Brian Hioe

New Passport Design Announced by Tsai Administration, Following Passport Contest by NPP

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs revealed a new design for the Taiwanese passport on Wednesday. The new passport design was unveiled under the auspices of preventing confusion between Taiwan and China, a particularly salient issue during the COVID-19 pandemic. The Tsai administration cited cases of Taiwanese travelers being mistaken for Chinese travelers in the course of the pandemic—due to the words “Republic of China” on the passport—to justify the change... Read More

Czech Diplomatic Visit to Taiwan Comes to an End, Following US, Japan Visits Last Month

A visit by an 89-member diplomatic delegation from the Czech Republic to Taiwan came to an end tonight, with members of the delegation departing Taiwan. Among the delegation were Czech Senate president Milos Vystrcil and Prague mayor Zdenek Hrib. The delegation arrived on Sunday before departing today, staying a total of six days... Read More

Tsai Administration Opens Taiwan to American Beef and Pork Imports, Angling for a Trade Agreement

The Tsai administration surprised last week, with the announcement that it intended to open Taiwan up to beef and pork imports from America. The move is one which is clearly aimed at removing one of the major political hurdles to a bilateral trade agreement with the US, the US having made this into a precondition of a bilateral trade agreement with Taiwan for well over a decade... Read More

NPP Central Committee Elections Sees Huang Jie’s Departure, Kao Yu-ting Elected as Chair

The NPP saw its central committee elections last week, with a three-day voting period ending on August 27th, and results announced on August 28th. However, after a month that saw a series of departures from the party, the voting process again saw controversy after Kaohsiung city councilor Huang Jie abruptly withdrew from the party on August 26th, when the party was still in the middle of its voting. The final results led to Kao Yu-ting's elections as party chair... Read More

Government Moves to Ban Taiwanese Agents of Chinese OTT Providers, Though No Outright Ban Planned

The Tsai administration continues to face challenges regulating Chinese OTT providers, as observed in recent legislation that will ban Taiwanese companies or individuals from acting as local agents for Chinese OTT providers. OTT providers are online streaming services such as Netflix, as distinguished from traditional cable or satellite networks... Read More
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.