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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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2018/12/27 | New Bloom

OPINION: The Departure of James Mattis Is a Dire Warning for Taiwan

Taiwan should note that the US can no longer be counted on to unconditionally support its allies.

2018/12/24 | New Bloom

OPINION: From 2014 Sunflowers to 2018's KMT 'Blue Wave,' the Youth Are Anxious

Last week's student protests at NTU against former Premier Jiang Yi-huah are a snapshot of Taiwan's current political moment.

2018/12/01 | New Bloom

OPINION: Watch for KMT City-to-City Exchanges Between Taiwan and China

The KMT may try and push a model of cross-Strait cooperation pioneered by Taipei Mayor Ko Wen-je.

2018/11/19 | New Bloom

Pre-Referenda LGBT Rights Rally Draws 100,000 in Taipei

Taiwan's LGBTQ rights movement is mobilizing ahead of referenda on marriage equality and gender equity education this Saturday.

2018/11/15 | New Bloom

OPINION: Ko-P Just Goes and Goes in Taipei Mayor TV Debate

Mayor Ko continued to offer the most convincing platform for Taipei mayor, and possibly beyond as well.

2018/11/12 | New Bloom

'Make China Lose Again': Taiwan Gets Love From the Polish Far-Right

Premier William Lai's decision to comment favorably on a pro-Taiwan video by a Polish fringe far-right group might not have been the best idea.

2018/10/24 | New Bloom

INTERVIEW: Taiwan Labor Film Festival Screens Stories of Struggle and Solidarity

A chat with Catta Chou, curator of the 2018 Taiwan International Labor Film Festival – which is now underway in Taipei.

2018/10/07 | New Bloom

OPINION: Taiwan's 'Third Force' Parties Must Avoid a Rightward Shift

Falun Gong's campaign against the Democratic Socialists of America shows the potential for right-wing forces to co-opt anti-CCP sentiment in Taiwan.

2018/09/21 | New Bloom

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

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

2018/09/12 | New Bloom

OPINION: US Diplomatic Recalls Should Not Inspire Taiwanese Confidence

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

2018/08/30 | New Bloom

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

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.