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.
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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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.

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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.

7 Oct 2019 - 5:15AM

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
Nine films that show how China influences Hollywood, from Iron Man 3 to Top Gun 2

References to Tibet, Taiwan or Japan and negative scenes involving Chinese people have been removed from blockbusters. Here are nine films where China’s influence has been felt, whether for good or ill.

21 Aug 2019 - 7:58PM

References to Tibet, Taiwan or Japan and negative scenes involving Chinese people have been removed from blockbusters. Here are nine films where China’s influence has been felt, whether for good or ill.

Nine films that show how China influences Hollywood, from Iron Man 3 to Top Gun 2
The brain-gut connection: how TCM has known for centuries what Western medicine is now discovering

Recent research has found that bacteria in the gut can affect people’s mental state, leading to mood, cognition and behavioural problems. But in TCM, the link between the gut and all of the body’s organs has long been recognised.

19 Aug 2019 - 6:09PM

Recent research has found that bacteria in the gut can affect people’s mental state, leading to mood, cognition and behavioural problems. But in TCM, the link between the gut and all of the body’s organs has long been recognised.

The brain-gut connection: how TCM has known for centuries what Western medicine is now discovering
The Chinese-American rappers dishing up trap hits – and making the hip-hop world take note

The world of hip-hop in Los Angeles and beyond is taking notice of ascendant rap group Nitemrkt, the outfit responsible for summer hit Bag That Bao. They are bringing a new level of recognition to the Asian-American trap scene.

12 Aug 2019 - 11:16AM

The world of hip-hop in Los Angeles and beyond is taking notice of ascendant rap group Nitemrkt, the outfit responsible for summer hit Bag That Bao. They are bringing a new level of recognition to the Asian-American trap scene.

The Chinese-American rappers dishing up trap hits – and making the hip-hop world take note
From MC Jin to Awkwafina: Asian-American hip-hop video becomes viral sensation

A compilation showing the history of Asian-American hip-hop through 46 music videos is inspiring the next generation. It shows that, far from being a neglected musical genre, a thriving community of Asian-American rap artists exists.

8 Aug 2019 - 3:58AM

A compilation showing the history of Asian-American hip-hop through 46 music videos is inspiring the next generation. It shows that, far from being a neglected musical genre, a thriving community of Asian-American rap artists exists.

From MC Jin to Awkwafina: Asian-American hip-hop video becomes viral sensation
Why the next Hollywood mogul will be Chinese – he’s there already: meet Starlight’s Peter Luo

Starlight Culture Entertainment has flown under the radar despite bankrolling Crazy Rich Asians. But with 10 leading directors signed to deals, that will change; its boss, Peter Luo, is on a mission to transform Hollywood.

4 Aug 2019 - 10:23PM

Starlight Culture Entertainment has flown under the radar despite bankrolling Crazy Rich Asians. But with 10 leading directors signed to deals, that will change; its boss, Peter Luo, is on a mission to transform Hollywood.

Why the next Hollywood mogul will be Chinese – he’s there already: meet Starlight’s Peter Luo
Chinese-American’s short film fulfils a dream and, she hopes, speaks to the dreamer in us all

Jingjing Tian’s short film, Cowboy Joe, about a young Chinese New Yorker who wants to be a cowboy, is also about her life: a newcomer ostracised in Texas, her filmmaking dream rejected by her parents, it answers her doubters.

29 Jul 2019 - 7:42PM

Jingjing Tian’s short film, Cowboy Joe, about a young Chinese New Yorker who wants to be a cowboy, is also about her life: a newcomer ostracised in Texas, her filmmaking dream rejected by her parents, it answers her doubters.

Chinese-American’s short film fulfils a dream and, she hopes, speaks to the dreamer in us all
How Los Angeles boxing gym gives hope to those with none – in and out of the ring

Jackrabbit Boxing Gym in the notoriously violent East Long Beach, California, is getting young men off the streets and saving them from themselves. Its non-profit academy helps more than 1,000 needy families each year.

15 Jul 2019 - 8:15PM

Jackrabbit Boxing Gym in the notoriously violent East Long Beach, California, is getting young men off the streets and saving them from themselves. Its non-profit academy helps more than 1,000 needy families each year.

