Taiwanese Music on the World Stage: Mia Yen and Taiwanese Waves

‘I have always believed in the power of music. Music crosses boundaries, even cultural and personal boundaries. I want to prove to the world that Taiwan produces some of the world’s most outstanding musicians and bands.’

The News Lens
Date: 2017/06/25
By: By Chieh-Ting Yeh, Ketagalan Media

In the world of international politics, nations have ignored Taiwan and pretended it does not exist for a

Photo Credit: Taiwanese Wave Facebook

long time.

If you look up recent news about Taiwan, you will see the country’s most recent diplomatic setback — Panama, a nation that has maintained official ties with the Republic of China for decades, finally made the decision to recognize Beijing as the legitimate government of China as most of the rest of the world has done. Taiwan was not invited to join the World Health Assembly in Geneva this year — nevermind the fact that Taiwan has only ever been invited to attend as an observer. Even students with a Taiwanese passport were turned away from attending the public gallery at the UN Human Rights office in Geneva.

But Taiwanese people, who created a resilient civil society and that have infused tremendous amounts of creative energy into the arts, is pushing “Taiwan” the brand into places far away from the marble halls of politics. People and stories that represent Brand Taiwan now show up in gourmet magazines, startup communities worldwide, and beginning last year, Taiwan’s contemporary music played at the largest open air music event in New York: Summer Stage in Central Park.    [FULL  STORY]

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