Richard Lord

Richard is a Hong Kong-based freelance journalist who writes about a broad range of subjects, but with a focus on the arts and culture. He has been an editor at the Wall Street Journal, editorial director of Haymarket Publishing Asia and the editor of a weekly business magazine in his native UK. A graduate of Oxford University, he is also the author of a successful business book and a former stand-up comedian, the latter of which he wasn’t very good at.
Richard Lord
Richard is a Hong Kong-based freelance journalist who writes about a broad range of subjects, but with a focus on the arts and culture. He has been an editor at the Wall Street Journal, editorial director of Haymarket Publishing Asia and the editor of a weekly business magazine in his native UK. A graduate of Oxford University, he is also the author of a successful business book and a former stand-up comedian, the latter of which he wasn’t very good at.

Latest from Richard Lord

The Holocaust through the eyes of Maus: how Art Spiegelman’s graphic novel changed a Hong Kong vegetarian chef’s life

Peggy Chan, the restaurateur behind Grassroots Pantry, says the Maus graphic novel taught her how to channel suffering into something positive

17 Mar 2019 - 1:36PM
The Holocaust through the eyes of Maus: how Art Spiegelman’s graphic novel changed a Hong Kong vegetarian chef’s life

Peggy Chan, the restaurateur behind Grassroots Pantry, says the Maus graphic novel taught her how to channel suffering into something positive

From Singaporean ‘city girl’ to urban famer: Michelle Hong of Rooftop Republic on the book that changed her life

Japanese natural farming pioneer Masanobu Fukuoka’s The One-Straw Revolution inspired Michelle Hong to give up an advertising career to turn to urban farming

9 Mar 2019 - 1:32PM
From Singaporean ‘city girl’ to urban famer: Michelle Hong of Rooftop Republic on the book that changed her life

Japanese natural farming pioneer Masanobu Fukuoka’s The One-Straw Revolution inspired Michelle Hong to give up an advertising career to turn to urban farming

What British band Arctic Monkeys taught chef Daniel Calvert: the importance of defying expectations
  • The head chef at French restaurant Belon became the youngest in Hong Kong to be awarded a Michelin star in December, says he has been defying expectations just like the British band
2 Mar 2019 - 2:09PM
What British band Arctic Monkeys taught chef Daniel Calvert: the importance of defying expectations
  • The head chef at French restaurant Belon became the youngest in Hong Kong to be awarded a Michelin star in December, says he has been defying expectations just like the British band
Feeding Hong Kong’s Gabrielle Kirstein on the book that changed her life

Gabrielle Kirstein tells how Uncommon Service, a book by Harvard Business School professor Frances Frei and leadership guru Anne Morriss, helped her transform her business

24 Feb 2019 - 1:03PM
Feeding Hong Kong’s Gabrielle Kirstein on the book that changed her life

Gabrielle Kirstein tells how Uncommon Service, a book by Harvard Business School professor Frances Frei and leadership guru Anne Morriss, helped her transform her business

How interior designer André Fu is giving a sense of place to Hong Kong’s new St. Regis hotel

Designer Fu, who made his name with The Upper House in 2009, has taken on a new project – the five-star St. Regis Hong Kong

24 Feb 2019 - 2:03AM
How interior designer André Fu is giving a sense of place to Hong Kong’s new St. Regis hotel

Designer Fu, who made his name with The Upper House in 2009, has taken on a new project – the five-star St. Regis Hong Kong

How Bea Johnson’s book Zero Waste Home changed the course of one Hongkonger’s life

Fanny Moritz, founder of NO!W No Waste, says the 2013 book helped her overhaul her lifestyle and her attitude towards consuming

16 Feb 2019 - 1:34PM
How Bea Johnson’s book Zero Waste Home changed the course of one Hongkonger’s life

Fanny Moritz, founder of NO!W No Waste, says the 2013 book helped her overhaul her lifestyle and her attitude towards consuming

