SOAS University of London

Centre of Taiwan Studies

Documentary Screening: Small Oyster Rock in Kezailiao (蚵寮漁村小搖滾) Followed by Talk and Discussion with Chang Tieh-chih

Chang Tieh-Chih
Speaker: Mr Chang Tieh-chih

Date: 5 July 2016Time: 6:00 PM

Finishes: 5 July 2016Time: 9:00 PM

Venue: Russell Square: College Buildings Room: KLT

Type of Event: Summer Lecture

SOAS Centre of Taiwan Studies 2016 Summer School
Day One
Fourth Event

CLICK HERE to view the full programme and register to attend free!

Kezailiao is a small fishing village in south Taiwan, far from metropolitan areas. It once had a beautiful beach of white seashell fragments, like miniature pearls. But since the 1950s, due to harbor construction works, the beach has eroded. Now the coast is largely lined with concrete tetrapods. Locals make a living fishing and farming fish. It is the kind of place where nothing ever happens.

In 2012, a group of local young people decided to hold a music festival on the town’s remaining section of beach. They had no experience, few finances, and — a rarity in Taiwan — no government funding. Yet the town got behind the project, major bands and musicians from all over Taiwan came to perform, and suddenly a new music festival was born. This documentary is a testament to the indie spirit, but more than that, it is the story of a small town that refuses to let the rest of Taiwan forget about it. The people of Kezailiao have found a way to make the city kids come to them, and have used a music festival to make a stand against environmental degradation.

The film includes performance footage of folk and rock bands, including Aphasia, Panai, Hang in the Air, Armed Youth and others. The soundtrack features the music of Cicada, Sorry Youth (拍謝少年), Hsieh Ming-you, Guo Xin-cheng and Zhang Deng-jie.

Small Oyster Rock in Kezailiao
Speaker's Bio

Chang Tieh-chih is a prominent Taiwanese writer who writes about politics, culture and music and his column have appeared in major media in China, Taiwan, Hong Kong and international media (currently a columnist for Financial Times Chinese site. He is now the chief consultant of Business Next Magazine, chief consultant and curator of YueYue bookstore and the co-founder of The Reporter, a new organization that devoted to in-depth reporting. He has published several books and numerous articles on culture, social activism and rock music, including “Sounds and Fury: Can Rock’n’Roll Change the World?”

Organiser: Centre of Taiwan Studies

Contact email: