The Story of Recorded Music in Taiwan: Part 3

  • 30 September, 2018
  • jvantrieste
Time Traveler

Since 1914, when the first recording of Taiwanese music was made, Taiwan’s recording artists have navigated decades of changing trends and politics. In this three-part series, we’ve been exploring the history of Taiwan’s recorded music with expert Huang Yu-yuan, a researcher at the National Museum of Taiwan History. We’ve heard the story of recorded music’s early decades here. We’ve followed the arrival of foreign musical styles, met some of the early recording artists, and even heard a few of the early songs people still remember. So far, our look back at musical history has seen us in the early 20th century, a period when Taiwan was ruled as a Japanese colony. This week, we arrive in 1945, the year both WWII and Japanese rule ended. At war’s end, the Republic of China took control of Taiwan, and Taiwan’s musical history entered a new phase.