How comedian Stephen Chow’s God of Cookery helped ‘whitewashed’ Hongkonger rediscover her Chinese roots
  • ‘It was the humour that pulled me in’, says Elaine Ip, co-founder of The Week music festival
2 Feb 2019 - 1:40PM
How comedian Stephen Chow’s God of Cookery helped ‘whitewashed’ Hongkonger rediscover her Chinese roots
  • ‘It was the humour that pulled me in’, says Elaine Ip, co-founder of The Week music festival
‘Imagination doesn’t have to wait’: how a Hong Kong sound artist found his musical feet

Samson Young recalls ‘falling in love with’ Dmitry Kabalevsky’s Thirty Children’s Pieces for Piano, Op 27

27 Jan 2019 - 1:36PM
‘Imagination doesn’t have to wait’: how a Hong Kong sound artist found his musical feet

Samson Young recalls ‘falling in love with’ Dmitry Kabalevsky’s Thirty Children’s Pieces for Piano, Op 27

How Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec’s Works inspired Hong Kong architect to switch careers

Vincent Lim, creative director of Hong Kong-based design studio Lim + Lu, which he founded with wife Elaine Manzi Lu, explains why he keeps Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec’s Works on his desk

20 Jan 2019 - 1:42PM
How Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec’s Works inspired Hong Kong architect to switch careers

Vincent Lim, creative director of Hong Kong-based design studio Lim + Lu, which he founded with wife Elaine Manzi Lu, explains why he keeps Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec’s Works on his desk

The history of Singapore Airlines: the planes, the service, the awards and the Singapore Girls

Singapore Airlines was established in 1972, but it’s celebrating its 60th year of flying to Hong Kong. The airline has won more awards than any other and is often named airline of the year.

19 Jan 2019 - 9:17PM
The history of Singapore Airlines: the planes, the service, the awards and the Singapore Girls

Singapore Airlines was established in 1972, but it’s celebrating its 60th year of flying to Hong Kong. The airline has won more awards than any other and is often named airline of the year.

Review | Vignettes of 1930s Shanghai, and the famous and infamous characters that inhabited it

Destination Shanghai by Paul French tells the vibrant and villainous tales of a host of Westerners who made Shanghai their home in the early 20th century

17 Jan 2019 - 9:32AM
Vignettes of 1930s Shanghai, and the famous and infamous characters that inhabited it

Destination Shanghai by Paul French tells the vibrant and villainous tales of a host of Westerners who made Shanghai their home in the early 20th century

How De La Soul’s debut album 3 Feet High and Rising changed a Hong Kong DJ’s life

Music consultant Simon Pang Washford says the American hip hop trio’s 1989 album was a work of art as it tackled subjects serious and flippant with playfulness and humour

12 Jan 2019 - 1:36PM
How De La Soul’s debut album 3 Feet High and Rising changed a Hong Kong DJ’s life

Music consultant Simon Pang Washford says the American hip hop trio’s 1989 album was a work of art as it tackled subjects serious and flippant with playfulness and humour

Background music gets new lease of life as bars, stores and hotels use tailored tunes to tempt trade

Retailers want to stand out from the crowd, and the right music can give them a sense of uniqueness. Music consultants create playlists to create the right vibe for the bar, restaurant, hotel or store.

7 Jan 2019 - 7:45PM
Background music gets new lease of life as bars, stores and hotels use tailored tunes to tempt trade

Retailers want to stand out from the crowd, and the right music can give them a sense of uniqueness. Music consultants create playlists to create the right vibe for the bar, restaurant, hotel or store.

How Malcolm Gladwell changed the life of homeless charity ImpactHK founder
  • The Tipping Point provided Jeff Rotmeyer with the inspiration to move ahead with homeless charity ImpactHK
5 Jan 2019 - 1:36PM
How Malcolm Gladwell changed the life of homeless charity ImpactHK founder
  • The Tipping Point provided Jeff Rotmeyer with the inspiration to move ahead with homeless charity ImpactHK
Review | Three Wishes in Bardo is an original piece, well plotted with believable characters

There is a lot of well-explained and fascinating neuroscience in the tale and sharply defined characters. Feng handles the plot well, although sometimes he gets too wordy when strays from the narrative.

