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Hi, I'm Crystal. I am a journalist at the South China Morning Post in Hong Kong, where I cover cultural criticism and business trends on the Asia Desk. Before joining the Post, I was based in Seoul as an independent journalist writing for Quartz, i-D/Vice, Monocle, Wallpaper, Lonely Planet, Women’s Wear Daily and other media. 

I grew up in Canada and studied political science at the University of British Columbia in lush, though oftentimes rainy Vancouver. My first gig was during a gap year I took to work at SCMP (round one). After graduation, I landed a job in television, and produced a weekly current affairs show on the Asia Television channel (R.I.P). I covered everything from the city's unique and ultimately unsafe one-woman-brothel prostitution laws, to the undeniable issue of Hong Kong's immense wealth gap (The Gini coefficient hit a record high of 0.539 in 2016). 

These days, I write about cultural and business trends — often peering into the socio-political reasons for their emergence, as well as the economic impact they may have. Here is some recent coverage.

As for non-journalism stuff - I have created content for brands, sites and campaigns when there's no conflict of interest with my reporting work. I'm also an advisor for the Fashion Culture Design Unconference held annually in NYC and Beijing. 

You can reach me at hi@crystal-tai.com

(photo by Simpson Kim)