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

Architect Kengo Kuma’s new Tokyo stadium for the 2020 Olympics and 5 other stunning buildings he has designed

He is a masterful user of bamboo and his designs often blend with nature, but one of his buildings is so incredible it seems to magically appear out of the earth

11 Oct 2019 - 2:20PM

He is a masterful user of bamboo and his designs often blend with nature, but one of his buildings is so incredible it seems to magically appear out of the earth

Architect Kengo Kuma’s new Tokyo stadium for the 2020 Olympics and 5 other stunning buildings he has designed
Olympics 2020: How does Tokyo’s National Stadium compare with the most iconic stadiums ever?

Montreal’s Big O in 1976 and Berlin 1936, when African-American sprinter Jesse Owens’ four gold medals shattered the myth of Aryan superiority in front of Nazi leader Adolf Hitler, are among the leading candidates

10 Oct 2019 - 5:21PM

Montreal’s Big O in 1976 and Berlin 1936, when African-American sprinter Jesse Owens’ four gold medals shattered the myth of Aryan superiority in front of Nazi leader Adolf Hitler, are among the leading candidates

Olympics 2020: How does Tokyo’s National Stadium compare with the most iconic stadiums ever?
Bond stars Pierce Brosnan and Naomie Harris bring a touch of 007 to Naomi Campbell’s Fashion For Relief charity gala

Fashion icons Alexa Chung, Sita Abellan and Anna Wintour join musicians Eve, AJ Tracey and Ella Eyre at supermodel’s annual London fundraiser

3 Oct 2019 - 5:14AM

Fashion icons Alexa Chung, Sita Abellan and Anna Wintour join musicians Eve, AJ Tracey and Ella Eyre at supermodel’s annual London fundraiser

Bond stars Pierce Brosnan and Naomie Harris bring a touch of 007 to Naomi Campbell’s Fashion For Relief charity gala
Gucci, Chanel and Armani lead luxury fashion offerings at K11 Musea – the new artsy mall at Hong Kong’s Victoria Dockside

The cultural-retail complex at Victoria Dockside in Tsim Sha Tsui features artistic treasures as well as sophisticated shopping and dining all under one roof

28 Sep 2019 - 2:00PM

The cultural-retail complex at Victoria Dockside in Tsim Sha Tsui features artistic treasures as well as sophisticated shopping and dining all under one roof

Gucci, Chanel and Armani lead luxury fashion offerings at K11 Musea – the new artsy mall at Hong Kong’s Victoria Dockside
5 things we know about Beijing Daxing International Airport, the ‘alien starfish’ opening soon

Beijing Daxing International Airport opens at end of September – handling 300 take-offs and landings an hour, with 45 million passengers by 2021 – and will eventually be the world’s busiest

3 Sep 2019 - 10:38AM

Beijing Daxing International Airport opens at end of September – handling 300 take-offs and landings an hour, with 45 million passengers by 2021 – and will eventually be the world’s busiest

5 things we know about Beijing Daxing International Airport, the ‘alien starfish’ opening soon
Sustainable music festivals: the plastic-free, carbon neutral events making a big difference

Arts and music festivals can be terrible for the environment, from the waste they create to the energy required to host them. But some events are doing all they can to promote a positive message and reduce their impact.

28 Jul 2019 - 6:30PM

Arts and music festivals can be terrible for the environment, from the waste they create to the energy required to host them. But some events are doing all they can to promote a positive message and reduce their impact.

Sustainable music festivals: the plastic-free, carbon neutral events making a big difference
Review | Forty Nights by Chris Thrall: second memoir relocates drug-fuelled antics from Hong Kong to Britain

In his second memoir, Forty Nights, ex-marine Chris Thrall describes with wit and warmth his attempts, with varying degrees of success, to face his demons back home in Britain.

25 Jul 2019 - 6:20PM

In his second memoir, Forty Nights, ex-marine Chris Thrall describes with wit and warmth his attempts, with varying degrees of success, to face his demons back home in Britain.

Forty Nights by Chris Thrall: second memoir relocates drug-fuelled antics from Hong Kong to Britain
The Jollibee story: how a Philippine fast food franchise took on the world

Philippine brand Jollibee has grown from two outlets to more than 1,300 restaurants at home and overseas. The chain adapts its menus for different cultures, but its Chickenjoy fried chicken is a favourite everywhere.

23 Jul 2019 - 4:57PM

Philippine brand Jollibee has grown from two outlets to more than 1,300 restaurants at home and overseas. The chain adapts its menus for different cultures, but its Chickenjoy fried chicken is a favourite everywhere.

The Jollibee story: how a Philippine fast food franchise took on the world
Back to the Future film showed mixologist Antonio Lai that the world has no limits

Antonio Lai discovered anything was possible when he watched the 1985 time-travelling sci-fi flick as a child.

25 May 2019 - 1:00PM

Antonio Lai discovered anything was possible when he watched the 1985 time-travelling sci-fi flick as a child.

Back to the Future film showed mixologist Antonio Lai that the world has no limits
How The Book of Tea taught a curator to see the human behind the art

Takahashi Mizuki is co-director of the Centre for Heritage, Arts and Textile, the arts centre at The Mills, a Hong Kong conservation project

19 May 2019 - 1:30PM

Takahashi Mizuki is co-director of the Centre for Heritage, Arts and Textile, the arts centre at The Mills, a Hong Kong conservation project

How The Book of Tea taught a curator to see the human behind the art
Chef Vicky Cheng of Michelin-star Hong Kong restaurant Vea shares how Canto-pop record changed his life

Despite being released before the chef was born, George Lam’s soundtrack to 1980 film Disco Bumpkins proved influential for Cheng.

