When I first visited the historic town of Daxi, I was mostly interested in seeing the town’s old quarter. There, elegant old buildings proudly line the streets, each with a stone facade more elaborately carved then then next. But my Taiwanese travel companions had something else in mind, a hunt for a memorial to the town’s true pride. Despite signs pointing the way and maps on our phones, I don’t think we ever did manage to find it. But I did learn that day—this was the first time I heard the name “Feng Fei-fei”, the stage name of one of most celebrated Taiwanese pop divas of all time. Feng was born Lin Qiuluan right here in 1953, and though she’d move away, locals are still keen to let the rest of the world know that she’ll always be one of their own. In today’s episode, we’ll be revisiting the life and the hits of a singer who put Taiwan on the map one song—and one hat—at a time.
- 16 September, 2020