GCHC1057 Chinese Popular Music: Its Cultural and Musical Meanings | General Education at HKBU

Chinese Popular Music: Its Cultural and Musical Meanings

Course Code Offering Department(s) Units & Hours
GCHC1057 MUS (3,3,0)
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What is the course about?

GCHC1057 introduces students to the history, style characteristics, and sociopolitical meanings of Chinese popular music from the Mainland, Taiwan, and Hong Kong, with Cantopop as its focus. Its aims are three-fold: 1/ help students develop the listening skills to differentiate the musical/ style characteristics of different types of Chinese popular music from different eras; 2/ provide students an overview of the trends and developments of Chinese popular music in the context of the PRC, Taiwan, and Hong Kong’s sociopolitical history; 3/ foster students’ critical abilities through examining the various meanings of popular music in the larger context of popular culture and in relationship to issues of identity, gender, politics, and globalization, etc.

What do the students say about this course?

The part I love the most is Cantonese slang songs, such as “扮靚仔” and some songs by Sam Hui. The course instructor plays a video of Sam Hui which talks about how musical creativity flowed with history and how to use songs to reflect what happened at that time in Hong Kong.

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  • You can take a maximum of 6 additional units of GE courses from any categories as electives.