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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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 - 3:17PM

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
Chinese actress Han Xue apologises after lip-synching during musical

Into the White Night star told audience her vocal cords were inflamed and she couldn’t sing, so the theatre company had decided to use a recording.

23 Apr 2019 - 7:50PM

Into the White Night star told audience her vocal cords were inflamed and she couldn’t sing, so the theatre company had decided to use a recording.

Chinese actress Han Xue apologises after lip-synching during musical
Murder in the late afternoon: safety debate over killing of Chinese woman out on a keep-fit walk

Court in Sichuan province hands down death sentence to man who killed a woman for her gold jewellery.

22 Apr 2019 - 7:00PM

Court in Sichuan province hands down death sentence to man who killed a woman for her gold jewellery.

Murder in the late afternoon: safety debate over killing of Chinese woman out on a keep-fit walk
Xi Jinping calls for more ‘political guidance’ in bid to win over young Chinese

At conference on May Fourth Movement, he says the milestone event should be studied more and youth should to contribute to China’s ‘rejuvenation’.

20 Apr 2019 - 10:44PM

At conference on May Fourth Movement, he says the milestone event should be studied more and youth should to contribute to China’s ‘rejuvenation’.

Xi Jinping calls for more ‘political guidance’ in bid to win over young Chinese
Chinese cinemas showing Avengers: Endgame ordered to cap service fees

Theatres will not be allowed to screen latest blockbuster if they add more than 10 per cent to their ticket prices.

20 Apr 2019 - 10:45PM

Theatres will not be allowed to screen latest blockbuster if they add more than 10 per cent to their ticket prices.

Chinese cinemas showing Avengers: Endgame ordered to cap service fees
Hong Kong superstar Sammi Cheng sparks debate about Chinese traditions by forgiving husband Andy Hui for fling

Queen of Canto-pop reconciles with Hui after video shows him kissing actress, while on social media, Cheng’s followers hit out at traditions, saying ‘Men cheat; women forgive’.

19 Apr 2019 - 10:44PM

Queen of Canto-pop reconciles with Hui after video shows him kissing actress, while on social media, Cheng’s followers hit out at traditions, saying ‘Men cheat; women forgive’.

Hong Kong superstar Sammi Cheng sparks debate about Chinese traditions by forgiving husband Andy Hui for fling
China’s civil service: low pay, long hours and 1 million people want in

Number of jobs up for grabs halved in 2018, and 63 people applied for each and every one of them.

19 Apr 2019 - 12:31PM

Number of jobs up for grabs halved in 2018, and 63 people applied for each and every one of them.

China’s civil service: low pay, long hours and 1 million people want in
China’s civil servants find there is a price to pay for corruption-busting salary boost

Slashed benefits and bigger workloads leave bureaucrats feeling dissatisfied.

19 Apr 2019 - 12:51PM

Slashed benefits and bigger workloads leave bureaucrats feeling dissatisfied.

China’s civil servants find there is a price to pay for corruption-busting salary boost
Chinese woman apologises after photographs of her petting giant panda cub cause upset online

Social media users outraged at images posted by university student.

18 Apr 2019 - 10:02PM

Social media users outraged at images posted by university student.

Chinese woman apologises after photographs of her petting giant panda cub cause upset online
Blind Chinese man’s fight for teaching job at school for visually impaired sparks social media debate

Zheng Rongquan was rejected for a post at the Nanjing School for the Blind because his eyesight was considered inadequate for the role. News of his challenge triggered an internet discussion over career opportunities for disabled people.

16 Apr 2019 - 4:50PM

Zheng Rongquan was rejected for a post at the Nanjing School for the Blind because his eyesight was considered inadequate for the role. News of his challenge triggered an internet discussion over career opportunities for disabled people.

Blind Chinese man’s fight for teaching job at school for visually impaired sparks social media debate
Chinese flash floods: 11 drainage workers killed after deluge warning in Shenzhen

Emergency officials say drainage firm did not respond properly to warnings, while weather bureau warns that more heavy rain is on its way to Guangdong.

13 Apr 2019 - 3:16PM

Emergency officials say drainage firm did not respond properly to warnings, while weather bureau warns that more heavy rain is on its way to Guangdong.

