Brian Hioe

Legislation Aims to Deter Property Speculation

New legal changes that have cleared the legislature aims to deter speculation on property prices, at a time in which real estate has become unaffordable in Taiwan for all but the wealthy. This is particularly the case for young people, with it currently requiring one to not eat or drink for sixteen years in order to purchase real estate in Taipei. Likewise, as with many other places in the world, there are many empty housing units in Taiwan because they are held by developers or wealthy individuals hoarding properties. 11.94% of homes, consisting of 876,000 units, were empty in 2020...

Will Restrictions Be Placed on the Basic Political Freedoms of Hongkongers in Taiwan?

A document posted on the National Immigration Agency website, specifying regulations on the rights of Hongkongers in Taiwan has caused consternation after being reported on by BBC. Though the document was quickly removed website, the document suggests restrictions on basic freedoms for Hongkongers in Taiwan, including restriction of the freedom of speech, freedom of political participation, and restriction of political assembly...
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Brian Hioe

Brian Hioe is one of the founding editors of New Bloom. He is a freelance journalist, 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.