29 Dec 2018 - 1:04PM
Three Wishes in Bardo is an original piece, well plotted with believable characters

There is a lot of well-explained and fascinating neuroscience in the tale and sharply defined characters. Feng handles the plot well, although sometimes he gets too wordy when strays from the narrative.

From finance to an NGO: Teach4HK founder Arnold Chan on the book that changed his life

Leaving Microsoft to Change the World, by corporate high flier turned education charity leader John Wood, set Chan up to branch out with his own NGO, helping underprivileged children in Hong Kong

23 Dec 2018 - 5:31PM
From finance to an NGO: Teach4HK founder Arnold Chan on the book that changed his life

Leaving Microsoft to Change the World, by corporate high flier turned education charity leader John Wood, set Chan up to branch out with his own NGO, helping underprivileged children in Hong Kong

‘I watched Notting Hill 5,000 times’ – how a fashion entrepreneur fell in love with London

That any two people can fall in love was the 1999 film’s take-home message for Goxip founder Juliette Gimenez

15 Dec 2018 - 1:34PM
‘I watched Notting Hill 5,000 times’ – how a fashion entrepreneur fell in love with London

That any two people can fall in love was the 1999 film’s take-home message for Goxip founder Juliette Gimenez

Hong Kong chef Vicky Lau on how Pablo Neruda’s Odes to Common Things changed her life

The Chilean poet-politician’s homages to everyday foods formed the basis of the menu at Lau’s Tate Dining Room and Bar

8 Dec 2018 - 1:30PM
Hong Kong chef Vicky Lau on how Pablo Neruda’s Odes to Common Things changed her life

The Chilean poet-politician’s homages to everyday foods formed the basis of the menu at Lau’s Tate Dining Room and Bar

Review | Espionage thriller by former spy, about jihad in Japan, is a real page-turner

Warren Reed’s an Elephant on Your Nose emphasises the human side of espionage in tale of an international cast of characters out to foil terror in Tokyo. The book is let down by his tendency to overexplain things to the reader.

4 Dec 2018 - 7:30PM
Espionage thriller by former spy, about jihad in Japan, is a real page-turner

Warren Reed’s an Elephant on Your Nose emphasises the human side of espionage in tale of an international cast of characters out to foil terror in Tokyo. The book is let down by his tendency to overexplain things to the reader.

An environmental activist and the book that changed her life: Earth from Above

When Plastic Free Seas founder Tracey Read stumbled upon an exhibition of aerial photos by Yann Arthus-Bertrand in Paris and later bought the book, she had little idea of the impact it would have on her future

2 Dec 2018 - 1:33PM
An environmental activist and the book that changed her life: Earth from Above

When Plastic Free Seas founder Tracey Read stumbled upon an exhibition of aerial photos by Yann Arthus-Bertrand in Paris and later bought the book, she had little idea of the impact it would have on her future

How a self-help book changed Hong Kong rocker Soni Cheng’s life and made her believe in herself

Li Jin’s Potential: Awake the Sleeping Giant in Your Heart motivated the GDJYB guitarist to think differently

24 Nov 2018 - 1:57PM
How a self-help book changed Hong Kong rocker Soni Cheng’s life and made her believe in herself

Li Jin’s Potential: Awake the Sleeping Giant in Your Heart motivated the GDJYB guitarist to think differently

How Zhang Yimou’s Hero changed a Hong Kong tattoo artist’s life

•The Chinese filmmaker’s ‘less is more’ approach is the inspiration behind Olivia Wong’s aesthetic point of view

17 Nov 2018 - 1:09PM
How Zhang Yimou’s Hero changed a Hong Kong tattoo artist’s life

•The Chinese filmmaker’s ‘less is more’ approach is the inspiration behind Olivia Wong’s aesthetic point of view

Hong Kong lingerie designer on how book The Rice Mother has shaped her brand, Raven + Rose

