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 January, 2009
Hong Kong: From Censorship Debate to Critique of Christian Right
The debate over censorship of indecency in Hong Kong sparkled by the consultation on the Control of Obscene and Indecent Article Ordinance (COIAO) has developed into a critique of religious /Christian Right politics as the conservative Christians openly demand the extension of COIAO for censoring “speech” or “article” that “instigates...
China: Name Change for the Minzu University of China
Highpeakspureearth discusses the cultural political implications in the recent change of English name of “the Central University of Nationalities” to “Minzu University of China” (MUC) (since November 20th, 2008).
Japan: Dual Employment System
Adamu from Mutantfrog questions if the dual employment system is an asset for Japan to deal with the economic crisis.
Hong Kong: Fortune Stick Reading
ESWN summarized local newspapers reports on fortune stick reading in Lunar new year. The unfavorable outcome stirred up a hot discussion about: who is the traitors inside home?
Japan: Robot Puppets
Edo from Pink Tentacle blogs about the use of robot technology in classic bunraku puppets in Japan.
China and U.S: The Timing of Charter 08
Roland discusses about the timing of Charter 08, a joint statement for political reform signed by more than 300 intellectuals, in relation to the politics in the U.S to account for its impact.
China: Internet In 2008
ESWN translated a local media (Southern weekend) review on major incidents happened in China Internet 2008.
China: Debate over RMB exchange rate
China matter sums up the debate over RMB valuation between the U.S and China government.
China: Net Nanny, GFW and SEM
Uln explains how the internet censorship in China works through three major tactics, including: Self censorship, Great fire wall's filtering and access control and search engine manipulation.
Hong Kong: LGBT content filtered away
Leslovestudy conducted a research on the filtering of LGBT content (zh, pdf) in Hong Kong private and public filters. I have post a summary of the report at GV advocacy.
China: CyberGhost VPN
GFW Blog introduces a new tool, CyberGhost VPN, for getting around the internet filtering (Great Fire Wall) in China.
China: Hakka Tulou in Fujian Province
Steve from Fool's Mountain explains the distinctive character of Hakka Tulou (a very special architecture for defense) in Fujian Province.
China: How to tell a RMB 100 fake note?
Rob on Black and White cat teaches you how to differentiate a fake RMB 100 note. It is very helpful as a large amount of fake notes has been circulating in the market.
China: Active Consumption is Patriotic
Joel Martinsen from DANWEI translated local discussion about the relation between consumption and patriotism.
China: Control 2.0
David Bandurski from the China Media Project comments on the global media venture proposed by Chinese government by looking into the speech of Li Changchun (李长春), China’s top media control official as the politbruo standing committee member in charge of ideology back in December 2008. The blogger believes that, the...
China: What does Charter 08 mean?
Rebecca Mackinon from Rconversation draws together various discussions on the implications of Charter 08 in China and points out that it is yet too early to tell its consequence.
China: 50 Cents Party Fearmongering
Chinageeks feels that 50 Cents Party will be more an annoyance than threat to web 2.0.
China: Obama and Chinese Emperors
Xujun Eberlein from Inside-Out China explains why Obama has reminded him of certain Chinese emperors.
Japan: Battle of Search Engines 2008
Mokoto blogs about the 2008 annual result of search engines battle in Japan and observes some new development.
China: Let's All Denounce Each Other!
The anti-smut campaign in China has resulted in websites denouncing each others on indecent, obscene and immoral content. (more from ESWN).
Hong Kong: Election Consultation Deferred… It's Dog-Speak!
If constructive questions like the election consultation became "dog-speak" in the eye of top ruling elites (in the form of Freudian slip), what's the function of the Legislative council? Although LSD's legislators' dog's fight performance is disruptive, can the Legislative council be genuinely constructive with the un-democratic system?