Viola Zhou

Viola Zhou

Viola is a multimedia producer at Inkstone. Prior to that, she wrote about Chinese politics for the South China Morning Post. She has also interned at Reuters and covered Hong Kong's democracy protests.

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What a rural woman in China’s horrific killing says about domestic violence in the country

Tibetan vlogger Lhamo was smart, outgoing, and a victim of domestic violence that police saw as a ‘family matter’. When she divorced her husband he doused her in petrol and set her on fire, reminding many in China of its struggle to protect women like her.

Tibetan vlogger Lhamo was smart, outgoing, and a victim of domestic violence that police saw as a ‘family matter’. When she divorced her husband he doused her in petrol and set her on fire, reminding many in China of its struggle to protect women like her.

What a rural woman in China’s horrific killing says about domestic violence in the country
20 Sep 2021 - 4:52PM
Three strikes and you’re out law – for pets: kill policy on dogs whose owners are caught defying a ban on walking them is withdrawn in China after outcry

A county in southwest China sought to solve a conflict between dog owners and other residents by banning dog walking. A first breach of the ban earned a warning, a second a fine, and a third the death of the pet. An outcry ensued.

A county in southwest China sought to solve a conflict between dog owners and other residents by banning dog walking. A first breach of the ban earned a warning, a second a fine, and a third the death of the pet. An outcry ensued.

Three strikes and you’re out law – for pets: kill policy on dogs whose owners are caught defying a ban on walking them is withdrawn in China after outcry
21 Nov 2020 - 8:15PM
Why children in some countries are taller than in others: diet and environment bigger factors than genetics, study finds

Analysis of changes in average height of teenagers around the world over 35 years finds the biggest increase occurred among boys in China, with better nutrition a key factor in the change.

Analysis of changes in average height of teenagers around the world over 35 years finds the biggest increase occurred among boys in China, with better nutrition a key factor in the change.

Why children in some countries are taller than in others: diet and environment bigger factors than genetics, study finds
14 Nov 2020 - 12:15PM
‘China has a national sexual illiteracy’: the challenges in the way of developing sex education in the country

Despite a rise in demand for sex education in China, and a recent law change, traditional social beliefs and values means there is still a long way to go before students receive comprehensive sexuality education.

Despite a rise in demand for sex education in China, and a recent law change, traditional social beliefs and values means there is still a long way to go before students receive comprehensive sexuality education.

‘China has a national sexual illiteracy’: the challenges in the way of developing sex education in the country
11 Nov 2020 - 7:32PM
Those seeds from China: how a likely marketing tool fed conspiracy fears in the US

The mailings this summer of unsolicited seeds to the US and elsewhere raised concerns of coronavirus and other contagions; experts said the packages fit the profile of ‘brushing’ operations to improve e-commerce rankings.

The mailings this summer of unsolicited seeds to the US and elsewhere raised concerns of coronavirus and other contagions; experts said the packages fit the profile of ‘brushing’ operations to improve e-commerce rankings.

Those seeds from China: how a likely marketing tool fed conspiracy fears in the US
11 Oct 2020 - 10:06PM
Xinjiang starts to ease Covid-19 lockdown after surge in social media anger

Residents have been trapped in their homes for more than a month despite no new cases for past 10 days.

Residents have been trapped in their homes for more than a month despite no new cases for past 10 days.

Xinjiang starts to ease Covid-19 lockdown after surge in social media anger
27 Aug 2020 - 11:32PM
Coronaviruses are widespread among bats and rats sold for food, study warns

Study by Vietnamese researchers highlights how wild animal trade increases risk of humans becoming infected by diseases such as Covid-19.

Study by Vietnamese researchers highlights how wild animal trade increases risk of humans becoming infected by diseases such as Covid-19.

Coronaviruses are widespread among bats and rats sold for food, study warns
12 Aug 2020 - 8:54AM
Fallen Chinese tycoon Zhou Zhengyi to be given early release from prison after sentence for corruption is cut

Property magnate was once described as Shanghai’s richest man but was sentenced to 16 years in prison in 2007.

Property magnate was once described as Shanghai’s richest man but was sentenced to 16 years in prison in 2007.

