TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Chien Shang-jen (簡上仁), songwriter and adjunct professor a the Taipei National University of the Arts, was a guest on the latest episode of the I-Fun Learning website's "Celebrity Interviews."
Produced by the National Academy for Educational Research (NAER), I-Fun Learning provides resources for teachers and students. During the interview, Chien talked about his affection for Taiwanese songs as well as the inspirations for songs he has created.
“My mother read many nursery rhymes and told many folk stories to me when I was small. Growing up in the countryside gave me exposure to Taiwanese operas, glove puppetry, shadow shows, and folk art groups,” Chien said.
“Under such an environment, elements of folklore began to take hold and plant seeds of music in my mind," he said. He went on to talk about the background of several of his own Taiwanese songs.
“Folk songs in the native language are our musical roots from which beautiful flowers of music with Taiwanese characteristics can bloom,” Chien said. He then urged children to sing songs in the Taiwanese tongue.
Chien Shang-jen (National Academy for Educational Research photo)