Byron was born in the United States and moved to the then British colony of Hong Kong in time to see the Union Jack lowered for the last time. He first became intrigued to Chinese culture through a heavy dose of Cantonese horror movies.

Byron went back to the United States and earned a BA in Political Science from the University of Michigan and an MA in Journalism from the University of Southern California. After graduation he landed a job as an English radio host in China Radio International, where he discussed music, entertainment and social issues on Live FM.
Although Feng Shui, ghosts and superstition are frequently shoved under the rug in modern China, he finds these taboos to be the most unique parts of Chinese culture. In his free time, Byron enjoys writing, hiking and exploring Beijing.