Regional Editor for Northeast Asia
Media activist, researcher and educator currently based in Hong Kong. My chinese writings are in inmediahk.net and my twitter account is @oiwan.
Conflict & Justice
Uighur Muslims in the city of Karamay are banned from wearing headscarves, having beards or other religiously linked items while using public transportation for the duration of a local sports competition. But the ban may become permanent and stoke tensions between Uighurs and the Chinese government.
When Facebook went out in Hong Kong, residents quickly blamed Beijing. Hong Kongers believe the mainland is behind a recent series of attacks targeting both pro-democracy websites and a hugely popular referendum that's demanding more political freedom for the city.
Arts, Culture & Media
Chinglish is a problem on signs in China — and no one's quite sure how to go about fixing it. The city of Shenzen, though, has a scheme to get the people making fun of the bad translations to help fix them.