Fri, Nov 30, 2012 - Page 12 News List

A new fire

A Moving Sound, best known for their fusion world beat and Taiwanese folk music sound, is digging deeper into its roots, as vocalist Mia Hsieh explores Taiwanese history and folklore in the band’s latest music

By David Chen  /  Staff reporter

Hsieh will also pay homage to the late Taiwanese independence advocate Deng Nan-jung (鄭南榕), who died by self-immolation in 1989, by reading a poem during one of a new arrangement of one of Prairie’s songs, Starshine.

Deng, a writer and founder of a magazine that raised the ire of the then-authoritarian Chinese Nationalist (KMT) government, set himself on fire when police arrived at his office to arrest him for sedition. His magazine had published a draft constitution for a “Republic of Taiwan.”

Hsieh insists that she is not trying to “bring up politics,” but rather to “remember the Taiwan spirit.”

“For me the fire in which he burned is eternity — it lasts in everyone of us from my generation,” she said. “It’s my dream that [that fire] lives in every one of us.”

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