Before and after the Fall: Mapping Hong Kong Cantopop in the Global Era

Stephen Yiu-wai Chu

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Cantonese popular songs (Cantopop) were once very popular not only in Hong Kong but also in the regions that neighbor Hong Kong. In recent years, however, it is generally agreed that Cantopop is fading away and being taken over by Mandarin popular songs. In this paper it is argued that the decline of Cantopop can be attributed not only to piracy and the downturn in the economy, but also to its loss of hybridity and the transformation of the Chinese music industry in the global era. Examining the developments in Cantopop throughout its history, this essay endeavors to map Cantopop on the new mediascape in the context of globalization.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationHong Kong
PublisherDavid C Lam Institute for East-West Studies, Hong Kong Baptist University
Publication statusPublished - May 2007
Externally publishedYes

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NameLEWI Working Paper Series


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