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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Fear is also infectious: how coronavirus outbreak is unsettling a nation

Deadly epidemic has people across the country heading for the safety of the countryside, or stockpiling supplies and battening down the hatches.

26 Jan 2020 - 11:05PM

Deadly epidemic has people across the country heading for the safety of the countryside, or stockpiling supplies and battening down the hatches.

Fear is also infectious: how coronavirus outbreak is unsettling a nation
China coronavirus: safe drugs available but questions about effectiveness, Sars expert says as death toll rises to 41 on mainland

More than 1,300 confirmed cases across mainland China, with second temporary hospital to be built in Wuhan at the heart of the outbreak.

26 Jan 2020 - 8:43AM

More than 1,300 confirmed cases across mainland China, with second temporary hospital to be built in Wuhan at the heart of the outbreak.

China coronavirus: safe drugs available but questions about effectiveness, Sars expert says as death toll rises to 41 on mainland
China coronavirus: hospitals turning people away as doctors say ‘home is best’ in many cases

Local people say they are becoming increasingly concerned as doctors turn them and their families away.

25 Jan 2020 - 4:29AM

Local people say they are becoming increasingly concerned as doctors turn them and their families away.

China coronavirus: hospitals turning people away as doctors say ‘home is best’ in many cases
China coronavirus: Travellers cancel Lunar New Year trips as illness spreads globally

Official measures have been stepped up to ensure safe travel for the public during the biggest human migration of the year. Public awareness of the virus is growing in importance, though some complain that seniors resist taking precautions.

23 Jan 2020 - 9:37AM

Official measures have been stepped up to ensure safe travel for the public during the biggest human migration of the year. Public awareness of the virus is growing in importance, though some complain that seniors resist taking precautions.

China coronavirus: Travellers cancel Lunar New Year trips as illness spreads globally
Chinese doctor needs surgery to save hand after hospital knife attack

Ophthalmologist at Beijing hospital wounded by relative of patient in middle of consultation, reports say.

21 Jan 2020 - 9:19PM

Ophthalmologist at Beijing hospital wounded by relative of patient in middle of consultation, reports say.

Chinese doctor needs surgery to save hand after hospital knife attack
Chinese social media users watch war of words unfold between Iran and US

The two embassies traded barbs in Chinese on Weibo as tensions rose following the killing of Qassem Soleimani.

20 Jan 2020 - 3:21PM

The two embassies traded barbs in Chinese on Weibo as tensions rose following the killing of Qassem Soleimani.

Chinese social media users watch war of words unfold between Iran and US
Guangdong bets on infrastructure amid slowing growth and US-China trade war

Export powerhouse faces challenges from slowing growth and the trade war as it tries to keep people in jobs.

16 Jan 2020 - 6:56PM

Export powerhouse faces challenges from slowing growth and the trade war as it tries to keep people in jobs.

Guangdong bets on infrastructure amid slowing growth and US-China trade war
China’s biggest independent film festival forced to suspend operations indefinitely

Organisers of China Independent Film Festival say it is now ‘impossible’ to maintain the spirit of independence but hope the films they picked will be remembered

11 Jan 2020 - 2:39PM

Organisers of China Independent Film Festival say it is now ‘impossible’ to maintain the spirit of independence but hope the films they picked will be remembered

China’s biggest independent film festival forced to suspend operations indefinitely
Chinese hospital installs security checkpoint after Beijing doctor murder

Hospital in southern city of Nanning acts on order to screen visitors following several attacks on medics nationwide, and finds more than 10 knives on the first day of checks.

9 Jan 2020 - 7:26PM

Hospital in southern city of Nanning acts on order to screen visitors following several attacks on medics nationwide, and finds more than 10 knives on the first day of checks.

Chinese hospital installs security checkpoint after Beijing doctor murder
Boss of Chinese health care firm linked to four-year-old’s death given nine years in prison, fined US$7.2 million

Shu Yuhui, chief executive of Quanjian Group and 11 colleagues found guilty of running a pyramid scheme.

8 Jan 2020 - 11:21PM

Shu Yuhui, chief executive of Quanjian Group and 11 colleagues found guilty of running a pyramid scheme.

Boss of Chinese health care firm linked to four-year-old’s death given nine years in prison, fined US$7.2 million
Chinese embassy in US issues safety warning as tensions rise over killing of Iran’s military chief Qassem Soleimani

Chinese citizens in the US should ‘closely watch the security situation, stay alert and take safety precautions’, mission says.

5 Jan 2020 - 11:28PM

Chinese citizens in the US should ‘closely watch the security situation, stay alert and take safety precautions’, mission says.

Chinese embassy in US issues safety warning as tensions rise over killing of Iran’s military chief Qassem Soleimani
New Chinese Alzheimer’s drug Oligomnnate goes on sale to patients, despite concerns from some medical professionals

Experimental seaweed-based treatment is now approved for sale but doubts remain about how effective it will be.

22 Jan 2020 - 12:52PM

Experimental seaweed-based treatment is now approved for sale but doubts remain about how effective it will be.

New Chinese Alzheimer’s drug Oligomnnate goes on sale to patients, despite concerns from some medical professionals
Chinese doctor’s murder overshadows new law to improve public health care

Fatal stabbing in Beijing hospital was latest in string of attacks on medical staff by patients or their families, with poor services fuelling public anger.

