Articles By Brian Hioe

A Sea Goddess Told Me to Destroy the World

Gou’s claim that his run was ordained by Mazu was a calculated political move.

Gay Sex Robots are coming to Kill Us All

The anti-gay groups prevailed, but even with all their money they were notably ridiculous and inept.

A dark but happy place

We develop our own coping rituals.

Kiang in the Taipei Underground

The first time I went to Korner in 2013, I drank so much that I ended up falling down a set of stairs and knocking out a tooth.

A Neighborhood I’m Moving Out Of

Maybe some will remember that I used to live here: Whatever happened to that guy who seemed to always be eating out of the same 7/11, perpetually ordering coffee at strange hours of the night?

All Hail the Korean Fish!

I don’t have blind faith that the Han bubble will suddenly implode and people will wake up and smell the roses.

Panda Protection

Pandas are loaned on ten-year terms, with the requirement that one million USD be paid to the Chinese government each year during the loan period.

All Mod Cons

The plumber and my landlord began shouting at each other in Taiwanese, arguing about the pricing for the job.

Living to Eat in Taiwan

The best chance for a restaurateur in Taiwan is to be good-looking, win some kind of international competition, and also have switched careers to pursue a driving passion involving food.