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The Flower Princess and the Imaginations of Hong Kong Chan, Kwok Kou Leonard


The list of Cantonese operas includes thousands of titles. But only a handful of them stand the test of time. Amongst these gems, Tang Disheng’s The Flower Princess (Di nü hua 帝女花) is a particularly successful one. The playwright created a world where politics and ethics, patriotism and romantic love, intertwine. The work is far more than entertainment, with its cultural influence growing rather than waning over time. Adaptions of the opera in different art forms have been produced and reproduced frequently, contributing to the various cultural-political imaginations of Hong Kong.

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