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Oiwan Lam

a media activist, researcher and educator currently based in Hong Kong. my chinese writings are in inmediahk.net and my twitter account is @oiwan.

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22 September 2016

Hong Kong's ‘Pro-Beijing’ Camp Is Imploding From Within in the Media

Some critics believe the shocking move from Sing Pao Daily, which is otherwise known to be pro-Beijing, shows fissures within Hong Kong's pro-Beijing camp.

14 September 2016

Chinese Police Violently Crack Down on Protests Against an Elected Village Leader's Imprisonment

Residents believe Lin Zuluan was forced into confessing that he took a bribe because he had planned to protest land seizures taking place without the village's consent.

13 September 2016

How Beijing Manipulates Legislative Elections in Hong Kong

Mainland China is doing its best to rig Hong Kong democracy, but risks a popular backlash in the process.

8 September 2016

Hong Kong Lawmaker Receives Death Threat Four Days After Being Elected

NGOs are condemning the persecution of Chu and urging the police to put an end to political violence that threatens the rule of law and freedom of speech.

6 September 2016

Hong Kong Voters Elect Pro-Democracy Legislators to Defend the City's Autonomy From China

Despite a massive push by the pro-China establishment to influence the vote, Hong Kong's opposition won three more seats than in 2012.

31 August 2016

Blue Skies, Fake Tourists and Maximum Security: China Prepares For a Flawless G20 Summit

Whether they like it or not, Hangzhou residents must comply with government efforts to present theirs as the best and safest city in the world.

27 August 2016

How Beijing’s Breach of ‘One Country Two Systems’ Gave Birth to the Hong Kong Independence Movement

"Their main method looks set to be trolling and rattling Beijing: identifying what makes the regime most paranoid, and piling it on."

24 August 2016

Chinese Volleyball Coach Lang Ping Has Spent Her Career Thinking Outside the Communist Party Box

"She is an independent Chinese who has been exposed to the international field of sport, she is not a cog in the machine of a national bureaucratic sports system."

20 August 2016

Defying Web Censors, Chinese ‘Worship’ Toads to Mark a Former State Leader’s 90th Birthday

"While the toad's era was not free, it looked better than [Xi's] era...Chinese people worshiping the toad is similar to prisoners in confinement, missing their brief outdoor recess."

12 August 2016

In International Spotlight, China Convicts Human Right Lawyers and Activists on ‘Subversion’ Charges

The convicted men and women are all connected with the Beijing-based Fengrui law firm, which has a history of taking on politically controversial rights cases.

10 August 2016

China Is Turning Its Once Powerful Communist Youth League Into an Online Campaign Machine

Before President Xi came into power, the Communist Youth League served as a launching pad for China’s political elite.

5 August 2016

Hong Kong Election Officials Disqualify Six Legislative Candidates for Not Being ‘Loyal’ Enough to China

"Would anyone on earth want his or her fate to be determined by others? Only a lackey would think so."

2 August 2016

Critics See China's Fingerprints All Over the Turmoil at Hong Kong's Anti-Corruption Authority

"...if Beijing appoints a high official in Hong Kong, it can’t have some other body come along and prosecute the guy. Who’s in charge here? This is China."

27 July 2016

Playing Pokémon Go in China Is Not Easy, but Many Are Still Risking It

Global Voices Advocacy

Here are six things to keep in mind while playing Pokémon Go in China from our Northeast Asia editor Oiwan Lam.

23 July 2016

The Anti-KFC Protests Spell Trouble for Chinese Authorities Trying to Confine Nationalism to the Internet

"Online patriotism and offline patriotism are different...However, the line does not exist among the patriotic masses; they would just do what they think is right."

21 July 2016

Chinese Reformist Magazine Shuts Down to Resist Authorities’ Hostile Takeover

Global Voices Advocacy

"The crackdown on Yanhuang Chunqiu and today's takeover indicates that Xi's government wants to educate its officials into 'fools' like the rest of the society."

15 July 2016

Painkiller Jokes, ‘Who Cares?’ and Other Chinese Reactions to the South China Sea Ruling

"This is a serious defeat. It is another version of the Cuba missile crisis. The whole world is watching China fall into the trap. So stupid."

11 July 2016

A New Species of Beetle Named After President Xi Is Blacklisted on Chinese Social Media

Global Voices Advocacy

"An act of ass kissing now turns into ass kicking…"

Chinese Censors Are Making Sure Social Media Only Shows Positive Flooding News

Global Voices Advocacy

"The propaganda is good at turning a disaster into a positive story and making human errors invisible."

8 July 2016

China Bans News Sourcing From Social Media

"From a historical perspective, media outlets that are close to government have a higher tendency to fabricate news. The track record of state-controlled media outlets is even worse."

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