14th International Conference of Historical Geographers
23–27 August 2009, Kyoto University, Kyoto, Japan
Section: Digital humanities and historical GIS
Digitalizing Taiwan’s Misora Hibari: The Singing Queen Chi Lu-shiya and the Reconstruction of her Music and Society in 1960s
C. S. Stone SHIH, etc.
Of special interest on the singing history of the 1960’s Singing Queen, Chi Lu-shiya(紀露霞) who was memorized as Taiwan’s Misora Hibari(美空ひばり), the paper uses Geographic Information System associated with snowball-rolling qualitative method to explore her popular-music’s sociological meanings in history. For digitalizing humanities, this paper concludes three findings: (1) Mapping Chi Lu-shiya’s singing history with mobile GIS and interpreting the aggregation of her singing location in Taipei city, finding a racial-divided space in urban; (2) Digitalizing Chi Lu-shiya’s LP(Long Play) music and analyzing their meaning both in space and the relationships to Japan, finding there are strong tie to Japan due to colonial fact and the ‘mixed blood songs’(melody originally from Japan, lyrics from Taiwan) with strong urban context with the influence of Misora Hibari’s enka(えんか) in 1950s; (3) As a Taiwanese singer, Chi Lu-shiya’s performing art that brings all sources of music together and create a new one shows the de-colonial subjectivity with comparing to other main singers, such as Wen Shia(文夏), Cheng Fen-lang(陳芬蘭), at the era.
Keywords: Historical GIS, Chi Lu-shiya, Misora Hibari(美空ひばり)，The Sociology of Music, Taiwan popular music