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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Shoe saleswoman fractures customer’s pinkie after he calls her ‘beautiful lady’

Shopworker’s bad day made worse by man she thought was flirting with her and, after police reprimand, she agrees to pay customer’s US$450 medical bill.

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Shopworker’s bad day made worse by man she thought was flirting with her and, after police reprimand, she agrees to pay customer’s US$450 medical bill.

Shoe saleswoman fractures customer’s pinkie after he calls her ‘beautiful lady’
Wuhan University creates cherry blossom filter to stop selfie tourists damaging trees

Wuhan University teams up with video platform Douyin to create a visual effect that mimics falling petals to stop visitors shaking the trees.

21 Mar 2019 - 11:16AM

Wuhan University teams up with video platform Douyin to create a visual effect that mimics falling petals to stop visitors shaking the trees.

Wuhan University creates cherry blossom filter to stop selfie tourists damaging trees
‘I’ve never experienced love’: Chinese game Tiny Snow gains popularity after creator’s lovelorn comment

Solitary developer rues his admission and hopes fans will just enjoy the game, while sympathy vote takes Chinese-language Tiny Snow to gamers worldwide.

18 Mar 2019 - 11:09PM

Solitary developer rues his admission and hopes fans will just enjoy the game, while sympathy vote takes Chinese-language Tiny Snow to gamers worldwide.

‘I’ve never experienced love’: Chinese game Tiny Snow gains popularity after creator’s lovelorn comment
Chinese cooking star kills and chops up rare giant salamander on camera to online fans’ horror

His down-to-earth style, dubbed ‘hard-core food’, won chef Wang Gang millions of fans but video of him killing and cooking the endangered amphibian was too much for some.

18 Mar 2019 - 2:51PM

His down-to-earth style, dubbed ‘hard-core food’, won chef Wang Gang millions of fans but video of him killing and cooking the endangered amphibian was too much for some.

Chinese cooking star kills and chops up rare giant salamander on camera to online fans’ horror
Weibo accounts shut over comments criticising young Chinese victim of Ethiopian Airlines crash

After learning that a 22-year-old student travelling to Kenya came from a well-to-do family, some posted harshly judgmental comments online.

13 Mar 2019 - 4:17PM

After learning that a 22-year-old student travelling to Kenya came from a well-to-do family, some posted harshly judgmental comments online.

Weibo accounts shut over comments criticising young Chinese victim of Ethiopian Airlines crash
Not girls, queens or goddesses: calls in China for a return to the real meaning of women’s day

March 8 has devolved into a prime time for online sales campaigns and advertising rather than a moment to celebrate the achievements of women, critics say.

8 Mar 2019 - 8:49PM

March 8 has devolved into a prime time for online sales campaigns and advertising rather than a moment to celebrate the achievements of women, critics say.

Not girls, queens or goddesses: calls in China for a return to the real meaning of women’s day
Beijing chokes on dense smog as China’s political heavyweights meet

Capital issues orange alert as delegates arrive for one of the year’s biggest gatherings.

3 Mar 2019 - 5:13PM

Capital issues orange alert as delegates arrive for one of the year’s biggest gatherings.

Beijing chokes on dense smog as China’s political heavyweights meet
The unmaking of Mimeng: the rise and fall of China’s polarising social media empress

She cooked up ‘poisonous chicken soup for the soul’ and profited from ‘selling anxiety’. But the controversy – and fake story – she created in her quest for ‘clickbait’ ultimately did her in.

2 Mar 2019 - 12:29PM

She cooked up ‘poisonous chicken soup for the soul’ and profited from ‘selling anxiety’. But the controversy – and fake story – she created in her quest for ‘clickbait’ ultimately did her in.

The unmaking of Mimeng: the rise and fall of China’s polarising social media empress
Something doesn’t add up: Chinese blame rigid education system for country’s decline in international maths contest
  • Web users say schools’ ‘force-feeding’ of pupils is stifling innovation and creative thinking.
1 Mar 2019 - 3:56PM
  • Web users say schools’ ‘force-feeding’ of pupils is stifling innovation and creative thinking.
Something doesn’t add up: Chinese blame rigid education system for country’s decline in international maths contest
‘Farewell, so long’: video of Taiwanese TV host’s assisted suicide fires up euthanasia debate

Video of Fu Da-ren’s last moments brings public face-to-face with the question he asked after his diagnosis with pancreatic cancer.

28 Feb 2019 - 10:32PM

Video of Fu Da-ren’s last moments brings public face-to-face with the question he asked after his diagnosis with pancreatic cancer.

