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Cries of Joy, Songs of Sorrow: Chinese Pop Music and Its Cultural Connotations

Marc L. Moskowitz


Since the mid-1990s, Taiwan's unique brand of Mandopop (Mandarin Chinese-language pop music) has dictated the musical tastes of the mainland and the rest of Chinese-speaking Asia. This book explores Mandopop's surprisingly complex cultural implications in Taiwan and the PRC. It provides the historical background necessary to understand the contemporary Mandopop scene, beginning with the birth of Chinese popular music in the East Asian jazz Mecca of 1920s Shanghai. An overview of alternative musical genres in the PRC is included, followed by a look at the manner in which Taiwan's musical ethos ... More

Keywords: Mandopop, Mandarin Chinese, pop music, Taiwan, China, Chinese popular music, musical genres, music industry

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2009 Print ISBN-13: 9780824833695
Published to Hawaii Scholarship Online: November 2016 DOI:10.21313/hawaii/9780824833695.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Marc L. Moskowitz, author
University of South Carolina