Taiwan's popular music has shaped China's music and culture to a surprising degree. The roots of Taiwan's music industry can be found in the 1930s Jazz era in Shanghai. Sixty years later, Taiwan was the hub of Chinese-language pop music industry--a sonic movement that shaped Chinese understandings of music, gender, and individuality in the contemporary age. Today, music videos and mash-ups that are posted to YouTube (and its Chinese counterparts Youku and Tudou) demonstrate cultural proximity between China and Taiwan that reveals both shared cultural understandings and ongoing regional tensions that arise out of their distinctive pasts.
Thursday, September 26
Asia Pop: The Global Legacy of Asian Power
Sonic and Visual Trajectories: Taiwan's Pop Music in Chinese-Speaking Asia
Marc L. Moskowitz, Professor of Anthropology, University of South Carolina
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Asian Studies Center