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Radio New Bloom #21: Ethical Supply Chains and Labor Practices with Dr. Bonny Ling

For the twenty-first episode of Radio New Bloom, we present a recording of our event from last year on December 15, 2021 with Dr. Bonny Ling. The event discussed the crucial place that Taiwan plays in global supply chains, whether in terms of semiconductors—of which Taiwan produces over half the global supply—or its fishing fleet—with Taiwan’s distant water fishing fleet ranked as the second-largest in the world. Yet Taiwan's supply chains are highly dependent on migrant labor, as in the use of migrant fishermen on Taiwan’s near and distant waters fishing fleet, as well as migrant workers in factories for semiconductor manufacturing lines. The talk, then, sought to discuss the various levers possible to push for reform regarding this very pressing issue...

New Bloom Happy Hour #2: Award-Winning Millennial Nostalgia

For the first episode of our new podcast season, join New Bloom members Sueann Shiah, Wen Liu, and Brian Hioe to discuss award-winning film American Girl (美國女孩), as part of our New Bloom Happy Hour series. American Girl won Audience Choice Award, Best New Director, and Best Cinematography at the 2021 Golden Horse Awards. American Girl is available to watch on Netflix globally on March 2nd...

Radio New Bloom: Next Season after the Lunar New Year!

Hello! 新年平安 and happy holidays from New Bloom! We wanted to let you know that Radio New Bloom is going to take a little break for Lunar New Year. We hope that you’ve enjoyed this last season of our podcast and we’re looking forward to share more content, conversations, and recordings that we’ve been working on with you in this next upcoming season. We hope that wherever in the world you are listening that you’re staying healthy and we wish you a happy new year, and we’ll catch you all in the Year of the Tiger....

Radio New Bloom #19: Coen Blaauw on Thirty Years of Pro-Taiwan Advocacy in Washington

For the nineteenth episode of Radio New Bloom, we feature an interview with Coen Blaauw, a Dutch lawyer and Senior Policy Advisor to the Formosan Association for Public Affairs, a US non-profit promoting Taiwan’s right to self-determination. He joined FAPA in 1989 and has since become a central figure in the Taiwan independence movement in the United States. He specializes in connecting with members of the U.S. Congress, drafting Taiwan-related legislation, and recruiting support for these legislations....

New Bloom Happy Hour #1: The Loneliest Number

Welcome to another episode of Radio New Bloom! Today we’re excited to debut a new program, that we’re calling New Bloom Happy Hour where New Bloom members get together to discuss a topic. Today we’ll be discussing Jay Caspian Kang’s new book, The Loneliest Americans, with a focus on the New York Times’ excerpt of the book and the first chapter of the book. Participants in the discussion are SueAnn Shiah, Daniel Yo-Ling, Wen Liu, and Eathan Lai...

Radio New Bloom #17: Savungaz Valincinan on the Five Year Anniversary of Tsai’s Apology

For the seventeenth episode of Radio New Bloom, which is primarily in Mandarin, we present the live recording for our event last month on the five year anniversary of Tsai Ing-wen's apology to Taiwanese Indigenous. The event asked the question: Five years later, have conditions improved for Indigenous in Taiwan? Has Taiwan become a more pluralistic and inclusive country five years after Tsai’s apology?Our featured speaker is Savungaz Valincinan, a member of the Indigenous Youth Front who is currently a graduate student in law...