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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

12 May 2016

Were Authorities Really Tricked Into Hosting a Cultural Revolution Throwback Concert? Chinese Are Skeptical.

"It is impossible for 56 Flowers to perform at the Great Hall of the People without prior approval from central authorities..."

10 May 2016

Not Only Patients Suffer in China's Broken Healthcare System—Medical Professionals Do Too

A former patient stabbed a retired doctor to death in Guangzhou. Medical professionals are too often the target of violence from Chinese frustrated with the healthcare sector.

3 May 2016

Hundreds of Chinese Schoolchildren Have Been Poisoned, But Their Affluent Families Aren’t Winning Them Much Sympathy

There's a public safety crisis in Changzhou, where hundreds of schoolchildren fell ill after exposure to toxic compounds. Unfortunately for the ailing kids, their families are rich and widely disliked.

27 April 2016

Chinese Big Brother Is Watching You, Even in Australia

"We are concerned that Mr Wu is becoming a victim of the Chinese government’s increasingly intrusive attempts to curb voices of dissent among overseas Chinese."

20 April 2016

Maybe You Shouldn't Be Laughing at the Viral Video of a Chinese Toddler Defending His Grandma

"If your family is humiliated and bullied, wouldn't you stand up to help them? I don't understanding what you are laughing at."

18 April 2016

Dissidents Worry #TwitterisDead After Company Hires Former Chinese Military Officer

Global Voices Advocacy

"This is a severe threat to the Chinese struggling for free speech."

16 April 2016

A Time-Lapse Video Captures a Sea of Clouds Rolling Through Hong Kong

"The small city is surrounded with skyscrapers that look like cement forest...But if you take the time to discover the city, the beautiful natural landscape is so near."

15 April 2016

Taiwanese Travelers Are Wary After China Flexes Its Long Arm in Kenya

"This incident is terrifying...We could be deported to China if the Chinese government claims that we violated Chinese law (even though we didn't violate any law in the third country)."

5 April 2016

Wanna Reach the Chinese Internet Market? Time to Register Your Domain in China.

Global Voices Advocacy

New rules will require leading foreign companies including Microsoft and Apple to register their sites' domain names with local DNS providers in order to remain accessible in China.

Chinese Censors Erase #PanamaPapers Evidence From Web

Global Voices Advocacy

The leaked files reveal offshore companies linked to China's top leader, who has vowed to fight "armies of corruption". But most mainland Chinese haven't even heard about them.

When a Mother's Love Conflicts With Loyalty to the Chinese Communist Party

"...nowadays, so many people see 'patriotism' as a business and as a path to get a promotion. They talk about ideology but think about business."

29 March 2016

Chinese Police Tear Families Apart Over Letter That Demanded President's Resignation

Global Voices Advocacy

An open letter urging China President Xi Jinping to resign has triggered a rash of political persecution against the family members of Chinese dissidents living abroad. Germany-based writer and Deutsche...

26 March 2016

Donald Trump’s Anti-Refugee Style of Politics Comes to Hong Kong

Ahead of Hong Kong's legislative vote, politicians are fanning prejudice against asylum seekers in a campaign strategy that mimics, some say, Donald Trump's presidential run in the United States.

25 March 2016

China Shuts Down Communist Party News Site, Arrests 20 Over Call for Xi Jinping's Resignation

Global Voices Advocacy

Though the letter was only online for a few hours, it is viewed as a direct challenge to Xi Jinping's leadership from party insiders.

19 March 2016

Netizens Mock Mark Zuckerberg's Love Affair with China

Global Voices Advocacy

"Mark, you have six people in your running team. Did you apply for authorisation to run on the street? If not, this is illegal in China."

16 March 2016

Two Writers Publicly Resign Amid the Chinese Communist Party's Tightening Grip on Culture

"Suzhou has been a place where literati gather since ancient times. It has a very good tradition of pursuing the ideal. But these traditions have almost vanished now."

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."

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