Chinese flash floods: 11 drainage workers killed after deluge warning in Shenzhen
Chinese nationalist group stages two-hour ‘attack’ on Uygur websites

Move was ‘a brute-force effort to pledge thoughtless allegiance to the Communist Party’, project manager for World Uygur Congress says.

11 Apr 2019 - 11:06PM

Move was ‘a brute-force effort to pledge thoughtless allegiance to the Communist Party’, project manager for World Uygur Congress says.

Chinese nationalist group stages two-hour ‘attack’ on Uygur websites
Chinese hospital calls police after man writes ‘Japan forever’ in A&E

Man visiting a patient connects his phone to LED screen outside casualty ward and projects anti-China slogans, for which he is later detained on a charge of ‘picking quarrels and provoking trouble’.

10 Apr 2019 - 11:23PM

Man visiting a patient connects his phone to LED screen outside casualty ward and projects anti-China slogans, for which he is later detained on a charge of ‘picking quarrels and provoking trouble’.

Chinese hospital calls police after man writes ‘Japan forever’ in A&E
Chinese TV station accused of copying South Korean show – in which people learn how to do things from the ‘masters’

Seoul Broadcasting System considers legal action against Hunan TV after latter broadcasts programme with very similar format to hit Korean reality show.

11 Apr 2019 - 12:58PM

Seoul Broadcasting System considers legal action against Hunan TV after latter broadcasts programme with very similar format to hit Korean reality show.

Chinese TV station accused of copying South Korean show – in which people learn how to do things from the ‘masters’
Chinese workers could lose social credit for switching jobs too often

Zhejiang province considers plan to punish people who frequently change employers by downgrading their social credit score.

4 Apr 2019 - 9:36PM

Zhejiang province considers plan to punish people who frequently change employers by downgrading their social credit score.

Chinese workers could lose social credit for switching jobs too often
China responds to US demand for tighter fentanyl curbs with new rules to ban future variants of deadly opioid

All derivatives to be added to list of controlled substances in what China says is an ‘innovative’ contribution to the global war on drugs.

6 Apr 2019 - 2:26AM

All derivatives to be added to list of controlled substances in what China says is an ‘innovative’ contribution to the global war on drugs.

China responds to US demand for tighter fentanyl curbs with new rules to ban future variants of deadly opioid
Chinese gay rights activists out to challenge censored cut of Freddie Mercury movie Bohemian Rhapsody

Campaigners say they find cinema-goers are baffled by edits to Bohemian Rhapsody, while Beijing activist writes to censor to ask for explanation of deleted scenes.

29 Mar 2019 - 9:57PM

Campaigners say they find cinema-goers are baffled by edits to Bohemian Rhapsody, while Beijing activist writes to censor to ask for explanation of deleted scenes.

Chinese gay rights activists out to challenge censored cut of Freddie Mercury movie Bohemian Rhapsody
Compliments to the chef: why are Chinese social media ‘praise’ groups on the rise?

Millennials under pressure are flocking to the ‘last sanctuary of the Chinese internet’ for encouragement, a few kind words or a silver lining.

25 Mar 2019 - 3:23PM

Millennials under pressure are flocking to the ‘last sanctuary of the Chinese internet’ for encouragement, a few kind words or a silver lining.

Compliments to the chef: why are Chinese social media ‘praise’ groups on the rise?
‘I knew it was a time bomb’: China chemical plant blast was not the first at industrial park

Local residents say they took the risk of staying there because they relied on the factories for work, while investigators criticise authorities and company bosses for failing to rectify safety problems.

23 Mar 2019 - 11:02PM

Local residents say they took the risk of staying there because they relied on the factories for work, while investigators criticise authorities and company bosses for failing to rectify safety problems.

‘I knew it was a time bomb’: China chemical plant blast was not the first at industrial park
Chinese woman says dating agency kept her in office for six hours until she spent $2,800 on premium service

Client claims matchmaker’s ‘man of her dreams’ sofa scenario made her feel uneasy and that she was forbidden to leave six-hour consultation to use the toilet or make a phone call.

22 Mar 2019 - 5:24PM

Client claims matchmaker’s ‘man of her dreams’ sofa scenario made her feel uneasy and that she was forbidden to leave six-hour consultation to use the toilet or make a phone call.

Chinese woman says dating agency kept her in office for six hours until she spent $2,800 on premium service