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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Chinese internet chef pays compensation to family of girl killed ‘imitating popcorn trick’

Representatives of Ms Yeah agree to pay out after 14-year-old dies from injuries sustained in explosion while trying to make popcorn at home.

19 Sep 2019 - 10:52PM

Representatives of Ms Yeah agree to pay out after 14-year-old dies from injuries sustained in explosion while trying to make popcorn at home.

Chinese internet chef pays compensation to family of girl killed ‘imitating popcorn trick’
China’s women still waiting for an end to getting groped on public transport

Priority carriages on underground trains have not solved the problem of sexual harassment for female passengers.

15 Sep 2019 - 11:09PM

Priority carriages on underground trains have not solved the problem of sexual harassment for female passengers.

China’s women still waiting for an end to getting groped on public transport
Chinese school sparks sexism row after urging boys to grow ‘heroically’ and girls to be ‘tranquil’

Chengdu school teaches boys to build model rockets while girls learn about knitting – show at school to promote classes prompts question, ‘Why can’t boys knit and girls build rockets?’

11 Sep 2019 - 11:16PM

Chengdu school teaches boys to build model rockets while girls learn about knitting – show at school to promote classes prompts question, ‘Why can’t boys knit and girls build rockets?’

Chinese school sparks sexism row after urging boys to grow ‘heroically’ and girls to be ‘tranquil’
Apple iPhone 11 launch marred by claims Foxconn factory broke labour laws

Companies confirm excessive use of temporary workers but deny bulk of report by China Labour Watch.

10 Sep 2019 - 11:29AM

Companies confirm excessive use of temporary workers but deny bulk of report by China Labour Watch.

Apple iPhone 11 launch marred by claims Foxconn factory broke labour laws
Circus tiger escapes during show in China, but dies after being captured and sent to zoo

Two people from the circus have been detained after the animal managed to get out of its cage and run towards nearby cornfields on Friday evening.

8 Sep 2019 - 7:25PM

Two people from the circus have been detained after the animal managed to get out of its cage and run towards nearby cornfields on Friday evening.

Circus tiger escapes during show in China, but dies after being captured and sent to zoo
Why are so few LGBT Chinese couples taking advantage of laws that could protect their rights?

Same-sex couples have been able to register as each others’ legal guardians for the past two years, but so far only a handful of people have taken advantage of the change.

13 Sep 2019 - 1:34PM

Same-sex couples have been able to register as each others’ legal guardians for the past two years, but so far only a handful of people have taken advantage of the change.

Why are so few LGBT Chinese couples taking advantage of laws that could protect their rights?
The emergence and evolution of China’s internet warriors going to battle over Hong Kong protests

How young mainland Chinese are leaping the Great Firewall to get their patriotic messages across as protests rock Hong Kong.

4 Sep 2019 - 9:59AM

How young mainland Chinese are leaping the Great Firewall to get their patriotic messages across as protests rock Hong Kong.

The emergence and evolution of China’s internet warriors going to battle over Hong Kong protests
Stars, luxury brands and China’s perilous patriotic tightrope

A few words on a T-shirt or misjudged meme in heightened political times can be enough to stir up the outrage of internet users and attract unwanted official attention.

3 Sep 2019 - 1:55PM

A few words on a T-shirt or misjudged meme in heightened political times can be enough to stir up the outrage of internet users and attract unwanted official attention.

Stars, luxury brands and China’s perilous patriotic tightrope
Gut bacteria treatment for depression leaves China laughing online

Researchers find faecal transplants lessen depressive symptoms in mice.

9 Sep 2019 - 10:42AM

Researchers find faecal transplants lessen depressive symptoms in mice.

Gut bacteria treatment for depression leaves China laughing online
Chinese university says new classroom facial recognition system will improve attendance

Two classrooms on Nanjing campus were chosen for pilot project – camera and the smart software behind it automatically capture students’ faces without their cooperation.

3 Sep 2019 - 10:04AM

Two classrooms on Nanjing campus were chosen for pilot project – camera and the smart software behind it automatically capture students’ faces without their cooperation.

Chinese university says new classroom facial recognition system will improve attendance
Chinese K-pop star Lay Zhang Yixing’s mother says family has been harassed over his support for Hong Kong police

Member of boy band Exo had previously posted messages expressing support for the city’s authorities

28 Aug 2019 - 7:57PM

Member of boy band Exo had previously posted messages expressing support for the city’s authorities

Chinese K-pop star Lay Zhang Yixing’s mother says family has been harassed over his support for Hong Kong police
Block of flats collapses in southern China after ‘sinking into ground’

Residents are evacuated from the building in Shenzhen as it leans to one side, with emergency services attending the scene and utilities in the area cut off.

28 Aug 2019 - 10:52PM

Residents are evacuated from the building in Shenzhen as it leans to one side, with emergency services attending the scene and utilities in the area cut off.

Block of flats collapses in southern China after ‘sinking into ground’
A case of self defence? Chinese woman charged over fatal stabbing of intruder

Prosecutors say accused’s actions were excessive, prompting online calls for her to be released.

27 Aug 2019 - 4:23PM

Prosecutors say accused’s actions were excessive, prompting online calls for her to be released.

A case of self defence? Chinese woman charged over fatal stabbing of intruder
Cities in China most monitored in the world, report finds

London and Atlanta only non-Chinese cities to make top 10 list of most surveilled cities in the world.

20 Aug 2019 - 1:59PM

London and Atlanta only non-Chinese cities to make top 10 list of most surveilled cities in the world.

Cities in China most monitored in the world, report finds
Beijing unveils detailed reform plan to make Shenzhen model city for China and the world

Plan would allow wide-ranging reforms to make Shenzhen a global ‘benchmark’ by middle of the century.

