Interview: Joshua Wong (黃之鋒)
New Bloom editor Brian Hioe, along with friends and associates, interviewed Joshua Wong in New York, during a visit to the US by Wong in late April. Joshua Wong is most well known as a leading figure of the 2014 Umbrella Movement and for being the founder of Scholarism. Wong recently announced the formation of a new political party, Demosistō.
Interview: Tuhi Martukaw (洪簡廷卉)
Tuhi Martukaw (Jocelyn Ting-Hui Hung Chien) is an anchor and translator on Taiwan Indigenous Television Network (TITV) as well as coordinator and founder of the LIMA Taiwan Indigenous Youth Working Group. Parson Young and Brian Hioe of New Bloom interviewed her in December 2015 in New York City about her experiences with UN delegations of Taiwanese indigenous peoples and at the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues.
Interview: Linda Gail Arrigo (艾琳達)
Linda Gail Arrigo, who first came to Taiwan in the early 1960s as a teenager, is a veteran of the Taiwan democracy movement in the 1970s and 1980s. Though banned from entering Taiwan after the events of the Kaohsiung Incident, she continued to advocate for Taiwanese democracy afterwards outside of Taiwan and has continued to be a participant in social movements after eventually being able to return to Taiwan in 1990.
Interview: Chen Wei-Ting (陳為廷)
From the anti-media monopoly movement in 2012, through the Dapu incident in Miaoli, to the Sunflower Movement, Chen Wei-Ting has in many important social movements for the sake of society, participated in every activity. But even so, Chen Wei-Ting has been a controversial figure. In the middle of the battle for 2016 legislative elections, the famous Chen Wei-Ting of the Sunflower Movement was requested by Chiu Hsien-Chih to be his campaign manager. New Bloom took the opportunity to interview Chen during Chiu Hsien-Chih’s visit to the US on August 30th.
Interview: Chiu Hsien-Chih (邱顯智)
For 2016 legislative elections, DPP minority whip Ker Chien-Ming decided to return to Hsinchu to run for legislator, coming into conflict with the New Power Party candidate Chiu Hsien-Chih and his campaign team. As a result, Chiu Hsien-Chih’s campaign has been hotly discussed in the media as an occasion in which the Third Force runs up against the DPP. New Bloom interviewed Chiu during his speaking tour of America in late August.
Interview: Miao Poya (苗博雅)
A familiar name in Taiwanese activist circles, Miao Poya has stood at the forefront of social movements, expounding her views on issues ranging from the Sunflower Movement, to marriage equality, or to the abolition of capital punishment. This year, Miao decided to throw her hat into the ring for the 2016 legislative elections, standing as a candidate for the newly-founded Social Democratic Party in Wenshan District in Taipei City, and aiming to become an alternative to the political establishment in the legislature.
Interview with Orestis Doulos of Greece’s Popular Unity Party
On November 8th, 2015, New Bloom interviewed Orestis Doulos of Greece’s Popular Unity Party, which was formed after a split from Syriza, regarding what lessons the Greek experience could have for Taiwan. Doulos was elected as an openly Marxist candidate as a councilor in New Philadelphia in Athens.
奧列斯提斯‧多羅斯（Orestis Doulos）以公開馬克思主義政策當選的現任雅典市新費城區區議員，並於 2009 年與其他希臘同志加入了後來成為主導基左盟的「左翼聯盟」。在基左盟興起的路途中，共產主義趨勢在黨內不斷的要求與資本主義斷絕關係來解決希臘的經濟危機，並成功的在基左盟中央委員會以選票的方式取得兩席。當齊普拉斯的背叛成為事實時，「共產主義趨勢」脫離了基左盟，並與其他政團成立了人民團結黨，並持續試圖將黨推向於馬克思主義政策。
A Young Woman’s March Towards the Legislative Yuan: Interview with Hung Tzu-Yung (洪慈庸)
The Hung Chung-Chiu Incident changed Hung Tzu-Yung’s ’s life plans. After Freddy Lim’s tireless recruiting efforts, Hung decided to join the New Power Party. She hopes to avoid the the major parties’ regulations and work with her partners to create an ideal environment. She is running for legislator in Taichung District 3. The following interview was originally conducted in late October.