‘Farewell, so long’: video of Taiwanese TV host’s assisted suicide fires up euthanasia debate
Chinese search engine Baidu asked to answer complaints about ‘verified’ travel agency scams

Consumers say they were duped on holidays to Hong Kong and Macau over Lunar New Year.

27 Feb 2019 - 11:11PM

Consumers say they were duped on holidays to Hong Kong and Macau over Lunar New Year.

Chinese search engine Baidu asked to answer complaints about ‘verified’ travel agency scams
Chinese school book’s omission of farmers’ revolt provokes debate

Story that had featured in textbooks for some 60 years is edited out and replaced with new section deemed ‘suitable’ for pupils.

26 Feb 2019 - 11:24PM

Story that had featured in textbooks for some 60 years is edited out and replaced with new section deemed ‘suitable’ for pupils.

Chinese school book’s omission of farmers’ revolt provokes debate
Battle of the sci-fi blockbusters as China’s Wandering Earth meets Hollywood’s Alita: Battle Angel

James Cameron’s manga-based cyborg takes box office crown on its opening day in Chinese cinemas.

26 Feb 2019 - 1:46AM

James Cameron’s manga-based cyborg takes box office crown on its opening day in Chinese cinemas.

Battle of the sci-fi blockbusters as China’s Wandering Earth meets Hollywood’s Alita: Battle Angel
Chinese kidnap victim reunited with parents after 31 years

Tears of joy as hundreds turn out to welcome home the lost boy of their village.

26 Feb 2019 - 10:15AM

Tears of joy as hundreds turn out to welcome home the lost boy of their village.

Chinese kidnap victim reunited with parents after 31 years
Chinese scientist who prepared to spend his life on Mars determined shattered dream will still be reality

Li Dapeng volunteered for mission of no return to red planet and the collapse of Mars One, the company behind it, has done nothing to put men and women like him off it.

23 Feb 2019 - 10:44PM

Li Dapeng volunteered for mission of no return to red planet and the collapse of Mars One, the company behind it, has done nothing to put men and women like him off it.

Chinese scientist who prepared to spend his life on Mars determined shattered dream will still be reality
Chinese Good Samaritan questioned over assault appeals to social media for justice

Man who claims he stepped in as woman was being attacked then spent 14 days being questioned by police wins offers of moral and big money support to fight case.

20 Feb 2019 - 1:58PM

Man who claims he stepped in as woman was being attacked then spent 14 days being questioned by police wins offers of moral and big money support to fight case.

Chinese Good Samaritan questioned over assault appeals to social media for justice
Chinese schoolgirl shamed for using robot to write homework. Now everybody wants one

Report about teen caught by her mother after using a device for Lunar New Year assignments alerts a wider audience to the robots, which can copy text and mimic your handwriting.

19 Feb 2019 - 11:11PM

Report about teen caught by her mother after using a device for Lunar New Year assignments alerts a wider audience to the robots, which can copy text and mimic your handwriting.

Chinese schoolgirl shamed for using robot to write homework. Now everybody wants one
I am Chinese, insists table tennis queen Deng Yaping as she posts photos of her and France-born son’s passports

Four-time Olympic gold medallist responds to persistent rumours about her nationality and that of her son, a promising player, saying they are ‘proud as Chinese and proud to be fighting for our country’.

18 Feb 2019 - 10:44PM

Four-time Olympic gold medallist responds to persistent rumours about her nationality and that of her son, a promising player, saying they are ‘proud as Chinese and proud to be fighting for our country’.

I am Chinese, insists table tennis queen Deng Yaping as she posts photos of her and France-born son’s passports
No halal please: meet China’s pig vigilantes

Vocal vigilante groups are angered by what they see as creeping Islamisation in Chinese society, and fight to ‘take back’ the Year of the Pig from ‘religious extremists’.

9 Feb 2019 - 8:25AM

Vocal vigilante groups are angered by what they see as creeping Islamisation in Chinese society, and fight to ‘take back’ the Year of the Pig from ‘religious extremists’.

No halal please: meet China’s pig vigilantes
Young Chinese are fighting back against scourge of Lunar New Year: interfering relatives

Criticism and meddling has turned family gatherings into an ordeal for many – but there are some sources of inspiration for those fed up with relatives asking about their salary and setting up blind dates.

8 Feb 2019 - 11:41AM

Criticism and meddling has turned family gatherings into an ordeal for many – but there are some sources of inspiration for those fed up with relatives asking about their salary and setting up blind dates.

