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New Bloom is an online magazine featuring radical perspectives on Taiwan and the Asia-Pacific, founded by a group of students and activists after the 2014 Sunflower Movement in Taiwan. We seek to provide a space that fosters political and intellectual transnational dialogues in the Left.


Sunflower Activists Found Guilty, Overturning Previous Ruling

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Taiwan's High Court has found 16 Sunflower Movement protestors guilty, overturning a previous ruling.


Taiwan Adopts Stricter Measures As Fears of Community Transmission Mount

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Taiwan heightens its response to COVID-19 on fears that community transmission may be unavoidable.


DPP: Hsieh Pei-fen Leads a New Service Generation

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New Bloom interviewed Hsieh Pei-fen (謝佩芬), legislative candidate for the DPP in Taipei City District 6. Hsieh previously worked as a diplomat at the Permanent Mission of Tuvalu to the United Nations and in the National Security Council.


Green Party: Zoe Lee, Taiwan's Weed Lawyer

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New Bloom interviewed Zoe Lee (李菁琪), party list legislative candidate for the Green Party. Lee is a human rights and environmental lawyer, best known for handling cannabis-related cases and her podcast about weed regulations and issues.


DPP: Lai Pin-yu, From Sunflower Activist to Legislative Candidate

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New Bloom interviewed Lai Pin-yu (賴品妤), legislative candidate for the DPP in New Taipei City District 12. Lai, who was a member of the Black Island Youth Front, was previously known for participating in social movements in cosplay in the years prior to the Sunflower Movement before later becoming a political worker and eventually deciding to run for office.


A Recap of Taiwan 2020 Presidential Debate

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The only presidential debate for 2020 election was held on Sunday, December 29. KMT candidate Han Kuo-yu lashed out at the media for alleged defamation.


Q&A With KEFF, Director of 'The Secret Lives of Asians at Night'

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"The Secret Lives of Asians at Night" is a short film featured in the 2019 Taipei Film Festival. Taiwanese-American director KEFF talks about his upbringing and the inspiration for the film.


The Living Mall, Taipei's Architectural Wonder, Shuts Down After 18 Years

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The Living Mall finally turns its lights off after 18 years and multiple failed auctions.


REVIEW: Interminable Prescriptions for the Plague

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HIV/AIDS has been treated like the plague, a punishment sent by god. A group exhibition at Taipei's Museum of Contemporary Art has attempted to provide various "prescriptions" for this epidemic.


My Memory of Su Beng, the Grandfather of Taiwan Independence

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Linda Gail Arrigo recounts her memories of Su Beng as well as her own history of activism in Taiwan’s democratic movement.

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