SOAS University of London

Centre of Taiwan Studies

Tracing the Journey of Hoklo (Taiyu) Songs in Taiwan

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Hsieh Ming-yu

Date: 3 July 2017Time: 1:00 PM

Finishes: 3 July 2017Time: 3:00 PM

Venue: Russell Square: College Buildings Room: KLT

Type of Event: Summer School

This is part of SOAS Centre of Taiwan Studies Summer School Programme.
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Hoklo songs are a unique aspect of Taiwanese culture and society and are closely connected to local grassroots cultural trends and movements. For many decades, they have been one of the most important popular culture exports to Chinese communities around the world. Hsieh Ming-yu will begin his talk with the case of a well-known Hoklo song in 1932, the popularity of which not only constituted a watershed event in Taiwan nationwide, but also defined the early beginnings of the Hoklo music industry. This will be followed by a further introduction to the development of Hoklo music history and his musings about its future.

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A Tainan native, Hsieh Ming-yu is a highly well-known singer-songwriter-producer who has penned songs for celebrity Hong Kong, Taiwanese and Singapore singers such as Andy Lau, Power Station, Anita Mui, William So, Kit Chan, Chris Yu and many others. Till date, he has composed more than two thousand songs. After toiling for ten years in stressful Taipei, he gave up commercial music production and returned to his hometown, Tainan in 2000. He started pursing the carefree lifestyle of an “urban vagabond” and composed many more songs, inspired by his long strolls and conversations with neighbourhood eccentrics and artists in the laidback city. This refreshing turn has won him the “Best New Male Hoklo Singer” and “Best New Hoklo Album” awards at the 24th Golden Melody Awards in 2013.

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