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2020/09/04 | every little d

Abao Shatters Boundaries in Taiwan's Mainstream Music Scene

Abao, a Paiwanese singer, reinterprets traditional folk songs with contemporary arrangements, creating something different from the usual Mandopop.

2020/04/26 | Luke Hein

Roots of Life and Music in Yilan

Jipo, a sheng player from Yilan County in Taiwan, forsook a career in the capital to make music with his community.

2017/10/14 | Jennifer Creery

A Guide to LGBT Hotspots in Taipei

Jennifer Creery takes a look at some iconic LGBT community spaces in Taipei.

2017/09/15 | Matthew Walsh

A Future for Shoegaze in China

In China’s wealthy eastern cities, interest in dissonant, challenging rock music is at an all-time high.

2017/09/10 | Ni Dandan

Chinese Video Sharing Platform Stars Bypass China’s Fame Machine

The video-sharing platform gives rise to fan-made celebrities and a growing offline Anime, Comic and Games (ACG) community.

2017/09/08 | Kenrick Davis

'Blondie of China' on the Future of Music

The Nova Heart frontwoman talks about commercialization, community and China’s music culture.

2017/08/05 | Hon-Lun Yang

Keeping China’s Soundscape in Check: Censorship in Chinese Popular Music

Music, once seen as the embodiment of dynastic power in feudal China and used as propaganda since 1949, is closely monitored.

2017/08/04 | Anthony Fung

Behind the Beat in China: Indie Music, Festivals and the Performance Economy

Music sales no longer constitute the major source of revenue for musicians and record companies, particularly for indie bands. Instead, the music industry in China depends largely on live performances.

2017/08/03 | Robert Lyons

China and the Future of Music Streaming

Given the improving IP environment, the adoption of subscription streaming, and robust mobile consumption, the music streaming landscape in China may offer a glimpse into the future.

2017/07/26 | Marta Colombo

From Hong Kong to Italy and Back: Heidi Li Sings Her Multicultural Journey

'Jazz is similar to Cantonese opera […] the singer takes over the pace, creating an amazing atmosphere that is almost spiritual.'

2017/07/15 | Agence France-Presse

Pain Still Runs Deep as Taiwan Marks 30 Years Since Martial Law

Official records state around 140,000 people were tried by military courts with as many as 8,000 executed during the 38-year crackdown. Many believe the actual numbers are higher.

2017/07/06 | Dr Ivy Man

Singing a Revolution: Pop, Politics, and the Umbrella Movement

The genre of Canto-pop has exceeded expectations, becoming more than just a popular music genre. It has provoked thought, sung for the people of Hong Kong, and time and time again has held a mirror to the SAR’s socio-political sentiments and local identity.

2017/07/01 | Yin Yijun

Hip-Hop Lovers Say China’s First Rap Talent Show Is Out of Tune

A new reality show seeks to bring hip-hop to the forefront of the country’s music scene, but not without pushback.

2017/06/30 | Michael Beltran

FEATURE: A Sound to Strike With: Political Music Growing in the Philippines

'This music, for all intents and purposes, can never be confined to itself. It, alongside the creators, needs to be projected outward and engaged in serving the oppressed.'

2017/06/25 | Ketagalan Media

Taiwanese Music on the World Stage: Mia Yen and Taiwanese Waves

'I have always believed in the power of music. Music crosses boundaries, even cultural and personal boundaries. I want to prove to the world that Taiwan produces some of the world’s most outstanding musicians and bands.'