Taiwan is a nation that treasures its musical classics. In this program, RTI gives you a weekly look into some aspect of Taiwan’s musical heritage—from traditional tunes and soaring symphonies to the golden oldies of decades past. Hear folk songs, works for Chinese orchestras, and of course, the old hits everyone here still knows how to belt out today.
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.
Find out why Hung Rong-hong was dubbed the King of Taiwanese pop and why he had a strained relationship with his late father who was also a prominent singer in the Taiwanese language, on this week's Just the Classics.
Teng U-hian is known as the Father of Taiwanese folksongs. Born in 1906 under Japanese colonial rule, Teng wrote nearly 100 songs during his life, some of which are classic pieces such as "Looking Forward to the Spring Wind," the "Four Season Red," and "Night Flower in the Rain."
This week we are going to feature two popular singers: Tanya Tsai and Stefanie Sun. These two have a lot in common. For one thing, both are from Singapore. Secondly, their singing careers both took off in Taiwan. Thirdly, they are multi-talented, and both have won “Best Female Mandarin Singer” award at the prestigious Golden Melody Awards. Stephanie Sun won the award in 2005, and Tanya Tsai received the award three times, in 2006, 2008 and 2012. (The program is produced and hosted by RTI summer intern Angel Lai.)