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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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25 November 2015

Chinese Netizens Have Their Own Version of Thanksgiving: Fried Rice With Egg Day

"Sixty-five years ago, a plate of fried rice with egg changed the fate of China. We would have become North Korea without this dish (although the two are becoming alike)."

19 November 2015

China and Hong Kong's 0-0 Draw in World Cup Qualifier Is Steeped in Symbolism

Some Hong Kongers silently booed during the Chinese national anthem. Others saw a parallel between their football team's performance against China and efforts to combat Beijing's increasing intervention.

17 November 2015

When China Briefly Unblocked Facebook, Trolls Rushed In

Global Voices Advocacy

"I wish this precious experience can help our 'new friends' see a full picture of Taiwan's democracy, freedom and diversity. Welcome, all of you, to the world of Facebook!"

4 November 2015

Animated Series ‘South Park’ Showed China's President Kissing a Woman. Who Is She?

Chinese fans worried the scene, in which Xi Jinping kisses a Korean-speaking woman who is not his wife, could get the show banned.

3 November 2015

A National Hotline Encourages Chinese to Report Suspected Spies

Netizens theorized the hotline is meant foment distrust among Chinese. "Prelude to the Cultural Revolution," one Weibo user wrote.

21 October 2015

How Social Media Fuels China's Growing Love of Cosmetic Surgery

China's cosmetic surgery industry is using powerful social media marketing strategies to convince more and more young women that they need to go under the knife to be beautiful.

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. "

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