12 May 2019 - 1:00PM

Despite being released before the chef was born, George Lam’s soundtrack to 1980 film Disco Bumpkins proved influential for Cheng.

Chef Vicky Cheng of Michelin-star Hong Kong restaurant Vea shares how Canto-pop record changed his life
Breakout queen of Mongolian hip hop Mrs M on rapping in English and touring overseas

Ulan Bator is the hub of Mongolia’s vibrant hip hop scene and Mrs M is leading the charge. Her first single in English comes out this month and she is starting to tour overseas.

5 May 2019 - 2:15PM

Ulan Bator is the hub of Mongolia’s vibrant hip hop scene and Mrs M is leading the charge. Her first single in English comes out this month and she is starting to tour overseas.

Breakout queen of Mongolian hip hop Mrs M on rapping in English and touring overseas
How Hemingway’s The Old Man and the Sea inspired Hong Kong trio to open a bar

James Tamang, a co-owner of The Old Man and The Sea bars in Hong Kong, says he felt a connection with the American novelist’s most famous book.

28 Apr 2019 - 1:47PM

James Tamang, a co-owner of The Old Man and The Sea bars in Hong Kong, says he felt a connection with the American novelist’s most famous book.

How Hemingway’s The Old Man and the Sea inspired Hong Kong trio to open a bar
Former policeman tells a rollicking tale of the Hong Kong force, and of the city itself
Fashion blogger Cindy Ko on the book that encouraged her to reach her full potential as a woman

Psychoanalyst Clarissa Pinkola Estés’ book Women Who Run With the Wolves, which uses folklore and myths to showcase a liberating archetype of femininity, has helped fashion blogger Ko in her calling to become the woman she was meant to be.

21 Apr 2019 - 1:30PM

Psychoanalyst Clarissa Pinkola Estés’ book Women Who Run With the Wolves, which uses folklore and myths to showcase a liberating archetype of femininity, has helped fashion blogger Ko in her calling to become the woman she was meant to be.

Fashion blogger Cindy Ko on the book that encouraged her to reach her full potential as a woman
‘It was my guidebook to China’: serial entrepreneur on Lin Yutang’s My Country and My People

Published in 1935, Lin Yutang’s My Country and My People is still relevant today, says Hungarian Tony Verb, and provides great insight into China.

14 Apr 2019 - 1:30PM

Published in 1935, Lin Yutang’s My Country and My People is still relevant today, says Hungarian Tony Verb, and provides great insight into China.

‘It was my guidebook to China’: serial entrepreneur on Lin Yutang’s My Country and My People
From Thundercat to VR, how Sónar Hong Kong is leading the way for electronic music festivals

From Thundercat to Bonobo, the third Hong Kong edition of the Sónar festival will feature 35 musical acts that run the gamut from the radio-friendly to the mind-bendingly experimental.

11 Apr 2019 - 4:51PM

From Thundercat to Bonobo, the third Hong Kong edition of the Sónar festival will feature 35 musical acts that run the gamut from the radio-friendly to the mind-bendingly experimental.

From Thundercat to VR, how Sónar Hong Kong is leading the way for electronic music festivals
How book about Emperor Yongzheng changed Hong Kong antiques dealer Andy Hei’s life

Eryue He’s historical novel ‘flipped’ Andy Hei’s understanding of Qing dynasty China

7 Apr 2019 - 1:30PM

Eryue He’s historical novel ‘flipped’ Andy Hei’s understanding of Qing dynasty China

How book about Emperor Yongzheng changed Hong Kong antiques dealer Andy Hei’s life
Amy Winehouse’s debut album, Frank, taught me to believe in myself, says Niin founder

The late British singer showed Jeanine Hsu, who started Hong Kong-based sustainable jewellery brand Niin 2009, that women could be equal

2 Apr 2019 - 11:23AM

The late British singer showed Jeanine Hsu, who started Hong Kong-based sustainable jewellery brand Niin 2009, that women could be equal

Amy Winehouse’s debut album, Frank, taught me to believe in myself, says Niin founder
How Benedict Anderson’s Imagined Communities changed Myriam Bartu’s life

Myriam Bartu, the co-founder of Enrich HK, a charity that trains Hong Kong’s domestic helpers in financial literacy, says the 1983 book Imagined Communities taught her how boundaries, identities and race are all imagined

25 Mar 2019 - 11:35AM

Myriam Bartu, the co-founder of Enrich HK, a charity that trains Hong Kong’s domestic helpers in financial literacy, says the 1983 book Imagined Communities taught her how boundaries, identities and race are all imagined

How Benedict Anderson’s Imagined Communities changed Myriam Bartu’s life
Chinese hip hop group Higher Brothers are back with a new album and world tour

Higher Brothers, who rap about daily life and culture in China, will tour the US and Europe after visiting Hong Kong.

2 Apr 2019 - 6:03PM

Higher Brothers, who rap about daily life and culture in China, will tour the US and Europe after visiting Hong Kong.

Chinese hip hop group Higher Brothers are back with a new album and world tour
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

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

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

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

From Singaporean ‘city girl’ to urban famer: Michelle Hong of Rooftop Republic on the book that changed her life
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
  • 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
What British band Arctic Monkeys taught chef Daniel Calvert: the importance of defying expectations
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

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

Feeding Hong Kong’s Gabrielle Kirstein on the book that changed her life
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

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

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

How Bea Johnson’s book Zero Waste Home changed the course of one Hongkonger’s life
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
  • ‘It was the humour that pulled me in’, says Elaine Ip, co-founder of The Week music festival
How comedian Stephen Chow’s God of Cookery helped ‘whitewashed’ Hongkonger rediscover her Chinese roots
‘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

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

‘Imagination doesn’t have to wait’: how a Hong Kong sound artist found his musical feet
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

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

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