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Taiwanese Music in Martial Law


Taiwan Ministry of Martial Law

Martial Law was laid in Taiwan on May 20, 1949. It is the beginning of 38 years of martial law. The Security Command has established various regulations to ban unauthorized gatherings, associations, demonstrations, and strikes to ensure stable Taiwan rule.

There are various reasons why popular songs are banned during martial law. “Too much left-wing” is not communist advertising, so it’s not possible. It’s not possible because “too erotic” is also decadent.

It was not possible. The lyrics were “dim” because the people were treated the same. According to government statistics, more than 3,000 songs did not pass the screening, and nearly 1,000 were prohibited from playing in public.




Taiwanese music under Japanese rule

Wen Ye Jian – Formosan Dance

 The period of Japanese rule of Taiwan refers to approximately fifty years during which time Taiwan was governed by Japan as a colony from April 17, 1895, when the Qing dynasty ceded Taiwan to Imperial Japan due to the defeat of the Sino- Japanese War to Octover 25, 1945, then Taiwan was put under the rule of the Republic of China.

The school’s music process at that time was centered around Western modern music, and Japanese songs were also incorporated. With this education, Taiwanese musicians began to stand out.

For example, Wen Ye Jian (1910-1983)’s “Formosan Dance” won the International Music Competition in 1936 and earned its name overseas.


江文也 – 台灣舞曲 (Formosan Dance)