Fallen Chinese tycoon Zhou Zhengyi to be given early release from prison after sentence for corruption is cut
29 Jul 2020 - 7:37AM
Vice-premier demands answers on brain drain from Chinese nuclear institute after over 90 researchers quit

Liu He orders team to find out why bright young scientists are leaving the Institute of Nuclear Energy Safety Technology.

Liu He orders team to find out why bright young scientists are leaving the Institute of Nuclear Energy Safety Technology.

Vice-premier demands answers on brain drain from Chinese nuclear institute after over 90 researchers quit
23 Jul 2020 - 2:15AM
China promises help for 300,000 people hit by Yangtze River fishing ban

Officials say they ‘empathise’ with communities left without a livelihood as a result of restrictions introduced at start of year.

Officials say they ‘empathise’ with communities left without a livelihood as a result of restrictions introduced at start of year.

China promises help for 300,000 people hit by Yangtze River fishing ban
16 Jul 2020 - 11:44PM
China readies to send space probe on Tianwen-1 mission to Mars

The lift-off date remains secret but China has previously said the summer offers ideal conditions.

The lift-off date remains secret but China has previously said the summer offers ideal conditions.

China readies to send space probe on Tianwen-1 mission to Mars
15 Jul 2020 - 8:47AM
China’s massive floods move east, battering communities along Yangtze River

Intense downpours hit areas already struggling after coronavirus with more rain expected in coming days.

Intense downpours hit areas already struggling after coronavirus with more rain expected in coming days.

China’s massive floods move east, battering communities along Yangtze River
10 Jul 2020 - 8:00AM
Why China’s hip-hop stars are staying silent on Black Lives Matter

Response to the anti-racism movement highlights how the genre has been embraced by Chinese yet cut off from its African-American roots by cultural and political forces.

Response to the anti-racism movement highlights how the genre has been embraced by Chinese yet cut off from its African-American roots by cultural and political forces.

Why China’s hip-hop stars are staying silent on Black Lives Matter
21 Jun 2020 - 5:00AM
Beijing city plans to punish people for ‘defaming’ traditional Chinese medicine

Proposed ban on ‘denigrating’ TCM has sparked criticism on social media, with some calling it a further intrusion on free speech.

Proposed ban on ‘denigrating’ TCM has sparked criticism on social media, with some calling it a further intrusion on free speech.

Beijing city plans to punish people for ‘defaming’ traditional Chinese medicine
4 Jun 2020 - 11:59PM
After coronavirus pandemic, Chinese students grapple with first economic downturn of their lives

The economic disruption caused by the coronavirus pandemic is threatening to scuttle the dreams of almost nine million college students expected to graduate this summer.

The economic disruption caused by the coronavirus pandemic is threatening to scuttle the dreams of almost nine million college students expected to graduate this summer.

After coronavirus pandemic, Chinese students grapple with first economic downturn of their lives
14 May 2020 - 6:01PM
Underground Christians in China use faith and tech to reach out to followers at Easter amid Covid-19 crisis

China’s squeeze on Christian groups is stoking defiance among some followers who have found solace in their faith amid the pandemic.

China’s squeeze on Christian groups is stoking defiance among some followers who have found solace in their faith amid the pandemic.

Underground Christians in China use faith and tech to reach out to followers at Easter amid Covid-19 crisis
13 Apr 2020 - 8:20PM
As Wuhan comes out of lockdown many are asking: where is Auntie Xiong and her delicious street food?

People in the world’s first coronavirus-hit city are emerging to assess the human devastation wrought by Covid-19.

People in the world’s first coronavirus-hit city are emerging to assess the human devastation wrought by Covid-19.

As Wuhan comes out of lockdown many are asking: where is Auntie Xiong and her delicious street food?
21 May 2020 - 11:38AM
Coronavirus barbs help nobody, China’s Washington ambassador says after ‘US army’ tweets

Cui Tiankai condemns those spreading theories about the virus, after foreign ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian suggests it was brought to China by the US military.

Cui Tiankai condemns those spreading theories about the virus, after foreign ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian suggests it was brought to China by the US military.

Coronavirus barbs help nobody, China’s Washington ambassador says after ‘US army’ tweets
23 Mar 2020 - 8:00PM
Coronavirus: China’s workers leave lockdown only to be trapped by prejudice and red tape

Citizens encounter barriers to resuming work, such as being refused permission to travel and difficulty obtaining documents to prove their health.

