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.

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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
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

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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.

Background music gets new lease of life as bars, stores and hotels use tailored tunes to tempt trade
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
  • The Tipping Point provided Jeff Rotmeyer with the inspiration to move ahead with homeless charity ImpactHK
How Malcolm Gladwell changed the life of homeless charity ImpactHK founder
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

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.

Three Wishes in Bardo is an original piece, well plotted with believable characters
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

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

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

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

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