Brian Hioe

A Failure to Address Structural Issues with Death Sentence After Single Mother’s Attempted Murder-Suicide

An attempted murder-suicide case that took place in New Taipei earlier this year has resulted in a death sentence for a thirty-year-old woman who killed her six-year-old son and eight-year-old daughter before attempting to kill herself. The verdict, which can still be appealed, was made by the New Taipei District Court...

Judicial Yuan Completes Draft Bill Lifting Restrictions on Transnational Gay Marriages

The Judicial Yuan has announced that it has completed a draft bill that would lift some of the currently existing limits on transnational same-sex marriages in Taiwan. The draft bill will next be reviewed by other government bureaus, such as the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of the Interior, Ministry of Justice, and the Mainland Affairs Council...

Wave of Political Arrests Continues in Hong Kong, With Jailing of Demosisto Trio

A wave of arrests has taken place in Hong Kong over the past week. Three former leading members of the now-disbanded Demosisto were the latest to be arrested, with Joshua Wong, Agnes Chow, and Ivan Lam pleading guilty to charges related to a protest that took place last year. Wong, Chow, and Lam are 24, 23, and 26 respectively...

Annual Labor Demonstration Protests American Pork, with Controversy Regarding KMT Co-Optation Claims

The annual Autumn Struggle labor demonstration was held yesterday in Taipei. Autumn Struggle is traditionally one of the major labor demonstrations in Taiwan, along with International Workers’ Day on May 1st. Despite the name, it is not unusual for Autumn Struggle to take place during what is actually winter. However, this year’s demonstration saw significant controversy due to the perceived co-optation of the event by the KMT...

Much Remains Uncertain for Taiwan During Contested American Presidential Transition

Much uncertainty remains about what occurs next for Taiwan during America’s presidential transition. While Joe Biden has won the American presidential election, the Trump administration continues to refuse to concede the race, alleging voter fraud. As such, the Tsai administration finds itself in an awkward position at present. The Tsai administration obviously intends to build ties with the incoming Biden administration, but may hope to benefit from last-minute actions by the Trump administration that may aid Taiwan...
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。