Interview: Tree Party (樹黨)
從 2012 年反媒體壟斷運動，經歷過反苗栗大埔徵收抗議…到 318 反服貿運動，陳為廷先生在許多重要社會議題上、為底層社會發聲的社會事件上，每場幾乎無役不與。但即使如此，陳為廷先生也是個爭議性的人物。2016年立法委員選戰中，318 反服貿社會運動中的社運知名人士陳為廷在邱顯智律師的極力邀請下出任邱顯智律師的競選總幹事。破土 New Bloom 在 2015 年 8 月 30 號，趁著邱顯智律師以及他的競選總幹事陳為廷先生到美東訪問時，在兩位從紐約至紐澤西的路途中，對兩位進行專訪。
Interview: Huang Kuo-Chang (黃國昌)
On August 6th, New Bloom’s Brian Hioe interviewed Huang Kuo-Chang of the New Power Party. Huang Kuo-Chang, formerly a professor at Academica Sinica, was one of the lead figures of the Sunflower Movement. In the year since, he has actively been involved in the formation of the New Power Party and will be running for legislator in Xizhi as a candidate of the New Power Party.
Interview: Wuer Kaixi (吾爾開希)
In early August in Taipei, New Bloom’s Brian Hioe interviewed Wuer Kaixi, longtime democracy activist and Chinese dissident known for his leadership in the 1989 Tiananmen Square protests. After studying in America, Wuer Kaixi later moved to Taiwan, where he became known as a political commentator. Wuer Kaixi recently announced that he would be running for legislator in Taichung as an independent.
李惠仁導演《蘋果的滋味》於今年的四月底在蘋果日報員工餐廳進行首映後，於公視播出，五月初已在 YouTube 上線。李惠仁導演繼《睜開的左眼》後，再次以媒體生態為題材，片中從壹傳媒最惡名昭彰、為人詬病的經營方式和媒體商品的探討出發，時間軸一拉十年多，不但見證了黎智英媒體帝國底下壹電視的起步和結束，更是映照出各種事件彼此重疊和相互呼應下，政治與媒體間不得不牽起的緊密關聯性。李惠仁導演進到壹傳媒集團的內部核心拍攝，訪問了不同位階的員工、上司乃至黎智英，卻拍出壹傳媒一直企圖想攻破的台灣大媒體生態、甚至是兩岸三地政治和媒體之間微妙的轉變和角力關係。十年多的時間，不長也不短，但一把十年間媒體生態中發生的事情濃縮在這一小小蘋果中，其中所投射出來複雜的光譜可能就如同紀錄片《蘋果的滋味》中所敘述的一樣：「蘋果咬一口，滋味如何？台灣人最懂。」《破土》有幸於李惠仁導演七月初在紐約的一場「如何發揮公民力量：林祖儀、Freddy、李惠仁之公民練功堂」論壇前訪問導演。
Interview: Lee Hsing-Chang (李幸長)
In late August, New Bloom interviewed social movement veteran Lee Hsing-Chang about his campaign for Taiwan’s Legislative Yuan. Lee is running as an independent candidate in New Taipei City District 9, a traditional stronghold for the KMT. Lee has fought for housing justice for over 25 years, and advocates for affordable housing as a basic human right.
2016 年的立委選舉，全國知名民進黨立委柯建銘選擇回到新竹市參選立法委員，強碰時代力量參選人邱顯智律師及邱律師所帶領的團隊。正因如此，邱顯智律師瞬間成為最常被放在媒體版面上討論的立委參選人。從洪仲丘案、關廠工人案、鄭性澤冤錯案，到 318 反服貿社會運動參與者的義務辯護律師，邱顯智律師過去曾被稱為「免費的王牌律師」。這位來自嘉義奮起湖長大的鄉下人，一路苦讀到海德堡大學法學博士候選人，他過去擔任過台灣人權促進會會長，免費幫助社會底層、社會弱勢發聲的正義律師。他為什麼願意一股腦栽進政治圈中？為什麼期盼自己能代表新竹市民擔任立法委員工作一職？破土 New Bloom 在 2015 年 8 月 30 號，趁邱顯智律師及競選總幹事陳為廷先生赴美東訪問，從紐約至紐澤西演講的途中，專訪兩位。
Interview: Jennifer Lu (呂欣潔)
Interview: Tsay Ting-Kuei (蔡丁貴)
On May 2nd, New Bloom’s Brian Hioe sat down with Dr. Tsay Ting-Kuei in New York City, for an interview about the formation of the Free Taiwan Party. Hioe and Tsay then met up again in late July in Taipei, during the Ministry of Education occupation, for some follow-up questions. This was our second interview with Tsay, the first was conducted in December of last year, also in New York City.
