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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2017/02/21 | Oiwan Lam

China Argues Over Which Country is Behind Kim Jong-nam Assassination

Chinese state media points fingers at South Korea, but Chinese netizens are not buying it.

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.

2017/03/29 | Oiwan Lam

China's Great Firewall Gives Rise to a Robust Industry of Information Smugglers

More often than not, information smugglers prioritize things like click rates over hard-hitting public interest journalism.

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.

2017/03/18 | Oiwan Lam

Chinese Scientists Speak Out Against the Great Firewall (Again)

Chinese scientists have spoken out again on how the Great Firewall is slowing down research and blocking access to critical international data, urging authorities to take action.

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.

2017/11/25 | 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.

2017/03/08 | Oiwan Lam

Frustrated China Hits Korean Retailer over US Missile Dispute

Frustrated by the development of a US anti-ballistic missile system, China has punished Korean retailer Lotte.

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.

2017/08/19 | 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.

2017/09/12 | 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.'

2017/02/18 | Oiwan Lam

Hong Kong's Pan-Democrats Grapple with Endorsing the ‘Lesser Evil’ for Chief Executive

John Tsang, who is supported by the local business sector and professional groups, is generally viewed as a “lesser evil” candidate.

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.'

2017/12/25 | 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.