Charley Lanyon

Charley Lanyon

Charley will write about anything but has a passion for food. After years living and eating in Asia, he has recently relocated to Los Angeles where he is delighted to report that the dim sum isn’t terrible.

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Apple’s Little America series is a heart-warming and heartbreaking collection of immigrant stories

Little America tells the stories of immigrants to the US, how they and their families adapt to life in another country and fit in their new communities.

22 Feb 2020 - 8:46PM

Little America tells the stories of immigrants to the US, how they and their families adapt to life in another country and fit in their new communities.

Apple’s Little America series is a heart-warming and heartbreaking collection of immigrant stories
Wong Kar-wai’s filmmaking stalls, with Amazon series nixed and Shanghai-set Blossom film and series on hold

Hong Kong director’s Amazon series Tong Wars has been ‘cancelled for some time’, sources say, and work on his Chinese-language film and series Blossoms has been delayed because of the coronavirus outbreak.

19 Feb 2020 - 11:00AM

Hong Kong director’s Amazon series Tong Wars has been ‘cancelled for some time’, sources say, and work on his Chinese-language film and series Blossoms has been delayed because of the coronavirus outbreak.

Wong Kar-wai’s filmmaking stalls, with Amazon series nixed and Shanghai-set Blossom film and series on hold
3 exciting new wellness trends that could transform our lives

A focus on ageing and how tech is transforming wellness might be the current focus of the US$4.5 trillion industry but one expert says the most exciting new trends are energy medicine, wellness music, and circadian health.

16 Feb 2020 - 10:08PM

A focus on ageing and how tech is transforming wellness might be the current focus of the US$4.5 trillion industry but one expert says the most exciting new trends are energy medicine, wellness music, and circadian health.

3 exciting new wellness trends that could transform our lives
Filipino-American SpongeBob game show host and YouTube star on his rise to fame and the role he was born to play

Roi Fabito, better known as Guava Juice, has nearly 15 million YouTube subscribers and is host of Nickelodeon’s SpongeBob SmartyPants game show. Here the Filipino-American talks about his rise to fame.

15 Feb 2020 - 8:45AM

Roi Fabito, better known as Guava Juice, has nearly 15 million YouTube subscribers and is host of Nickelodeon’s SpongeBob SmartyPants game show. Here the Filipino-American talks about his rise to fame.

Filipino-American SpongeBob game show host and YouTube star on his rise to fame and the role he was born to play
Why star dancer Sergei Polunin won’t say sorry for his online rants and how he’s going to ‘stop every war in the world’

From his homophobic Instagram posts to tattoo of Vladimir Putin on his chest, star dancer Sergei Polunin has been making headlines for all the wrong reasons. Now, though, he says he’s changed – and wants to help stop all the wars in the world.

5 Feb 2020 - 8:49AM

From his homophobic Instagram posts to tattoo of Vladimir Putin on his chest, star dancer Sergei Polunin has been making headlines for all the wrong reasons. Now, though, he says he’s changed – and wants to help stop all the wars in the world.

Why star dancer Sergei Polunin won’t say sorry for his online rants and how he’s going to ‘stop every war in the world’
US health care needs its Filipino nurses, so why is the system stacked against them?

With the existing workforce ageing, a historic shortfall looming and Trump limiting immigration, the system’s best hope lies with the nurses themselves.

2 Feb 2020 - 8:30AM

With the existing workforce ageing, a historic shortfall looming and Trump limiting immigration, the system’s best hope lies with the nurses themselves.

US health care needs its Filipino nurses, so why is the system stacked against them?
Brain hacks, implants, enhancers and nootropics: the Silicon Valley pioneers trying to live higher-performing lives

From brain supplements to chip implants to nootropics, humans are using technology, medicine and extreme diets to improve their brainpower, health and longevity.

27 Jan 2020 - 6:32PM

From brain supplements to chip implants to nootropics, humans are using technology, medicine and extreme diets to improve their brainpower, health and longevity.

Brain hacks, implants, enhancers and nootropics: the Silicon Valley pioneers trying to live higher-performing lives
Will a Chinese Disney or Studio Ghibli emerge? As appetite for animation in China grows, quality of domestic production improves

China may be looking to challenge US and Japanese dominance of the animation industry. With a growing appetite for animated films and series, new animation studios opening and sharing platforms expanding the market, the sky is the limit.

6 Feb 2020 - 9:33AM

China may be looking to challenge US and Japanese dominance of the animation industry. With a growing appetite for animated films and series, new animation studios opening and sharing platforms expanding the market, the sky is the limit.

