Oiwan Lam

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Oiwan Lam is the is the Regional Editor for Northeast Asia for Global Voices. Lam is a media activist, researcher and educator currently based in Hong Kong.

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2018/02/21 | Oiwan Lam

Malaysian Government Uses Barking Chicken to Celebrate Year of the Dog

Some believe that the use of a barking rooster in the Chinese New Year ad is meant to avoid insulting some Muslims, who consider dogs unclean.

2017/12/29 | Oiwan Lam

Chatroom Jokes Lead to Jail in China

The maximum penalty for this crime is five years behind bars.

2017/12/25 | Oiwan Lam

Hong Kong Feels a Chill amid Legislative Council Changes

Recent changes to Hong Kong's Legislative Council rules weaken its ability to check the power of the city's government.

2017/11/25 | Oiwan Lam

Views from Inside China on Mugabe's Fall from Grace

China had been political allies with Robert Mugabe's Zimbabwe until the leader stepped down. The reaction inside China has been mixed.

2017/09/12 | Oiwan Lam

Mulling the Cost of China Winning the AI Race

'Both Chinese and foreign experts reckon that China has the most advanced — and cheapest — AI-enabled surveillance technology in the world.'

2017/09/07 | Oiwan Lam

China and the End of Anonymous

'Most online comments on the regulation have been hidden on social media — some threads show only two comments out of hundreds, while on others the comment section has been shut down. The majority of comments do not appear on a search.'

2017/08/19 | Oiwan Lam

Reporter Criticized after River Water Stunt in China

In a highly criticized stunt, a Chinese reporter drinks river water to prove It's clean.

2017/07/11 | Oiwan Lam

How China's Biggest Video Game Became the Target of the Chinese Communist Party

Chinese Communist Party media and commentators have objections to the game that go beyond its supposedly addictive nature. They are concerned about the game's storyline, which they say 'subverts Chinese history,' writes Oiwan Lam.

2017/07/08 | Oiwan Lam

How Fake News Twists Hong Kong Airline Hostesses’ Refusal to Wear Chinese Name Tags

The headline deliberately inverted one air hostess’ comment that the company originally adopted the new tags in order to 'please mainland Chinese Passengers.'

2017/06/10 | Oiwan Lam

China's Latest Book Ban: An Award-Winning Novel About the Deadly Consequences of Land Reform

The Chinese government has recently banned the sale of an award-winning novel about land reform in the Cultural Revolution era. However, a digital copy was circulated online and won readers’ applause.

2017/05/22 | Oiwan Lam

Viral Video Triggers Debate Over Patriotic Education in China, Again

A vivid debate on whether school children in modern China should be taught to recite Chinese "hero" Lui Hulan's story of sacrifice from the Chinese Communist revolution era.

2017/05/19 | Oiwan Lam

Why is China Home to Half of the Computers Infected With WannaCry Ransomware?

China official media outlets suggested that the spread of the ransomware was caused by university students using the school network to play online games, this does not explain why public security and oil service networks have also been infected.

2017/05/03 | Oiwan Lam

High-Profile Chinese Blogger Arrested for Online Comments, After Years of Police Harassment

Well-known Chinese blogger and Twitter commenter Wu Bin (吳斌) (@xuicai1911 @秀才江湖) was arrested by Shenzhen national security police on April 27 for making online comments.

2017/04/13 | Oiwan Lam

How a Teenager's Mysterious Death in China is Eroding Public Trust in Authorities

The most widely shared theory is that Zhao was beaten to death by five other students for not paying protection dues of 10,000 yuan to a local group of bullies.