Richard Lord

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

How a homoerotic paper cutting artwork by Chinese artist Xiyadie changed this LGBT art collector’s life

A Chinese paper cutting, depicting two men having oral sex behind a door while a woman nurses her baby in another room, is a striking symbol of gay men’s struggle for acceptance, says LGBT art collector Patrick Sun.

A Chinese paper cutting, depicting two men having oral sex behind a door while a woman nurses her baby in another room, is a striking symbol of gay men’s struggle for acceptance, says LGBT art collector Patrick Sun.

17 May 2022 - 10:45AM
Why book on how to be a better writer changed an artist’s life: Annie Dillard’s The Writing Life ‘takes the romance out of art making – in a good way’

Hong Kong-based American contemporary artist Christopher K. Ho says The Writing Life by American author Annie Dillard is ‘one of the most accurate descriptions of the artistic process’.

Hong Kong-based American contemporary artist Christopher K. Ho says The Writing Life by American author Annie Dillard is ‘one of the most accurate descriptions of the artistic process’.

9 May 2022 - 5:55PM
How seeing In the Mood for Love and meeting its art director William Chang changed this creative director’s life

In the Mood for Love, starring Tony Leung and Maggie Cheung, showed 12-year-old Ruth Chao a different side of Chinese culture, and meeting the films art director was a dream come true.

In the Mood for Love, starring Tony Leung and Maggie Cheung, showed 12-year-old Ruth Chao a different side of Chinese culture, and meeting the films art director was a dream come true.

4 May 2022 - 11:15AM
How reading National Geographic magazine as a boy changed the life of Australian filmmaker and activist Craig Leeson

A subscription to National Geographic magazine set eight-year-old Craig Leeson on the path to becoming a filmmaker, activist and entrepreneur.

A subscription to National Geographic magazine set eight-year-old Craig Leeson on the path to becoming a filmmaker, activist and entrepreneur.

26 Apr 2022 - 12:45PM
How watching Gilbert and Sullivan’s Iolanthe aged 10 convinced founder of Hong Kong Youth Arts Foundation to follow a career in the arts

Watching Gilbert and Sullivan’s Iolanthe inspired Lindsey McAlister to take up the arts, and she later founded the Hong Kong Youth Arts Foundation, where she inspires others.

Watching Gilbert and Sullivan’s Iolanthe inspired Lindsey McAlister to take up the arts, and she later founded the Hong Kong Youth Arts Foundation, where she inspires others.

19 Apr 2022 - 5:45PM
How reading the inspirational book How Women Rise changed the life of this Sotheby’s jewellery expert

The book, which describes the different challenges women face throughout their careers, proved inspirational for Regine Ngan, head of the jewellery department at Sotheby’s Asia.

The book, which describes the different challenges women face throughout their careers, proved inspirational for Regine Ngan, head of the jewellery department at Sotheby’s Asia.

29 Mar 2022 - 11:45AM
Explainer | The art of gem setting: from the Tiffany to the world’s largest diamond, the 530.2 carat Cullinan I in the British Crown Jewels, which can be removed from its sceptre and worn as a pendant

A diamond is forever – but do you know the different ways gemstones can be presented, from the bezel method to the prong setting?

A diamond is forever – but do you know the different ways gemstones can be presented, from the bezel method to the prong setting?

25 Mar 2022 - 10:59AM
The first Warcraft game led this gamer to esports and a lifelong love of competitive gaming

Sean Zhang Xiao Yi, the co-founder and CEO of Talon Esports, says Warcraft: Orcs & Humans changed his life. He was introduced to the first game in the Warcraft series as a teenager in Australia.

Sean Zhang Xiao Yi, the co-founder and CEO of Talon Esports, says Warcraft: Orcs & Humans changed his life. He was introduced to the first game in the Warcraft series as a teenager in Australia.

22 Mar 2022 - 7:45PM
The lessons of Cloud Atlas movie starring Tom Hanks for indoor-farming pioneer in Hong Kong

‘It changed me completely. I quit my job …,’ says Raymond Mak of seeing the film adaptation of David Mitchell’s time-travelling novel. He left accountancy firm PwC and founded an indoor-farming business.

‘It changed me completely. I quit my job …,’ says Raymond Mak of seeing the film adaptation of David Mitchell’s time-travelling novel. He left accountancy firm PwC and founded an indoor-farming business.

2 Mar 2022 - 4:45PM
How reading travelogue Stories of the Sahara inspired a creative director and opened her eyes to what she could achieve

When Penelope Luk, creative director of Crafts on Peel, read Stories of the Sahara – the defining work of celebrated Chinese travel writer Sanmao – it changed her life forever.

When Penelope Luk, creative director of Crafts on Peel, read Stories of the Sahara – the defining work of celebrated Chinese travel writer Sanmao – it changed her life forever.

