Made in Taiwan: Studies in Popular Music serves as a comprehensive introduction to the history, sociology, and musicology of contemporary Taiwanese popular music. Each essay, written by a leading scholar of Taiwanese music, covers the major figures, styles, and social contexts of pop music in Taiwan and provides adequate context so readers understand why the figure or genre under discussion is of lasting significance. The book first presents a general description of the history and background of popular music in Taiwan, followed by essays organized into thematic sections: Trajectories, Identities, Issues, and Interactions.
Table of Contents
List of Illustrations About the Authors Preface Acknowledgments Introduction: Problematizing and Contextualizing Taiwanese Popular Music EVA TSAI, TUNG-HUNG HO, MIAOJU JIAN 1. Profiling a Postwar Trajectory of Taiwanese Popular Music: Nativism in Metamorphosis and Its Alternatives TUNG-HUNG HO 2. Producing Mandopop in 1960s Taiwan: When a Prolific Composer Met a Pioneering Entrepreneur SZU-WEI CHEN 3. The Development of the Indigenous "Mountain Music Industry" and "Mountain Songs" (1960-1970s): Production and Competition KUO-CHAO HUANG 4. Entangled Identities: The Music and Social Significance of Hsu Shih—A Vanguard Composer of Taiyu BalladsC.S. STONE SHIH 5. The Cultural Hybridity of Taiyu Pop Songs: The Case of Taiyu Covers of Japanese Tunes YU-YUAN HUANG 6. Rock and Roll from Rest and Recreation (R&R)—the Collective Memory of the Aging Pop-Rock Lovers in Taiwan MENG TZE CHU 7. Chrysanthemum Fields Forever: The Labor Exchange Band, Taiwanese Folk-Rock, and the LP Form ANDREW F. JONES 8. How Taiwanese Students Learn: High School Extracurricular Clubs and the Making of Young Rock Musicians CHI-CHUNG WANG 9. Tacky and World-Class—Hsieh Jin-yen, Taiwan EDM, and the Reinvigoration of Tai EVA TSAI 10. Muscular Vernaculars: Braggadocio, "Academic Rappers," and Alternative Hip-Hop Masculinity in Taiwan HAO-LI LIN 11. Indie Music as Cool Ambassadors? Export-Oriented Cultural Policy in Taiwan, 2010-2017 YU-PENG LIN and HUI-JU TSAI 12. Multidimensionality of Chineseness in Taiwan’s Mandopop: Jay Chou’s China Wind Pop and the Transnational Audience CHEN-YU LIN 13. "The Eternal Sweetheart for the Nation": A Political Epitaph for Teresa Teng’s Music Journey in Taiwan CHEN-CHING CHENG 14. How Taiwanese Indie Music Embraces the Worlds: Global Mandopop, East Asian DIY Networks, and the Translocal Entrepreneurial Promoters MIAOJU JIAN Afterword: Orbiting and Down-to-Earth: A Conversation with Lim Giong about His Music, Art, and Mind MIAOJU JIAN, TUNG-HUNG HO WITH EVA TSAI A Selected Bibliography on Popular Music in Taiwan Index
Eva Tsai is Associate Professor of Mass Communication at National Taiwan Normal University. She is committed to media and cultural studies in inter-Asian, translocal contexts and has published primarily in this area. She is also an independent podcast producer.
Tung-hung Ho is Associate Professor of Psychology at Fu Jen Catholic University, Taiwan. He devotes his research and social activism to all issues related to independent music culture.
Miaoju Jian is Professor of Communication, National Chung Cheng University, Chiayi, Taiwan. Her extensive research and publications have covered topics from the culture and political economy of reality TV programs to indie-music scenes and DIY culture in Taiwan, China, Hong Kong, and East Asia.