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 September, 2012
China: Guangzhou Students Protest University Gender Quotas
Ewan Christie from Nanfang.com reports about university students’ protest against the university gender quotas. Female students have to obtain a much higher score than the male counter part in the public examination to enter the same university.
In Sea of Censorship, China Allows Anti-Japan War Vitriol
A fleet of six Chinese surveillance ships has been deployed in response to the Japanese government's move to purchase three disputed islets from their private Japanese owners. Some Chinese netizens have reacted to the news with anti-Japan warmongering on social media channels.
China: The Million Tree Project
Jonah Kessel introduces a NGO called Shanghai Roots & Shoots which carried out the Million Tree Project in Kulun Qi of inner Mongolia by working with the national and regional Chinese government.
China: Traffic Jam
Chengdu Living blogs about the problems behind traffic jam in China: the rapidly increasing urban population, number of car owners, poor city planning because of corruption.
China: Hulunbuir Grassland Destroyed by Coal Mining Activities
Hulunbuir Grassland, one of the most beautiful landscapes in inner Mongolia, is eroding as a result of coal mining near the surface of the ground. A Chinese blogger has pointed out that the mining activities are not only a destruction of the natural environment, but also a cultural invasion.
Hong Kong: Anti-National Education Protest, 360 Degree Scene
John Choy posted a 360 degree panoramic view of the anti-national education protest on September 8, 2012 outside the government building.
China: Journalists Leaving the Field
Many investigative journalists in mainland China are leaving the field. The Tea Leaf Nation picked up and translated some of the discussions in Weibo to look into their reasons.
China: Yangtze River Turned Red
For some unknown reason, the Yangtze River, the longest river in Asia, has turned red last week. China Hush translated the local news story.
China: Political Lexicon
Qian Gang looks into the political lexicons since the 11th National Congress to show the power plays within the Chinese Communist Party.
China, Hong Kong: Controller of National Education
Hexie Farm's latest cartoon is about the “controller” of national education in Hong Kong. Tens of thousands local residents in Hong Kong protested against the curriculum, some of which is written by “researchers” in mainland China. (via China Digital Times)
Self-censorship in Hong Kong
Zhongnanhai takes notes from the Asian American Journalists Association roundtable on self-censorship situation in Hong Kong. One of the issue is about the “mainlandization” of Hong Kong media ecology as presented by Claudia Mo, a former journalist and a candidate running for the coming Legislative Council Election.
Hong Kong: Why Is “National Education” Scary?
China Media Project translated a commentary by Chow Po Chung, a professor in the Department of Government and Public Administration at the Chinese University of Hong Kong reflecting on his 16 years of experience of “national education” in China's public school.
Chinese Mitten Crabs Invade German Waters
An interesting post from China Hush on the problems caused by Chinese mitten crabs in German rivers. To tackle the problem, German fishermen are selling the crabs to Chinese restaurants.
China, U.S: GM Rice Experiment
Stan from China Hearsay blogs about the controversy over the American scientists’ GM food experiment in China.
IndieChina, a Website for Indie Music in China
Ruby from Beijingdaze interviewed the webmaster of IndieChina [zh], an online platform started in 2004 for introducing western indie music to China and helping Chinese indie music band to promote their works.
Hong Kong: TV Station Claims London, Washington Behind Anti-National Education Protest
One of the two free terrestrial television stations in Hong Kong, Asia T.V, propagated that the anti-national education in Hong Kong is manipulated by foreign power from London and Washington to destroy Hong Kong. (More details in Badcanto)
Taiwan: Smear Campaign Sparks Historic Media Monopoly Protest
A smear campaign against Taiwanese scholar Huang Kuo-chang by Want Want China Time's media outlets, in reaction to his opposition of the group's acquisition of a television cable network back in July 2012, has triggered intense public outrage - and the largest anti-media monopoly protest in the country's history.
Hong Kong: National Education Program Prompts Hunger Strike, Sit-In
Activists have been campaigning against the controversial National Educational program due to be phased into Hong Kong schools, holding hunger strikes and an overnight sit-in.
Malaysia: Financial Stress Closes Independent Chinese Media Site
Merdeka Review, a Chinese online independent media founded in 2005 in Malaysia, was officially closed down in August 31. Due to the withdrawal of the support of a major funder, the news organization had been under financial stress since 2011.
China: What's Stopping Chinese Economic Reform
Chinese lawyer @Yuan Yulai posted a cartoon on Sina Weibo that explains the link between economic reform (the train) and political reform (the track). Tea Leaf Nation has more explanation.