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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2016/10/07 | Brian Hioe

OP-ED: Joshua Wong's Detention in Thailand May Not Be The Last of Its Kind

Countries like Thailand which already share with China a record of poor human rights and are ruled by authoritarian governments are probably more likely to cooperate with China on extraterritorial detentions because such regimes have less to lose from international condemnation.

2017/03/22 | Brian Hioe

Impending Conflict Between the DPP and Taiwanese Youth Activists?

This could be a crucial issue which cements the view for many that the DPP has not proven sufficiently different from the KMT on key issues such as cross-Strait relations.

2017/12/18 | Brian Hioe

OPINION: Huang Kuo-chang Survives Recall Vote and Faces Uncertain Future

New Power Party Chair Huang Kuo-chang's survival of a recall vote without support from the Democratic Progressive Party opens a new chapter in his party's future.

2018/01/09 | Brian Hioe

Migrant Workers March for Better Conditions

Taiwan's migrant worker population is demanding greater say in policy that affects their lives in Taiwan and an end to the broker system.

2017/09/25 | Brian Hioe

Attacks on Pro-independence Demonstrators Protesting China Singing Competition

The protest saw violence against students from members of the Chinese Unification Promotion Party and the Concentric Patriotic Association, pro-unification groups with a history of political violence against pro-independence demonstrators, members of the Falun Gong and others.

2016/10/16 | Brian Hioe

OP-ED: Is China Seeking To Export Its Model Of Human Rights Abroad?

'The Chinese party-state prefers to see human rights as reducible to a tool used by state actors to undermine China, because this conception does not challenge the authoritarianism of the Chinese party-state.'

2017/01/09 | Brian Hioe

ANALYSIS: Dissecting the Hong Kong-Taiwan Dialogue

New Bloom's Brian Hioe dissects an interesting dialogue with political activists and legislators from Taiwan and Hong Kong.

2020/05/22 | Brian Hioe

Will Taiwan Still Be the 'Orphan of Asia' After Covid-19?

“As the world burns, Taiwan soldiers on” is our collective experience of the pandemic. Will this make Taiwan even more isolated or connected than before?

2020/09/15 | Brian Hioe

Let a Hundred Collectives Bloom!

A seemingly endless stream of parody accounts of a pro-Chinese Communist Party group called Qiao Collective appeared on Twitter. Here's the backstory.

2020/07/31 | Brian Hioe

Lee Teng-hui's Complicated Legacy Spans a Century of Taiwanese History

Like the history of Taiwan, Lee Teng-hui's life went through several political and ideological twists and turns. But the only thing that remained consistent was his advocacy of Taiwanese sovereignty.

2018/01/12 | Brian Hioe

Proposed Mining Act Amendment Sidesteps Environmental Laws, Indigenous Rights

If passed as expected, the DPP will have to defend the Mining Act to a skeptical public.

2020/07/23 | Brian Hioe

Brian Tseng Controversy Reveals Anxieties Beneath Taiwan's Politics

The Night Night Show, hosted by Brian Tseng, has accepted money from presidential candidates to appear as guests. The ensuing controversy reveals anxieties about Taiwan's entertainment and democratic cultures.

2018/03/01 | Brian Hioe

OPINION: Taiwan's Toilet Paper Panic Highlights Conglomerate Power

The toilet paper panic hints at deep flaws in Taiwan's corporate structures.