How Los Angeles boxing gym gives hope to those with none – in and out of the ring
What’s a Chinese-Mexican chef doing cooking Israeli food? It’s a Los Angeles thing

Hong Kong-born Alex Chang started out cooking in an illegal kitchen in his college dorm room. His Asian tweaks to otherwise traditional dishes have taken Israeli cuisine, notoriously complex, to a new level.

13 Jun 2019 - 11:24AM

Hong Kong-born Alex Chang started out cooking in an illegal kitchen in his college dorm room. His Asian tweaks to otherwise traditional dishes have taken Israeli cuisine, notoriously complex, to a new level.

What’s a Chinese-Mexican chef doing cooking Israeli food? It’s a Los Angeles thing
From Gai to Vava: five Chinese rappers who became famous (or infamous) after The Rap of China

With Season Three of The Rap of China approaching, here are five rappers who found fame and fortune (or misfortune) after appearing on the show. Rappers include PG One, who lost his street cred after an apology for his misogynistic lyrics, and Lexie Liu, who was signed to US label 88 Rising.

8 Jun 2019 - 10:00AM

With Season Three of The Rap of China approaching, here are five rappers who found fame and fortune (or misfortune) after appearing on the show. Rappers include PG One, who lost his street cred after an apology for his misogynistic lyrics, and Lexie Liu, who was signed to US label 88 Rising.

From Gai to Vava: five Chinese rappers who became famous (or infamous) after The Rap of China
Autistic teens helped into adulthood at Los Angeles-based Spark Social Club, from dancing and make-up to dating and sex

Natalia Geldin felt there were few social opportunities for her autistic 15-year-old daughter so she created Spark Social Club, a Los Angeles-based club for autistic teens that helps them navigate young adulthood on their own terms.

4 Jun 2019 - 5:57AM

Natalia Geldin felt there were few social opportunities for her autistic 15-year-old daughter so she created Spark Social Club, a Los Angeles-based club for autistic teens that helps them navigate young adulthood on their own terms.

Autistic teens helped into adulthood at Los Angeles-based Spark Social Club, from dancing and make-up to dating and sex
The Vietnamese immigrant family turning America on to baijiu, China’s favourite fiery tipple

When the seven members of the Ly family landed in Portland, Oregon, they brought with them their knowledge of baijiu distilling, and the five Ly siblings now honour their late father’s legacy through the Vinn Distillery.

14 May 2019 - 12:00PM

When the seven members of the Ly family landed in Portland, Oregon, they brought with them their knowledge of baijiu distilling, and the five Ly siblings now honour their late father’s legacy through the Vinn Distillery.

The Vietnamese immigrant family turning America on to baijiu, China’s favourite fiery tipple
No Crazy Rich Asians without The Joy Luck Club – Russell Wong on how 1993 film opened door for Asian actors

After Crazy Rich Asians, Russell Wong talks about how far Asian-American actors have come since 1993’s The Joy Luck Club, and his career in Hong Kong martial arts and action films, Chinese blockbusters and TV and film in America.

11 May 2019 - 8:05PM

After Crazy Rich Asians, Russell Wong talks about how far Asian-American actors have come since 1993’s The Joy Luck Club, and his career in Hong Kong martial arts and action films, Chinese blockbusters and TV and film in America.

No Crazy Rich Asians without The Joy Luck Club – Russell Wong on how 1993 film opened door for Asian actors
The guru who’s changing stand-up comedy from the dog eat dog of open-mic nights to a culture of caring

Gerry Katzman’s classes aim to replace the dog-eat-dog brutality of open-mic nights with a stand-up comedy culture of kindness and inclusiveness. His students have begun changing the American comedy scene.

7 May 2019 - 10:52AM

Gerry Katzman’s classes aim to replace the dog-eat-dog brutality of open-mic nights with a stand-up comedy culture of kindness and inclusiveness. His students have begun changing the American comedy scene.

The guru who’s changing stand-up comedy from the dog eat dog of open-mic nights to a culture of caring
West-meets-East food festival in Austin, Texas celebrates Asian culture and cuisine

This year’s Far East Fest in Austin, Texas, saw 35 Asian-owned restaurants and bars offering a diverse range of delicacies; the festival also aims to help the Asian community gain a stronger foothold in the city’s economy.

3 Apr 2019 - 11:48PM

This year’s Far East Fest in Austin, Texas, saw 35 Asian-owned restaurants and bars offering a diverse range of delicacies; the festival also aims to help the Asian community gain a stronger foothold in the city’s economy.

