Despite its immense popularity in Chinese communities across the globe, Cantopop has been receiving far less attention than that of Chinese film and other genres of popular culture in the academy. Introducing the origin of Cantopop and its related studies, this chapter underscore the significance of the topic by positioning it in the context of the field of Chinese popular music studies. This chapter positions the book in the wider field of popular music studies, a field that is heavily slanted toward Western popular music. The study of Cantopop has the potential for better projecting Hong Kong’s culture to a wide international audience, which would prove to be very important for Hong Kong Studies.
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