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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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Latest posts by Oiwan Lam

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."

1 July 2016

In China, Homophobia and Fear of ‘Foreign Forces’ Go Hand in Hand

After a lesbian couple got engaged publicly at a university, a school official accused one of the women of being "under the control of an illegal organization."

23 June 2016

Founder of Protest Reporting Outlet Goes Missing in China

Global Voices Advocacy

Lu Yuyu has been missing since June 15. Yuyu has been reporting news of mass demonstrations in China via his platform "Not in the News" since 2013.

Chinese Village Leader Who Planned to Protest Land Seizures Suddenly Confesses to Corruption. Suspicious?

"'Anti-corruption' is such a useful word. It can be used to attack your political opponent and to incriminate the people's hero."

17 June 2016

Local Chinese Officials Promise They Won't Let the Yulin Dog Meat Festival Happen This Year

"Being humane to animals is not a western value. China has had laws against animal abuse since the Qing Dynasty."

15 June 2016

What Can China Do to Stop the ‘Epidemic’ of Suicides Among Government Officials?

Some say tougher anti-graft measures are necessary. Others think judicial independence could make a difference.

12 June 2016

What Sparked the Yan Zhou Unrest? China's Information Deficit in the Spotlight

"The kidnapper becomes the good fellow who tried to stop a fight [...] Who are the blind ones? People from Yan Zhou or state-owned media?"

7 June 2016

Lancôme Cancels Concert With Hong Kong Pro-Democracy Singer After Pressure From China

"When a company, out of commercial considerations, decides to practice excessive self-censorship, that also generates fear in the community and encourages tyranny's unreasonable behavior."

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