Miaoju Jian

Miaoju Jian is Professor of Communication at National Chung Cheng University, Chia-yi, Taiwan. Her research interests and publications have covered topics from the culture and political economy of reality TV programs to indie-music scenes and DIY culture in Taiwan, China, Hong Kong and East Asia. She writes academic articles both in Chinese and in English with a special focus but not limited to the cultural politics of indie music scene and DIY culture cross-strait between Taiwan and China. Miaoju is a member of the Inter-Asia Popular Music Studies group (IAPMS), she also co-edited with Eva Tsai and Tung-hung Ho for the Routledge Global Popular Music Series book, ‘Made in Taiwan: Studies in Popular Music’ (2020).


Research interests

Popular music, indie music scenes, subculture career, indie music and DIY culture in East Asia, live venue/ live house, popular music policy, music festivals, fanzines and zines, small and medium-sized cultural enterprises, cultural workers, music streaming platforms and audiences.



Jian, M. (2021). Wake up! Taiwan punk fanzine and the cultural politics of zines. Journal of Taipei Fine Arts Museum, 42:154-196. (in Chinese)

Jian, M. (2020). How Taiwanese Indie Music Embraces the World: Global Mandopop, East Asian DIY Networks, and the Translocal Entrepreneurial Promoters. In E. Tsai; T.H. Ho & M. Jian (eds.). Made in Taiwan: Studies in Popular Music (pp. 213-228). NY & London: Routledge.

Jian, M.;  Ho, T.H. & Tsai, E. (2020). Orbiting and Down- to- Earth: A Conversation with Lim Giong about His Music, Art, and Mind. In E. Tsai; T.H. Ho & M. Jian (eds.). Made in Taiwan: Studies in Popular Music (pp. 229-248). NY & London: Routledge.

Jian, M. (2018). The survival struggle and resistant politics of a DIY music career in East Asia: Case studies of China and Taiwan. Cultural Sociology, 12(2): 224-240.

Jian, M. (2017). The legendary live venues and the changing music scenes in Taipei and Beijing: Underworld and D22. In K. Iwabuchi, C. Berry & E. Tsai (eds.). Routledge Handbook for East Asian Pop Culture (pp.124-134). London: Routledge.

Jian, M. (2015). The consented free labor: Game, obedience, and amateurs’ pop star dream in Taiwan talent search shows. Journal of Communication Research and Practice, 5(1):1-31. (in Chinese)

Jian, M. (2013). The power of DIY production: Indie music in Taiwan. Reflexion, 24:101-121. (in Chinese)

Jian, M. (2013). Negotiating Paternalism and the Enterprising Self in Taiwanese Talent Shows. Media International Australia, 147:122-147.

Jian, M. & Zheng, G. (2012). Music as the Civil Rights to Culture: A Historical Review and Critique of Taiwan’s Popular Music Policies. In C. Liu (ed.). Deficiencies in the Abundances: The Reflections and Reconstructions of Communication Policies in Taiwan. Taipei: Chuliu. (In Chinese)

Jian, M. & Liu, C.(2009). ‘Democratic Entertainment’ Commodity and Unpaid Labor of Reality TV: A Preliminary Analysis of China’s Supergirl. Inter-Asia Cultural Studies, 10(4):524-543.