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                                                                                                                          about music creation.”                             “                   member    of   the   Hong   Kong
                                                                                                                             Lam  believes  that  creating  songs                                Professional Teachers’ Union, has
                                                                                               “                          about current issues can arouse public   Government pun-               devoted to music production for more
                                                                                                                                                                                                 than 20 years. He wrote a Cantonese
                                                                                                                          awareness. “Some people may not care
                                                                                  I used the phrase                       about politics. Some may find news  ishes the good and                 song  《疫瘋》with his friends
                                                                                                                          boring. Music can repackage news by
                                                                                 “black cops” many                        adding different styles to it such as a  rewards the evil. Its         about how ordinary citizens resist the
                                                                                                                                                                                                 government. The team published the
                                                                                times in most of my                       sense of humour,” he says.          action is the reason               music video on YouTube in May.
                                                                                                                             Law predicts a decline in audience
                                                                                                                                                                                                    Fong describes his team as a group
                                                                               songs. I may soon be                       as people may tend to discuss political   why creators lose            of people who care about Hong Kong.
                                                                                                                          issues less openly under the law. “I’ve
                                                                                                                                                                                                 “We want to entertain ourselves and
                                                                                         arrested.                        never thought the situation would     the motivation to                voice out our thoughts and resonate
                                                                                                                          become like this,” Lam says. “In the
                                                                                                                                                                                                 with people through music,” he says.
                                                                                                                          past, I thought this only happens in    produce work.                  “Music can help everyone express
                                                                                                                          China. Now, Hong Kong is the same,”                                    their thoughts. It is not just an idea. It
                                                                                               ”                          Lam says.                                                              can be watched, listened to and shared

                                                                                                                             Survive under a Vague Law                       ”                   with others. As a creator, this is the
                                                                                                                                                                                                 greatest joy.”
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                                          orms his o
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                        y Lam creates and perf
                   Sunny Lam creates and performs his own political music.                                                   Another music producer Fong
                              (Photo courtesy of Sunny Lam)
                              ( Photo c ou rtesy o f Sunn y Lam)                                                                                                                                     Yet, he loses motivation to produce
                                                                                                                          King-lok also shares Lam’s feelings.                                   music after the law was introduced
          Contagious F ear ov er the Law    up (producing political songs) in Au-  have been repeatedly  denied  and      “I do not expect the law to come so                                    in  June.  “Frankly  speaking,  the  law
          Contagious Fear over the Law
        “    will avoid using terms like “Free   gust,” he says. “With the introduction  denounced by police and government   soon,”  Fong  says.  “(Despite  the  law,)                         makes me feel discouraged. I lose
             Hong Kong, revolution now” or   of the law, the government may say I  officials.                             we will continue to create music and                                   the will to express my opinion,” he
         I eplace the phrase with other     am  spreading  rumours  through  my   Lam says some netizens he has           sing our minds.”                                                       says. Fong thinks the lack of room
        terms when I write songs,” says Sunny   songs about the 831 incident.”   worked with share his fear. “Some           Fong, an executive committee                                        for tolerance and respect for different
                                                                                                                                                                        Fong King-lok
        Lam, a local political singer who has   On August 31, 2019, police  netizens wrote lyrics for some of my                                                        F o ng King - l ok
        been creating music videos about    entered Prince Edward MTR station  songs about Hong Kong. They told
        political issues since 2014. With more   to arrest people after receiving reports  me they would stop doing it because
        than seventy thousand subscribers on   that protesters assaulted members  of the law,” he says.
        his YouTube channel, Lam expresses   of the public and damaged station    People around Lam, especially his
        fear over the national security law   properties. Video footage showed  parents, advise him to stop his pro-
        which came into effect on June 30.  police pepper-spraying protesters  duction to avoid violation of the law.
           He is concerned about the ambi-  inside a train carriage and ordering  “I used the phrase “black cops” many
        guity in the law. “The government in-  them  to  kneel  against  a wall  with  times in most of my songs. I may soon
        terprets everything,” Lam says. “Once   their hands on their heads before  be arrested,” Lam says.
        the  government  says  you  violate  the   making arrests. Commuters protected   Despite his fear of being arrested,
        law, then you are.”                 themselves with umbrellas, but  Lam says he will keep producing new
           Having published two songs about   some were still seen bleeding from  songs and post them on his YouTube
        the Prince Edward 831 incident on   head injuries. The event generates  channel. “I am scared, but I won’t stop
        his channel, Lam worries about be-  unsubstantiated claims of deaths that  doing it,” he says. “I am still passionate
        ing arrested. “I thought about giving


                           In the past, I thought this only happens in

                               China. Now, Hong Kong is the same.

                                                                                                                                    Scene in the mu sic video produced by F o ng King - l ok. ( Photo c ou rtesy o f F o ng King - l ok)
                                                                                                                                    Scene in the music video produced by Fong King-lok. (Photo courtesy of Fong King-lok)
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