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Oiwan Lam

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

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Latest posts by Oiwan Lam

7 October 2015

Chinese Women Spend Their Holiday Protesting Botched Cosmetic Surgery in South Korea

The majority of Chinese netizens weren't sympathetic to the women's protest. "Why have people in this land become so vain?" one commenter wrote.

30 September 2015

Malware Outbreak in App Store Alerts Tech Companies to Security Risks of China's Great Firewall

Global Voices Advocacy

XcodeGhost has infected thousands of iOS apps and potentially affected hundreds of millions of users as WeChat was also inserted with the malware.

15 September 2015

A Hong Kong Business Magnate ‘Runs Away’. Chinese Netizens Ask, Why Shouldn't He?

In an article that was quickly removed, a think tank affiliated with the Chinese government slammed Li Ka Shing for moving his business away from Hong Kong and mainland China.

8 September 2015

Trolls Go After Artists Who Aren't ‘Patriotic’ Enough During China's WWII Parade

American-born Taiwanese singer Christine Fan removed a photo of her twin babies after receiving a flood of online hate for not sharing military parade photos instead.

31 August 2015

Chairman Mao Wasn't at WWII's Cairo Conference. So Why Is He on the Movie Poster?

Some believe President Xi Jinping is using 'The Cairo Declaration' film and a September 3 military parade to rewrite the Chinese Communist Party's involvement in fending off the Japanese.

27 August 2015

China Won't Tolerate Anything but Praise for Its Showy World War II Parade

"...all news and comments related to the military parade must be carefully reviewed before posting to guarantee they are positive and not offensive..."

21 August 2015

Netizens Think Official Explanations for Tianjin's Dead Fish Are as Likely as Fish Drowning

"These fish felt ashamed. They saw that so many people had died. They felt sorry and drowned themselves."

Scammers Make Use of Mainland China's Reputation for Corruption to Con Hong Kongers

Scammers pretending to be mainland Chinese police called up Hong Kong people, telling them they were wanted fugitives in mainland China and must pay to be declared innocent.

18 August 2015

Tianjin Lives Up to Its ‘City Without News’ Nickname After Deadly Blasts

Netizens were shocked that local media aired Korean dramas and cartoons in the immediate wake of the disaster, then followed up with coverage dripping with praise for local authorities.

11 August 2015

Shanghai Telecom Triples Cost of Access to Overseas Websites

Global Voices Advocacy

If commercial restrictions on accessing overseas sites becomes common practice, the Chinese Internet could become a de facto domestic network for the majority of Internet users.

1 August 2015

Hong Kong Stages ‘Breast Walk’ to Protest Police and Judicial Absurdity

Can a protester really assault a policeman with her breasts?

30 July 2015

How China's Online Civilization Army Turned a Youth Street Fight into a Patriotic Struggle

Global Voices Advocacy

"They just pick quarrels and fights all day long. Today vow to execute this and tomorrow execute someone else. Such patriotism is not loving one's country but hating one's country."

24 July 2015

Japanese Media Group's Purchase of the Financial Times Shocks China

Given the bad blood between China and Japan over Japanese war crimes during World War II as well as geo-political tensions in Asia, many Chinese didn't take the news well.

16 July 2015

Chinese Human Rights Lawyers Refuse to Be Silenced Despite Crackdown

"Punish by way of trampling all over the law is fundamentally destroying the legitimacy of the government...You get temporary peace, but sooner or later the volcano will erupt. "

7 July 2015

China's New National Security Law Casts a Fearsome Shadow Over Hong Kong

China's new law is wide-reaching and furthers suppression of dissent. Hong Kong government officials have said the city cannot guarantee local activists' safety if they travel to the mainland.

6 July 2015

Provocative Images Depicting Differences Between Hong Kong and China Highlight Inter-Cultural Conflict

As China continues to undermine the 'One Country, Two Systems' accord, artists in Hong Kong strike back with provocative comparisons between the two territories.

1 July 2015

China Unleashes Police, Internet Censors on Anti-PX Plant Protesters in Shanghai

"Once they found out that you were a resident of Jinshan, they took you away. The Internet was blocked. The minute that photos were uploaded, they disappeared."

29 June 2015

Who Are the 5.5 Million Facebook Fans of Chinese State Newspaper People's Daily?

Communist party mouthpiece People's Daily has millions of likes on Facebook, a social media platform that is blocked in China. Chinese netizens are wondering who those fans are.

24 June 2015

Hong Kong's Legislature Went Off Script, and the Pro-Beijing Establishment Is Not Happy

After Hong Kong's legislature vetoed China-backed electoral reform, a pro-Beijing news outlet warned the city's autonomy could be in jeopardy if voters don't kick out pan-democrats in next year's elections.

14 June 2015

Three Videos That Explain Why Hong Kong Public Opinion on the Government's Electoral Reform Proposal Is Divided

The China-backed proposal claims to favour popular suffrage, but unsurprisingly, it is not as straight-forward as it seems.

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