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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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2018/07/30 | New Bloom

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

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.

2018/07/19 | New Bloom

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

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

2018/06/28 | New Bloom

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

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

2018/06/21 | New Bloom

OPINION: Misogyny, Murder and Misplaced Blame in Taiwan

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

2018/03/28 | New Bloom

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

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

2018/03/22 | New Bloom

OPINION: Western Media Is Misreading the Taiwan Travel Act

The Taiwan Travel Act merely signals the potential of closer US-Taiwan ties, and from a reluctant and unpredictable White House at that.