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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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16 March 2018

How a Viral Eye Roll Broke the Silence on China's Heavily Censored Web


"The rolling eyes are like a bolt of lightening that destroys tens of thousands expressions of praise and outshines speeches made by hundreds of thousands of brain-dead people."

4 March 2018

Lantern Festival Riddles Outwit and Enrage Chinese Censorship Authorities


By posting riddles, Chinese netizens have found a way to safely criticize the recent constitutional amendment proposal regarding the abolition of the two-term presidential limit.

27 February 2018

‘Monarchy Restored'? China Set to Remove Two-Term Presidential Limit from Constitution

"Actually, the constitutional amendment is not that surprising. The amendment is just turning 'party dictatorship' into 'party dictatorship led by an individual for his lifetime'."

20 February 2018

Malaysian Government Ad Used Barking Rooster to Celebrate the Chinese Year of the Dog

"This department needs to be more cultured or exposed to the understanding of other cultures. This is really embarrassing and reflects the ignorance of your department."

25 January 2018

#MeToo Has Hit China's Universities, Despite Efforts of Internet Censors


After months of censorship, a student's viral account of sexual misconduct by a renowned university professor has forced the discussion into the open.

17 January 2018

Is Taiwan a Country? What About Tibet? China Says They Aren't—and Wants Foreign Companies to Fall in Line

Multinational corporations have faced pressure to apologize for listing Hong Kong, Macau, Taiwan and Tibet as countries on their websites, even if in reality it's a common practice.

10 January 2018

‘If I Don't Oppose Dictatorship, Am I Still a Man?': Chinese Activist Gets Eight Years in Prison


Wu Gan, better known by his nickname “Super Vulgar Butcher”, has been active in Chinese human rights circles since 2008.

27 December 2017

Don't Call “Xi the Bun” — Chinese Netizens Are Being Jailed for Chatroom Jokes


Three recent cases indicate that chatroom conversations in China are under surveillance and can be used as evidence in criminal prosecution.

24 December 2017

The Chinese Communist Party Forbids Members From Celebrating Christmas, Calling It a Festival of Humiliation

This year, the anti-Christmas campaign has been marked by the circulation of an article that recites the history of Western military invasions in China, arguing that Christmas represents Chinese humiliation.

20 December 2017

With Legislative Changes, Some Hong Kong Pro-Democracy Activists Fear ‘Article 23 Is Coming to Town’

Article 23 refers to a controversial part of Hong Kong's mini-constitution that compels it to pass national security legislation against treason, secession, sedition or subversion against the mainland Chinese government.

11 December 2017

A Local Newspaper's Full-Page Feature on Nuclear Radiation Survival Stirs Panic in China

"The whole page feature on nuclear radiation precaution is believed to be a reaction to the risk of warfare in the Korean peninsula."

10 December 2017

The Fall of Chinese Internet Czar Lu Wei

If Lu Wei's censorship measures were viewed as selective, Chinese netizens will now find themselves facing a more "comprehensive" online content control system.

29 November 2017

After Authorities Evict Beijing's ‘Low-End’ Residents, Chinese Ask: Where Is the Humanity?

Just as rural migrant workers were forced out of their dwellings into the streets, Beijing’s temperature fell to below 0 degrees Celsius at night.

21 November 2017

How Chinese See the Fall of Their Country's Old Friend Robert Mugabe in Zimbabwe

"When people wake up, all 'greatness' will vanish, the dictator will be relegated to the dustbin of history."

7 November 2017

Insulting the National Anthem Is Set to Become Illegal in Hong Kong

"People will follow out of fear, but not out of respect. The anthem law can't force people to respect."

3 November 2017

China's Twitter Community Is Polarized Over Corruption Allegations by Fugitive Billionaire Guo Wengui

"When struggling with the CCP, one has to be cunning and wise -- borrowing power from one authority to crack down on the other one."

26 October 2017

A 21-Year-Old American Sings the Praises of President Xi's Chinese Dream—Literally

Dylan Walker sang the song “China Dream and My Dream” during the country's October 1 national holiday, leading some netizens to speculate he was a paid propagandist for the government.

17 October 2017

Tightened Security in Beijing Means Windows Ordered Shut and Bans on Knife Sales

The security measures are in place ahead of the 19th National Chinese Communist Party Congress, where the country's leadership is chosen.

12 October 2017

China's Sina Weibo Hires 1,000 Supervisors to Censor ‘Harmful Content'—Including Women's Legs


"Male users are less likely to be reported, while female users’ selfies, leg photos or waist photos that show off the success of their workouts are subjected to reduced scores."

8 October 2017

To Fight Against Smog, China Bans Coal in 28 Cities

Could a ban on coal help improve China's pollution problem? Or could the hastiness of its implementation backfire?

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