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date: 16 October 2019

Hong Konglocked

  • Ana Ryker,
  • Harrison Ryker
  •  and Joanna C. Lee


Territory on the south-east coast of China. It was a British crown colony from 1842 to 1997, when it reverted to Chinese control. The present special Adminstrative Region comprises Hong Kong Island, Kowloon peninsula and the New Territories on the mainland, and adjacent islands.

Ana Ryker and Harrison Ryker

In the 19th century Hong Kong was a sparsely populated trading outpost, and the Western and Chinese populations were largely segregated. Cantonese Opera had been presented in the countryside from as far back as 1786 (Tanaka, 672). Performances coincided with seasonal and ghost festivals, purification and initiation rites, and deities' birthdays. Narrative singing and ritual music reflected tastes in neighbouring Guangdong province. For Westerners, a City Hall opera house (1869) fostered amateur music-making. In 1912 music was written for the opening of Hong Kong University, and in 1916 the Tsang Fook firm, which is still operating, built its first pianos. The 1920s saw Gilbert and Sullivan performances, visits by Italian opera troupes and occasional recitals by artists such as Segovia for predominantly Western audiences. Band concerts at Hong Kong University proved popular in the 1930s. The first radio station was established in ...

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