Descendants of the Dragon, Sing!

in Cosmopatriots

Abstract

This essay draws on the author’s experience as a cultural consumer and cultural producer in the field of popular music in Hong Kong. Inspired by the author’s earlier exposure to minzu gequ, the essay explores the complex relations between such nationalistic pop songs and the performances of identity, particularly in the context of the political hand-over of Hong Kong to Beijing. The author continues to reflect on his own entanglement with constructions of Chineseness when he, as a professional lyric writer, was asked to reproduce on similar nationalistic themes.