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Hong Kong CantopopA Concise History$
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Yiu-Wai Chu

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9789888390571

Published to Hong Kong Scholarship Online: September 2017

DOI: 10.5790/hongkong/9789888390571.001.0001

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Cantopop in the Age of China

(p.184) 7 Epilogue
Hong Kong Cantopop

Yiu-Wai Chu

Hong Kong University Press

In the new millennium, Cantopop has been overtaken by Mandapop as the trendsetter of pan-Chinese popular culture. The rise of a global Chinese music industry and media and the subsequent loss of the hybridity of Cantopop is the major reason behind its decline. Cantopop, some say, have been replaced by ‘local’ pop – including Mandapop, Japanese, Korean and English pop songs. While there would be possible hybridity of these genres, the survival of a more diversified Cantopop can contribute to the development of Hong Kong and the Chinese music industry. This chapter discusses the possibility of a “new” Cantopop in this context.

Keywords:   Chineseness, Soft power, Vicious circle, Creative industries, Cultural policy

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