Brian Hioe

Interview: Hung Chun-Hsiu (洪淳修)

Hung Chun-Hsiu (洪淳修) is a documentary filmmaker and, most recently, the director of The Lost Sea (刪海經). His other films include Fishermen in the City (河口人),《城市農民曆》and《船長要抓狂》. On August 21st, he was interviewed by New Bloom's Brian Hioe. The following is the English language translation of the interview.... Read More

The Impossibility of Democracy in Hong Kong?

Does the possibility exist for Hong Kong to attain democracy? This question has yet to be settled. In the face of China’s refusal to allow non-vetted candidates to run for Hong Kong’s Chief Executive, the highest political position in the Hong Kong government, the stage is set for Occupy Central to once again seize control of Hong Kong’s Central district, the city’s financial and economic heart... Read More


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
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, 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.