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Oiwan Lam

a media activist, researcher and educator currently based in Hong Kong. my chinese writings are in inmediahk.net and my twitter account is @oiwan.

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Latest posts by Oiwan Lam

13 March 2016

Why China's Clampdown on Ren Zhiqiang Matters

The case has become a political thermometer on Xi's attitudes towards internal ideological differences inside the party.

7 March 2016

There Are Many, Many Things the Chinese Communist Party Doesn't Want Shown on TV

If producers were to follow the guidelines to the letter, TV would become very boring in China.

6 March 2016

Get a Load of What the Tibetan Delegates Wore to This Year’s Two Congresses in China

At this year's conference, netizens' attention has focused on pins bearing Chinese President Xi Jinping's image that appeared on the chests of Tibetan delegates

23 February 2016

China Won't Broadcast the Hong Kong Film Awards Because of Dystopian Nominee ‘Ten Years’

"What is so fearful about this film? The film has portrayed different thoughts and perspectives; this can be a starting point for communication and understanding."

Facts Be Damned. China's President Demands Media Outlets Parrot the Party Line

"When all the media are working for something other than the people's interest, people are left behind and forgotten."

19 February 2016

China's Media Wants You to Love the State as Much as You Love Your Family

"...you can't cut your connection with your father for the emperor's sake. The expression of 'showing filial piety to the state' is absolutely ridiculous."

12 February 2016

Hong Kongers’ Long-Simmering Distrust of Government Boils Over in the ‘Fishball Riots’

"...we will fight back. We will not act like the fools in the Occupy Central protest, sitting there and waiting for the cops to arrest them."

8 February 2016

For Mainland Chinese, Taiwan's Earthquake Relief Efforts Stand in Stark Contrast to Their Own

"So concrete, transparent and efficient."

6 February 2016

China Tries to Be Hip With Its Latest Political Propaganda Songs

Chinese Communist Party propaganda now comes in rap form, with lyrics like, "Say it with me, The Four Comprehensives, The Four Comprehensives, a prosperous society is the goal".

23 January 2016

Chinese Netizens Climb Over the Great Firewall to Go After Advocates of Taiwanese Independence

A mainland Chinese netizens’ movement aimed at silencing pro-independence Taiwanese "through civilized methods” has become a humourous emoji battle and a tech lesson in scaling the Great Firewall of China.

20 January 2016

China Is Blocking Circumvention Tools With Help of Cloud Service Providers

Global Voices Advocacy

Experts estimate that between 1% and 3% of China's internet users are using circumvention tool to visit overseas websites. But this could change with new restrictions.

14 January 2016

Hong Kong's Government Is Walking All Over Chinese Dolphins—Literally and Figuratively

"You don't want the real one and kill them all. Then you step on the fake one and take a photo while laughing. What kind of mentality is this?"

12 January 2016

Hong Kongers Fear That Their City's Autonomy From China Might Be Next to Disappear

"I mean, maybe one day we will be taken away just because we are not happy about the political system."

8 January 2016

‘Orwellian Dystopia’ or Trustworthy Nation? Get the Facts on China's Social Credit System

Global Voices Advocacy

Combining individuals' financial records, online shopping data, social media behaviors and employment history, China will now produce a combined "social credit" score for each citizen.

7 January 2016

Chinese Netizens Want Their Government to Take a Hard Line on North Korea's Nuclear Testing

"The heavenly kingdom is still protecting this thug. We should be ashamed that the heavenly kingdom is still protecting this thug"

3 January 2016

Hong Kong Bookseller's Disappearance Stokes Fears of Cross-Border Kidnaps by Mainland Chinese Police

"Hong Kong residents can be taken away by non-local law enforcers and the government will not protect you."

31 December 2015

Why Millions of Chinese Are Victimized by the Blooming Peer-to-Peer Lending Business

"We trusted China Central Television and have engaged in legal investments. We trusted the government and the deposit should be protected."

26 December 2015

Even Santa Can't Escape Toxic Smog in China

During Christmas toxic smog spread from the northern provinces to central China.

15 December 2015

China's 2nd World Internet Conference Will Focus on ‘Rule of Law’, But Not Free Expression

Global Voices Advocacy

"These conferences have had no credibility ever since the first one, whose real aim was to ensure that Internet companies wanting to operate in China fall into line."

13 December 2015

How the Michelin Star Became the Kiss of Death for Hong Kong’s Street Food

The Michelin Star has turned out to be the kiss of death for several small restaurants in Hong Kong, as landlords raise rents to profit off anticipated earnings boom.

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