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杏林遍地

Message from the Creators

 

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Chiu Tsang Hei & Roger Chung, Co-Producers

A truly interdisciplinary and inter-sectoral collaboration

《杏林遍地》is the most unique kind of collaboration, one that brings together for a common cause an alumnus (myself), current medical students (the singers and the talented lyricist-author Bart Wong), a parent of a student (Cantopop maestro Chiu Tsang Hei), as well as faculty members from different departments (Harry Wu, medical historian who is a semi-professional singer-songwriter from Taiwan, and Chi Chung Wong, Assistant Director of General Education Unit who has inspired generations of music lovers in Hong Kong) … not to mention many other musicians and personnel, without whom the song would not be possible.

 

A pop manifesto

On your first listen, you may find that this sounds just like a pop song, one that utilises the good old verse-verse-chorus structure like many theme songs. Think about Band Aid's "Do They Know It's Christmas" in response to Ethiopian famine and Michael Jackson's "We Are the World" as part of the international aid effort for Africa. In fact, underneath that pop-tinged melody, it is also a manifesto of the values that the medical and health profession upholds – that we should be humbly treating the patients all through their circle of life. It serves as a reminder of the initial dream and mission to be the "forest of the apricot trees" (a Chinese honorific for good doctors) for those in need.             

      

When music meets health

On a personal level, this project has allowed two of my greatest passions in life – health and music – to finally marry each other in the same piece of work. In fact, I started composing and producing professional music in 2006, the same year that I started my PhD study on the impact of socioeconomic development on population health under the supervision of Professor Gabriel Leung at the School of Public Health, HKU. I would work on my music as a hobby, at night time and during weekends, when I needed a break from cranking numbers out of the numerous epidemiological models and trying to make sense of the parameter estimates, the confidence intervals and the p-values. Still, after all these years, I never had a chance to pursue these two different passions of my life in a single project, and I’d like to take this opportunity to thank Professor Leung for realizing this dream of mine. 

 

A sweet melody of life

As I am embarking on the next stage of my life journey, the seminal years I spent at the Medical Faculty learning the virtues of caring for the society and the needy will always ring as the sweetest melody of my life. I sincerely wish you can all join us in serenading this melody in pursuit of a healthier and better future for our society. 

 

Dr Roger Chung

PhD 2011, School of Public Health, HKU

Assistant Professor, School of Public Health and Primary Care,

The Chinese University of Hong Kong

 

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Bart Wong, Co-Lyricist (MBBS Yr 6)

學醫之路,工作量絕對不輕。每天把海量的知識往腦中傾倒,一邊忘記一邊背誦;我跟朋友講笑,自己像西西弗斯,週而復始地推石上山。

 

不過卡繆說,站在頂峰看著石頭滾下時,頃刻風景仍是壯麗的。對醫學生來說,讀書雖然偶有壓力,但也有不少感動的片段,得以一睹生命的奧妙,以及人性的光輝。

 

求學路上,我見證了很多有血有肉的故事。從病患、家屬到醫護本身,他們的精神都勉勵著我,不要放棄希望。因此,我越來越珍惜這襲白袍:贈予建議之先,它讓我學習聆聽。施行治療之前,它讓我體會苦痛。

 

有機會參與是次創作,實在與有榮焉。歌曲亦倒過來提醒自己,不能忘記初衷;在力盡筋疲之時,仍要用心發掘生死間的美好。

 

王駿業 (醫科六年級)