Vivienne Chow

Vivienne is a journalist and critic specialising in the arts, culture and cultural affairs. She was named one of the world’s best young journalists and critics while representing Hong Kong at the 2004 inaugural Berlinale Talent Press at the Berlin International Film Festival, and in 2015 was awarded the IJP Fellowship for mid-career journalism training and conducting research on cultural policy. Vivienne was a staff reporter with the South China Morning Post for 15 years, and remains a contributor after founding her own non-profit educational initiative, the Cultural Journalism Campus. Follow her on Twitter @VivienneChow and read her blog, Culture Shock, at www.viviennechow.com
Vivienne Chow
Vivienne is a journalist and critic specialising in the arts, culture and cultural affairs. She was named one of the world’s best young journalists and critics while representing Hong Kong at the 2004 inaugural Berlinale Talent Press at the Berlin International Film Festival, and in 2015 was awarded the IJP Fellowship for mid-career journalism training and conducting research on cultural policy. Vivienne was a staff reporter with the South China Morning Post for 15 years, and remains a contributor after founding her own non-profit educational initiative, the Cultural Journalism Campus. Follow her on Twitter @VivienneChow and read her blog, Culture Shock, at www.viviennechow.com

Latest from Vivienne Chow

From Alan Tam to Sandy Lam, 10 of Canto-pop’s original stars: where are they today?

Alan Tam, Sandy Lam, Sam Hui – these performers from the genre’s beginning left an indelible mark, with some still pulling in the crowds. We take a look back at their stellar careers and where they’ve been seen recently.

19 Aug 2019 - 3:34PM

Alan Tam, Sandy Lam, Sam Hui – these performers from the genre’s beginning left an indelible mark, with some still pulling in the crowds. We take a look back at their stellar careers and where they’ve been seen recently.

From Alan Tam to Sandy Lam, 10 of Canto-pop’s original stars: where are they today?
Chinese boy band star’s parents’ bubble tea shop shut after three days – it went viral, and staff, equipment couldn’t cope

The family of Chinese boy band TFBoys’ singer Karry Wang opened a tea shop, Chaforu, in Chongqing trading on his fame. It was so successful staff were overwhelmed and machines broke down, and it shut after three days, before reopening.

23 Jul 2019 - 6:55PM

The family of Chinese boy band TFBoys’ singer Karry Wang opened a tea shop, Chaforu, in Chongqing trading on his fame. It was so successful staff were overwhelmed and machines broke down, and it shut after three days, before reopening.

Chinese boy band star’s parents’ bubble tea shop shut after three days – it went viral, and staff, equipment couldn’t cope
Jackson Yee is China’s most valuable pop star – can he achieve crossover international success?

With more than 70 million followers on Weibo, Jackson Yee is one of C-pop’s biggest stars and considered ideal to crack the Western market. But do C-pop stars have the musical ability to compete with Western stars?

26 May 2019 - 7:20PM

With more than 70 million followers on Weibo, Jackson Yee is one of C-pop’s biggest stars and considered ideal to crack the Western market. But do C-pop stars have the musical ability to compete with Western stars?

Jackson Yee is China’s most valuable pop star – can he achieve crossover international success?
Opinion | Chinese blockbuster The Wandering Earth may break new ground worldwide, but may not go far in Hong Kong

While mainstream films produced on the mainland have long been cold-shouldered in Hong Kong, recent political tensions, such as over the national anthem law, have exacerbated antipathetic feelings.

28 Feb 2019 - 11:48PM

While mainstream films produced on the mainland have long been cold-shouldered in Hong Kong, recent political tensions, such as over the national anthem law, have exacerbated antipathetic feelings.

Chinese blockbuster The Wandering Earth may break new ground worldwide, but may not go far in Hong Kong
Eight classic Chinese New Year songs to get you in the mood and capture the holiday spirit

From Andy Lau to the Twins, from Sam Hui to Adam Cheng and Liza Wang Ming-chun, here are some traditional new year songs. Common themes are luck and prosperity, and karma and mahjong.

4 Feb 2019 - 3:00PM

From Andy Lau to the Twins, from Sam Hui to Adam Cheng and Liza Wang Ming-chun, here are some traditional new year songs. Common themes are luck and prosperity, and karma and mahjong.

Eight classic Chinese New Year songs to get you in the mood and capture the holiday spirit
Opinion | Why hypocritical Jackie Chan’s empty confessions deserve no sympathy

Yes, the actor had a painful childhood, but why has he visited on his own daughter the abandonment and trauma he experienced then? Worst of all in Hongkongers’ eyes is his rejection of the city’s core values.

8 Dec 2018 - 12:53PM

Yes, the actor had a painful childhood, but why has he visited on his own daughter the abandonment and trauma he experienced then? Worst of all in Hongkongers’ eyes is his rejection of the city’s core values.

