SOAS University of London

Centre of Taiwan Studies

The Sounds of Dissent: Protest Music in Taiwan Since the 1970s

Speaker: Mr Chang Tieh-chih

Date: 5 July 2016Time: 1:00 PM

Finishes: 5 July 2016Time: 3:00 PM

Venue: Russell Square: College Buildings Room: DLT

Type of Event: Summer Lecture

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This talk aims to put Taiwanese popular music in the context of Taiwan’s changing political and social environment. There will be three main areas of focus (1) the folk song movement in the mid-1970s when the authoritarian rule began to soften, (2) the New Taiwanese Songs in the late 1980s and early 1990s when Taiwan began its democratic transition, and (3) the current boom of independent musicians closely associated with social activism. The climax came when three social movement linked independent music groups were invited to perform at the presidential inauguration ceremony in May 2016.

Speaker's Bio
Chang Tieh-Chih

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?”

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