Cultural Talk Story Series | Stolen Voices, Stolen Innocence
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About The Event
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"Stolen Voices, Stolen Innocence: Indigenous Taiwanese Heritage and the Global Music Industry" with Dr. Yuan-Yu Kuan
The talk critiques how the globalized music industry has changed music making and music meanings for Taiwanese indigenous peoples. Specifically, it problematizes the appropriation of a Taiwanese indigenous song for the German ensemble Enigma’s “Return to Innocence,” which became an international hit. It appropriated a traditional song that is commonly known as “Joyful Drinking Song” of the Amis (one of the largest Austronesian groups in Taiwan).
“Return to Innocence” generated an international lawsuit due to copyright in 1996. By examining the appropriation, re-appropriation, and re-claiming of the Amis song in the context of the global music industry, this talk recounts how mass-mediated sounds have taken on a market value that can be exchanged and circulated both inside and outside Indigenous Taiwan.
Matsunaga Institute for Peace
EVENT DELIVERY PLATFORM
Young Adult: 19-25 Years
Adult: 25-55 Years