State of Taiwan with Brian Hioe
On the 2024 presidential election, and life during rising tensions
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Brian Hioe 丘琦欣 is a Taipei-based editor and writer. He is one of the founding editors of New Bloom Magazine, an online magazine covering activism and youth politics in Taiwan and Asia Pacific. He is a non-resident fellow at the University of Nottingham’s Taiwan Studies Programme, as well as a freelance journalist and translator. He also writes regularly for The Diplomat on Taiwan.
His writing has further been published in The Washington Post, The Nation, The Guardian, The Mekong Review, and Popula. He's also been a guest on Al-Jazeera, the BBC World Service, Channel NewsAsia, and other programs. He tweets on all things Taiwan, sometimes by the minute, @brianhioe.
In this episode, Brian talks about how people in Taiwan experience the rise and fall, but mostly rise, in cross Strait tensions – which have been a given on the island for decades now. And he looks ahead at the upcoming presidential election. While the world sees Taiwan mainly as a powder keg in the midst of China / U.S. strife, many voters also look at domestic issues like lackluster economic growth.
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