Will a Chinese Disney or Studio Ghibli emerge? As appetite for animation in China grows, quality of domestic production improves
Weight loss and fad diets: why keto diet, Paleo diet and Atkins diet don’t work and may be bad for your health

From the Hollywood diet in the 1930s to the Paleo diet today, fad diets always find followers. They all promise unrealistic and effortless weight loss, but experts warn they are unhealthy and are ineffective in the long term.

22 Jan 2020 - 9:41PM

From the Hollywood diet in the 1930s to the Paleo diet today, fad diets always find followers. They all promise unrealistic and effortless weight loss, but experts warn they are unhealthy and are ineffective in the long term.

Weight loss and fad diets: why keto diet, Paleo diet and Atkins diet don’t work and may be bad for your health
How binaural beats work: the sounds said to tune our moods, boost productivity, lower stress. The science is shaky, doctor says

Binaural beats have been gaining credibility in wellness communities as a way to encourage mindfulness and boost productivity – but can sound frequencies make real changes to our brain states and moods?

19 Jan 2020 - 8:00PM

Binaural beats have been gaining credibility in wellness communities as a way to encourage mindfulness and boost productivity – but can sound frequencies make real changes to our brain states and moods?

How binaural beats work: the sounds said to tune our moods, boost productivity, lower stress. The science is shaky, doctor says
Sex scenes in the MeToo era: intimacy coordinator choreographs the action, makes sure nudity rules are followed, and helps actors agree on how far they’ll go

Hollywood is trying to change its reputation amid the MeToo movement against sexual harassment and assault, and in the process has created a new position on film and TV sets – the intimacy coordinator, who helps arrange sex scenes.

18 Jan 2020 - 7:03PM

Hollywood is trying to change its reputation amid the MeToo movement against sexual harassment and assault, and in the process has created a new position on film and TV sets – the intimacy coordinator, who helps arrange sex scenes.

Sex scenes in the MeToo era: intimacy coordinator choreographs the action, makes sure nudity rules are followed, and helps actors agree on how far they’ll go
Downton Abbey, Rocketman among 176 nominations for LGBT awards … and Taylor Swift?

The Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation celebrates film and television shows that promote LGBT characters in a fair and complex way. Other categories include journalism, comic books and video games, Taylor Swift received a surprise nod.

11 Jan 2020 - 8:00PM

The Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation celebrates film and television shows that promote LGBT characters in a fair and complex way. Other categories include journalism, comic books and video games, Taylor Swift received a surprise nod.

Downton Abbey, Rocketman among 176 nominations for LGBT awards … and Taylor Swift?
Viral moments from the Golden Globes: Tom Hanks grimaces at Ricky Gervais’ attack on Hollywood

The Golden Globes had a few moments that went viral. There were tears when Awkwafina was seen showing her award to her father on FaceTime, and during Michelle Williams impassioned speech. Best of all was Tom Hanks’ reaction to Ricky Gervais’ comments.

7 Jan 2020 - 4:51PM

The Golden Globes had a few moments that went viral. There were tears when Awkwafina was seen showing her award to her father on FaceTime, and during Michelle Williams impassioned speech. Best of all was Tom Hanks’ reaction to Ricky Gervais’ comments.

Viral moments from the Golden Globes: Tom Hanks grimaces at Ricky Gervais’ attack on Hollywood
New Orleans: The Big Easy made easy – the hippest hotels, the coolest bars, the finest dining, the dandiest dance clubs

A city apart, New Orleans is a melting pot of Cajun and Creole cultures and the birthplace of jazz. Visit the French Quarter and indulge all your senses.

6 Jan 2020 - 10:09AM

A city apart, New Orleans is a melting pot of Cajun and Creole cultures and the birthplace of jazz. Visit the French Quarter and indulge all your senses.

New Orleans: The Big Easy made easy – the hippest hotels, the coolest bars, the finest dining, the dandiest dance clubs
Meet Simu Liu: the actor playing Marvel’s first Asian superhero Shang-chi is battling global stereotypes

The Chinese-Canadian actor plays a martial-arts master in 2021’s Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings, which Marvel hopes will be an Asian Black Panther.

10 Dec 2019 - 1:52PM

The Chinese-Canadian actor plays a martial-arts master in 2021’s Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings, which Marvel hopes will be an Asian Black Panther.

Meet Simu Liu: the actor playing Marvel’s first Asian superhero Shang-chi is battling global stereotypes
How vintage fashion is going from thrift stores to the red carpet as rare, one-of-a-kind luxury items with history become must-haves

With stars like Zooey Deschanel, Christina Hendricks and Aya Cash showing off their latest vintage fashion finds on Instagram, you know the trend is becoming a big thing. One Los Angeles-based marketplace is taking advantage.

