Brian Hioe

Chinese Women’s League Controversy Illustrates Difficulty Parsing ROC And KMT Institutions

The Chinese Women’s League has recently been mired in controversy regarding accusations that most of its resources come from KMT party assets or the military. But the controversy is illustrative of the difficulties in distinguishing ROC institutions from KMT ones, as well as how many institutions with large amounts of resources dating from the authoritarian era still exist with little oversight in Taiwan... Read More

Wu Den-Yih Versus Hung Hsiu-Chu?

Factional infighting continues in the KMT following the election of Wu Den-Yih as chair, with the latest spat taking place as a result of outgoing chair Hung Hsiu-Chu attempting to appoint new Central Standing Committee members despite nearing the end of her term. Hung’s actions would be in order to ensure that her faction of the party continues to have a say in party decision-making despite her loss in her bid for reelection as party chair... Read More

28th Anniversary Of Tiananmen Square Massacre Commemorated In Liberty Plaza

The annual commemoration of the Tiananmen Square Massacre took place in Taipei yesterday, marking the 28th anniversary of the crackdown on demonstrating students by the Chinese government. The commemoration was held in Liberty Plaza, as it has been in previous years, and had over one hundred in attendance despite drizzling rain and the ceremony coming on the tail end of a weekend which had seen near-typhoon conditions... Read More

What Can We Learn From The Emirates Airline Incident?

With Emirates cabin crew from Taiwan ordered by the company to remove their ROC pins from their uniforms and to replace them with PRC pins, as well as ordered to follow "One China Policy," it is not surprising that this has led to outrage in Taiwan. But what can we learn from this incident, in terms of how international companies handle cross-strait issues, and how Taiwan can leverage on such incidents to raise awareness of its international plight?... Read More

The First Asian “Country,” “Place”, Or “Chinese Province” To Realize Marriage Equality?

International media outlets have sometimes referred to Taiwan as the first “country” in Asia to legalize gay marriage by court ruling. More commonly, Taiwan has been referred to as an “island,” “place”, or without any reference to what kind of polity Taiwan is altogether, but still stressing the historic nature of the event as a first in Asia. This is revealing of the hypocrisy of international media... Read More
Brian Hioe

Brian Hioe

Editor

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.

丘琦欣,創建破土的編輯之一,專於撰寫社會運動和政治的自由作家偶而亦從事翻譯工作。他是出生於紐約的台裔美人。他自哥倫比亞大學畢業,是亞洲語言及文化科系的碩士,同時擁有紐約大學的歷史,東亞研究及英文文學三項學士學位。