Remembering Anita Mui, Hong Kong singer with true heart and soul

“Remembering Anita Mui, Hong Kong singer with true heart and soul: what would she have done about the coronavirus outbreak?,” published in The National Interest on February 25, 2020

When the Sars virus broke out in Southern China and spread to Hong Kong in early 2003, Canto-pop star Anita Mui Yim-fong was – like all of the city’s residents – alarmed.

By the end of March that year, the number of cases had risen past 1,000 and more than 50 people had died.

It was a tough time for the city – and for Mui personally, too. The singer was still reeling from the loss of her older sister from ovarian cancer in 2000 – and suffering from cervical cancer herself – when one of her close friends, fellow singer Leslie Cheung Kwok-wing, took his own life on April 1.
It was then that she decided to take action.

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