Richard Lui - Why flights to China are Fully Booked

Richard Lui

From the minute he starts talking on this podcast, you know you’re listening to a professional who knows how to articulate the nuances of what’s happening in China and why it’s important to all of us.  An American journalist and news anchor, Richard Lui has traveled the world, lived in both America and Asia, and worked for fifteen years at Fortune 500 and tech companies—he holds a patent on the first bank-centric payment system seed-funded and incubated by Citibank—before being tapped for his current role as a news anchor who reports knowledgably on global business.  Additionally, Richard’s work and reporting on humanitarian issues spans 30 years and six continents. 

In this podcast, Richard shares his perspective on Asia and the West in a far-reaching, multi-faceted conversation that takes us from New York to Singapore to California to India and beyond.  He tells us just why planes flying to China are fully booked these days, and why you may want to be among the passengers.

Be prepared for a highly charged, interactive discussion.

Richard Lui Biography

Richard Lui is a thought leader in media and digital-social storytelling with 30 years in television, technology, and business. Currently, he is a journalist and news anchor for MSNBC and NBC News. Before that in 2007 at CNN Worldwide, he became the first Chinese American male to anchor a daily, national news broadcast in the U.S. Richard’s more recent field reporting includes the Paris and San Bernardino terror attacks and Ferguson and Baltimore during heightened racial unrest.  

His reporting at CNN Worldwide and MSNBC has covered various topics such as the military and economic globalization in and around China. While at Channel NewsAsia, which reaches over 20 countries in Asia, Richard reported extensively on Asia and China, including national elections in Taiwan, Indonesia, Malaysia, and Singapore. Along with traveling through China over the past decade, he hosted a primetime regional TV magazine show called Insight that covered political and social issues in documentary form. His international security work at Stanford focused on North Korea, and he has been an active C100 and Asia Society participant.

Outside of journalism, Richard has been active in business, launching five technology brands over three technology cycles, most recently an artificial intelligence company in Silicon Valley in 2016.  While at Citibank, he co-founded and patented a Visa-like payments backbone based in Asia. He sits on five boards of directors / advisers and is a Policy Fellow at the University of California Riverside, where he explores the cross of public policy and media.

Richard is a UN Spokesperson for the HeForShe Campaign and ambassador for NGOs focusing on gender equality and human trafficking. He holds a B.A. in Rhetoric from UC Berkeley and an MBA from the Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan. He is ranked in the top 1% of social media users by Twitter Counter and was named one of 21 dynamic careers to watch alongside Warren Buffett and Sheryl Sandberg by Business Insider.

A twist in Richard’s background. He is the grandson of four Chinese immigrants, and his mother also traveled from China as a child. Two of his grandparents came to the US illegally, so Richard’s real last name is Wong. For more information go to Washington Speakers Bureau at