The dark love stories of Rani Manicka’s debut novel provided Jasmine Smith with intimate inspiration for her edgy label

10 Nov 2018 - 1:30PM
Hong Kong lingerie designer on how book The Rice Mother has shaped her brand, Raven + Rose

The dark love stories of Rani Manicka’s debut novel provided Jasmine Smith with intimate inspiration for her edgy label

How Seven Samurai inspired photographer to spend half his life in East Asia

Akira Kurosawa film triggered in an 11-year-old Magnus Bartlett a yearning to see Japan; he fulfilled his wish before settling in China 43 years ago.

9 Nov 2018 - 6:20AM
How Seven Samurai inspired photographer to spend half his life in East Asia

Akira Kurosawa film triggered in an 11-year-old Magnus Bartlett a yearning to see Japan; he fulfilled his wish before settling in China 43 years ago.

The story of A.S. Watson: from a Hong Kong pharmacy to world’s largest health and beauty group

The first A.S. Watson dispensary opened more than 175 years ago in Hong Kong, and took its name from the pharmacist who ran it. Today the company has 14,400 stores in 24 markets and annual revenue of over US$19 billion.

29 Oct 2018 - 10:17AM
The story of A.S. Watson: from a Hong Kong pharmacy to world’s largest health and beauty group

The first A.S. Watson dispensary opened more than 175 years ago in Hong Kong, and took its name from the pharmacist who ran it. Today the company has 14,400 stores in 24 markets and annual revenue of over US$19 billion.

Author Leta Hong Fincher on the album that taught her important life lessons, without her even realising

The writer explains the impact that children’s album Free to Be ... You and Me, which was influential in promoting gender equality and women’s rights, had on her growing up

27 Oct 2018 - 1:35PM
Author Leta Hong Fincher on the album that taught her important life lessons, without her even realising

The writer explains the impact that children’s album Free to Be ... You and Me, which was influential in promoting gender equality and women’s rights, had on her growing up

How tragic novel by suicidal writer Osamu Dazai informs a Hong Kong artist’s ‘comical’ work

Magdalen Wong says she began to explore human desire after novel of unrelenting tragedy No Longer Human spoke to her directly

21 Oct 2018 - 1:34PM
How tragic novel by suicidal writer Osamu Dazai informs a Hong Kong artist’s ‘comical’ work

Magdalen Wong says she began to explore human desire after novel of unrelenting tragedy No Longer Human spoke to her directly

Hong Kong creative Tedman Lee on how N.E.R.D. debut album changed his life

With its mix of rock, hip hop, funk and electronica, 2001 record ‘In Search of ...’ made actor, director, DJ and promoter Tedman Lee feel like a bada**

13 Oct 2018 - 1:06PM
Hong Kong creative Tedman Lee on how N.E.R.D. debut album changed his life

With its mix of rock, hip hop, funk and electronica, 2001 record ‘In Search of ...’ made actor, director, DJ and promoter Tedman Lee feel like a bada**

Comedians from around the world to perform at Hong Kong International Comedy Festival

Top prize of US$5,100 and a mini tour of US draws dozens of overseas comedians to city to compete at city’s three-week festival. Founder Jami Gong reflects on how the event began and how much it has grown.

9 Oct 2018 - 11:56AM
Comedians from around the world to perform at Hong Kong International Comedy Festival

Top prize of US$5,100 and a mini tour of US draws dozens of overseas comedians to city to compete at city’s three-week festival. Founder Jami Gong reflects on how the event began and how much it has grown.

How Factory Girl film changed photographer Nicoline Aagesen’s life

Nicoline Aagesen explains how the biopic of Andy Warhol model and muse Edie Sedgwick reaffirmed her decision to lead a creative life

6 Oct 2018 - 11:14AM
How Factory Girl film changed photographer Nicoline Aagesen’s life

Nicoline Aagesen explains how the biopic of Andy Warhol model and muse Edie Sedgwick reaffirmed her decision to lead a creative life