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Perceptions of censorship on Taiwan's popular music in the post-martial law era

Chen-Yu Lin (Institute of Popular Music, University of Liverpool, Liverpool, UK) (Department of International Business, National Taiwan University, Taipei, Taiwan)
Yun-Siou Chen (Department of Journalism, National Taiwan University, Taipei, Taiwan)
Yan-Shouh Chen (National Yang-Ming University, Taipei, Taiwan)

Asian Education and Development Studies

ISSN: 2046-3162

Article publication date: 11 August 2020

Issue publication date: 9 September 2021




The purpose of this paper is to explore censorship on popular music in Taiwan and how the practices have influenced the consumption and production of music in the post-martial law period.


Through adopting grounded theory with snowball sampling and ethnographic methods, this paper will interview music audiences and musicians as well as analyze recent censorship cases to develop a more comprehensive understanding of the topic.


Institutional and corporate self-censorship has a noteworthy influence on popular music in post-marital law Taiwan. Cross-strait relations still are a key tension that triggers censorship but the form has been shifting.


This study draws on both the complexity of censorship by case studies and the audience's perception of music in everyday life.



Lin, C.-Y., Chen, Y.-S. and Chen, Y.-S. (2021), "Perceptions of censorship on Taiwan's popular music in the post-martial law era", Asian Education and Development Studies, Vol. 10 No. 4, pp. 525-535.



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