Brian Hioe

What Will the Prospects for Post-Sunflower Movement Youth Politics Be After the 2020 Elections?

In tracking political developments in the five years since the Sunflower Movement, one has observed a number of unexpected developments in the past year. First, one has seen increasingly large internal splits among the Third Force, and the sudden and unexpected resurgence of the KMT, which led to the consolidation of the pan-Green camp within the DPP... Read More

Han and the KMT Face a Wave of Last-Minute Scandals

There is an observable pattern of last-minute scandals breaking the news shortly before elections are set to take place in Taiwan. This seems to have been the case in the last 72 hours, with a number of scandals about the KMT that have suddenly erupted out in the open, as well as, to a lesser extent, the TPP. Most scandals are relatively minor, with the exception of explosive allegations against Alex Tsai of the KMT, which could potentially have a strong impact on elections tomorrow... Read More

With One Day Before Elections, Results Prove Hard to Predict

Speculation abounds regarding the possible outcome of 2020 elections, with elections set to take place tomorrow. In particular, a large demonstration by Han Kuo-yu supporters yesterday in Taipei, which was attended by several hundred thousand people, has led to fears that Han may do quite well in the election. Yesterday’s rally was scheduled to be the last major rally of the Han campaign... Read More

Unexpected Reversals in the Pan-Blue Camp Over the Past Year Indicate Party’s Tenuous Future

The KMT appeared to have experienced a reversal of political fortunes in 2018 elections, in which against expectations, the KMT proved resurgent. Some half a year later, the KMT’s fortunes seem to have reversed. Backlash against the KMT ensued after it released its party list, which was stacked with pro-China candidates. Han is increasingly unpopularity as candidate, having incensed the public with numerous gaffes and having gained a reputation for mismanagement as mayor of Kaohsiung... 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.