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Taiwan campus folk song, campus folk song, or campus folk rock (Chinese: 校園民歌; literally: 'schoolyard folk songs') is a genre of Taiwanese Music with its roots as student songs in the campuses of Taiwanese universities during the 1970s. The genre was highly popular from the mid-1970s to the early 1990, with its focus on themes from the Chinese cultural sphere in reaction to the prevalence of Western rock music in Taiwan as well as being edged out by the People's Republic of China from the United Nations and from the world political stage[1] This genre of music became very popular in mainland China during the 1990s with the increased cultural exchanges between Taiwan and the mainland during this period. [2]

Campus folk rock was created by university age youth wishing to assert their own distinct cultural Chinese identities and "Sing our own songs."(Chinese: 唱自己的歌) in Chinese, taking the aspirations from the American folk music revival. The movement towards and popularization of this music is considered to be a societal reaction towards Taiwan's expulsion from United Nations (UN) in 1971 in the United Nations General Assembly Resolution 2758, with international admission of the People's republic of China as the sole legitimate representative of China in the UN.[1] The songs were composed through fusing instrumental and melodic elements from American folk rock, along with the expression and themes from Chinese folk music, both of which were familiar to the youth of the time.[3] Songs from the genre are characterize as having a forward-looking, optimistic, simple, and youthfully naive feel, with acoustic guitar and piano as some of its most commonly used accompanying instruments.[3]


  1. ^ a b 姜, 振豐 (2008), "從校園民歌的興衰探討八○年代臺灣的社會文化 (The treating of campus folk song's rise and decline to Taiwan society culture in 1980's)", 學位論文, 淡江大學歷史學
  2. ^ 关于校园民谣的记忆, CCTV(中国中央电视台), 2008-09-01, archived from the original on 2014-02-28 Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  3. ^ a b 鍾, 綺華 (2007-07-05), "七0年代「校園民歌」之內蘊與藝術性探討", 文學研究所測試, 崑山科技大學