Based on the Cross-strait Exchanges, The Yangqin Development and Gradual Change of Taiwanese Gezai Opera (Xiang Opera) in Fujian and Taiwan

Chin-niang Chan


Gezi Opera is the only kind of opera that uses Yangqin as the accompaniment instrument in the social and cultural inheritance and reproduction of immigrants from Fujian and Taiwan. In terms of cultural communication, Gezi Opera and Xiang opera Yangqin are regarded as sister flowers. Although they come down in one continuous line and share the same root, with the confrontation between the two sides in 1949 and the transfer of regional time and space, they interrupted each other's exchanges and took their own development in the historical context and social structure. From the perspective of culture and civilization, this paper examines the shape variation of Yangqin as an accompaniment instrument of Gezi Opera after the reform and opening up on both sides of the Strait in 1987. Thus, when tradition meets modernity, even if there is a century of culture, it is hard to escape the bad luck of abandoning it like shoes.

Keywords: traditional dulcimer; Taiwanese opera; Xiang opera; twelvetone equal temperament

DOI: 10.7176/RHSS/11-22-02

Publication date: November 30th 2021

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