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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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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."

1 June 2016

China Mandates State-Private Management Model to Censor the Internet

China recently introduced a new policy intended to regulate live-streaming platforms. According to business magazine Caixin's report, authorities will soon require popular video streaming platforms to sell between 1 and 10 percent...

Why Some Chinese Fail to See Racism in Qiaobi's Viral Detergent Commercial

"The Chinese want to be equal with white people, but like white people, they have to achieve their status by standing on top of black people."

19 May 2016

Protests and Banners Await High-Ranking Chinese Official on Visit to Hong Kong

Despite this promise of care and love, Zhang Dejiang's visit has been accompanied by thousands of police officers, who vow to take "decisive action" against protesters.

17 May 2016

Beijing Police Really Want You to Know a Man Who Died in Custody Was Accused of Soliciting a Prostitute

As if that really matters. The troubling case has left some netizens believing that police are trying to cover up a young environmentalist's death after he was arrested.

16 May 2016

Chinese Censors Crack Down on ‘Illegal’ Live-Streaming, Including Erotic Banana Eating

Global Voices Advocacy

As it is impossible to pre-screen live-streamed content, China's public security bureau has set up a police station at the office of major live-streaming platform to oversee what is broadcast.

Anti-Counterfeiting Group Ousts Alibaba, Chinese Consumers Unsympathetic

"Stay at home. If your counterfeits are high quality and cheap, Chinese people will support you and no one will disqualify you."

12 May 2016

Were Authorities Really Tricked Into Hosting a Cultural Revolution Throwback Concert? Chinese Are Skeptical.

"It is impossible for 56 Flowers to perform at the Great Hall of the People without prior approval from central authorities..."

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