Brian Hioe

Fears of Undetected Transmission Chains Lead to Quarantine of Taoyuan General Hospital Contacts

With the cluster of cases linked to the Taoyuan General Hospital having now expanded to a total of fifteen cases, the Central Epidemic Command Center that coordinates Taiwan’s response to COVID-19 has announced that discharged patients that were released from the hospital between January 6 and 19 and their close contacts must undergo a fourteen-day home quarantine...

Biden Administration Surprises with Statement, Deployment of Carrier Group After Chinese Flyovers of Taiwan

The Biden administration surprised over the weekend, issuing a statement on Taiwan on Sunday in response to an incursion of Taiwan’s Air Defense Identification Zone by thirteen Chinese warplanes on Saturday. The statement expressed “concern” regarding “the pattern of ongoing PRC attempts to intimidate its neighbors, including Taiwan"...

KMT Calls for a Lockdown of Taoyuan to Attack the DPP, Disregarding the Human Cost

Over the past week, KMT politicians have begun calling for a lockdown of Taoyuan after a cluster of thirteen cases of COVID-19 connected to the Taoyuan General Hospital broke out. This is the first domestic cluster of COVID-19 since last April. However, the situation in Taoyuan is far from one which would warrant the need for a lockdown, and the KMT's call for a lockdown is simply a means to attack the DPP, disregarding what the human consequences of a lockdown for residents of Taoyuan would be...

What Now for Taiwan, After the Biden Inauguration?

The presidential inauguration of Joe Biden took place earlier today. The inauguration took place after several turbulent weeks that saw some Republican members of Congress attempt to invalidate the results of 2020 presidential elections, an attempted invasion of the US Capitol to prevent the confirmation of the electoral vote by Trump supporters, and the impeachment of then-president Donald Trump after the US Capitol storming...

Does the Recall of DPP City Councilor Wang Hao-yu Reflect a Larger Trend?

DPP Taoyuan city councilor Wang Hao-yu was recalled last week by large margins. 84,582 voted in favor of the motion to recall Wang, while 7,128 voters voted against the recall. For the recall vote to be binding, 25% of eligible voters, or 81,940 individuals, would have to participate in the vote. 28% of eligible voters participated, resulting in a successful recall campaign against Wang...
Brian Hioe

Brian Hioe

Brian Hioe is one of the founding editors of New Bloom. He is a freelance writer on social movements and politics, as well as a translator. 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. He was Democracy and Human Rights Service Fellow at the Taiwan Foundation for Democracy from 2017 to 2018.

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。