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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.'
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.'
2017/06/20 | Matt Taylor
How Beautiful It Will Be: How Campus Folk Changed Taiwan
Campus folk continues to influence Taiwanese contemporary society through nostalgia. One of the key elements of campus folk songs which gave it a unique element in comparison to other Chinese pop music was its simplicity and purity.
2017/06/09 | Saigoneer
Indonesia's 'Islamic Punk' Movement Marries Religious Faith with Musical Rebellion
'Islamic punk' is still embracing rebellion and anti-establishment ideology like the original British punk rockers, but they celebrate Islamic values, sing about freedom for Palestine and condemn mistreatment of Muslims in the Middle East.