A media activist, researcher and educator currently based in Hong Kong. My Twitter account is @oiwan and personal views are published on: patreon.com/oiwan
Latest posts by Oiwan Lam from September, 2006
China: the reply of the spoofed poet
The poet Zhao Lihua has been spoofed by netizen in the past few weeks. Joel Martinsen from DAWEI summarizes the debate and translates the reply of the poet: Let's all write poetry!
Singapore and Hong Kong: ban FEER
The Far Eastern Economic Review's editor blogs about the decision of singapore government to ban the magazine: “It has explicitly warned that not only is the Review Publishing Company forbidden from importing or distributing the Hong Kong-based monthly, but Singaporeans will also commit a criminal offense if they import or...
South Korea: history of prostitution
Robert Neff writes in detail about the history of prostitution in Korea (Chosun), it is one of the oldest profession.
Hong Kong: urban renewal
Chong at interlocals.net translates a citizen report on a urban renewal project in a poor district in Hong Kong: “There are more poor people than the rich in Hong Kong. But why the rich need to come to Kwun Tong downtown, even though they already have the whole Hong Kong...
South Korea: solidarity protest against military base
Days in Daechuri reports on the weekend solidarity protest in seoul against the expansion of military base in Pyeongtaek. There were also protests in New York and Los Angeles.
China: harmonious society
Positive solutions writes on the social economic background for the Chinese government's propaganda of building a harmonious society.
South Korea: Crisis in the Humanities in Korea
An opinion piece written by Yoo Seung-gi in Ohmynews, talking about the crisis in humanities subjects in Korea education.
China: internet mobs hunt Accord Girl
Jeremy Goldkorn in DANWEI blogs about a Accord Girl's video that enraged local netizens and resulted in another internet mobs hunt. The girl thinks that anyone who earns less than 3,000 yuan a month is a loser (i.e. most people in China).
China: Promiscuity crime
Li Yin-he blogs about various promiscuity crime cases in China (Part 1 and Part 2). She raises a simple question: if it is sex out of consent among adults, should they be punished? (zh)
China: education VS media
Zhao mu blogs about a debate between education department and media workers. On September 25, the spokes person of education department openly criticized that the Chinese media is ignorant. The response of course is “which is more ignorant? education department or media?” (zh)
Hong Kong: GP batteries sues labour groups
A citizen journalist report at interlocals.net on a transnational corporation's legal action against labour groups to stop them from exposing the heavy metal poisoning situation in their production line in China and Hong Kong.
China: spoofing Confucius
The new, standardized statue of Confucius was unveiled on September 23 by the China Confucius Institute. Here are some reactions from the blogsphere: Xiong pei-yun points out that the standarization is against Confucius teaching: 孔子教导艺术家，“知之为知之，不知为不知，是知也。”意思是，孔子长什么样，你知道就说知道，不知道就说不知道，搞标准要诚实。显然，这种看似为孔子脸上贴金、附带赠送个关二爷脸谱的做法，不过是冒充知道、以掺假“恶搞”孔子。 Confucius has taught the artists, “you know what you know, and you know what you...
China: civilised traveller
One man bandwidth blogs about the “civilised Chinese travellers” campaign initiated by Beijing authority.
Hong Kong: blog as education tool
A survey found 73% high school students are bloggers but some secondary schools prohibit students from blogging. Local blogger, He Gu was interviewed by local newspapers concerning blogger culture: Knowing that some secondary schools have prohibited students to write blog, we can see another example that the development of technology...
Taiwan: web2.0 conference
Chiao is having a live blogging about the web 2.0 conference in Taipei.
China: The Unpublished FoxConn Story
ESWN translates a blog post by Southern Weekend reporter Fu Jianfeng about the FoxConn and the First Financial Daily's dispute. The story was banned in the newspapers and found its way in the internet.
Japan: blood type talk
Peter Payne in Japundit tries to explain why Japanese are so fascinated about blood type in relation to personality.
Japan: light in the toilet bowl
JP in Japundit introduces a new feature for a perfect toilet: one small light for man, one giant leap for womankind.
Japan: digital arts
An interview with Kenji Harigai, an art director and graphic designer of ADAPTER, in pingmag about new design concept: The digital has already become the true format for expression anyway, that is like some common sense among Japanese young creators. Whether or not you then combine that with analog doesn’t...
China: a teacher put to jail
The story came from a reporter BBS and re-posted in zhao mu's blog. A teacher Qin Zhong-fei sent out a mobile message, a lyrics that criticized the corruption and land dispute in Peng Shui in Sichuan province. On 31 of August, he was caught by local police and put on...
China: Shanghai corruption scandal
The corruption scandal and removal of Shanghai's top leader, Chen Liangyu, have recieved much echoes from local web users and blogsphere. The China media project has translated some reactions from sina.com. Ai Wei Wei was glad that finally the central government took action against the corruption in Shanghai. Positive solution...