Sherry Zhang 章雪莉 is a writer, theatre producer and creative based in Tāmaki Makaurau/Auckland, NZ. You can follow her on social media with the links below.

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Featured Pieces

Explore a featured selection of my writing work below.


Karishma Ranchhod started her pageant career with Miss India New Zealand and found it a positive way to connect to her culture. After becoming runner-up, she competed in Miss Five Crowns NZ. Like many others, she found her way into pageants after a low point in her life. “I have a chronic health condition, so growing up was an isolating experience,” she says. “I missed out on a lot of teenage-girl things.”

Initially, Ranchhod hoped other people with similar struggles might see her in a pageant

What happens when you’re vocally pro-vax? | Ensemble Magazine

A lot has changed since we first went into lockdown in 2020. Jokes about sourdough baking and crackly zoom calls are getting stale. And while some regions are on track to hit 90 percent of the population doubled-vaxxed, vaccine rollout has also shown a failure to accommodate our Māori and Pasifika whānau, highlighting existing health inequities.

Given these difficult times, it can be frustrating when brands and influencers do the complete opposite to help. Could we forget the embarrassing North

Fruit Foragers

Earlier this year, I moved out of home into a really cute flat in Sandringham. The windows don’t quite shut when it rains, their timber frames swollen with dampness, and there’s no insulation. It’s very much a student flat, but I love it. When I came home late from work on my second night here, I discovered a magical chai van. Chai Wala Bhai sits at the end of my street and Chris Bhai always greets me with a smile. His South Indian breakfast foods and midnight tea hangouts around the van are a s

North Shore 21-year-old, Chloe Gong becomes a US bestseller

By the time she was 19, Chloe had already written eight novels. Photo / Instagram

Chloe Gong wrote These Violent Delights in her childhood home in Auckland in May 2018. As in: that month she started writing it, and also finished. She was 19.

Seven months later she landed a "very nice deal" with Simon & Schuster – while she can't reveal the exact figure, not even to old friends like me, the two-book contract is worth somewhere between US$50,000-$99,000.

The novel is a revamping of Romeo and Ju

Your queer Chinese-New Zealand teenage fantasy: How we wrote Yang/Young/杨

Yang/Young//杨 is a brand-new Gen-Z coming-of-age story with a Kiwi-Asian twist, part of Auckland Theatre Company’s Here & Now Festival. Co-writer Sherry Zhang reflects on writing her first play.

I never thought I’d write a play. In a scene that puts High School Musical’s Troy Bolton to shame, I chose the rowing team over the high school musical in Year 12. Maybe no one really sets out to write a play. There are far superior… sexier writing jobs out there. Author, poet, journalist, copywriter? H

The many problems with Auckland University's racist coffee

Two Māori University of Auckland students tell Sherry Zhang about their struggle to get coffee with racist imagery removed from campus – and why they think it’s emblematic of a bigger problem.

Photos Attached: Caricatures of a shiny Black man with overdrawn lips and bare feet on Lucaffé coffee boxes in staff tea rooms.

Nicole*, the postgraduate science student who sent the email, suggested I join her on a scavenger hunt around campus for these coffee sachets. Sarah Davis (Ngāpuhi, Ngāti Hine),

Aotearoa-based zine made to amplify queer voices.
(Winners of AKL Zinefest’s “Best in Fest” 2021)

Read volume 1, 2 & 3 for free below.

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