Brian Hioe

Haunted by the Ghosts of Taiwan’s Colonial Past

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A Review of Green Grass, Pale Fire (草地火焰)

From No Man Is an Island
On April 6, 2021

A Taxi Driver in the Midst of A Protest

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Night is Young (夜更) follows a Hong Kong taxi driver on one night in 2019.

From No Man Is an Island
On April 1, 2021

Ever Given, Ever Global (Capitalism)

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On Taiwan’s precarious role in global supply chains

From Popula
On March 31, 2021

The Last Witness of Taiwan’s Forgotten Time

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A Review of Green Jail (綠色牢籠)

From No Man Is an Island
On March 24, 2021

The Future of Alternative Politics in Taiwan

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Like many third parties, Taiwan's Green Party has struggled to balance activism with winning elections.

From No Man Is an Island
On March 16, 2021

Review: Pebbles

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A man carries his son along a dusty road. A girl roasts rats with her grandmother. Newlyweds zip past on a motorcycle.

From No Man Is an Island
On March 4, 2021

Review: A First Farewell (第一次的離別)

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The debate over whether a Chinese film is 'subversive' or not often misses the point, when such relations are better understood as constantly negotiated.

From No Man Is an Island
On March 2, 2021

Review: The Magician On The Skywalk

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In one scene, the magician morphs into a clumsily animated CGI zebra.

From No Man Is an Island
On February 23, 2021

The Great Rebrand of China’s Nationalist Party

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The party is trying to cultivate a cooler aesthetic on social media.

From No Man Is an Island
On February 18, 2021

Interview: National Book Award Winner Charles Yu

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'Invisibility does something on a subconscious level to all of us.'

From No Man Is an Island
On January 19, 2021

The Many Strangers of Bangka

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The building I live in proves something like a universe in itself, containing several union offices, a love hotel, offices, and a barbershop.

From No Man Is an Island
On January 5, 2021

Review: A Sun (陽光普照)

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Contemporary Taiwanese films focus on the effects of violent crimes committed by young people.

From No Man Is an Island
On December 22, 2020

What’s the point of solidarity, anyhow?

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On escaping the narrow confines of one’s own polity

From Popula
On December 11, 2020

Celebrating a God’s Birthday with a Temple Rave

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The first hint that something big would be taking place in Bangka over the weekend was when a large stage was set up on the street of my apartment building and started blaring loud electronic music every day at 11 AM

From No Man Is an Island
On December 7, 2020

Journey to The End of The Bangka Night

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“Handsome guys! Beautiful women! 929 is broken! Thank you for your patronage!”

From No Man Is an Island
On March 2, 2020