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Brian Hioe

Brian Hioe

Brian Hioe is one of the founding editors of New Bloom, as well as a freelance journalist and translator.

Brian Hioe is one of the founding editors of New Bloom, an online magazine covering politics and youth culture in Taiwan founded in 2014. He is a freelance journalist, as well as a translator. From 2017 to 2018, he was Democracy and Human Rights Service Fellow at the Taiwan Foundation for Democracy.

Posts by Brian Hioe
January 18, 2023

TSMC’s US Investments Spark Political Controversy in Taiwan

By Brian Hioe
Plans for new chip plants in the U.S. have sparked concerns about Taiwan’s “silicon shield” – and whether Washington has Taipei’s best interests at heart.

January 05, 2023

The Politics Behind Taiwan’s Military Draft Extension

By Brian Hioe
While extending the conscription period is a politically risky move, few other parties are ready to openly criticize the decision.
December 16, 2022

China Slaps Export Bans on Taiwanese Goods – Again

By Brian Hioe
Since the pineapple ban in 2021, halting imports of Taiwanese goods has become a staple in Beijing’s cross-strait playbook.

December 06, 2022

Taiwan Watches China’s ‘White Paper’ Protests

By Brian Hioe
Taiwanese groups organized a series of vigils supporting the protests that broke out in China in late November.

November 28, 2022

Once Again, KMT Scores Big in Taiwan’s Local Elections

By Brian Hioe
In many ways, the election results maintained the status quo of pan-Blue dominance over local politics, rather than a dramatic return to form for the KMT.

November 02, 2022

Taiwan’s Pingpu Peoples One Step Closer to Recognition

By Brian Hioe
A Constitutional Court ruling held that Pingpu peoples must be recognized by the government, a move that could potentially triple the registered Indigenous population in Taiwan.
October 14, 2022

Taiwan Intelligence Chief Pictures Reignite Debate Over Chinese Disinformation Ops

By Brian Hioe
A scandal involving the director-general of Taiwan’s National Security Bureau has raised concerns about Chinese disinformation, particularly as amplified by domestic media outlets.

October 03, 2022

Taiwan’s Great Reopening

By Brian Hioe
Taiwan will begin allowing visitors from all countries while also ending its COVID-19 quarantine requirement for new arrivals.

October 01, 2022

The China Factor in Taiwan’s Midterms

By Brian Hioe and Lev Nachman
Will China’s military threats impact Taiwan’s upcoming local elections?

September 15, 2022

The End of the Road for Apple Daily Taiwan

By Brian Hioe
The influential outlet has been shuttered and rebranded by a new owner, adding to concerns about foreign influence in Taiwan’s media sphere.

September 01, 2022

Taiwan Grapples with Human Trafficking Spike

By Brian Hioe
Increasing revelations in August about Taiwanese trafficked into Cambodia has become a significant political issue in Taiwan.
August 16, 2022

Following China’s Military Drills, Taiwan Settles Into New Normal

By Brian Hioe
China's live-fire drills did not spark much fear in Taiwan, where frequent Chinese military activities have long become a reality.

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