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ChthoniC promotes Taiwan's UN bid in interview with NPR

STAFF WRITER , WITH CNA, SAN FRANCISCO

Black metal band ChthoniC promoted Taiwan, particularly its bid to join the international community, during a tour of the US, the US National Public Radio (NPR) reported last Thursday.

In an interview on the NPR program Pacifictime, ChthoniC lead vocalist Freddy Lim (林昶佐) said that the band had spoken out for Taiwan's causes, mainly its difficulties in joining international organizations because of Beijing's obstruction, during its performances at Ozzfest 2007 last month.

Lim said ChthoniC gave 20 performances at Ozzfest this year, which was held in Santa Ana, near Los Angeles, and San Francisco.

Lim said the band performed both in Mandarin and Hoklo (also known as Taiwanese), but he was not worried that their songs might not be accepted by US fans because heavy metal audiences pay more attention to the music than lyrics.

Unlimited Taiwan, however, was performed in English to demonstrate the band's support for Taiwan's bid to join the UN, he said.

Lim said he spoke out in English at every concert, asking fans to support Taiwan as the band's music was inspired in and by the nation.

The seven-minute NPR interview is expected to be rebroadcast by 15 other NPR stations in the next few months, Lim said, adding that fans in Hong Kong and southern China will also be able to catch the interview on channel Radio 3.

The interview can also be found online at www.kqed.org/pacifictime.

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