Lu-Hai Liang

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Richard Linklater, and the Importance of Obsession

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On the way over to Beijing I passed the time watching a movie on the in-flight entertainment system. I had heard about this movie called “Boyhood” that had been garnering praise; from actors, directors and my peers. I recalled a quote from a Hollywood star: “[…] and of course Boyhood, which blew me away”; one of those half-remembered quotations that lodge in your mind, relentlessly persuading. The movie is directed by Richard Linklater, a director who makes fervent, lucid films about grown-up things, or more specifically the moments that come to inform your grown-up self. Films like Dazed & Confused, Before Sunrise, Before Sunset (my personal favourite) and Before Midnight – a trilogy that feature the same two actors (Julie Delpy and Ethan Hawke) in nine-year installments following the same couple as they go from chance encounter to rekindled romance to settled couple. Read the rest of this entry »


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Lu-Hai Liang is a multimedia journalist and writer.


Twitter: @LuHai_Liang


Short bio 

Lu-Hai Liang is a British-Chinese journalist and writer. He was based in Beijing for six years. He has been published widely in international media. 

These include The Guardian, BBC, CNN, Foreign Policy, Wired, The Atlantic, New Statesman, Aljazeera, Daily Telegraph, Dazed, Eurogamer, The Independent, and Nikkei Asian Review, among others. 



Longer bio

Liang was born in Guilin, China, and was moved to the United Kingdom aged five, and grew up in the seaside town of Hastings in southeast England. 

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I completed a bachelors degree in multimedia journalism at Bournemouth University in 2012. Following a summer working as a camera assistant for OBS at the London 2012 Olympic Games, I decided to move to Beijing.

My first job in the Chinese capital was listings editor at the magazine, The Beijinger, promoted from paid intern. After a summer break at home in England, I returned to Beijing in autumn 2013 and this blog was born, tracking my life and career as a journalist in Beijing. 

I was based in Beijing from 2012 to 2018.

These six years were a heady, adventurous, difficult, lonely, rewarding, thrilling, impactful yet oddly unsatisfying time, like a tempestuous love affair. 

I have visited Myanmar, Nepal, Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore, Vietnam, Philippines, Taiwan, Japan, South Korea, and North Korea. And I often wrote reports and features about my host countries.   

From 2019 to September 2020, I was a roving, nomadic, freelance journalist endlessly criss-crossing southeast and east Asia, until the pandemic decided to end it.   

These days I am trying to become a published author and I am a cohort of the 2021 HarperCollins author academy. 


(Samples of my work)

The psychology behind ‘revenge bedtime procrastination’ 

Myanmar monks feel the pressure of tourism 

Is North Korea on your tourism bucket list?

Inside the weird world of Chinese romance video games

Where exactly are my British Chinese role models?

Prada in Pyongyang: North Korea’s new look

It’s not Communism holding China’s youth back. It’s their parents. 

I chose to become a migrant, and learned to be a freelancer 

Meet Colin Huang, who just stepped down as CEO of $100 billion Pinduoduo

Apple and Samsung duke it out in South Korea

The surprising place some Korean women are going for a career boost 

Written by Lu-Hai Liang

October 11, 2012 at 2:03 pm

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