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The Voice of Taiwan: Pún-tē Kua-á in Pop Music

2020 TAANY Online Talk -6


Yu-Ti Wu, Yu-Ti Koa-á Ensemble

Guang-Yi Lin, Head of The Youths of the Sea Island

Michael Lee, Vocalist and Songwriter of The Youths of the Sea Island

Curator|I-Chen Wang

Host / Graphic Designer|I-Chen Wang

Live-stream Operator|Mu-Hua Chien

This is the last episode of 2020 TAANY Online Talks presented by Taiwanese American Association of New York (TAANY). In this episode, Yu-Ti Wu introduced the history of “Pún-tē Kua-á,” a local form of folk opera that originated in Yilan, Taiwan to us. It is thought that Taiwanese Opera is derived from Pún-tē Kua-á. As for how to immerse music elements in Pún-tē Kua-á into pop music, members of The Youths of the Sea Island, a young Taiwanese band, shared their journey on creating their album 《Roots》.

2020 TAANY Online Talk

This series of online talks were live-streamed on Facebook from July 30th to December 23rd, 2020, directed by I-Chen Wang. The topics of these talks include how Hong Kong National Security Law affects the international affairs, Memorial for Former Taiwan President Teng-Hui Lee, the recent changes in the U.S. visa policies, the unfulfilled goals on transitional justice for indigious people in Taiwan, the history of Taiwanese (language) and the campaign on restoring it, and using elements of “Pún-tē Kua-á (a local form of folk opera that originated in Yilan, Taiwan)” in Taiwanese pop music.


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