Taiwan InsiderJust the Classics

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. 

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08 July, 2020
English Service

Taiwan has produced many great singers through the years, but Teresa Teng stands well above the rest. If Taiwan had a music hall of fame, she’d probably have to have her own wing. For one thing, her popularity stretched well beyond Taiwan- from Japan to Malaysia- and even, clandestinely, into communist China. Then there was the length of her career and the variety of her output- covers in different languages, renditions of Taiwanese folk songs, and her own, great hits. She just kept going-- and her adoring public just couldn’t get enough of it. They still can’t today, even 25 years after her sudden death. Welcome to "Just the Classics”. This week, we’re looking back at Teng’s life and work while listening to a few of the songs she made famous.

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01 July, 2020
Paula Chao

Leslie is back sharing songs from his time going to school in Taiwan! This week, he's talking about the five-piece band Mayday!

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24 June, 2020
English Service

On this week's Just the Classics, we hear songs from Harlem Yu, the godfather of rock music in Taiwan, that will make you jive and boogie and rock!

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17 June, 2020
Paula Chao

"Campus music," or sometimes known as "campus folksongs," refers to music that was mostly written and composed by college students during the 1970s and 1980s. Before the 1970s, Western pop music won the hearts and minds of young people in Taiwan.  But a trip to China by then US President Richard Nixon in 1972, followed by Washington’s severing diplomatic relations with Taiwan in 1978, angered Taiwanese youths and raised their awareness of cultural identity. We should we have own music,”they said. The slogan "sing our own songs" summed up the mood at that time. 

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03 June, 2020
Paula Chao
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