Metal Politics: From Stage to Congress

Presented by ANU College of Asia & the Pacific

Freddy once said, "politics and music seem very different, however, they have many similarities." Since his successful election as legislator, Freddy’s band, Chthonic, have performed far less frequently than before. Now five years since their last album, Chthonic is set to release their new album later this year. In this talk, Freddy will share how his experiences over these five years have influenced this latest work. He will discuss why, despite being just an artist, he founded the New Power Party, now the third largest political party in Taiwan. He will address his vision and mission for the future of the relationship between China and Taiwan, and discuss how the national identity of Taiwan's younger generation should be understood.

Freddy Tshiong-tso Lim 林昶佐 is the lead vocalist of Taiwanese metal band Chthonic, human rights activist, and legislator representing Zhongzhen and Wanhua districts in Taipei. He is currently a member of the Parliamentary Committee on National Defence and Foreign Affairs. Freddy served four years as chair of Amnesty International Taiwan, is an outspoken environmentalist and advocate of transitional justice. He is a recipient of Taiwan’s Presidential Cultural Award, Best International Artist at the Tibet Music Awards, as well as numerous international rock and metal awards.

The conference is generously supported by Ministry of Education, Republic of China (Taiwan).