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Wong Jim, James Wong Jim M.Phil., D.S.Sc. (Traditional Chinese: 黃霑; Cantonese Yale: Wong Jim) (February 21, 1940 – November 24, 2004) , whose real name was Wong Jum-sum (Traditional Chinese: 黃湛森; Cantonese Yale: Wong4 Jaam3 Sam1), an alumnus of La Salle College, was best known as a master of Cantopop lyrics in Hong Kong, but was also well known as a talented columnist, composer, actor, movie director, scriptwriter, talk show hosts and various other creative positions in the field of entertainment and mass media in Hong Kong.

Wong died of lung cancer after a four-year battle at the age of 64 in November 24 of 2004 at 00:46.

Wong was born in Panyu, in what now is part of Guangzhou, China and migrated to Hong Kong with his family in 1949. He completed his secondary education at La Salle College. In 1963, he graduated from Chinese Department, Faculty of Arts of the University of Hong Kong. Wong obtained the degree of Master of Philosophy from the University of Hong Kong in 1983 for his study in Cantonese opera. In May 2003, in the midst of his fight with lung cancer, he completed his doctorate study at the Department of Social Science, University of Hong Kong. The title of his thesis was “Hong Kong Popular Music (1949-1997)”.

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Exhibition of Dr James Wong’s works during Hong Kong University CAS Openday in October, 2005

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