Brian Hioe

KMT’s Green Terror Accusations Show Fundamental Disrespect For Taiwanese Democracy

Recent actions by members of the pan-Blue camp once again go to show how the pan-Blue camp has largely failed to reckon with its authoritarian past in demonstrating its fundamental disrespect for the institutions Taiwanese democracy. We can point to widely discussed recent events as an example of this, as seen in accusations of Facebook censorship by the DPP as part of a "Green Terror" and an incident in which a China Times intern took to throwing water balloons at pan-Green legislators... Read More

Does China Realize Its Taiwan Strategy Has Failed?

With rumors of an impending shuffle in China’s Taiwan Affairs Office, including the replacement of Zhang Zhijun as its head, this may signal a shift in China’s attempts to lure Taiwan back into its fold. But while it is anyone’s guess as to what China’s next steps will be, it may be, in fact, hasty to assume that this means that China has realized that its Taiwan strategy has failed and so wishes to change tack... Read More

China’s Ban On Online LGBTQ Content Likely A Product Of Nationalism

China's recent ban on all online video and audio content regarding LGBTQ issues is perhaps unsurprising, seeing as this follows on the heels of a ban on depictions of homosexuality on television. But perhaps the ultimate reason for crackdowns on LGBTQ representation in Chinese media has to do with current attempts by the Chinese government to fan up nationalism within China... Read More


苦勞網最近刊登的一篇香港教育大學語言學及現代語言系講師鄧健苓的文章,讓苦勞網再也不能被視為報導台灣社會運動的左翼刊物,而是徹頭徹尾的中國民族主義左統刊物。苦勞網也因這篇醜態百出的親中文章而飽受抨擊。那麼,我們就來分析一下鄧健苓的文章,看看左統對香港、台灣和中國產生了多麼嚴重的幻想症狀,貫串這篇文章的邏輯,根本上是披著左翼外衣的中國民族主義。鄧文關注的是不久前香港主權移交二十周年。在鄧健苓看來,這在一切意義上都應當被歌頌,香港從西方帝國主義──她眼中一個如漫畫中邪惡魔頭般的存在──回歸「社會主義祖國」的懷抱,但這個高度理想化的玫瑰色中國,卻只存在於她和其他左統人士的想像之中。... Read More
Brian Hioe

Brian Hioe


Brian Hioe was one of the founding editors of New Bloom. He is a freelance writer on social movements and politics, occasional translator, and currently a Democracy and Human Rights Service Fellow at the Taiwan Foundation for Democracy. A New York native and Taiwanese-American, he has an MA in East Asian Languages and Cultures from Columbia University and graduated from New York University with majors in History, East Asian Studies, and English Literature.