West-meets-East food festival in Austin, Texas celebrates Asian culture and cuisine
Austin, Texas: barbecue, Tex-Mex, live music, outdoor thrills in the ‘capital of weird’

The Texas capital, a big college town, is one of the fastest growing cities in the US, and with its relaxed vibe, great cuisine and warm climate, it’s not hard to understand why.

24 Mar 2019 - 7:05PM

The Texas capital, a big college town, is one of the fastest growing cities in the US, and with its relaxed vibe, great cuisine and warm climate, it’s not hard to understand why.

Austin, Texas: barbecue, Tex-Mex, live music, outdoor thrills in the ‘capital of weird’
YouTube channel ArtGer serves up Mongolian food and culture like you’ve never seen before

YouTube channel ArtGer’s flagship show, Nargie’s Mongolian Cuisine, takes viewers on a culinary tour of the Asian nation’s best dishes with warmth, relish and a lot of offal. It’s one of the world’s most bizarre food shows.

23 Mar 2019 - 8:01AM

YouTube channel ArtGer’s flagship show, Nargie’s Mongolian Cuisine, takes viewers on a culinary tour of the Asian nation’s best dishes with warmth, relish and a lot of offal. It’s one of the world’s most bizarre food shows.

YouTube channel ArtGer serves up Mongolian food and culture like you’ve never seen before
The hawkers of Hong Kong and Los Angeles: two cities, two very different stories

Street vending has long been an iconic part of the urban scene in Hong Kong and Los Angeles, enriching them socially while helping the less well off earn a living. Now, as one city does all it can to preserve the culture, the other seems intent on destroying what’s left of a way of life.

17 Mar 2019 - 1:53AM

Street vending has long been an iconic part of the urban scene in Hong Kong and Los Angeles, enriching them socially while helping the less well off earn a living. Now, as one city does all it can to preserve the culture, the other seems intent on destroying what’s left of a way of life.

The hawkers of Hong Kong and Los Angeles: two cities, two very different stories
The best barbecue in Texas? At Franklin’s you’ll queue for hours, but it’s all part of the fun

Franklin Barbecue in Austin, Texas, is regarded by many as the best in the state and is a bonding experience for meat lovers across the world.

12 Mar 2019 - 12:03AM

Franklin Barbecue in Austin, Texas, is regarded by many as the best in the state and is a bonding experience for meat lovers across the world.

The best barbecue in Texas? At Franklin’s you’ll queue for hours, but it’s all part of the fun
The story of 99 Ranch Market, largest Asian supermarket chain in US

Since its first store opened in 1984 in Westminster, California, 99 Ranch Market has become ubiquitous in America’s largest Asian communities, catering to a growing number of people craving the tastes and smells of home.

14 Mar 2019 - 11:23AM

Since its first store opened in 1984 in Westminster, California, 99 Ranch Market has become ubiquitous in America’s largest Asian communities, catering to a growing number of people craving the tastes and smells of home.

The story of 99 Ranch Market, largest Asian supermarket chain in US
The Fast and the Furious’ Rob Cohen denies daughter’s sexual assault allegation, saying ‘I am in great despair’

Rob Cohen categorically rejects Valkyrie Weather’s accusations he molested her when she was a two-year-old boy and that he bragged about another sexual assault, saying: ‘Never would I harm any of my children.’

23 Feb 2019 - 1:08PM

Rob Cohen categorically rejects Valkyrie Weather’s accusations he molested her when she was a two-year-old boy and that he bragged about another sexual assault, saying: ‘Never would I harm any of my children.’

The Fast and the Furious’ Rob Cohen denies daughter’s sexual assault allegation, saying ‘I am in great despair’
London’s Chinese restaurant revolution: China’s regional cuisines reimagined from high to low

A. Wong’s high-end Pimlico restaurant is both a perfect symbol of the changes in London Chinese dining, and how far it has come. But chef Tongtong Ren believes dishes can’t be totally authentic and should be allowed to evolve.

21 Feb 2019 - 8:54PM

A. Wong’s high-end Pimlico restaurant is both a perfect symbol of the changes in London Chinese dining, and how far it has come. But chef Tongtong Ren believes dishes can’t be totally authentic and should be allowed to evolve.

London’s Chinese restaurant revolution: China’s regional cuisines reimagined from high to low