Sam Chan quit her job at university so that she can a devoted Cantonese opera singer. She's about to get on the stage at Yau Ma theatre. Photo: Abdela Igmirien

Lure of the greasepaint: why academic chose life in spotlight as a Cantonese opera star

  • Sam Chan Chak-lui knew what she wanted to do as a career when she was still a child and so began making plans to achieve it when she was only 10.
  • Later she turned her back on her job as a university lecturer for a life on the stage – as a Cantonese opera artist, specialising in playing male protagonists.
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Sam Chan quit her job at university so that she can a devoted Cantonese opera singer. She's about to get on the stage at Yau Ma theatre. Photo: Abdela Igmirien
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Viola Gaskell

Viola Gaskell

Viola Gaskell is a Hong Kong-based multimedia journalist from Hawaii. Her new home inspires her to write and photograph her vibrant surrounding, at times hazy contradictions of the city. Her work has been published on Al Jazeera, Hong Kong Free Press, Zolima City Magazine, Rice Media Co (Singapore) and more. She thinks photojournalism is the perfect means to ending up in rooms you were never meant to be in — a backdoor to what is off the beaten path and hidden in plain sight.