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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Don’t confuse the small minority for the silent majority, says @CasMudde , speaking on populism. It reminded me of the “surprise” outcome of the Hong Kong local district elections. @media_risk 

@markmackinnon  Normal for him and at this point, totally predictable. It’s what the mortified kid throwing the tantrum does after learning others at school were talking about him during recess.

I disagree. That’s like saying well, my neighbor murdered someone, so I get a ticket to kill someone, too.

Great to be on BBC Business Matters tonight! We talked about a lot of things... I even had the opportunity to talk about my love of spin studios. Gee that Peloton ad was so awful! 😆 @BBCWorldBiz 

Just catching up on reading and getting to this — really powerful investigative work!

Spotted at @media_risk ’s symposium “Authoritarianism: Power/Resistance” — journalist @mariaressaf  the Philippines and human rights activist @MARYAMALKHAWAJAf  Bahrain in deep conversation. What are they talking about?! 👀😆

Now @mariaressa  takes the floor at @media_risk . About her newsroom Rappler, she says they work on three pillars: social media + community engagement + investigative journalism. 👍🏼

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!


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.