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Mark Feng

Hsiang-Yu Mark Feng is a Ph.D. student in ethnomusicology. He holds a Master’s degree in musicology from Taipei National University of the Arts, Institute of Musicology. His master thesis, “The Persistence and Adaption of Hakka Mountain Songs: Hakka Blues of Sangoudahousheng,” studies the transformation of traditional music under Taiwan’s postcolonial tendency after the 1990s. Mark also published in Formosan Journal of Music Research in 2019; this paper tackles a methodological paradox in current methods of analyzing Hakka popular music. Mark positions himself as an activist in Taiwan’s politics, and his experience of working in various NGOs inspires his love of ethnomusicology. He is also a music journalist who writes about the performance of indie music. His research interests include music in protest and social movement, phenomenology, the embodiment of race, decolonization, ethnography of digital culture, East Asian ethnomusicology, and music analysis.



 

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