A superstar of Mandopop, A-Mei has become the face and voice of indigenous representation, LGBTQ rights, and gender equality

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Pop sensation A-Mei’s career in music began in her early 20s when she won a singing competition, but she shot to stardom after being discovered at a pub by Chang Hsiao-yen, who signed her on to her record label.

A-Mei’s debut album, Sisters, quickly topped the charts, and a few best-selling albums and sold-out Asian concert tours later, A-Mei was invited to sing the national anthem at the inauguration of President Chen Shui-Bian in 2000. The incident angered the Chinese government and got her banned from the mainland—but not for long. Over the next several years A-Mei reinvented herself, developing a more edgy, experimental sound along with an image that centered her indigenous Puyuma heritage, and in 2009 released Amit, titled after her Puyuma name, Kulilay Amit. She also made boldly feminist songs and provocative videos that challenged the patriarchal order. In 2016, A-Mei led a huge benefit concert joined by several high-profile stars in support of legalizing same-sex marriage.

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In June 2021, A-Mei was featured on a giant LED billboard in Times Square, New York City, for Spotify’s EQUAL campaign highlighting female artists from all over the world.    
 

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