Film Screening of Chasing the China Wind

 A Musical Journey – 逐風捕樂:流行中國風?and Q&A with the Director Lin Chen-Yu

Speaker: Ms Lin Chen-Yu
Venue: Russell Square: College Buildings Room: L67

Synopsis

Since the 2000s, a new sense of Chineseness has been constructed in ‘China Wind’ (zhongguofeng) music, while Taiwanese pop star Jay Chou gained success culturally and commercially in China and beyond (Fung, 2008; Chow, 2013). This style of music is a fusion of R&B, Hip-Hop, Pop, and it developed a specific ‘sound’, in which traditional Chinese music elements are employed, and the lyrical content often involves praised references to traditional cultural objects or Chinese pride. The music is associated with a transnational identity of being Chinese and presents a ‘safe’ Chineseness (Fung, 2008).

Chen-Yu, a postgraduate researcher in University of Liverpool, spent 6 months in Taiwan, Hong Kong, China, and the UK for her ethnographic field trip on Mandarin popular music and post-90s generation. She conducted more than 120 in-depth interviews with the audience and musicians as well as filmed her journey. With support from School of the Arts (SoTA) and University of Liverpool, Chen-Yu produces a documentary about this exciting journey.

In this documentary, Chen-Yu was to explore the musical memories of Post-90s Generation across Taiwan, Hong Kong, China, and the UK. This film presents that the way audiences engage with China Wind music reflects a constant negotiation of Chineseness that takes place in both the creation and consumption of music. In the meantime, popular music helps the post-90s audience creating their identities along the way to discovering and defining ‘selves’ (DeNora, 1999) while imagining themselves being or not being Chinese.

Speaker’s Bio

Chen-Yu Lin is a postgraduate researcher and adjunct faculty in the Institute of Popular Music (IPM), Department of Music at the University of Liverpool. Her research interests include Chineseness in Mandarin popular music, music censorship in the People’s Republic of China, cultural identity and politics. She is a columnist for Insight-Post. She used to work as a research assistant in Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra and as a programme assistant in Public Television Service, Taiwan.
MA in Popular Music Studies (Distinction), University of Liverpool, UK
BA in Radio and Television, National Chengchi University, Taiwan

Organiser: Centre of Taiwan Studies

Contact email: bc18@soas.ac.uk


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