This weekend Cheer Chen, Taiwanese indie singer-songwriter went to Beijing’s Exhibition Theater for her first concert in the mainland. At the same time that the Chinese-speaking world is testing the idols/boyband waters, it has also begun to increasingly embrace indie, like at the Music Media Awards and at the last Golden Melody Awards (basically the Chinese Grammys) which heavily favored indie where she won best album producer and was nominated for best album and best female singer. The elegance of the picture below is beautiful. No theatrics, the appeal of the concert is just a woman’s voice and her acoustic guitar.

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Pics, music more of my talk about mainland-Taiwan music cross culture exchange below.

I really think, although I have no solid proof on changes in Taiwanese government regulations in my hands, due to my failure at reading simplified and more importantly, my failure at navigating bureaucratic websites, that after Ma Ying-Jeou stepped into power in Taiwan in May 2008, cultural exchange between the two places has become so, so much easier. Not only is travel easier in general due to direct flights, but there’s less of what I’m now officially calling red-tape crap that artists must up. Whether you are blue or green, for or against Taiwan’s complete political separation from the mainland, I think embracing culture and entertainment can’t be bad. So it is really nice to see Cheer Chen doing concert in Beijing and not only Beijing but Hong Kong as well (which was earlier in the week). I will next, on the flipside be covering Anson Hu’s concert in Taiwan, which is quite something of a breakthrough.

For now just enjoy pretty pictures of Chen doing what she does best.

To listen to her songs and get an introduction to them, China Beat has a edition on her.

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This is probably my favorite song by her. It represents a bit more of her recent work which dabbles more into rock.

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2 thoughts on “Cheer Chen’s First Concert on the Mainland”

  1. Your post was interesting and I never saw Fusion’s MV before just listened to them. I don’t dislike idol groups by themselves, but dislike their potential to eclipse other struggling songwriters who may not have the luxuries they do in terms of company backing, and I am afraid of their ability to completely dominate the market in a society where the entertainment scene is very immature, as with Kpop.

    As for your observation on the mainland artists, it’s true they need massive talent + self promotion outside of the mainland to get known such as with Anson, or must get signed under a Taiwanese label. I feel sad that so many people know the One Million Star winners overseas, and their albums always get posted but somewhere not the Kuai Le Nan Sheng (Superboys) winners, especially when their debut EPs were so, so good. It is really apparent I believe in Singapore, where you can see the One Million Star albums on sale, and other Taiwanese artists, but not the Chinese ones.

    But there is a paradox. The problem with Fusion and other mainland Chinese people such as Jade Liu Liyang who got singed under Taiwanese singers is that they do not have great promotion on the mainland, because their Taiwanese companies don’t do a good job of that. That is why Fusion’s baidu bar is so lacking of posts/fans like ac said. So either mainland singers are popular on the mainland, but no one knows about them outside of the mainland or they are known outside of the mainland, but no one inside the mainland really cares too much. If I had to choose one, I’d pick the former, but I’d still love it if some of the great bands I know about get some recognition. It’s like when people don’t think there’s a lot of rock in China just because all they know is Mayday or something. There is, but so much of it is in mainland China…Beijing specifically, but that’s a post for another day.

  2. Hi again. Yeah, I saw on your blog somewhere that you liked Fusion too. I don’t even know how I found them. Just link hopping around livejournal I guess. I did check out that website you recommended so thank you. I still cling to my idol pop groups, and I haven’t had a lot of time to poke around, but even I get tired of that whole deal sometimes so it’s nice to know there are other options.

    I feel bad that I don’t comment on your blog more especially since I check it like everyday. IDK, maybe I’m a misogynist, but I don’t really like female vocals so it’s hard for me to find girls that I truely love listening to. Cheer Chen is obviously talented but it’s way hard for me to obsess over girls singers like I do with boys. boo.

    Anyways, back to the Fusion thing, I completely agree with you on the promotion thing. Seriously, when it comes to popularity in Asian pop, especially with young talent, the talent part has very little impact compared with promotion, looks, and catchy songs. IMO, Fusion’s songs are beyond great and they have the look thing down, so what they really need is more promotion. I don’t really understand mainland culture too well so please correct me if I’m wrong, but it’s almost seems harder for cpop bands to become famous if they carry the mainland label since people gravitate toward the Taiwanese stuff more on instinct.

    I’m sorry I always post my responses to you on posts that have nothing to do with what I’m writing about. Lol If it bothers you, I’ll stop ; ).

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