Restrictions on mainland Chinese musicians
Taiwan regularly restricts mainland Chinese musicians visiting the island, according to an article in China Post on 17 October 2006
Chinese singers are popular in Taiwan as they sing in the same language and in a musical style similar to that of Taiwanese artists. But Taiwan’s authorities worry that excessive cross-strait cultural exchanges may lead Taiwanese youth to over-identify with China, going against the ruling party’s agenda to promote Taiwan as a separate political entity.
An article in China Post, Taiwan’s leading English-language newspaper, reports that the Chinese singer Li Yuchun was banned from performing publicly or talking to the local media when she visited Taiwan in February 2006.
According to the article, the music industry in Taiwan complains that paid performances by visiting artists from China are rarely approved by Taiwanese authorities and that performers’ applications just to visit Taiwan get tangled in red-tape, sometimes for months.
China Post – 17 October 2006:
‘China singers stir up fears in Taiwan’