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date: 22 September 2020

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This chapter examines popular music as a barometer of political change in democratizing Taiwan. After providing a brief overview of developments in Taiwan’s pop music world as they relate to political change, the essay details the innovative musical creations of the late 1980s through the 1990s that heralded the regime change of May 2000, when Chen Shui-bian was elected President, thus ending the Chinese Nationalist Party’s fifty years of unbroken rule. It also chronicles the banning in the People's Republic of China of certain Taiwan based performers, and demonstrates how some artists self-censure rather than risk losing access to mainland Chinese markets and media.

Keywords: self censorship, popular song, Taiwan, musical creativity, Chen Shui-bian, China, Hoklo, A-Mei, Taiyuge, Mandopop

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