Citizens encounter barriers to resuming work, such as being refused permission to travel and difficulty obtaining documents to prove their health.

Coronavirus: China’s workers leave lockdown only to be trapped by prejudice and red tape
20 Mar 2020 - 12:00AM
Coronavirus: Chinese overseas head home to safe haven under Beijing’s tough quarantine regime

Some Chinese abroad feel comfort of close family, health care, masks, social control, quarantines and government surveillance is best combination to beat pandemic.

Some Chinese abroad feel comfort of close family, health care, masks, social control, quarantines and government surveillance is best combination to beat pandemic.

Coronavirus: Chinese overseas head home to safe haven under Beijing’s tough quarantine regime
18 Mar 2020 - 11:52PM
Coronavirus: Shanghai neighbour Zhejiang imposes draconian quarantine

Some residents of the coastal Chinese province are being locked inside their homes while others must present a ‘passport’ to go out every two days for supplies.

Some residents of the coastal Chinese province are being locked inside their homes while others must present a ‘passport’ to go out every two days for supplies.

Coronavirus: Shanghai neighbour Zhejiang imposes draconian quarantine
14 Feb 2020 - 5:51PM
‘American Factory’ stirs mixed feelings in China over working conditions and culture

Documentary revealing the life of US workers at Fuyao’s auto-glass plant in Ohio generates strong interest on social media.

Documentary revealing the life of US workers at Fuyao’s auto-glass plant in Ohio generates strong interest on social media.

‘American Factory’ stirs mixed feelings in China over working conditions and culture
27 Aug 2019 - 4:11AM
Planes, trains and an extra night in Chinatown as four reporters find their way back to Hong Kong amid flight disruptions at airport
13 Aug 2019 - 5:19PM
WeChat shuts down calls to support Chinese woman’s US rape case against JD.com tycoon Richard Liu

Jingyao Liu acted after US prosecutors declined to bring criminal charges against Richard Liu, whose lawyers say the encounter at her home was consensual.

Jingyao Liu acted after US prosecutors declined to bring criminal charges against Richard Liu, whose lawyers say the encounter at her home was consensual.

WeChat shuts down calls to support Chinese woman’s US rape case against JD.com tycoon Richard Liu
20 Oct 2020 - 3:37PM
Young people in China are reviving old clothing, and maybe nationalism too

Across China, some young people are switching from jeans and T-shirts to long dresses, silky robes and black hats.

Across China, some young people are switching from jeans and T-shirts to long dresses, silky robes and black hats.

Young people in China are reviving old clothing, and maybe nationalism too
15 Apr 2019 - 11:16AM
Why some of Tencent’s WeChat users are feeling locked out of an online life

Although Chinese internet users live closely alongside censorship some have found it hard to cope as the state’s internet clampdown gets more intrusive and personal.

Although Chinese internet users live closely alongside censorship some have found it hard to cope as the state’s internet clampdown gets more intrusive and personal.

Why some of Tencent’s WeChat users are feeling locked out of an online life
27 Jul 2018 - 9:50AM
Durian McFlurry returns to McDonald's in Hong Kong

Hongkongers lined up at McDonald's restaurants across the city to get their hands on the popular D24 durian McFlurry. Demand was so high after the initial launch in early July that supplies ran out in two days. Now restocked, McDonald's is offering customers three different ice creams based on the pungent fruit that polarises opinion.

Hongkongers lined up at McDonald's restaurants across the city to get their hands on the popular D24 durian McFlurry. Demand was so high after the initial launch in early July that supplies ran out in two days. Now restocked, McDonald's is offering customers three different ice creams based on the pungent fruit that polarises opinion.

Durian McFlurry returns to McDonald's in Hong Kong
24 Jul 2018 - 2:41PM
Ivanka Trump’s ‘Chinese proverb’ tweet leaves China totally baffled
13 Jun 2018 - 5:24PM
How a nanny from rural China became a millionaire
2 Feb 2018 - 1:21PM
Chinese students use #MeToo to take fight against sexual harassment to elite universities
16 Jan 2018 - 10:44AM