By Trista di Genova, The Wild East I was in DaAn Park for a picnic with Griffin Lu and his birthday-lovin’ friends, when – surprise, surprise, at least for me — long-time Taiwan-lover and singer/songwriter Matthew Lien (馬修, ma sha) took the stage. I’d wanted to hear him perform forRead more
Answering In A Quiet Place: Taiwan Singing Legend Kimbo
Kimbo and I were able to have an extended chat that afternoon; he agreed to allow me to interview him for The Wild East Magazine, about his experiences not only as an award-winning Aboriginal singer, but what led him to become an activist and leader in Taiwan’s democratic and human rights movement.
Kimbo was born in 1950 in Xinku, Taitung, “near a small harbor of the Amis tribe,” he said. His mother was Amis and father Baiwan. He lived there until he was 2 ½ years old, then moved again to the village Jialau, near Taimali, his “final home,” as he called it.
“Typhoon loves us,” he said, of the village that floods and is nearly wiped away every few years; the latest devastation took place during Typhoon Morakot last August.Read more
NTU student looks at faith in Taroko tribe
Steeped in ancient Balkan folk tales, Angel is also a third-year cultural anthropology undergraduate at NTU (National Taiwan University). He said in an exclusive interview with The China Post on Friday night that his early interest in Balkan folk tales led him to delve into his current research in “local cultures” in Taiwan.Read more
A ‘Moving’ contribution to Taiwan’s World Music
By Trista di Genova Special to The China Post What is A Moving Sound? Just that – it’s music that both moves and is moving. It’s a world music fusion ensemble that is, according to National Geographic’s online site dedicated to the genre, “one of the most original outfits workingRead more