Taiwanese pop star becomes Chinese sensation
Politics are set aside as Taiwanese pop singer A-
Mei performs in Beijing for an audience of 40,000
August 10, 1999
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BEIJING -- Although official relations between China and Taiwan have chilled in recent months, a Taiwanese pop star is
helping overcome decades of distrust and suspicion with
Musician Zhang A-mei has become an overnight sensation in
China, drawing a sellout crowd of 40,000 to Beijing's Workers
Stadium as she kicked off a nationwide tour of the mainland.
The wild, gyrating performance provided an unusual sight in
the usually staid Chinese capital, but it was typical for the
Taiwanese singer, who has been filling concert halls
throughout the region.
Fans filled Beijing's Workers Stadium when A-Mei
gave the first performance of her tour across China
Since A-mei's first performance as a relative unknown in
Beijing two years ago, she has seen a meteoric rise to
stardom. In 1998, tickets for concerts in Hong Kong sold out
in three hours, and performances in Singapore sold out within
Her pan-Asian band, comprising members from Singapore, Hong
Kong, Malaysia and Australia, must now be shipped in 16 huge
containers from venue to venue.
Her Chinese fans are giving her a raucous, warm welcome.
"I feel really worked up," said one fan. "It was a wild
A-mei performs next in Shanghai on Friday, followed by
concerts later this month in the southern Chinese cities of
Guangzhou and Kunming.
Reuters contributed to this report.
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