Terwilliger, E. (2019). The Sonic Construction of Identity in Taipei’s Kuajie (Crossover) Music Scene. Retrieved from https://doi.org/10.14418/wes01.3.108
The aim of this dissertation is to portray the complex story of the kuajie music scene in Taipei, the capital of Taiwan, with each chapter playing a role in the telling. Chapter one places the kuajie music scene in the context and tension of Taipei and Taiwan. Chapter two introduces the Chinese orchestra and its instruments and how they found their way to Taiwan. Chapter three presents the current political motivations and precedence for the development of the kuajie music scene in Taipei. Chapter four uses biographical accounts and thick description to paint a clearer picture of the individuals in the music scene. Chapter five unites all of the previous chapters¿ work to present a case study of an ambitious kuajie band¿s collaborations. Finally, chapter six widens the scope of this dissertation by portraying other performers who utilize uniquely Taiwanese sounds to produce political meaning in their efforts to fortify their identities. This chapter, and the dissertation as a whole, concludes that the efforts of kuajie musicians in Taipei to sound out their identities are part of a larger phenomenon, wherein artists sonically construct their Taiwanese identities through performance.