30 Nov 2019 - 9:49PM

With stars like Zooey Deschanel, Christina Hendricks and Aya Cash showing off their latest vintage fashion finds on Instagram, you know the trend is becoming a big thing. One Los Angeles-based marketplace is taking advantage.

How vintage fashion is going from thrift stores to the red carpet as rare, one-of-a-kind luxury items with history become must-haves
How China was sold on Oscar winner Green Book, Bohemian Rhapsody and a Lebanese tragedy – lessons for Hollywood in creative marketing

China’s 1.4 billion people don’t all want the same thing, Alibaba Pictures president Zhang Wei tells Hollywood executives after company’s year of unlikely box office successes for foreign movies there.

26 Nov 2019 - 7:39PM

China’s 1.4 billion people don’t all want the same thing, Alibaba Pictures president Zhang Wei tells Hollywood executives after company’s year of unlikely box office successes for foreign movies there.

How China was sold on Oscar winner Green Book, Bohemian Rhapsody and a Lebanese tragedy – lessons for Hollywood in creative marketing
BTS win best group at American Music Awards, beating the Jonas Brothers and Panic! At The Disco, and best tour, ahead of Elton John, Pink, and Ariana Grande

Korean pop superstars take home top prize, for best pop or rock group, after becoming first band since The Beatles to score three number one albums in less than a year, and win best tour award.

25 Nov 2019 - 12:20PM

Korean pop superstars take home top prize, for best pop or rock group, after becoming first band since The Beatles to score three number one albums in less than a year, and win best tour award.

BTS win best group at American Music Awards, beating the Jonas Brothers and Panic! At The Disco, and best tour, ahead of Elton John, Pink, and Ariana Grande
Filipino-American rapper on her hip hop roots, idol Eminem, immigrant story and challenging female stereotypes

Rising hip hop star Ruby Ibarra’s defiant songs deal with the immigrant story and particularly how Asian-American women are seen as dainty and voiceless – a stereotype she strongly wants to change.

24 Nov 2019 - 7:30AM

Rising hip hop star Ruby Ibarra’s defiant songs deal with the immigrant story and particularly how Asian-American women are seen as dainty and voiceless – a stereotype she strongly wants to change.

Filipino-American rapper on her hip hop roots, idol Eminem, immigrant story and challenging female stereotypes
Highs and lows of Lowell Cafe, America’s first cannabis cafe, where weed is king and everyone is smiling – despite the food and lack of booze

Lowell Cafe in Los Angeles is the first full-service cannabis cafe in America where you can smoke to your heart’s content with other like-minded stoners. Charley Lanyon visited and found that it’s not all giggles living the high life.

14 Nov 2019 - 7:40PM

Lowell Cafe in Los Angeles is the first full-service cannabis cafe in America where you can smoke to your heart’s content with other like-minded stoners. Charley Lanyon visited and found that it’s not all giggles living the high life.

Highs and lows of Lowell Cafe, America’s first cannabis cafe, where weed is king and everyone is smiling – despite the food and lack of booze
The new diabetes breakthroughs that could change lives, and a type 1 sufferer on what it would mean to him

A Type 1 diabetes sufferer explains how 23 years with the disease has affected him, as recent breakthroughs are allowing doctors to understand diabetes better than ever, and pharmaceutical companies are betting big on a cure.

3 Nov 2019 - 7:22PM

A Type 1 diabetes sufferer explains how 23 years with the disease has affected him, as recent breakthroughs are allowing doctors to understand diabetes better than ever, and pharmaceutical companies are betting big on a cure.

The new diabetes breakthroughs that could change lives, and a type 1 sufferer on what it would mean to him
Japanese Bangkok: discover a secret world of yakitori, micro bars, and sushi restaurants – it’s like being in Japan without going there

Thailand’s capital, especially the central areas of Sukhumvit and Phrompong, is home to a large Japanese community, and that means great bars and restaurants. We’ve got you covered on the best places to eat, drink and party.

15 Oct 2019 - 5:23AM

Thailand’s capital, especially the central areas of Sukhumvit and Phrompong, is home to a large Japanese community, and that means great bars and restaurants. We’ve got you covered on the best places to eat, drink and party.

Japanese Bangkok: discover a secret world of yakitori, micro bars, and sushi restaurants – it’s like being in Japan without going there
The lion dancing women reinventing a Chinese tradition, showing it’s not just a ‘sport for boys’

At a Southern California lion dancing troupe, women from diverse backgrounds are taking the lead and hoping many more will follow – but challenges come from both inside and outside the costume.

