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 July, 2007
Hong Kong: Mainstream Media VS Cyber bullying
Erynnyes from Those were the days commented on the recent cyber bullying case and pointed out that the blogger and editor Zhou Li had also made unfair comments on Mr. Nike, as she drew groundless correlation between the uploading of Japanese AV to the increase of youth sex crime. The...
China: Hiding Up The Shirtless Migrant Workers?
Joel Martinsen from DANWEI translated a discussion about the anxiety that shirtless migrant workers (who do all the construction work) would affect the image of Olympic in Beijing.
China: Reporter Recieved Death Threat
Pang Jia-ming wrote in his blog that he had received some death threats through mobile text messages and e-mails. According to another blogger, Wang Kei qin, Pang is an investigative reporter from China Economic Times (zh). In order to show support to Pang, Wang reposted Pang's message.
Hong Kong: Union Organizer Arrested
In response to a call from the International Trade Union Confederation（ITF), unionists in Hong Kong organized a peaceful protest at the Iran Consulate in Hong Kong against the illegal arrest of Iranian union leader Mansour Osanloo in July 13. However, according to coolloud citizen report, after two weeks, the organizer...
Hong Kong: Sorry, you have no rights to know
The Television and entertainment licensing authory (TELA) has given out 17 advices in the book fair (one of them is the “Love Mythology”), citizen reporter, Ip Iam Chong from inmediahk.net, called up TELA and Trade and Economic Development Bureau to find out which were the 17 books. It takes him...
Japan: Finger Vein Money
Edo from Pink Tentacle reports on the newly developed “finger vein money” system, which verifies a person's identity by reading the pattern of blood vessels in his or her fingers.
Japan: Memories of Internment in the USSR
James from Japan Probe reports on a multi-lingual website that displays the drawing of a Japanese soldier, Kiuchi Nobuo, on his memories of the World War II.
Hong Kong: Miss Zhou PK Mister Nike
ESWN has translated the background of the cyber bullying case of Miss Zhou by Mister Nike's fans. Nike is known as the God of Adult Videos.
Hong Kong: King of Kwoloon Pass Away
Big sister from Life is but an empty dream… blogs about the King's life. He is also a Mr. Tsang who cliamed he owned the land in Kwoloon district by drawing graffeti in the street (zh). The blogger said he is the pioneer in local civil disobedience. erynnyes from Those...
China: Immigrants and sea
Maryannodonnell from Shenzhen fieldnotes blogs the opening ceremony for a documentary “immigrants and sea” which is about cultural life in Latin American Coastal cities.
Hong Kong: Cyber bullying
A newspapers editor and blogger Chow Chauli was attacked by some netizens in her blog's comment section because of her criticism in the newspapers about a B.T user “Nike” who uploaded pornographic films in the internet. Some bloggers defined the case as cyber bullying. Florence who was very sympathetic with...
China: Fake baozi news turned into media control
Yang Hang-jun from Horizon 360 comments on the reaction of the party and government officials on the fake baozi news: the propaganda about the news had affected beijing and party image, etc. The writer felt that the issue would turn into an excuse for stricter media control (zh).
China: How to run a standalone blog legally
Joel Martinsen from DANWEI translated William long's blog post which explains the steps and conditions for legally setting up a blog on a standalone domain in China, as the current policy requires standalone websites / blogs have to be registered.
China: Wrong Chicken in the death penalty
Will comments that the death penalty of former head of the State Food and Drug Administration, Zheng Xiaoyu, is a killing of “wrong chicken” that may fail the purpose of scaring the monkeys: was Zheng's execution effective as public communication? This depends who the audience was. If the audience was...
China: The complicated issue of abandoned children
Jemimah Steinfeld from Shanghaiist reports on the effect of one child policy that makes domestic adoption of abandoned children more difficult.
China: Fascinating & Urban Collection T-shirt?
Kenneth Tan from Shanghaiist blogs a story about a T-shirt design that “greatly hurting the feelings of the Chinese people”.
China: Soft Advice In a Harmonious Society
Wang Lin noticed that there are many “soft and warm advice notices” around China, such as: “Soft and warm advice: please take care of your belonging, if you lose anything, we won't take any responsibility” (zh). The blogger felt that such kind of “soft and warm advice” were a characteristic...
Japan: Face recognition system
Edo from Pink tentacle reports: on July 19, electronics giant NEC announced it has developed the world’s first automated border control system that uses facial recognition technology capable of identifying people inside their automobiles. The system is already in operation at checkpoints on the Hong Kong – Shenzhen border.
Hong Kong: TELA mission statement
Sun bin digs out Television and Entertainment Licensing Authority's mission statement and points out that the department has deviated from its mission and value.
Hong Kong: Hand off from culture and moral censorship
Erynnyes from Those were they days gave the SAR government an advice that it should keep its hand off from culture and moral censorship. If a piece of work is really unacceptable, it will have to confront public criticism.
China: QQ into Citizen journalism
China Media Project wrote about QQ.com's recent move in setting up a page calling for witness accounts on the devastating flood in Jinan.