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I'm a pop music writer for the San Jose Mercury News. I cover pop, hip hop, punk, rock, dance, and ethnic - well, basically everything you can dance to.

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  • Wednesday, January 19, 2005

    Chinese music making it mainstream

    I have a story on how the Bay Area is quickly becoming the hub for Chinese music (and many hope Asian music as well). They're moving up from using venues like hotels, casinos and campuses to well-known mainstream clubs and arenas like the HP Pavilion.

    Here's the link again. It includes multiple song clips.

    For this story, I looked into the singers: A-Yue, A-Mei, Priscilla Chan, Jay Chou, MC Hot Dog, Wu Bai, and Twelve Girls Band. These groups are more American than Asian, and are fast becoming something we, second generation immigrants, can proudly pump out of our cars rather than roll up the windows in embarrassment, says George Trivino, Rock Records producer (the no. 1 label in Taiwan, no. 9 indie label in the world).

    This is also the first in a series of cultural arts stories reflecting the Bay Area. So keep checking the page out and email me if you have suggestions.

    Here's one more event on the subject of the story,

    WHO: Mayday, Taiwanese boy band
    WHEN: 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 20
    WHERE: San Jose State Event Center Arena, 209 S. 7th Street, San Jose
    TIX: $40-75;

    Also, there are those concerned with the potential political implications of such concerts (ie. concert promoters from a communist country bringing acts to a non-communist country) - if you have comments, email me at


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