23 Feb 2022 - 4:45PM
How 3 simple but striking outdoor sculptures changed a Christie’s expert’s life

The Sculptural Ensemble of Constantin Brâncuși at Târgu Jiu in Romania taught Christie’s Cristian Albu to question what it means to push boundaries.

The Sculptural Ensemble of Constantin Brâncuși at Târgu Jiu in Romania taught Christie’s Cristian Albu to question what it means to push boundaries.

16 Feb 2022 - 1:45PM
How watching Whoopi Goldberg’s breakthrough comedy video Direct from Broadway helped Hong Kong choreographer appreciate the power of words

Watching Whoopi Goldberg’s breakthrough video of her one-woman show, Direct from Broadway, was a revelation for Yuri Ng Yue-lit of Hong Kong’s City Contemporary Dance Company.

Watching Whoopi Goldberg’s breakthrough video of her one-woman show, Direct from Broadway, was a revelation for Yuri Ng Yue-lit of Hong Kong’s City Contemporary Dance Company.

8 Feb 2022 - 7:45PM
Winter Olympics ski champion Eileen Gu is the hottest name in luxury: with brand deals from Louis Vuitton to Luckin Coffee, and Cadillac to Chanel, the freestyle teen touches Gen Z in China and the US alike

Victoria’s Secret, Tiffany & Co., Estée Lauder, Fendi – the list of luxury brands Eileen Gu is associated with is growing – and that’s before she’s even won a single gold medal at the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics

Victoria’s Secret, Tiffany & Co., Estée Lauder, Fendi – the list of luxury brands Eileen Gu is associated with is growing – and that’s before she’s even won a single gold medal at the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics

18 Mar 2022 - 12:58PM
How an ‘ugly’ sculpture by Eva Hesse changed art student Leelee Chan’s journey from painter to contemporary sculptor

When art student Leelee Chan, at the time obsessed with painting, first saw Eva Hesse’s artwork Hang Up, she found it ugly and disturbing, but it later inspired her to become a sculptor.

When art student Leelee Chan, at the time obsessed with painting, first saw Eva Hesse’s artwork Hang Up, she found it ugly and disturbing, but it later inspired her to become a sculptor.

25 Jan 2022 - 4:45PM
How Naomi Klein’s This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs the Climate altered an environmental educator’s thinking

The Canadian author’s book about climate change and capitalism had a profound impact on environmenatla educator Natalie Chung’s thinking, she tells Richard Lord.

The Canadian author’s book about climate change and capitalism had a profound impact on environmenatla educator Natalie Chung’s thinking, she tells Richard Lord.

18 Jan 2022 - 7:45PM
How seeing 1960s avant garde project The Walking City taught Hong Kong architect Benny Lee that nothing is impossible

Architect Benny Lee saw an original drawing from the 1960s pop art design project Archigram as a student and was reminded how architecture can improve people’s lives.

Architect Benny Lee saw an original drawing from the 1960s pop art design project Archigram as a student and was reminded how architecture can improve people’s lives.

12 Jan 2022 - 12:45PM
How reading A Passage to India changed Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts director Gillian Choa’s life

When she read E.M. Forster’s novel at school, Choa, already a fan of 1920s fashion and literature, was drawn to the tale of racism and class tension in colonial India.

When she read E.M. Forster’s novel at school, Choa, already a fan of 1920s fashion and literature, was drawn to the tale of racism and class tension in colonial India.

30 Dec 2021 - 7:45PM
How Cinderella – the Panto changed a company director’s life, making her more confident about taking on non-traditional roles

Acting in Cinderella the Panto showed Shafin Azim the joy of making people smile, and inspired her to take on professional acting roles

Acting in Cinderella the Panto showed Shafin Azim the joy of making people smile, and inspired her to take on professional acting roles

15 Dec 2021 - 5:15PM
The world’s most expensive sport? How the Formula 1 World Championship attracts Mercedes and Ferrari, and cities like Abu Dhabi and Singapore, to spend billions on Grand Prix races every year

The sport’s danger-tinged glamour pulls in a global audience and dozens of big name investors – from top carmakers to luxury brands and even governments who spend billions on drivers, cars and racetracks

The sport’s danger-tinged glamour pulls in a global audience and dozens of big name investors – from top carmakers to luxury brands and even governments who spend billions on drivers, cars and racetracks

14 Dec 2021 - 6:13PM
How Everest disaster book Into Thin Air inspired craft beer maker Scott Powrie to push himself and climb a Himalayan peak

A storm on Mount Everest killed eight people in 1996, and Into Thin Air is a first-hand account that inspired Hong Kong-based Scott Powrie to climb higher.