30 Dec 2019 - 7:30AM

Fatal stabbing in Beijing hospital was latest in string of attacks on medical staff by patients or their families, with poor services fuelling public anger.

Chinese doctor’s murder overshadows new law to improve public health care
Hong Kong mobile payments to be accepted on Guangzhou public transport

Yang Cheng Tong, the stored value cards used in the Guangdong capital, says payments made via the Hong Kong version of Alipay will be accepted ‘soon’.

29 Dec 2019 - 11:00PM

Yang Cheng Tong, the stored value cards used in the Guangdong capital, says payments made via the Hong Kong version of Alipay will be accepted ‘soon’.

Hong Kong mobile payments to be accepted on Guangzhou public transport
Wang Sicong, son of Chinese property billionaire, reaches deal with Shanghai Panda creditors

One of China’s leading investors in online entertainment, Wang Sicong settles after online media company went bankrupt in March.

26 Dec 2019 - 10:35PM

One of China’s leading investors in online entertainment, Wang Sicong settles after online media company went bankrupt in March.

Wang Sicong, son of Chinese property billionaire, reaches deal with Shanghai Panda creditors
Christmas in China – from Azeroth to zero interest in the festive season

Not everybody is interested in whether Santa is coming to town – especially if it means buying a present for someone at work.

25 Dec 2019 - 10:52PM

Not everybody is interested in whether Santa is coming to town – especially if it means buying a present for someone at work.

Christmas in China – from Azeroth to zero interest in the festive season
Women in China say #MeToo on broader range of issues in 2019

Movement which began by giving voice to victims of sexual harassment has encouraged a public discussion of traditionally taboo women’s issues.

27 Dec 2019 - 2:55PM

Movement which began by giving voice to victims of sexual harassment has encouraged a public discussion of traditionally taboo women’s issues.

Women in China say #MeToo on broader range of issues in 2019
Unmarried Chinese woman sues hospital for refusing to freeze her eggs

In landmark legal case, plaintiff challenges regulations at Beijing medical facility

24 Dec 2019 - 4:22PM

In landmark legal case, plaintiff challenges regulations at Beijing medical facility

Unmarried Chinese woman sues hospital for refusing to freeze her eggs
German Bundesliga club FC Cologne scraps China academy deal as board member hits out at ‘brutal dictatorship’

Club tries to distance itself from board member who attacked country’s human rights record and said ‘some things are more important than money’.

19 Dec 2019 - 10:36PM

Club tries to distance itself from board member who attacked country’s human rights record and said ‘some things are more important than money’.

German Bundesliga club FC Cologne scraps China academy deal as board member hits out at ‘brutal dictatorship’
China goes backwards on global gender equality list but does better on education

Country comes in at 106th on World Economic Forum’s annual ranking, mainly dragged down by low representation of women in politics.

27 Dec 2019 - 2:51PM

Country comes in at 106th on World Economic Forum’s annual ranking, mainly dragged down by low representation of women in politics.

China goes backwards on global gender equality list but does better on education
Chinese girls’ education charity apologises after it is found giving funding to boys

Long-running Spring Bud Project under fire over images of boys taking part in donation event at high school in southwest China.

18 Dec 2019 - 10:22PM

Long-running Spring Bud Project under fire over images of boys taking part in donation event at high school in southwest China.

Chinese girls’ education charity apologises after it is found giving funding to boys
Chinese academics could lose their jobs over sexual harassment under new rules

It comes after two university professors were sacked last week, in separate cases, over allegations of sexual assault and inappropriate relationships.

18 Dec 2019 - 5:02AM

It comes after two university professors were sacked last week, in separate cases, over allegations of sexual assault and inappropriate relationships.

Chinese academics could lose their jobs over sexual harassment under new rules
Chinese policeman detained for five days after video of assault on girlfriend goes viral

Officer from Shenzhen faces investigation after woman is dragged from flat and punched to the ground.

12 Dec 2019 - 6:00PM

Officer from Shenzhen faces investigation after woman is dragged from flat and punched to the ground.

Chinese policeman detained for five days after video of assault on girlfriend goes viral
Muji ordered to pay Chinese firm US$89,000 and apologise after losing trademark appeal

Supreme People’s Court in Beijing upholds 2017 ruling that retailer infringed on Beijing Cottonfield Textile Corp’s intellectual property rights over use of ‘Wuyinliangpin’ brand name.

11 Dec 2019 - 10:14PM

Supreme People’s Court in Beijing upholds 2017 ruling that retailer infringed on Beijing Cottonfield Textile Corp’s intellectual property rights over use of ‘Wuyinliangpin’ brand name.

Muji ordered to pay Chinese firm US$89,000 and apologise after losing trademark appeal
China airs tighter content rules to rein in live streaming, rap and comedy shows

Public performances – from rap concerts to immersive theatre – should have on-site censors, according to draft regulations.

11 Dec 2019 - 11:01AM

Public performances – from rap concerts to immersive theatre – should have on-site censors, according to draft regulations.

China airs tighter content rules to rein in live streaming, rap and comedy shows
Chinese library sparks outrage over report staff burned ‘banned books’

Social media users draw comparisons with actions of Qin dynasty emperor believed to have ordered texts to be burned and scholars to be buried alive.

9 Dec 2019 - 11:17PM

Social media users draw comparisons with actions of Qin dynasty emperor believed to have ordered texts to be burned and scholars to be buried alive.

Chinese library sparks outrage over report staff burned ‘banned books’
‘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