17 Oct 2019 - 9:24AM

At a Southern California lion dancing troupe, women from diverse backgrounds are taking the lead and hoping many more will follow – but challenges come from both inside and outside the costume.

The lion dancing women reinventing a Chinese tradition, showing it’s not just a ‘sport for boys’
Abominable is a US-China film co-production set to succeed in both markets, and it is authentically Chinese

The film is set in modern China, all the main characters are Chinese, and mainly Asian actors voice them. There’s a version for China too with different jokes. It’s had a strong opening in both markets. This could be a breakthrough.

7 Oct 2019 - 5:53PM

The film is set in modern China, all the main characters are Chinese, and mainly Asian actors voice them. There’s a version for China too with different jokes. It’s had a strong opening in both markets. This could be a breakthrough.

Abominable is a US-China film co-production set to succeed in both markets, and it is authentically Chinese
Giant Hollywood memorabilia auction: James Bond car, Darth Vader’s helmet, Bruce Lee’s punching bag and more

James Bond’s moon buggy, Darth Vader’s helmet, Bruce Lee’s punching bag, the DeLorean from Back to the Future – all are among the 950-high quality lots estimated to fetch up to US$10 million at auction this week.

25 Sep 2019 - 7:33PM

James Bond’s moon buggy, Darth Vader’s helmet, Bruce Lee’s punching bag, the DeLorean from Back to the Future – all are among the 950-high quality lots estimated to fetch up to US$10 million at auction this week.

Giant Hollywood memorabilia auction: James Bond car, Darth Vader’s helmet, Bruce Lee’s punching bag and more
Anthony Bourdain auction: some of celebrity chef’s most cherished possessions to go on sale next month

Art by Ralph Steadman and a custom-made chef’s knife by master bladesmith Bob Kramer will be just some of the items available for fans to buy. All money raised will go to his family and the Culinary Institute of America.

17 Sep 2019 - 8:00PM

Art by Ralph Steadman and a custom-made chef’s knife by master bladesmith Bob Kramer will be just some of the items available for fans to buy. All money raised will go to his family and the Culinary Institute of America.

Anthony Bourdain auction: some of celebrity chef’s most cherished possessions to go on sale next month
Hong Kong protest songs: 7 anthems of the anti-extradition movement – do you hear the people sing?

From Christian hymns to Canto-pop hits, Hongkongers protesting against the extradition bill and for other key demands have been expressing frustration and solidarity through song. Listen to them here.

12 Sep 2019 - 12:52PM

From Christian hymns to Canto-pop hits, Hongkongers protesting against the extradition bill and for other key demands have been expressing frustration and solidarity through song. Listen to them here.

Hong Kong protest songs: 7 anthems of the anti-extradition movement – do you hear the people sing?
Breast cancer in Hong Kong: how self-examinations and ‘getting the damn mammogram’ can help save your life

Knowing how to self-administer breast exams, as well as undergoing routine mammograms at a doctor’s office, have been proven to save lives. Hong Kong Cancer Fund kicks off a month of awareness and education.

3 Sep 2019 - 11:00AM

Knowing how to self-administer breast exams, as well as undergoing routine mammograms at a doctor’s office, have been proven to save lives. Hong Kong Cancer Fund kicks off a month of awareness and education.

Breast cancer in Hong Kong: how self-examinations and ‘getting the damn mammogram’ can help save your life
Vietnamese refugees vs the Ku Klux Klan: how racism rattled the Texas town of Seadrift

When a white fisherman was shot and killed by Vietnamese refugees in Seadrift, Texas, in 1979, racial tensions flared, attracting the Ku Klux Klan to the small town. The events leading up to the tragedy and its fallout are recounted in a new documentary.

17 Sep 2019 - 12:43PM

When a white fisherman was shot and killed by Vietnamese refugees in Seadrift, Texas, in 1979, racial tensions flared, attracting the Ku Klux Klan to the small town. The events leading up to the tragedy and its fallout are recounted in a new documentary.

Vietnamese refugees vs the Ku Klux Klan: how racism rattled the Texas town of Seadrift
Avengers: Endgame to Yesterday, six films with alternate reality at their core

Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, Avengers: Endgame, Yesterday – escapist cinema has rarely been more popular; it’s hardly surprising when real life is so full of anxiety, unrest and fears of an uncertain future.

22 Aug 2019 - 7:00PM

Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, Avengers: Endgame, Yesterday – escapist cinema has rarely been more popular; it’s hardly surprising when real life is so full of anxiety, unrest and fears of an uncertain future.

Avengers: Endgame to Yesterday, six films with alternate reality at their core