19 Aug 2019 - 8:28PM

Plan would allow wide-ranging reforms to make Shenzhen a global ‘benchmark’ by middle of the century.

Beijing unveils detailed reform plan to make Shenzhen model city for China and the world
Chinese director Zhu Yu withdraws film from Taiwan’s Golden Horse awards

Beijing called for boycott of the high-profile festival amid rising tensions across the strait, but filmmaker had previously decided to defy it.

20 Aug 2019 - 2:18PM

Beijing called for boycott of the high-profile festival amid rising tensions across the strait, but filmmaker had previously decided to defy it.

Chinese director Zhu Yu withdraws film from Taiwan’s Golden Horse awards
Beijing’s last ‘ghost market’ might be a shadow of its former self but vendors still have a lot of spirit

The last surviving night market in China’s capital is still a place for bargains, despite changing shopping habits.

17 Aug 2019 - 11:04PM

The last surviving night market in China’s capital is still a place for bargains, despite changing shopping habits.

Beijing’s last ‘ghost market’ might be a shadow of its former self but vendors still have a lot of spirit
China plans to allow foreign investment in VPN services as part of Beijing trial in latest opening up move

Currently, China’s Great Firewall blocks access to 135 of the world’s top 1,000 websites, including Google, Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube.

16 Aug 2019 - 11:40PM

Currently, China’s Great Firewall blocks access to 135 of the world’s top 1,000 websites, including Google, Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube.

China plans to allow foreign investment in VPN services as part of Beijing trial in latest opening up move
Chinese armed police truck convoy rolls into Shenzhen as Hong Kong enters another week of protests

State media says the presence is part of preparations for a major drill, but an analyst calls it a ‘psychological warfare tactic’.

14 Aug 2019 - 12:50AM

State media says the presence is part of preparations for a major drill, but an analyst calls it a ‘psychological warfare tactic’.

Chinese armed police truck convoy rolls into Shenzhen as Hong Kong enters another week of protests
Hong Kong policeman filmed aiming gun at protesters hailed as a hero by Chinese state media

The officer’s actions last month were widely criticised, but as mainland outlets ramp up their rhetoric against the protests he has been singled out for praise

8 Aug 2019 - 6:56PM

The officer’s actions last month were widely criticised, but as mainland outlets ramp up their rhetoric against the protests he has been singled out for praise

Hong Kong policeman filmed aiming gun at protesters hailed as a hero by Chinese state media
Chinese police mass 12,000 anti-riot officers in Shenzhen for drill

Security forces were shown in a live broadcast tackling ‘demonstrators’ wearing black shirts as part of ‘anti-mob’ tactics for the 70th anniversary of People’s Republic.

7 Aug 2019 - 4:08AM

Security forces were shown in a live broadcast tackling ‘demonstrators’ wearing black shirts as part of ‘anti-mob’ tactics for the 70th anniversary of People’s Republic.

Chinese police mass 12,000 anti-riot officers in Shenzhen for drill
Celebrities, businesses and school take patriotic stand after Chinese flag protest in Hong Kong

Analysts say mood is shifting in mainland China as demonstrators ‘cross a line’ with national symbols.

6 Aug 2019 - 6:44AM

Analysts say mood is shifting in mainland China as demonstrators ‘cross a line’ with national symbols.

Celebrities, businesses and school take patriotic stand after Chinese flag protest in Hong Kong
Chinese animated legend Nezha makes box office history, roaring past The Lion King

Movie earns US$288 million in 10 days with its plot focus on free will.

4 Aug 2019 - 11:14PM

Movie earns US$288 million in 10 days with its plot focus on free will.

Chinese animated legend Nezha makes box office history, roaring past The Lion King
Beijing’s Hong Kong affairs office condemns protesters who threw Chinese flag in the sea

Small group holds ceremony in Tsim Sha Tsui hours after protesters had taken down the national symbol, triggering angry response from mainland.

5 Aug 2019 - 12:16AM

Small group holds ceremony in Tsim Sha Tsui hours after protesters had taken down the national symbol, triggering angry response from mainland.

Beijing’s Hong Kong affairs office condemns protesters who threw Chinese flag in the sea
No period dramas or pop idols: Chinese censors say patriotic shows must mark 70th anniversary of People’s Republic

Broadcasters told content in August must be ‘appropriate for the whole environment’, while Sina TV survey of 783,000 people shows 39 per cent of viewers are unhappy with restrictions.

1 Aug 2019 - 11:19PM

Broadcasters told content in August must be ‘appropriate for the whole environment’, while Sina TV survey of 783,000 people shows 39 per cent of viewers are unhappy with restrictions.

No period dramas or pop idols: Chinese censors say patriotic shows must mark 70th anniversary of People’s Republic
Gay Chinese find a place to be themselves on ‘Rainbow Cruise’ to Vietnam

Workshops, talks and advice on LGBT issues are on offer during five-day return journey from Shenzhen to Da Nang, and for some it’s also a place to come out to their families.

28 Jul 2019 - 10:40PM

Workshops, talks and advice on LGBT issues are on offer during five-day return journey from Shenzhen to Da Nang, and for some it’s also a place to come out to their families.

Gay Chinese find a place to be themselves on ‘Rainbow Cruise’ to Vietnam
Migrant workers forced out as one of Shenzhen’s last ‘urban villages’ faces wrecking ball

Some 150,000 residents of Baishizhou in Shenzhen have to leave by the end of September to make way for malls, hotels and high-end residential projects.

22 Jul 2019 - 6:05PM

Some 150,000 residents of Baishizhou in Shenzhen have to leave by the end of September to make way for malls, hotels and high-end residential projects.

Migrant workers forced out as one of Shenzhen’s last ‘urban villages’ faces wrecking ball
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