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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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Remembering Tiananmen in Hong Kong: An increasingly risky act of resistance

Despite all the legal threats, Hongkongers are finding their own ways to commemorate June 4.

China’s new three-child policy gives birth to ironic jokes on social media

"It seems that the day a single-people tax will be introduced is getting closer."

Hong Kong authorities warn of 5-year prison term for attending Tiananmen Massacre vigil

The security bureau warned that under the Public Order Ordinance, offenders will face up to five years in prison for attending, or one year for promoting, the vigil.

Could the breakdown in public trust explain Hong Kong's sluggish vaccine roll-out?

Trust and solidarity are known remedies in dealing with vaccine hesitancy. In Hong Kong, however, the political divide might have reached a point of no return.

Hong Kong to toughen up privacy law against doxxing

If the law passes, will the Privacy Commissioner implement the law fairly, taking against doxxing regardless of the victims' (real or perceived) political affiliations?

Hong Kong's public broadcaster is on its way to become a government mouthpiece

Shows are being censored, journalists are being fired, and even social media posts are being deleted.

Hong Kong activists sentenced to jail for commemorating Tiananmen Square Massacre in 2020

Hongkongers have been gathering to commemorate the June 4 Tiananmen Massacre since 1990. The court's ruling signals that anyone participating in commemorations this year risks being charged with unlawful assembly.

Taiwan, ‘the most dangerous place on Earth'? Not according to Taiwanese.

This week's cover story by the British magazine The Economist labeled Taiwan "the most dangerous place on Earth," eliciting a lot of reaction on Taiwanese Twitter.

China pledges to improve conditions of delivery workers. Arrest of a labor activist suggests otherwise.

Earlier this year, Chen Guajiang, a delivery worker who helped organize dozens of WeChat groups for drivers, was arrested and charged for "picking quarrels." He faces five years in prison.

Chinese state media instrumental in smear campaign against wife of former US diplomat, research firm DoubleThink Lab says

According to the Taiwanese firm's research report, Chinese media amplified the mass trolling targetting popular food blogger Chuang Tzu-i amid a diplomatic row with the US.

Journalist becomes first person convicted over 2019 mob attack that injured dozens of Hongkongers

Bao Choy was found guilty of violating the city's Road and Traffic Ordinance by "making false statements" while searching public records of license plates as she investigated the mob attack.

Hong Kong's pro-Beijing camp wants to ‘get rid of’ pro-democracy newspaper Apple Daily

The call for a purge of Hong Kong's critical press comes as Apple Daily founder Jimmy Lai was sentenced to 1 year and 2 months in prison.

Hong Kong customs raids pro-democracy retail chain, sparking sympathy

About 100 custom officers stormed AbouThai’s warehouse and its 26 stores confiscating goods worth more than a million Hong Kong dollars, due to missing Chinese labels of 14 types of...

Beijing has rewritten Hong Kong's electoral rules. What will change?

It's a total overhaul of Hong Kong's representative democracy.

How Hong Kong lost its academic freedom in 2020

Since the enactment of the national security law, professors have had contracts terminated, student protests were repressed, and a new curriculum will be implemented in all schools starting September 2021.

After pineapple ban, Taiwan calls Beijing’s new agricultural investment offer ‘an old trick’

Weeks after the pineapple ban, China offered incentives to Taiwanese agriculture and forestry sector to invest in rural tourism and plant high-end commercial crops in China.

An interview with a blogger who connects Myanmar and Hong Kong's dream for democracy

"Exchanges among activists could help reflect on the inadequacy of local protests and develop a wider horizon in understanding the significance of the pro-democracy movement in Asia."

Pineapple recipes flood Taiwan's social media after China bans imports

China cited safety concerns, but Taiwan says the ban is an "economic intimidation."

With 47 more charged, every prominent Hong Kong activist is now either in jail or in exile

Hundreds protested outside the district court where the activists attended a hearing.

Flights carrying ‘seafood’ between China and Myanmar fuel speculation about Beijing's support for the military coup

There's also speculation that the recurring power outages in Myanmar in the past few days are related to the testing and setup of Myanmar's version of The Great Firewall.

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