Melissa Chan

Melissa Chan


Journalist. Global Reporting Centre | @dwnews | latest in WashPost, Atlantic, NYT. Bosch Fellow ‘18. Knight Fellow ‘13. Tweeting: China/Asia | Germany/EU | USA.

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Everyone shocked by the latest case of China decoupling realizes that Beijing already decoupled from pretty much the rest of the world’s internet like a decade ago right?

@fluffysharp  This piece does not use the term but I've seen it elsewhere in reports about the closure of Lucky Lee's — cultural appropriation. Thinking out loud: I sometimes worry the word has become a trigger, prejudicing people on the merits of a story by mere fact that vocabulary is used.

I'm like three months late to this story but since it's my alma mater, I feel the need to say what a terrible idea I thought Yale-NUS in Singapore was from the very beginning, cooked up by former Yale President Levin 🤦🏻‍♀️. By @ShibaniMahtani :

@china_neican  @Levarius32Good  stuff, including the podcast which I just listened to. I had no idea Taiwan's deported some mainlanders for defacing the Lennon Wall!

Hong Kongers around the world help how they can. I spoke to @GlacierCKwong  based in Germany about her or @kbflF5  's work providing digital security training for on the ground activists. O @dwnews  :

From Reporters Without Borders @RSF_en ): "In the RSF World Press Freedom Index, China’s Special Administrative Region of Hong Kong has plummeted from 18th in 2002 to 73rd this year."

Late to this but @chang_ping  on violence and resistance: "For many years... the streets were clean after the protests. I am very wary about the public’s preoccupation with this, because it implies that they expect the Hongkongers to be “'perfect victims.'”

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As someone who has had my press credentials denied by authoritarian China, I never thought I'd see this crap happen in the US. And this "most reporters are okay but is aggressive" thing is the EXACT line Chinese propaganda printed about me. It's a tactic, people.

The people of Hong Kong should be up for the Nobel Peace Prize. Two million protesters — orderly, recycling, giving way to ambulances as massive crowds part, giving safety hat and gear to visiting foreign correspondents — what better example of peaceful resistance in 2019?

I’m just so tired of the narrative that the Communist Party lifted hundreds of millions out of poverty. I mean once you’ve run the country into the ground with the Great Famine and the Cultural Revolution and 30+ million people died, there’s kinda nowhere else to go but up.

Right now, they're singling out . But tomorrow it'll be Journalist X. And later Journalist Y and Z. It can happen very quickly. And of course, there's always something wrong with the reporter. They'll go back ten years to find something you misreported if they have to.

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