Why hypocritical Jackie Chan’s empty confessions deserve no sympathy
Blood, sweat and tears: behind the scenes of Chinese acrobatic extravaganza

Gravity-defying show by Xinjiang Production and Construction Corps Acrobatic Troupe brings Chinese heroic folklore to life in Hong Kong

30 Nov 2018 - 12:02PM

Gravity-defying show by Xinjiang Production and Construction Corps Acrobatic Troupe brings Chinese heroic folklore to life in Hong Kong

Blood, sweat and tears: behind the scenes of Chinese acrobatic extravaganza
5 steps to ensure you enjoy dancing – even if you don’t know how

Event adviser Andy Wong says all Hongkongers should cast aside their inhibitions at Dance Day in December

19 Nov 2018 - 8:50PM

Event adviser Andy Wong says all Hongkongers should cast aside their inhibitions at Dance Day in December

5 steps to ensure you enjoy dancing – even if you don’t know how
Dispelling 5 common misconceptions about Cantonese opera

Art form transcends cultures and generations, and is alive and well in Hong Kong

8 Nov 2018 - 7:30PM

Art form transcends cultures and generations, and is alive and well in Hong Kong

Dispelling 5 common misconceptions about Cantonese opera
Chinese lion dance reinvented: can it end Hong Kong’s ‘identity crisis’?

Choreographer Daniel Yeung hopes to use contemporary dance to cultivate national heritage and end city’s post-colonisation struggles

28 Sep 2018 - 8:24PM

Choreographer Daniel Yeung hopes to use contemporary dance to cultivate national heritage and end city’s post-colonisation struggles

Chinese lion dance reinvented: can it end Hong Kong’s ‘identity crisis’?
Opinion | Is Hong Kong a multicultural city? Not in its films and television

The city’s rich heritage in film and television does not reflect Hong Kong’s diversity of people and influences. Now, it even lags behind mainland China and Taiwan in its openness to foreign talent.

28 Sep 2018 - 5:49PM

The city’s rich heritage in film and television does not reflect Hong Kong’s diversity of people and influences. Now, it even lags behind mainland China and Taiwan in its openness to foreign talent.

Is Hong Kong a multicultural city? Not in its films and television
Pop star Ellen Joyce Loo was trailblazer for Hong Kong’s LGBT community and broke down stigma around mental illness

On Sunday, the Hong Kong pop star died from a suspected suicide. Reporter Vivienne Chow looks back on her last meeting with the singer, where she appeared to have come to terms with her sexuality and bipolar disorder

8 Aug 2018 - 8:21PM

On Sunday, the Hong Kong pop star died from a suspected suicide. Reporter Vivienne Chow looks back on her last meeting with the singer, where she appeared to have come to terms with her sexuality and bipolar disorder

Pop star Ellen Joyce Loo was trailblazer for Hong Kong’s LGBT community and broke down stigma around mental illness
Asura flops, but shines a light on China’s increasingly sophisticated film audience

The devastating failure of the Chinese film industry’s most expensive production ever shows that filmmakers now need original storytelling to woo a domestic audience of growing discernment – and that’s good news for the industry.

23 Jul 2018 - 1:25PM

The devastating failure of the Chinese film industry’s most expensive production ever shows that filmmakers now need original storytelling to woo a domestic audience of growing discernment – and that’s good news for the industry.

Asura flops, but shines a light on China’s increasingly sophisticated film audience
Is China’s rise driving an Asian art renaissance in Europe?

Western institutions are showing an increasing interest in art to their East at a time when Beijing’s political and economic influence is growing.

23 Jul 2018 - 3:02PM

Western institutions are showing an increasing interest in art to their East at a time when Beijing’s political and economic influence is growing.

Is China’s rise driving an Asian art renaissance in Europe?
The story of Beyond: 25 years since Hong Kong’s biggest rock band lost its frontman

Rock star Wong Ka-kui was recording a Japanese TV show when he fell off a stage and sustained massive head injuries. His death six days later was the beginning of the end for Beyond, the Hong Kong band that have never been matched since

25 Jun 2018 - 9:27AM

Rock star Wong Ka-kui was recording a Japanese TV show when he fell off a stage and sustained massive head injuries. His death six days later was the beginning of the end for Beyond, the Hong Kong band that have never been matched since

The story of Beyond: 25 years since Hong Kong’s biggest rock band lost its frontman
What Chinese Opera fans in Hong Kong can look forward to during two-month festival

Hong Kong has long been a Chinese opera hub, but the Pingdiao and Puxian variants have unique stunts, and Xiqin shares the same origin as the local Cantonese style

12 Jun 2018 - 10:52AM

Hong Kong has long been a Chinese opera hub, but the Pingdiao and Puxian variants have unique stunts, and Xiqin shares the same origin as the local Cantonese style

What Chinese Opera fans in Hong Kong can look forward to during two-month festival
Hong Kong rappers LMF working hard to promote their lazy ideal with Asian tour before their 20th anniversary

The group’s songs rage against social injustice and the music industry. They are often named as influences by China’s top rappers, despite having only played there once and their material being considered too controversial for authorities

22 Apr 2018 - 1:38PM

The group’s songs rage against social injustice and the music industry. They are often named as influences by China’s top rappers, despite having only played there once and their material being considered too controversial for authorities

