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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2019/03/18 | Brian Hioe

OPINION: Taiwan Must Discuss Migrant Worker Safety After Fatal Factory Fires

Taiwan must seriously address unsafe work conditions for migrant workers after its third fatal factory fire in 14 months.

2019/03/07 | Brian Hioe

Daguan Residents Clash With Taipei Police After Receiving Eviction Notices

Residents of Daguan Community in New Taipei say the Tsai administration has not helped them in their fight against forced eviction.

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.

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.

2018/03/01 | Brian Hioe

OPINION: Taiwan's Toilet Paper Panic Highlights Conglomerate Power

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

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.

2018/01/29 | Brian Hioe

Agnes Chow Barred from Hong Kong Election

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

2018/01/26 | 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.