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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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.

11 Oct 2020 - 10:06PM

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
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.

27 Aug 2020 - 11:32PM

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
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.

12 Aug 2020 - 8:54AM

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
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.

29 Jul 2020 - 7:37AM

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
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.

23 Jul 2020 - 2:15AM

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
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.

16 Jul 2020 - 11:44PM

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
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.

15 Jul 2020 - 8:47AM

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
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.

10 Jul 2020 - 8:00AM

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
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.

21 Jun 2020 - 5:00AM

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
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.

4 Jun 2020 - 11:59PM

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
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.

14 May 2020 - 6:01PM

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
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.

13 Apr 2020 - 8:20PM

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
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.

21 May 2020 - 11:38AM

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?
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.

23 Mar 2020 - 8:00PM

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
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.

20 Mar 2020 - 12:00AM

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
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.

18 Mar 2020 - 11:52PM

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
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.

14 Feb 2020 - 5:51PM

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
‘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.

27 Aug 2019 - 4:11AM

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
Planes, trains and an extra night in Chinatown as four reporters find their way back to Hong Kong amid flight disruptions at airport
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.

20 Oct 2020 - 3:37PM

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
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.

15 Apr 2019 - 11:16AM

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
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.

27 Jul 2018 - 9:50AM

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
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.

24 Jul 2018 - 2:41PM

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
Ivanka Trump’s ‘Chinese proverb’ tweet leaves China totally baffled
How a nanny from rural China became a millionaire
Chinese students use #MeToo to take fight against sexual harassment to elite universities
Why Xi Jinping is once again letting China’s military have a direct link to local authorities
China puts a stop to commercial land reclamation after damning environment reports
Patriotic action movie Wolf Warrior 2 tops China’s box office for 2017 but foreign films gain ground
Dawn of a new era with changing of the guard for Beijing’s sunrise flag-raising service