Brian Hioe

#MeToo Cases in Taiwan Spark Discussion of Deepfakes

In August, legal changes to the “Three Gender Equality” laws were passed by the legislature. This was in response to the wave of #MeToo cases that Taiwan has been swept by since late May. Nevertheless, though few of the high-profile cases touched on the issue directly, there has also been increased discussion of “deepfake” images, “revenge porn”, and digitally altered images, as they target women in particular...

KMT Energy Policy for 2024 Elections Leans Into Traditional Stances

The KMT unveiled its energy policy in August. In particular, the plan calls for lowering the percentage of energy from natural gas-fired power plants to 45% by 2030. Hou You-yi, the KMT’s presidential candidate, claims that coal-fired power plants will be phased out by 2040, when 34% of energy will be produced by gas-fired plants. By 2050, renewable energy will be 57% of Taiwan’s energy according to this plant...

Is China Seeking to Influence Cultural Preservation Efforts in Taiwan?

The Am Kehnn Cultural Workshop, an organization dedicated to cultural preservation efforts, stated on Facebook earlier this month that Beijing had sought to use United Front tactics to influence historical preservation efforts in Taiwan. This would be through funding projects to create public spaces in Taiwan, with the aim of influencing the end product...
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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 and is currently a Non-Resident Fellow at the University of Nottingham's Taiwan Studies Programme.