Taiwanese wave

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Taiwanese wave is a neologism originally coined in Japan to refer to Taiwanese popular culture in the country (including: actors, dramas, Mandopop, fashion, films), and to distinguish it from the Korean Wave co-existing in Japan.[1] Many of Taiwanese dramas, songs as well as idol actors, singers, bands or groups have become popular throughout East Asia and Southeast Asia.[citation needed]


Towards the turn of the 21st century, there was a noticeable growth in cultural imports from Taiwan, which is one of the Four Asian Tigers. The spread of Taiwanese popular culture occurred before the Hallyu-wave was known in Asia.[citation needed]

In 2001, the Taiwanese drama Meteor Garden (an adaptation of the Japanese manga series Boys Over Flowers by Yoko Kamio) was released and soon attracted audiences from all over the region. It became the most-watched drama series in Philippine television history,[2][better source needed] garnered over 10 million daily viewers in Manila alone,[3][dead link][better source needed] and catapulted the male protagonists from the Taiwanese boyband F4 to overnight fame.[4] Their popularity spread throughout Asia, including China, Hong Kong, Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Indonesia, Japan, South Korea, Vietnam and Philippines.[citation needed] With their success, many other Taiwanese boy bands emerged around this time, such as 5566, 183 Club and Fahrenheit.[citation needed] In 2002, a BBC journalist described the members of F4 as previously unknown actors who have "provoked hysteria across Asia" as a result of the success of Meteor Garden.[5]

The popularity of "Meteor Garden" can be attributed to these factors:

  • Explicit attention to female sexual desires — Departing from conventional dramas that tend to eroticize the female body, "Meteor Garden" markets the sexual attraction of the male actors (as played out by the Taiwanese idol group F4), giving women a certain freedom of sexual expression.[6][7][page needed]

Since 2002, television programming trends in Southeast Asia began to undergo a drastic change as TV series from Taiwan filled the slot originally reserved for Hollywood movies during prime time.[2] Much of Asia still have their eyes focused on Taiwanese bands such as F4, S.H.E and Fahrenheit.[citation needed]

In Japan[edit]

K-pop is one of two popular trends going on over in Japan, the other being Taiwanese pop (sung in Mandarin Chinese). There is a word for this phenomenon in Japanese called 台流 (pronounced Tairyū), which literally means the influx of Taiwanese pop culture in Japan. This trend has been prevalent in Japan for quite some time though, with Taiwanese idol dramas like Meteor Garden, It Started with a Kiss, Hot Shot, and soon Autumn's Concerto making waves[clarification needed] in Japan, while Japanese artists like Gackt making frequent visits to Taiwan for pleasure.[8][irrelevant citation][better source needed]

Today, the Taiwanese male singer Show Lo has been regarded as leading the Taiwanese wave in Japan.[9][better source needed] On 15 February 2012, he made his foray into the Japanese music scene, with the release of his first Japanese single Dante. The single peaked at number 10 on the Oricon chart within the first week of its release. He is the second Taiwanese singer to make it into the Oricon chart in the past 25 years after the veteran singer Teresa Teng, and the first Taiwanese male singer to make it into the top 10 positions on the chart.[10]

In Vietnam[edit]

At the end of 2010, Hoa Học Trò Magazine proclaimed a list of the top 5 C-pop boybands of the 2000s decade, originating from Taiwan. They are: F4, 183 Club, 5566, Fahrenheit (Fei Lun Hai), and Lollipop (Bang Bang Tang).[citation needed]

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  1. ^ Pauli (2 February 2010). "Rainie Yang releases Japanese version of "Youth Bucket" that fans do want". CpopAccess. Retrieved 7 July 2013.
  2. ^ a b Celdran, David. "It's Hip to Be Asian". PHILIPPINE CENTER FOR INVESTIGATIVE JOURNALISM. Archived from the original on 23 December 2013. Retrieved 19 March 2013.
  3. ^ Celdran, David. "It's Hip to Be Asian". PHILIPPINE CENTER FOR INVESTIGATIVE JOURNALISM. Archived from the original on 28 June 2016. Retrieved 19 March 2013.
  4. ^ Kee-yun, Tan. "Welcome back pretty boys". Asiaone. Retrieved 19 March 2013.
  5. ^ Hewitt, Duncan. "Taiwan 'boy band' rocks China". BBC. Retrieved 19 March 2013.
  6. ^ Ying Zhu (2009). TV China. Indiana University Press. p. 100.
  7. ^ Heryanto, Ariel (2008). Popular Culture in Indonesia: Fluid Identities in Post-Authoritarian Politics. Routledge. p. 105.
  8. ^ Pauli (2 February 2010). "Rainie Yang releases Japanese version of "Youth Bucket" that fans do want". CpopAccess. Retrieved 7 July 2013.
  9. ^ "小豬台流驅颱 征日抱人潮-東京首場粉絲會 1500名櫻花妹傘海迎偶像". Yahoo! Taiwan. 29 May 2011. Archived from the original on 15 March 2017. Retrieved 10 July 2013.
  10. ^ "Show Lo makes debut in Japan". xinmsn. 24 February 2012. Archived from the original on 28 February 2012. Retrieved 7 July 2013.