SOAS University of London

Centre of Taiwan Studies

Those People, Those Songs: Modern Taiwanese Folk Song Revival Movement

Speaker: Ms Cora Tao (陶曉清)

Date: 7 July 2016Time: 2:15 PM

Finishes: 7 July 2016Time: 4:15 PM

Venue: Russell Square: College Buildings Room: KLT

Type of Event: Summer Lecture

SOAS Centre of Taiwan Studies 2016 Summer School
Day Three
Third Event

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

About the Talk: Those People, Those Songs

1. What kind of music young people were listening to about 40 years ago in Taiwan?

2. The beginning of the modern Taiwanese folk song revival movement.

3. What Cora did when she worked as a radio DJ to encourage those young, amateur singers and songwriters?

4. In 2015 "The Association of Chinese Music Workers in Taiwan"(中華音樂人交流協會) did a lot of works and created many big events celebrating the 40th anniversary of the movement, there are some nice stories.

5. Share some very important songs to memorize singers and songwriters behind them, some of them are no longer with us.

Speaker's Bio
Cora Tao

Cora Tao (陶曉清) started working in THE BROADCASTING CORPORATION OF CHINA (BCC) in Taiwan as a DJ since 1965. She played mostly American Top 40's in her programs for 10 years before she added up some songs that were composed and mailed to her from her audience, then she began organizing campus concerts for the young singer-songwriters. It helped made THE MODERN FOLK SONG REVIVAL MOVEMENT (民歌運動) a strong trend in youth culture and she was regarded as one of the most important figures in the movement, it forever changed the pop music scene and pop culture in Taiwan. The first "modern folk" concert was held in 1975 and people in Taiwan just celebrated its 40th anniversary in 2015 with a series of star-studded concerts and exhibitions with Cora as the presenter and advisor.

Over the years, she organized and produced many concerts and hosted them as well. For music lovers grew up in 70's-90's Taiwan, Tao's voice and the concerts she hosted were among their most beloved memories.

Cora Tao was honored with Special Contribution Award of the 11th Golden Melody Award in 2000.

Organiser: Centre of Taiwan Studies

Contact email: