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Oiwan Lam

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

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6 July 2015

Provocative Images Depicting Differences Between Hong Kong and China Highlight Inter-Cultural Conflict

As China continues to undermine the 'One Country, Two Systems' accord, artists in Hong Kong strike back with provocative comparisons between the two territories.

1 July 2015

China Unleashes Police, Internet Censors on Anti-PX Plant Protesters in Shanghai

"Once they found out that you were a resident of Jinshan, they took you away. The Internet was blocked. The minute that photos were uploaded, they disappeared."

29 June 2015

Who Are the 5.5 Million Facebook Fans of Chinese State Newspaper People's Daily?

Communist party mouthpiece People's Daily has millions of likes on Facebook, a social media platform that is blocked in China. Chinese netizens are wondering who those fans are.

24 June 2015

Hong Kong's Legislature Went Off Script, and the Pro-Beijing Establishment Is Not Happy

After Hong Kong's legislature vetoed China-backed electoral reform, a pro-Beijing news outlet warned the city's autonomy could be in jeopardy if voters don't kick out pan-democrats in next year's elections.

14 June 2015

Three Videos That Explain Why Hong Kong Public Opinion on the Government's Electoral Reform Proposal Is Divided

The China-backed proposal claims to favour popular suffrage, but unsurprisingly, it is not as straight-forward as it seems.

3 June 2015

China's Internet Police Launch ‘Speech Inspections’, Chill Critical Voices

Global Voices Advocacy

The launch of the "Internet Police Inspection and Law Enforcement" program implies a more coordinated effort in the incrimination of online speech.

29 May 2015

Chinese Authorities Leap to Discredit Detained Citizens’ Rights Activist

Global Voices Advocacy

"Now wicked people have taken control and good people are in jail."

27 May 2015

Robot Commenters Accidentally Expose Themselves on China's Weibo Platform

Global Voices Advocacy

Patrick Wong contributed to this post. Chinese netizens are having a good laugh over the mechanized missteps of government-controlled robot commenters, who have been criticizing messages sent by their own...

22 May 2015

Human Rights Lawyer's Indictment Marks the Beginning of a ‘Weibo Inquisition’ in China

Global Voices Advocacy

Pu Zhiqiang was indicted on charges of "inciting ethnic hatred" and "picking quarrels and provoking a disturbance." The case against him is based on about 30 online postings he wrote.

12 May 2015

Chinese Netizens See Symbolism in Viral Stage Collapse Video

"To celebrate the Mother's Day for our mother country, the Bijie city theatre in Guizhou Province puts on a grand performance of 'The Collapse of the Chinese Dream.'"

10 May 2015

How Does China's Foreign NGO Management Law Curb the Development of Civil Society?

The "fundamental purpose of the law" is "to significantly tighten the Government's control over civil society," Human Rights Watch told Global Voices.

6 May 2015

Chinese People Seem to Love Uber. Chinese Authorities? Not So Much

Authorities raided Uber offices in China twice in one week as part of a crackdown on unlicensed taxis. Some believe the real reason is to wipe out a foreign competitor.

3 May 2015

What Does Cleavage Censorship Have to Do With Hong Kong's Electoral Policy?

Many believe that both the $2-million censorship of cleavages and the government's proposal are expensive, unnecessary, not genuine and submissive to Beijing's political will.

28 April 2015

Authorities Said a Protester Assaulted Hong Kong Police. Witness Video Showed Otherwise

The couple went out of their way to help 17-year-old Ho Pak-Hei, who was acquitted. Ordinary heroes like them are stepping up with proof that pro-democracy protesters were falsely accused.

24 April 2015

Hong Kong Politician Wants More Headlines About Filipina Maids Seducing Their Bosses

The Philippine Consulate General responded, saying "discrimination should have no place in any society, most especially Hong Kong." Migrant domestic workers protested outside Regina Ip's office.

23 April 2015

In Taiwan and on Facebook, the Nipple is Not Yet Free

Global Voices Advocacy

"Before we label it as "indecent" and "obscene", a body is just a body, a part of the human self." Taiwanese women speak up for the #FreeTheNipple campaign.

17 April 2015

China Jails Prominent Journalist Gao Yu for Leaking ‘State Secrets’

She was sentenced to seven years in prison. Observers believe the "state secrets" refer to a Chinese Communist Party directive that lists "seven speak-nots" for university professors, including press freedom.

16 April 2015

New Internet Rules in China Target Usernames, Avatars as Subversive Tools

Global Voices Advocacy

More than 67,000 user accounts have been deleted due to a new rule that prohibits screen names and profile pictures that threaten national security, destroy ethnic unity, or defame others.

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