Brian Hioe

Is An Unpopular Government A Permanent Characteristic Of Taiwanese Democracy?

With recent polling by the Taiwanese Public Opinion Foundation indicating that the majority of the Taiwanese public is dissatisfied with the government, this would be a sign of the Tsai administration’s failure to maintain the political momentum it rode into power on. However, although this does not absolve Tsai from blame for her political actions either, perhaps this ultimately is due to the characteristics of Taiwan’s democracy as a result of the process of Taiwanese democratization... Read More

KMT Chair Race Illustrates Internal Corruption Within Party

The debacle of KMT chair elections is illustrative of the party’s internal crisis, as well as the means by which the party is highly unlikely to overcome its current crisis, no matter who wins the race. Namely, KMT chair candidates have as of late taken to doubling down on accusations of vote-buying, bribery, and fraud within the election process after it was found that many of petitions submitted by chair hopefuls to qualify for the election contained false signatures or repeat signatures between multiple petitions... Read More

Trump’s Recent Handling Of South Korea Should Be Lesson For Taiwan

Trump's recent handling of South Korea should be concerning for Taiwan. For one, Trump suggested that Korea had once been part of China, which obviously does not bode well for Taiwan given China's claims over it. Likewise, Trump was willing to lie outright regarding the possibility of intervention against North Korean missile tests... Read More

Anti-Gay Groups Attempt To Tap Into Anti-Drug Sentiment In Taiwan

The recent turn of groups previously protesting against marriage equality to demonstrating against drugs illustrates the reactionary underpinnings to their thought in attempting to depict gays as drug users. In this way, such groups are very likely hoping to tap into the sharply ingrained taboo against drugs in Taiwanese society... 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。