Brian Hioe (丘琦欣) is a writer, editor, translator, activist, and DJ based out of Taipei.
In 2014, he was one of the founders of New Bloom Magazine (破土), an online magazine covering activism and youth politics in Taiwan and the Asia Pacific that was founded after the Sunflower Movement, which he was a participant in as a student activist. From 2017 to 2018, he was Democracy and Human Rights Service Fellow at the Taiwan Foundation for Democracy, during which he assembled the Daybreak Project, a 400,000-word oral history archive and encyclopedia of the Sunflower Movement. Since 2019, after the wave of protests in Hong Kong later known as the Anti-ELAB Movement, he has been involved in Lausan (流傘), a collective of writers, researchers, activists, and artists engaging with Hong Kong’s political struggles.
Hioe’s writing has been published in The Washington Post, The Nation, The Diplomat, Art Forum, The Mekong Review, Popula, China File, The China Policy Institute Blog, Taiwan Insight, and other publications. His writing focuses on contemporary politics, society, and the arts in Taiwan.
Translations by Hioe range from academic and literary texts to film and television scripts, including the script for the video game Urban Legend Scout, essays in Flaneur Magazine, and the personal narratives of White Terror victims published by the Chen Wen-chen Memorial Foundation.
Television and radio appearances by Hioe have included on the BBC World Service, Channel NewsAsia, Metro News, NZZ, Radio Radicale, RFI, RSI, RaiNews, and other programs. He regularly appears as a guest on the radio program, Taiwan This Week, on ICRT in Taiwan.
Hioe has been quoted in news reports from The Guardian, Al-Jazeera, BBC, and other publications. Outside of Taiwan, he has been invited to speak on events in the US, UK, Germany, Italy, and Australia, on occasions ranging from academic conferences to art festivals.
He has a Master’s in East Asian Languages and Cultures from Columbia University and graduated from New York University with majors in History, East Asian Studies, and English Literature in 2013. In his spare time, he occasionally DJs, playing techno, house, and eclectic music. Check out his MixCloud!
Photo credits: Daphne K. Lee, SOAS