kong, Chinese state media says

Protagonists of mostly peaceful 2014 movement ‘used distorted concepts … to poison many young people’, news agency says in commentary.

30 Sep 2019 - 10:52AM

Protagonists of mostly peaceful 2014 movement ‘used distorted concepts … to poison many young people’, news agency says in commentary.

Occupy Central was catalyst for the collapse of rule of law in Hong Kong, Chinese state media says
Chinese pianist apologises after composer Ryuichi Sakamoto warns fans of ‘fake disciple’

Sakamoto statement does not identify individual but online community points finger at pianist Xiao Ying.

27 Sep 2019 - 11:59AM

Sakamoto statement does not identify individual but online community points finger at pianist Xiao Ying.

Chinese pianist apologises after composer Ryuichi Sakamoto warns fans of ‘fake disciple’
Chinese ride-hailing company Didi makes stars of its Communist Party drivers

Party members among 21 million drivers to be given special red profiles on Didi app – Red Flag Steering Wheel programme encourages their professional and ideological development.

25 Sep 2019 - 9:28PM

Party members among 21 million drivers to be given special red profiles on Didi app – Red Flag Steering Wheel programme encourages their professional and ideological development.

Chinese ride-hailing company Didi makes stars of its Communist Party drivers