A compilation of folk songs recorded at Ciwkangan Village in 1967 were returned to the village yesterday, the product of work by the Graduate Institute of Ethnomusicology at National Taiwan Normal University (NTNU) and the Ostasien-Institut e.V. Bonn in Germany.
The recordings were made in the village in Taitung County’s Changbin Township (長濱) on June 12 and 13, 1967, when musicologist Lee Che-yang (李哲洋) traveled to the Amis-majority area amid a booming folk era, which is said to have profoundly influenced the development of Taiwanese culture.
Shih Wei-liang (史惟亮), who graduated from the NTNU institute, gave copies of a collection of Taiwanese folk music, including the recordings from the village, to Alois Osterwalder, who was director of the German institute and a primary sponsor of the folk movement.
Photo courtesy of Shih Mei-ying
Osterwalder returned the collection to Taiwan, saying that the tapes should be in their rightful place to be listened to by people who need them.
The collection consists of more than 4,000 recordings on more than 50 reels.
After they received the tapes, students and faculty at the NTNU institute embarked on the painstaking task of dubbing the tapes, scanning writing on their casings and correcting information.
They took their work to the village to be reviewed for accuracy, said Lu Yu-hsiu (呂鈺秀), the NTNU institute’s chairwoman.
The age of the recordings added to the difficulty of the task, as most of the performers had passed away, Lu said.
According to the notations on the casings, the people of Ciwkangan recorded 23 songs, but only 17 of them remained, she said, adding that four were not satisfactory, leaving 13 songs on the compilation.
The recordings are the only known record of the music of the village and are an invaluable piece of Aboriginal history, she said.
Tainan City Councilor Lu Kun-fu (盧崑福) of the Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) yesterday sparked further controversy when he echoed remarks by KMT caucus whip Alex Fai (費鴻泰) that Minister of Health and Welfare Chen Shih-chung (陳時中) should be executed for an increase in domestic COVID-19 cases. Chen heads the Central Epidemic Command Center. Lu at a question-and-answer session at the Tainan City Council said that a lapse in disease prevention measures at China Airlines, which has led to a cluster infection, could have been controlled. However, as the airline’s pilots were allowed a shortened quarantine period of three days and were placed
SUFFICIENT SUPPLY: Taiwan has an abundance of pandemic-related goods in storage, and protocols have been implemented to ensure that the supply chain is not broken Hordes of customers descended on hypermarkets and supermarkets in Taipei and New Taipei City after the government yesterday raised the COVID-19 alert level for the two municipalities to level 3 until May 28. Earlier in the day, the Central Epidemic Command Center reported 180 new domestically transmitted cases, most of them in Taipei and New Taipei City. Despite the government urging the public to stop hoarding daily necessities, shelves were stripped bare while cashiers were working as fast as they could. Premier Su Tseng-chang (蘇貞昌) at a news conference on Friday detailed the government’s inventory of masks, medical-grade isopropyl alcohol and protective clothing,
EYES AND EARS: The navy has commissioned the Chungshan Institute of Science and Technology to manufacture radars to upgrade the nation’s naval monitoring stations A military enthusiast yesterday posted photographs of Taiwanese F-16 jets taking off from Daniel K. Inouye International Airport in Honolulu with two refueling aircraft, presumably returning to Taiwan from the US for upgrades. Asked about the matter, the Ministry of National Defense declined to comment. The jets had been part of training at Luke Air Force Base in Arizona and had briefly landed in Honolulu, where the photographer, Aeros808, had spotted them, a source said. The jets did not land in Guam, which had been done in 1996 when the US Air Force delivered F-16s to Taiwan, the source said, adding that the
‘STAY CALM’: The nation has more than 800 million masks in stock and can produce up to 40 million a day, while hand sanitizer stocks are also sufficient The nation has an ample supply of masks to meet demand amid concerns over an increase in the number of domestically transmitted COVID-19 cases, the Ministry of Economic Affairs said on Tuesday. Taiwan has more than 800 million masks in stock, with daily production of 18.3 million units on average and maximum daily capacity of 40 million units, the ministry said on Facebook. The ministry’s assurance came after Minister of Health and Welfare Chen Shih-chung (陳時中), who heads the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC), on Monday said that the nation has entered the community transmission stage after several new domestic