Interview: Freddy Lim (林昶佐)
On July 9th, in New York City, New Bloom’s Parson Young interviewed Freddy Lim of the New Power Party and lead singer of the famed black metal band Chthonic. This is part of an upcoming series of interviews New Bloom is conducting with members of third parties in Taiwan.
採訪：Freddy Lim (林昶佐)
Profile: FoxCarn & the Betel Store
FoxCarn & the Betel Store will be the China and Taiwan regional project for Burning Man 2015. The project will feature “worker” participants drawn from Burning Man attendees, who will make Apple parody products as part of an interactive art installation in which participants will experience working in an electronics factory meant to draw parallel to the real-life Foxconn, complete with a robotic overseer arm overhead. New Bloom caught up by e-mail with Ian Rowen, whom we previously interviewed regarding his experiences as one of the few individuals to participate in both the Sunflower Movement and the Umbrella Movement regarding the project.
Interview: Ian Rowen
On January 19th, New Bloom’s Brian Hioe interviewed Ian Rowen, a Ph. D candidate at the University of Colorado who was present in Taiwan during the Sunflower movement and Hong Kong during the Umbrella movement, making him one of the few individuals to have experienced both movements in the past year. He has written on both movements in publications including The Guardian, the Journal of Asian Studies, The BBC (Chinese), Occupy.com, and Thinking Taiwan.
Interview: Tsay Ting-Kuei (蔡丁貴)
On December 17th, 2014, New Bloom’s Brian Hioe sat down with Dr. Tsay Ting-Kuei in New York City, for an extended interview. Tsay Ting-Kuei is a longtime Taiwanese independence activist, dating back to the Martial Law period, during which he was blacklisted from returning to Taiwan because of his political activities abroad while studying in America. As a result, he was only allowed to return to Taiwan after the end of martial law. As chairman of the Alliance of Referendum for Taiwan, he has continued activism on behalf of the cause of Taiwanese independence. AORFT actions have included an occupation outside of the Legislative Yuan which has lasted for over 2000 days, toppling the statue of Sun Yat-Sen in Tang De-jhang Memorial Park in Tainan in February 2014, and participation in the Sunflower Movement.
Interview: I Have It Maid (快跑三十六小時)
On January 7th, New Bloom’s Brian Hioe interviewed Alex Wolfgram, director of I Have It Maid, a documentary about runaway Filipino migrant workers in Taiwan. The documentary focuses the story of one migrant worker in particular, Vicky, but also more broadly details the process by which Filipino migrant workers come to Taiwan.
Profile: Gongsheng Music Festival (共生音樂節)
In early February, New Bloom interviewed Yeh Jiunn Tyng (葉俊廷) concerning the 2015 Gongsheng Music Festival (共生音樂節), a music festival held annually at Freedom Plaza in Taipei in order to commemorate the 228 Massacre Incident, which is currently the largest 228 commemoration event in Taiwan. Yeh Jiunn Tyng is one of the founders of the event, as well as one of the founding editors of New Bloom.
Profile: Taiwan Alliance for Victims of Urban Renewal
On August 27th, New Bloom’s Brian Hioe interviewed Chen Hung-Ying and Long San-Peng from Taiwan Alliance for Victims of Urban Renewal concerning Taiwan Alliance for Victims of Urban Renewal’s work concerning urban renewal and forced eviction in cities in Taiwan. This is the fourth of a series of interview profiles that New Bloom will be doing with Taiwanese NGOs and civil society organizations, in an effort to present a picture of Taiwanese civil society to an international audience.
