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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
May 05, 2022

Taiwanese Morrison Lee Remains Detained in China, Even After Finishing His Jail Term

By Brian Hioe
The case of Lee, who was detained after taking part in the Hong Kong protests in 2019, sparked concerns about new legal precedent.

April 16, 2022

Taiwanese Lee Ming-che Freed From Detention in China

By Brian Hioe
Lee is back in Taiwan after serving a five-year sentence for “subverting state power.” Several other Taiwanese remain in detention on politically motivated charges.
April 06, 2022

Is Taiwan Inching Away From Its Zero-COVID Policy?

By Brian Hioe
Cases are climbing again, but the vast majority of infections are mild and neither the government nor the population seems overly concerned.

March 15, 2022

Taiwan Watches the Ukraine Invasion and Asks: Are We Ready?

By Brian Hioe
The invasion of Ukraine has sparked a conversation about how well Taiwan’s armed forces and civilian population are prepared to fend off a Chinese invasion.

March 05, 2022

Taiwan Welcomes Pompeo While Watching Ukraine

By Brian Hioe
The former secretary of state’s visit became part of discussions on Taiwan about U.S. support amid the Russian invasion of Ukraine.

February 16, 2022

Taiwan’s Tsai Lifts Import Ban on Food From Nuclear Disaster-Hit Area of Japan

By Brian Hioe
The import ban on foods from Fukushima and nearby provinces has long been a stumbling block to closer economic relations between Taiwan and Japan, but Tsai Ing-wen is taking a political gamble by lifting the restrictions.
February 03, 2022

How Long Will Taiwan Stick to Its Zero-COVID Approach?

By Brian Hioe
Taiwan is one of the few places still attempting to bring case counts down to zero amid the Omicron outbreak.

January 20, 2022

Did Honduras’ New President Change Her Mind About Dropping Taiwan?

By Brian Hioe
An inaugural invite for Taiwanese President Tsai underscores the complicated background of Honduras-Taiwan ties.

January 10, 2022

KMT Served Double Defeat in Taiwan’s Latest Recall and By-Election

By Brian Hioe
A recall against independent Freddy Lim fell short, and the KMT's candidate lost a by-election to fill another seat vacated by a previous recall campaign.

December 20, 2021

DPP Sweeps Taiwan’s Latest Referendum Vote

By Brian Hioe
The ruling party's preferred position won out in all four questions, including a proposal on reinstating a ban on U.S. pork imports.

December 02, 2021

Domestic Abuse Incident Highlights Taiwan’s Struggles With Misogyny

By Brian Hioe
High-profile politician Kao Chia-yu revealed she had been assaulted by her boyfriend, sparking sympathy from some and cynical political attacks from others.
November 18, 2021

US Lawmakers Visit Taiwan Amid Flurry of Diplomatic Activity

By Brian Hioe
The trip came amid a busy diplomatic stretch, including Taiwan-Europe exchanges as well as the Biden-Xi phone call.

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