RGC Public Lectures - Hong Kong Success Stories – Cantopop and Fashion

Date:    29 October 2023 (Sunday)
Time:    10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Venue:  Lecture Theatre, G/F, Hong Kong Central Library

Topic 1: Sing Good Stories of Hong Kong: Cantopop in the 1980s
       as an Example
Topic 2: Fashion 2047 – From Sham Shui Po to the World

Conducted in Cantonese.
Free admission. First come, first served.


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Members of the public can also watch a live broadcast of the lecture through the YouTube Channel of the Hong Kong Public Libraries (https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCJUipdvSACZjO1ldoO3YQBA).

Brief Introduction

Topic 1:    Sing Good Stories of Hong Kong: Cantopop in the 1980s as an Example
Speaker:  Prof. CHU Yiu-wai, Stephen
        (Professor, School of Chinese, The University of Hong Kong)

According to the Chief Executive’s 2022 Policy Address, it is pertinent to “tell the good stories of Hong Kong.” Hong Kong popular culture was once the trend-setter of Chinese popular culture across the world. This lecture uses Cantopop in the 1980s as an example to show how the superstars used their songs to bring Hong Kong’s shine to all over Asia, and even the world.

Topic 2:    Fashion 2047 – From Sham Shui Po to the World
Specker:   Prof. HO Tat-kei, Alfred
         (Professor and Head of Department of Public and International Affairs, City University of Hong Kong)

Sham Shui Po District in Hong Kong had a long history in fashion and textile industries. While the industry is currently not as thriving locally as it was in the 1970s and 1980s, it may have a new future with some new technological development, the emphasis on sustainability and the circular economy by China and other parts of the world, and the new talents and leadership of the sector in Hong Kong. The talk examines Hong Kong’s industrial past, proposes a new possible future for the fashion and textile industries, and recommends what the profession and Hong Kong should do more to welcome this opportunity.