Brian Hioe


松煙護樹在持續了121天後,面臨了極大的挑戰,凌晨兩點多,突然有四十至五十名警力集結開始驅離,原本駐紮的帳篷和器材被拆掉,放到三部卡車上載走,大約兩點半整個營地已經被清空。當時有五個人住在帳篷中,當筆者約莫三點到達現場時,大約已經有二十左右的朋友聚集,大部分是台灣護樹團體聯盟的成員。可能是因為時間很晚了,護樹聯盟也無法即時回應,社群網路上面並沒有太多的消息,所以除了聯盟之外並沒有太多人響應,除了我以外沒有其他記者,包括中文媒體,大部分的中文媒體都是在事發之後透過從社群網站上收集資訊及訪問成員得到資訊。... Read More

The 121st Day of the Songyan Occupation

On its 121s day, the longstanding Songyan occupation, protesting the unlawful cutting down of trees in the area outside the site of the future Taipei Dome, near Songshan Cultural and Creative Park, faced its greatest tribulation to date. A police raid upon the occupation encampment was conducted at 2 AM which, according to those present, brought in approximately forty to fifty police officers... Read More

Civil Revolt in Miaoli County?

This past Friday, approximately 200 protestors gathered outside of the former site of Chang Pharmacy in Dapu, Miaoli. One year ago on July 18th, 2013, the family-owned pharmacy was forcibly demolished in order to make way for commercial development. In September, owner Chang Sen-wen (張森文) was found dead under a bridge. The death was ruled a suicide by police, but there are those who remain suspicious, including Chang’s son... Read More

Taiwan Minus the KMT?

Following the Sunflower Movement, there have been voices have now begun to speak of eliminating the KMT. And it must be wondered what exactly a Taiwanese political spectrum devoid of the KMT would look like. After all, having existed for the entire duration of what we can speak of as “Taiwanese politics,” it is hard to imagine what Taiwanese politics, period, would look like minus the KMT... 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.