Hong Kong rappers LMF working hard to promote their lazy ideal with Asian tour before their 20th anniversary
Bands on the run: musicians urged to look outside Hong Kong for a bigger audience

A shrinking local market, unstable venues and a lack of artistic curiosity blamed for limited traction for city’s groups

24 Mar 2018 - 4:25PM

A shrinking local market, unstable venues and a lack of artistic curiosity blamed for limited traction for city’s groups

Bands on the run: musicians urged to look outside Hong Kong for a bigger audience
Hong Kong rocker Josie Ho celebrates 10th anniversary with the Uni Boys with two concerts

After a shaky start in Canto-pop, Ho turned to rock music and 10 years on her band Josie Ho & the Uni Boys are staging two concerts that she says are a psychedelic musical journey and celebration of life

19 Mar 2018 - 9:16PM

After a shaky start in Canto-pop, Ho turned to rock music and 10 years on her band Josie Ho & the Uni Boys are staging two concerts that she says are a psychedelic musical journey and celebration of life

Hong Kong rocker Josie Ho celebrates 10th anniversary with the Uni Boys with two concerts
Changing Hong Kong people’s traditions won’t make them love China

A move to change the marching style of uniformed youth groups is just the latest heavy-handed attempt by Beijing and local authorities to instil love for China. It won’t work.

13 Feb 2018 - 7:11PM

A move to change the marching style of uniformed youth groups is just the latest heavy-handed attempt by Beijing and local authorities to instil love for China. It won’t work.

Changing Hong Kong people’s traditions won’t make them love China
The rise and fall of Canto-pop and, with it, Hong Kong’s cultural identity
Hong Kong Canto-pop duo at17 talk about finding fame as teens, breaking up and why they’re getting back on stage together

Eman Lam and Ellen Loo found fame in the early 2000s, but split after almost a decade in the spotlight. Now the musicians, who have been focusing on solo careers, are back together again, older, wiser and on a creative high

20 Jul 2018 - 2:55PM

Eman Lam and Ellen Loo found fame in the early 2000s, but split after almost a decade in the spotlight. Now the musicians, who have been focusing on solo careers, are back together again, older, wiser and on a creative high

Hong Kong Canto-pop duo at17 talk about finding fame as teens, breaking up and why they’re getting back on stage together
The Legendary Swordsman: Guangzhou Acrobatic Arts Theater offers experimental adaptation of Louis Cha’s classic wuxia novel
Celebrate Hong Kong’s cultural heritage at Cantonese Opera Day 2017
Hong Kong rapper Fotan Laiki redefines success online as she uses music to ‘hold up mirror’ to the rigid society

She’s 22, didn’t go to university, and doesn’t have a full-time job, but the rising trap star embodies the anger of many young Hongkongers through her bold raps and raw music videos

20 Jul 2018 - 2:55PM

She’s 22, didn’t go to university, and doesn’t have a full-time job, but the rising trap star embodies the anger of many young Hongkongers through her bold raps and raw music videos

Hong Kong rapper Fotan Laiki redefines success online as she uses music to ‘hold up mirror’ to the rigid society
Singer-songwriter Chet Lam’s new album a homage to late Canto-pop star Danny Chan

Lam used a 12-piece orchestra and a New York producer to bring out the romance of 1980s star Chan’s music. He talks about the power of the song and how he will perform Chan’s classics at two shows at Kitec

20 Jul 2018 - 2:55PM

Lam used a 12-piece orchestra and a New York producer to bring out the romance of 1980s star Chan’s music. He talks about the power of the song and how he will perform Chan’s classics at two shows at Kitec

Singer-songwriter Chet Lam’s new album a homage to late Canto-pop star Danny Chan
How a new generation of Chinese art collectors are taking on the world
Hong Kong singer Janice Vidal on new Canto-pop album, SoHo art show and finally being able to express herself

The last decade has seen her creativity smothered, weight criticised and her sister Jill arrested on drug charges, but with new label Warner Music, Vidal is now getting the chance to tell the stories she wants to tell

20 Jul 2018 - 2:55PM

The last decade has seen her creativity smothered, weight criticised and her sister Jill arrested on drug charges, but with new label Warner Music, Vidal is now getting the chance to tell the stories she wants to tell

Hong Kong singer Janice Vidal on new Canto-pop album, SoHo art show and finally being able to express herself
Ahead of Hong Kong shows, G.E.M. on how Chinese pop is finding its voice and heartbreak over Linkin Park singer’s death

Currently on her Queen of Hearts World Tour, G.E.M., known as ‘China’s Taylor Swift’, says she hopes her music inspires fans as they experience life’s ups and downs, ahead of September Hong Kong shows

7 Aug 2017 - 5:43PM

Currently on her Queen of Hearts World Tour, G.E.M., known as ‘China’s Taylor Swift’, says she hopes her music inspires fans as they experience life’s ups and downs, ahead of September Hong Kong shows

Ahead of Hong Kong shows, G.E.M. on how Chinese pop is finding its voice and heartbreak over Linkin Park singer’s death
Chinese opera practitioners seek new converts with festival offerings in Hong Kong