Brian Hioe

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Brian Hioe was one of the founding editors of New Bloom, a freelance writer on social movements and politics, and an occasional translator.

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2017/03/17 | Brian Hioe

What Does Ma Ying-jeou's Indictment Mean For Taiwan's Democracy?

With the indictment of former Taiwan President Ma Ying-jeou, Brian Hioe observes that Ma facing jail time 'may threaten the international perception of Taiwan as a democracy.'

2016/10/09 | Brian Hioe

OP-ED: Nuit Blanche, A Half-Hearted Attempt At Making Taipei Look Like An 'Artsy' City?

'Taipei’s hosting of Nuit Blanche seems like a half-hearted, commercialized attempt to make Taipei look like an artistic city when the actual creative centers of the city are at risk.'

2018/02/14 | Brian Hioe

Did Taiwan's Anti-Nuclear Movement Fizzle Out?

Nuclear power is coming back to Taiwan, but an anti-nuclear movement that once rallied more than 100,000 protesters is nowhere to be seen.

2017/07/13 | Brian Hioe

Kaohsiung Gaming Tournament Illustrates Esports as New Site of Identity Contestation

There is no love lost between Taiwan and China, given China’s claims of sovereignty over Taiwan despite Taiwanese people increasingly not identifying as Taiwanese, particularly among the young people who would watch esports.

2018/03/08 | Brian Hioe

OPINION: Independence Referendum Push Challenges DPP Complacency

The backing of political heavyweights and unprecedented third-force unity threaten to undermine the DPP.

2018/03/13 | Brian Hioe

OPINION: Taiwan's Anti-nuclear Movement Needs Reinvigorating

Turnout for this year's anti-nuclear march was disappointing, even as the government shows signs it is willing to rely on nuclear power.

2016/11/05 | Brian Hioe

The Hung-Xi Meeting, Largely A Pointless Affair?

The Hung-Xi meeting has not revealed anything new we did not already know, but it may be that a poor response from the DPP or a failure of the DPP to manage international perceptions of the meeting can still be a threat to maintaining Taiwan’s de facto independence.

2020/08/28 | Brian Hioe

How Trump and Biden Differ on Taiwan

No matter who wins in November, the U.S.-Taiwan relationship will remain a relationship of convenience.

2016/11/25 | Brian Hioe

Terry Gou: Taiwan's Donald Trump?

'If the KMT seeks to seriously put Terry Gou forward as a presidential candidate, that would only further accentuate the party’s present political crisis.'

2017/12/13 | Brian Hioe

Huge Labor Law Protests in Kaohsiung Threaten DPP Unity

As an estimated 30,000 take to the streets in the southern Taiwanese city over proposed changes to labor laws, pressure within the DPP threatens to rupture the party.

2018/01/29 | Brian Hioe

Agnes Chow Barred from Hong Kong Election

'Plan A' has failed. What now for Hong Kong's pro-democracy advocates?

2018/01/04 | Brian Hioe

Why is China Planning Floating Nuclear Reactors?

China may be hoping to use the vessels as a dangerous nuclear deterrent.

2018/01/26 | Brian Hioe

Songshan Airport Eviction Slips under Radar

The head of the Songshan Airport Forced Eviction Self-Help Organization had his own home forcibly demolished.

2016/12/30 | Brian Hioe

What Do Reactions to the Taiwanese High School Nazi Skit Reveal?

The event shows Taiwan's failure to grasp the cultural context of Nazi iconography and the government's questionable response. The problem lies not just within Taiwan, however, but Asia and western countries as well.

2016/10/23 | Brian Hioe

EXHIBIT REVIEW: Taipei Biennial 2016

‘The Taipei Biennial 2016 not only fails to live up to its claimed aims, but in and of itself, does not cohere as an exhibition.’

2016/12/20 | Brian Hioe

No End in Sight for China's Political Purges in Hong Kong?

There is really no going back for Beijing now that it has decided to fundamentally overturn Hong Kong’s system of government.

2017/03/31 | Brian Hioe

Sunflower Movement Activists Found Not Guilty. What Next?

Leaders of the 2014 Sunflower Movement were today found not guilty for occupying Taiwan's Parliment. Other cases involving incidents during the movement have not yet been heard, and demands still haven't been met.

2017/12/25 | Brian Hioe

Labor Law Protests Rock Taipei

Protests as large and aggressive have not been witnessed in Taipei since the 2014 Sunflower Movement.