New Bloom

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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.


Is China Retaliating Against Taiwan's Investigations into Its Spying?

New Bloom

China’s wild allegations of Taiwanese spying may be a direct response to Taiwan’s investigations of China’s own spy network.


OPINION: US Diplomatic Recalls Should Not Inspire Taiwanese Confidence

New Bloom

The US recalled diplomats from countries that dropped recognition of Taiwan, but it’s anyone’s guess who is calling the shots in Washington.


OPINION: Taiwan's Hypocritical Refugee Policy Shows Its Ugly Face

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The deportation of Filipino city councilor Ricardo Parojinog, coupled with Taiwan's backdoor agreement with Australia to treat refugees in Nauru detention camps, raise questions about Taiwan's lack of any coherent refugee policy.


OPINION: In Praise of Defacing the Chiang Kai-Shek Memorial

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Criticism of the defacing of Chiang Kai-shek's memorial miss the point, argues Brian Hioe, as long as Taiwan's government is content to revere the late dictator.


OPINION: US Gunboat Diplomacy in Taiwan Strait Does Nothing for Taipei

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It would be a mistake to take the US decision to sail destroyers through the Taiwan Strait as an indication of support for Taiwan.


OPINION: Nauru Refugee Deal Makes Taiwan Complicit in Human Rights Abuse

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Taiwan's agreement with Australia to accept its asylum seekers held on Nauru makes the government complicit in human rights violations.


OPINION: Misogyny, Murder and Misplaced Blame in Taiwan

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Taiwanese society's reaction to the murder and dismemberment of a female archery student by her instructor are misdirected.


OPINION: Trump's Tariffs on Taiwan Point to a Deeper Truth

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The recent hit to Taiwan's steel industry raise questions about the nature of the relationship between Taiwan and the United States.

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