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 November, 2007
China: Fake Confession on Fake Tiger
Joel Martinsen from Danwei summarizes the official responses to the fake tiger issue and netizens’ spoofing of the responses.
China: Relation Between Doctor and Patient
Zengying points out (zh) that the relation between Medical practitioner and patient is very tense in China. A major reason is the marketization of medical care, which turns the relation into purely “buying” and “selling” of service. And there isn't any mechanism to solve the conflict between the hospital and...
China: Editor's House Raided by Police
According to Zhen Jin-yan, the Shanghai police searched Zhai Minglei's (Chief Editor of Minjian) home yesterday and confiscated 41 copies of Minjian and his computer's hard disk under the charge of illegal publishing.
China: Shanghai Stock Market
Fons from China Herald comments on the ups and downs of Shanghai stock Market.
China: Visiting AIDS’ Village
Today (Nov 30), the Premier of the State Council Wen Jia-bao visits the AIDS village in Hunan, his last visit was three years ago. AIDS activist Hu Jia pointed out that this years, villagers were more anxious than excited when compared with last time. Nothing substantial has changed and this...
Hong Kong: Inspired by Nude Photos?
Recently the Hong Kong Chief Executive Donald Tsang visited Beijing “798 Art District” and saw the exhibition of huge nude photos. He said he was inspired and had more expectation for the future west Kowloon cultural district. Hymnkee wonders if people kept complaining about nude arts, how can such inspiration...
China: Labour Protest
Hunan BBS has a citizen report on a labour protest in Dongguan. Photos show that there are thousands of workers gathering outside the electronic factory demanding an increase of salary (zh).
Japan: Robot Award
Edo from Pink Tentacle introduces the list of nominees for the 2007 robot award in Japan.
South Korea: Crackdown on Migrant Workers
Jamie from Two Koreas posts the call for international solidarity by local labour union against the government violent crackdown of migrant worker union. More background can be found at local newspapers Hankyoreh (reposted in Two Koreas)
China: New Idiom
Doublleaf suggests a new idiom “Zheng Long Pai Hu” (zh). Its literal meaning is Zheng Long taking the tiger photo and its extended meaning is someone doing forgery for interest group to cheat the public. Even the case is exposed the person still insists the forgery is the truth.
China: Taxing Post-graduate Student
Pbzhai writes a story he heard from his university [zh]. A post-graduate student wrote to the Nanjing city mayor and asked why the post-graduate students had to be taxed even if they got only RMB200 (US$26) per month subsidy? In a recent party meeting, teachers were asked to teach their...
South Korea: Wartime Propaganda Movie
Matt looks into a propaganda movie Volunteer (Jiwonbyeong) from 1941 in detail to study traces of Korean contemporary nationalism.
South Korea: Migrant Worker Trade Union Leaders Arrested
CINA blogs about the South Korea government's crackdown of the migrant worker trade union yesterday (Nov 27).
Hong Kong: Animal Reproduction Right?
The Hong Kong government recently introduced a new regulation which requires animal breeders to have proper license. Some breeders protested that animal should have reproduction right and the license is against such right. Cheung yun-ling argued at inmediahk.net that the regulation is targeting at human who has already intervened into...
China: Digg Model Won't Work?
Gomain points out that Chinese internet user is more keen on comment rather than voting for a post and the digg model hasn't been very popular so far[zh].
China: Media Not Trusted By Media
Imagethief blogs a survey showing that Chinese media is not trusted by media workers in China.
China: Implementation of Labour Contract Law
Fons from China Herald is interested to see how the new labour contract law in China will be implemented.
Hong Kong and China: Andy Lau Save Fan From Security Guards
The video showing how Hong Kong pop-star Andy Lau saved fan from security guards during his concert in Chengdu has caught a lot of attention in youtube and other local video sharing website. (Via Jason Li, Virtual China).
China: Labour Activist Assaulted for Promoting Labour Contract Law
A woman labour activist in Shenzhen was stabbed and seriously injured by two criminals, the labour center has been active in promoting the to be implemented labour contract law in recent month. – interlocals.net has a full translation of the incident and civic groups appeal.
China: Website Income
Mi Xiaobin blogs a local survey on the income distribution of virtual community websites in China (zh): 38.2% is non-profitable, 24.4% has less than RMB1000 (US120) income per month, 11% earns RMB1000-5000 per month, 14% has more than RMB 5000 per month.
Hong Kong: Political Mob
During the district council election, civil party candidate Mandy Tam was surrounded and detained for 45 minutes by supporters of her political opponent, Choi Luk-sing, in Wong Tai Sin district. She decided to file a case against the violent act. The chaotic scene has been uploaded in youtube.