Brian Hioe

73rd Anniversary of the 228 Massacre Should Remind of Taiwan’s Incomplete Democratic Transition

On the 73rd anniversary of the 228 Massacre, what should be remembered is to what extent the crimes of the White Terror have not been accounted for in Taiwan. More broadly speaking, this points toward the long path to be walked for transitional justice in Taiwan, as well as how Taiwan’s incomplete democratic transition is a result of the continued existence of the KMT... Read More

Lack of Clear Answers Regarding the Lin Family Massacre Reflects the Dilemmas of Transitional Justice

The apparent inability of the Transitional Justice Commission to confirm that the 1980 murders of Lin Yi-hsiung’s family were murders committed by the Taiwan Garrison Command or other state security forces points to the dilemmas of reckoning with political crimes committed during Taiwan’s authoritarian period. The Transitional Justice Commission recently announced that, according to its investigations of the murders, state security forces were “likely” involved but did not state any definitive conclusion as to if they were... Read More


正當臺灣和大半個世界嚴重關切新型冠狀病毒(COVID-19)及其所造成的嚴重特殊傳染性肺炎(SARS-CoV-2)之際,新聞機構與記者的職責──向大眾傳達準確資訊,也變得格外重要。不幸的是,某些新聞媒體卻拋棄了這份職責,改以更加煽情的報導製造爭議、刺激點閱。在持續惡化的疫情中,率爾報導未經證實的謠言及不實資訊污染公共論述,對社會造成傷害。... 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, and occasional 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.