Young Chinese are fighting back against scourge of Lunar New Year: interfering relatives
The lopsided fortunes of China’s ancient lion dance: thriving in the south but struggling in the north

The public’s interest in the ancient art spiked when video of two performers working on routines went viral on social media. A focus on family and heritage is driving its preservation in southern China.

5 Feb 2019 - 10:26PM

The public’s interest in the ancient art spiked when video of two performers working on routines went viral on social media. A focus on family and heritage is driving its preservation in southern China.

The lopsided fortunes of China’s ancient lion dance: thriving in the south but struggling in the north
How China’s technology boom is changing New Year celebrations

Traditions like cooking big New Year meals might be replaced by tapping an app, but hi-tech is not pulling China’s generations apart – it’s bringing them together.

5 Feb 2019 - 7:55AM

Traditions like cooking big New Year meals might be replaced by tapping an app, but hi-tech is not pulling China’s generations apart – it’s bringing them together.

How China’s technology boom is changing New Year celebrations
Live from rural China: how a paralysed man found new life as an internet star

Tian Haicheng took up live-streaming to distract himself from the effects of a devastating car crash but the shows ended up being a moneymaker, easing the strain on his family.

4 Feb 2019 - 7:01AM

Tian Haicheng took up live-streaming to distract himself from the effects of a devastating car crash but the shows ended up being a moneymaker, easing the strain on his family.

Live from rural China: how a paralysed man found new life as an internet star
The lovers’ texts, the online trolls and the targeting of a champion Chinese gymnast

An Olympic gold medallist has become the recipient of online scorn for allegedly having an affair with her friend’s husband.

28 Jan 2019 - 11:01PM

An Olympic gold medallist has become the recipient of online scorn for allegedly having an affair with her friend’s husband.

The lovers’ texts, the online trolls and the targeting of a champion Chinese gymnast
Shanghai’s million dollar toy boys: Online storm in China after police bust ladies’ club

Rich client gives escort gifts including an Audi, a gold cup and US$41,589 in cash at club where work is ‘easy, relaxing, simple, no illegal activity involved’.

29 Jan 2019 - 1:09PM

Rich client gives escort gifts including an Audi, a gold cup and US$41,589 in cash at club where work is ‘easy, relaxing, simple, no illegal activity involved’.

Shanghai’s million dollar toy boys: Online storm in China after police bust ladies’ club
China’s unruly children worst part of Lunar New Year migration for many

Social media users suggest children-only coaches and keeping them quiet with free maths problems.

25 Jan 2019 - 11:01PM

Social media users suggest children-only coaches and keeping them quiet with free maths problems.

China’s unruly children worst part of Lunar New Year migration for many
Is someone in debt nearby? Chinese court uses chat app to alert people as part of social credit system

Map in WeChat mini-program developed by Hebei court identifies nearby debtors, while users can also report people, as China’s social credit system continues to expand.

19 Feb 2019 - 10:51AM

Map in WeChat mini-program developed by Hebei court identifies nearby debtors, while users can also report people, as China’s social credit system continues to expand.

Is someone in debt nearby? Chinese court uses chat app to alert people as part of social credit system
Wanted: sperm donor for single Chinese woman in video appeal, as unmarried parents still face barriers

After not finding a sperm bank that allowed her to apply, a 27-year-old in Beijing looks for a donor by making a video.

23 Jan 2019 - 10:41PM

After not finding a sperm bank that allowed her to apply, a 27-year-old in Beijing looks for a donor by making a video.

Wanted: sperm donor for single Chinese woman in video appeal, as unmarried parents still face barriers
Chinese romcom star Wu Xiubo at heart of ‘break-up fee’ blackmail storm

Wife claims actress Chen Yulin, Wu’s purported former girlfriend, persistently demanded millions of yuan to end their relationship.

21 Jan 2019 - 10:34PM

Wife claims actress Chen Yulin, Wu’s purported former girlfriend, persistently demanded millions of yuan to end their relationship.

Chinese romcom star Wu Xiubo at heart of ‘break-up fee’ blackmail storm
China confirms birth of gene-edited babies, blames scientist He Jiankui for breaking rules

Official Xinhua news agency says preliminary investigations revealed that scientist had acted on his own, forged review papers.

4 Feb 2019 - 11:47AM

Official Xinhua news agency says preliminary investigations revealed that scientist had acted on his own, forged review papers.

China confirms birth of gene-edited babies, blames scientist He Jiankui for breaking rules
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