Profile: Taiwan LGBT Family Rights Advocacy
On October 27th, New Bloom’s Brian Hioe interviewed Lupy Li from Taiwan LGBT Family Rights Advocacy concerning Taiwan LGBT Family Rights Advocacy’s work concerning tongzhi (LGBTQ) families in Taiwan. This is the third of a series of interview profiles that New Bloom will be doing with Taiwanese NGOs and civil society organizations, in an effort to present a picture of Taiwanese civil society to an international audience.
Profile: Green Citizens’ Action Alliance
On August 28th, New Bloom’s Brian Hioe interviewed Liu Hui-Min from the Green Citizen’s Action Alliance (綠色公民行動聯盟) regarding environmentalism, the anti-nuclear movement in Taiwan, and Taiwanese activism writ large. This is the second of a series of interview profiles that New Bloom will be doing with Taiwanese NGOs and civil society organizations, in an effort to present a picture of Taiwanese civil society to an international audience.
New Bloom UK Editor Sam Sussman sat down with Hong Kong social movements researcher Larry Au to chat about the specifically Hong Kongese political experiences and traditions from which the movement developed its organizational and rhetorical strength. Larry is an M.Sc in Global Governance and Diplomacy at the University of Oxford, and previously researched Hong Kong social movements at Brown.
Eye of the Storm: Dian Dian
As part of our continuing Eye of the Storm: Voices from the Hong Kong Occupation series of interviews conducted by New Bloom with participants, organizers, and observers of the Hong Kong democracy movement, we interviewed Dian Dian, editor of the Queer Lala Times (酷拉時報) on October 9th.
Profile: Taiwan Tongzhi Hotline Association
On August 2nd, the Taiwan Tongzhi (LGBT) Hotline Association held its Taipei Hotline Evening Party, a fundraiser party event which it holds annually. Following the Taipei Hotline Evening Party, New Bloom’s Brian Hioe sat down with Jennifer Lu from the Taiwan Tongzhi Hotline Association to discuss the history, current activity, and outlook of the organization.
Interview: Ian Thomas Ash
On August 9th in Tokyo, Japan, New Bloom’s Brian Hioe sat down with documentary filmmaker Ian Thomas Ash for a conversation. Ian Thomas Ash is the award-winning filmmaker of documentaries including A2-B-C and In the Grey Zone, both about children living in Fukushima after the nuclear meltdown. -1287, Ian’s latest documentary, will begin screening in the autumn of 2014. The Asian Premier will be at the Taiwan International Documentary Film Festival running from October 9 to 19.
Eye of the Storm: Lucetta Kam
This is the first of an upcoming series of interviews conducted by New Bloom with participants, organizers, and observers of the Hong Kong democracy movement entitled “Eye of the Storm: Voices from the Hong Kong Occupation”. We interviewed Dr. Lucetta Kam, who is a professor at Hong Kong Baptist University and an organizer of Hong Kong Scholars Alliance for Sexual and Gender Diversity, on September 29th.
Interview: Chen Guangsheng (陳光誠)
Interview: Hung Chun-Hsiu (洪淳修)
Hung Chun-Hsiu (洪淳修) is a documentary filmmaker and, most recently, the director of The Lost Sea (刪海經). His other films include Fishermen in the City (河口人),《城市農民曆》and《船長要抓狂》. On August 21st, he was interviewed by New Bloom’s Brian Hioe. The following is the English language translation of the interview.
Interview: J. Michael Cole, Part II
This is the second installment of the two-part interview with J. Michael Cole conducted by Brian Hioe regarding his editorship of Thinking Taiwan, the relation of journalism and activism, and his recently released book, Officially Unofficial: Confessions of a journalist in Taiwan.
Interview: J. Michael Cole, Part I
The first installment of the two-part interview with J. Michael Cole conducted by Brian Hioe regarding the nature of journalism, his own career path as one of the prominent voices in English-language journalism about Taiwan, and the contemporary state of journalism in Taiwan.