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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.

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2020/04/29 | New Bloom

Sunflower Activists Found Guilty, Overturning Previous Ruling

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

2020/03/25 | New Bloom

Taiwan Adopts Stricter Measures As Fears of Community Transmission Mount

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

2020/01/09 | New Bloom

DPP: Hsieh Pei-fen Leads a New Service Generation

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.

2020/01/07 | New Bloom

Green Party: Zoe Lee, Taiwan's Weed Lawyer

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.

2020/01/03 | New Bloom

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

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.

2019/12/30 | New Bloom

A Recap of Taiwan 2020 Presidential Debate

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.

2019/12/13 | New Bloom

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

"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.

2019/12/04 | New Bloom

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

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

2019/11/26 | New Bloom

REVIEW: Interminable Prescriptions for the Plague

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.

2019/10/25 | New Bloom

My Memory of Su Beng, the Grandfather of Taiwan Independence

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

2019/09/27 | New Bloom

Taipei Protesters Join the Global Climate Strike With Performance Art

Protesters in Taipei joined the Fridays for Future climate strike today despite heavy rain.

2019/09/20 | New Bloom

OPINION: Annette Lu Belongs In the Dustbin of History

Annette Lu is a politician of the yesterday who's still sticking around past her given screen time. 0-

2019/09/10 | New Bloom

OPINION: Taiwan Has Failed Hongkongers on Political Asylum

After Joshua Wong's visit to Taiwan, the DPP has taken no action to establish asylum measures to accommodate the young protesters in Hong Kong.

2019/08/13 | New Bloom

Daguan Community Evicted and Demolished Despite Severe Protests

Taipei's Daguan residents were forcefully evicted without much response from the Tsai administration.

2019/07/22 | New Bloom

Hong Kong Triads Have Replaced the Police as Law Enforcement

The Hong Kong police have outsourced its law enforcement duties to pro-Beijing triads, leaving public safety at risk.

2019/07/15 | New Bloom

Han Kuo-Yu Wins KMT Presidential Primary by a Large Margin

Han Kuo-yu wins the KMT presidential primary by 44% - he will be running up against Tsai Ing-wen in Taiwan's 2020 election.

2019/07/10 | New Bloom

Environmental Protests in Wuhan Stalled a Local Waste Incinerator Proposal

A large environmental protest broke out in China and put a controversial proposal on hold.