About the Project

Cheng Kok-kong, Hong Kong's celebrated lyricist, was the Artist-in-Residence 2017/18 of The Hong Kong Polytechnic University. Mr Cheng started his career on lyric writing in the 1970s. He has been writing more than 2,000 Cantopop songs. With the generous donation and immense support from Mr Cheng, the PolyU Library started the digital humanity project of “The Cantopop lyricist: Cheng Kok-kong” in 2018, which aims to collect and preserve the local Cantopop music history.

The content of this project is summarized as follows:
  • 1. Handwritten lyric manuscripts written by Cheng Kok-kong between 1974 and 2016;
  • 2. Oral history interviews recorded at the Library in June 2019;
  • 3. The exhibition materials of Artist-in-Residence of Cheng Kok-kong (2018); and
  • 4. The appreciation of lyrics and his lyrics achievements.


Cheng Kok-kong’s manuscripts are provided by Mr Cheng kok-kong.
The content of the Exhibition of Artist-in-Residence Programme is provided by PolyU Culture Promotion and Events Office.
Culture Promotion and Events Office
Composers and Authors Society of Hong Kong (CASH)
Dr Li Wai Chung


  • 涂小蝶. (2016). 鄭國江 (初版, 香港詞人系列). 香港: 中華書局(香港)有限公司.
  • 何言. (2015). 夜話港樂2 : 有粵語歌, 他們就會和我們同在 : 填詞人 x 天王巨星 x 勁歌金曲 = The taste of Hong Kong pop music 2 (第一版.). 香港: 香港中和出版有限公司.
  • 鄭國江. (2013). 鄭國江詞畫人生 (第一版). 香港: 三聯書店 (香港) 有限公司.
  • 簡嘉明. (2012). 逝去的樂言 : 七十年代以方言入詞的香港粤語流行曲研究 (初版.). 香港: 匯智出版有限公司.
  • 黃志華, 朱耀偉. (2011). 香港歌詞八十談. (初版.) 香港: 匯智出版有限公司.
  • 黃志華, 朱耀偉, 梁偉詩. (2010). 詞家有道 : 香港16詞人訪談錄. (初版.) 香港: 匯智出版有限公司.
  • 馮應謙. (2009). 歌潮・汐韻 : 香港粵語流行曲的發展 (初版, 次文化普及文化叢書). 香港: 次文化有限公司.
  • 香港航海學校舊生會. 編輯組. (2007). 我們在赤航的日子 (初版). 香港: 明文出版社有限公司.


Copyright of images contained in Cheng Kok-kong Digital Humanity Project and Cheng Kok-kong’s Lyric Manuscript Collection remains with Mr. Cheng Kok-kong. Reproduction, adaptation, distribution or dissemination of the images without expressed authorization of the copyright holder is not allowed.