A storm on Mount Everest killed eight people in 1996, and Into Thin Air is a first-hand account that inspired Hong Kong-based Scott Powrie to climb higher.

6 Dec 2021 - 1:15PM
How The Catcher in the Rye helped a clinical psychologist get to know herself better, and have empathy and compassion for her teenage patients

Clinical psychologist Jamie Chiu works with teenagers and the literary classic helps her to better understand the struggles they face on a daily basis.

Clinical psychologist Jamie Chiu works with teenagers and the literary classic helps her to better understand the struggles they face on a daily basis.

24 Nov 2021 - 6:15PM
What Neighbourhood Story manga taught Hong Kong knitwear company founders about clothes design, styling and self-expression

The manga series about a Tokyo fashion student inspired knitwear founders Phyllis Chan Ji-li and Suzzie Chung Yuen-shan when they read it together as students.

The manga series about a Tokyo fashion student inspired knitwear founders Phyllis Chan Ji-li and Suzzie Chung Yuen-shan when they read it together as students.

10 Nov 2021 - 6:15PM
The best luxury fragrance launches for autumn, from Diptyque’s travel-inspired 60th anniversary collection, to Aesop’s new Hong Kong boutique

Diptyque takes you on an olfactory journey across the globe with its 60th anniversary Le Grand Tour collection, or would you rather a scent inspired by diamonds, courtesy of Graff?

Diptyque takes you on an olfactory journey across the globe with its 60th anniversary Le Grand Tour collection, or would you rather a scent inspired by diamonds, courtesy of Graff?

29 Oct 2021 - 3:00PM
What The Parasite taught a Hong Kong professor about giving and taking, and food waste and redistribution

The Parasite by French philosopher Michel Serres inspired Daisy Tam to change her attitude towards giving and taking, fuelling her interest in food redistribution.

The Parasite by French philosopher Michel Serres inspired Daisy Tam to change her attitude towards giving and taking, fuelling her interest in food redistribution.

26 Oct 2021 - 1:15PM
What The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy taught Hong Kong chocolate maker Amit Oz about life, the universe and everything

The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy and its gentle yet chaotic humour struck a chord with the young Amit Oz, showing him how to look at life’s big picture.

The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy and its gentle yet chaotic humour struck a chord with the young Amit Oz, showing him how to look at life’s big picture.

15 Oct 2021 - 11:27AM
The hottest designer handbags for autumn 2021 – from Jennifer Lopez’s Fendi Touch bag, to Maison Margiela’s retro The Swalk II clutch

Stand-out designer bags from the autumn/winter 2021 collections include the Fendi Touch bag, as seen on J.Lo, and Maison Margiela’s new The Swalk II clutch

Stand-out designer bags from the autumn/winter 2021 collections include the Fendi Touch bag, as seen on J.Lo, and Maison Margiela’s new The Swalk II clutch

13 Oct 2021 - 9:00AM
How architects behind New York’s High Line and their highly conceptual work changed a Hong Kong designer’s life

Marisa Yiu, founding partner of Hong Kong design studio Eskyiu, explains how a book on New York architecture firm Diller + Scofidio taught her to challenge herself.

Marisa Yiu, founding partner of Hong Kong design studio Eskyiu, explains how a book on New York architecture firm Diller + Scofidio taught her to challenge herself.

22 Oct 2021 - 11:56AM
How The Tibetan Book of Living and Dying by Sogyal Rinpoche changed Hong Kong-based British fashion designer Jason Mui’s life

Life, death, karma and compassion are the themes of the book by lama Sogyal Rinpoche, and reading it helped Mui deal with the death of two of his grandparents.

Life, death, karma and compassion are the themes of the book by lama Sogyal Rinpoche, and reading it helped Mui deal with the death of two of his grandparents.

29 Sep 2021 - 6:45PM
How ‘About Time’ taught a stressed fintech company founder to slow down, worry less and enjoy the moment

Simon Loong, founder and group CEO of Hong Kong-based WeLab, got a new perspective on life after watching the 2013 film.

Simon Loong, founder and group CEO of Hong Kong-based WeLab, got a new perspective on life after watching the 2013 film.

21 Sep 2021 - 10:52AM
9 of the best negroni bars in Hong Kong, from Soho’s The Wise King serving up a Nutella-flavoured concoction, to Mexican-inspired Coa that tops Asia’s 50 Best Bars list

Every bar has its own take on the classic concoction of gin, Campari and sweet red vermouth – why not sample The Wise King’s Nutella-flavoured version or Coa’s supercharged Caffeinated Negroni?

Every bar has its own take on the classic concoction of gin, Campari and sweet red vermouth – why not sample The Wise King’s Nutella-flavoured version or Coa’s supercharged Caffeinated Negroni?

16 Sep 2021 - 3:19PM