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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2022/08/23 | Brian Hioe

The Real Problem With Taiwan’s Plagiarism Scandals

The focus on educational background in Taiwan’s electoral politics closes paths to office for the many without the power or money to gain degrees from elite institutions — illicitly or not.

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.

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.

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.

2020/08/28 | 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.'

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.

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.

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.'

2016/10/23 | 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.’

2017/12/06 | Brian Hioe

Labor Law Demonstrations Culminate in Clashes with Police

Amendments to the Labor Standards Act have moved closer to passage despite protesters' efforts, with the next step happening on Dec. 23.