Faculty of Arts in the Media: Professor Stephen Chu: University of Hong Kong professor of local culture hits all the right notes as Canto-pop historian

28 May 2019 (Tuesday)

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University of Hong Kong professor of local culture hits all the right notes as Canto-pop historian

Pop music aficionados of a certain age surely remember the days of flipping through album notes to learn all the words to their favourite songs.
 
It was a real downer when records – especially rare albums – were found at long last only to have the lyric sheet missing.
Enter Stephen Chu Yiu-wai, a University of Hong Kong professor and music lover whose decades-long preservation of Canto-pop lyrics has earned him a nomination for a Spirit of Hong Kong Award.
 
The annual awards, co-organised by the Post and property developer Sino Group, honour the achievements of remarkable people whose work may sometimes go unnoticed.
 
For the 53-year-old Chu, who has written extensively on Hong Kong culture and music, that means learning and recording the lyrics to popular Cantonese songs.
 

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