Laramie Mok

Laramie Mok

Laramie is a bilingual editor and journalist on the South China Morning Post’s Specialist Publications desk. She is particularly interested in arts and culture, and Hong Kong history. Her writing covers a range of topics, including fashion and beauty, lifestyle, design and social journalism. Before joining the SCMP, she was a reporter at various local magazines and newspapers. Writing inspiring features with an interesting angle is where her enthusiasm lies.

Latest from Laramie Mok

5 of Teresa Teng’s songs, each in a different language – 25 years after the legendary Taiwanese singer died from an asthma attack

As the saying goes, ‘Wherever there are Chinese people, Teresa Teng’s songs can be heard’; the Taiwanese cultural icon is considered one of the greatest singers in Asian recording history

7 May 2020 - 4:21PM

As the saying goes, ‘Wherever there are Chinese people, Teresa Teng’s songs can be heard’; the Taiwanese cultural icon is considered one of the greatest singers in Asian recording history

5 of Teresa Teng’s songs, each in a different language – 25 years after the legendary Taiwanese singer died from an asthma attack
Was Empress Dowager Cixi the original cosplayer – over a century ago?

The dragon lady granted herself the saintly title of ‘old master Buddha’ and dressed up in lavish costumes for photos to promote her godlike position

30 Apr 2020 - 3:00PM

The dragon lady granted herself the saintly title of ‘old master Buddha’ and dressed up in lavish costumes for photos to promote her godlike position

Was Empress Dowager Cixi the original cosplayer – over a century ago?
Who was Tina Leung – Ti Na – the Hong Kong movie star who regretted a nude scene and worked as a spy for communist China?

March 31 marks the 10th anniversary of the death of Hong Kong movie star Tina Leung Kwok-hing, aka Ti Na, yet her legendary life – both on and off the screen – still inspires and captivates

31 Mar 2020 - 3:57PM

March 31 marks the 10th anniversary of the death of Hong Kong movie star Tina Leung Kwok-hing, aka Ti Na, yet her legendary life – both on and off the screen – still inspires and captivates

Who was Tina Leung – Ti Na – the Hong Kong movie star who regretted a nude scene and worked as a spy for communist China?
Queen Elizabeth, Chow Yun-fat, Gong Li and Tom Cruise have all eaten at Hong Kong’s Jumbo Kingdom floating restaurants – but how much of its history do you know?

The iconic Jumbo Floating Restaurant and the Tai Pak Floating Restaurant, currently closed due to coronavirus, are popular with celebrities, locals and tourists, and have featured in many movies

25 Mar 2020 - 11:00AM

The iconic Jumbo Floating Restaurant and the Tai Pak Floating Restaurant, currently closed due to coronavirus, are popular with celebrities, locals and tourists, and have featured in many movies

Queen Elizabeth, Chow Yun-fat, Gong Li and Tom Cruise have all eaten at Hong Kong’s Jumbo Kingdom floating restaurants – but how much of its history do you know?
Remember Anna May Wong, the first Chinese movie star in Hollywood? She should have won an Oscar

As movie stars and directors celebrate their recent Oscar wins, let’s not forget Anna May Wong, the first Chinese actress to wow Hollywood

12 Feb 2020 - 3:25PM

As movie stars and directors celebrate their recent Oscar wins, let’s not forget Anna May Wong, the first Chinese actress to wow Hollywood

Remember Anna May Wong, the first Chinese movie star in Hollywood? She should have won an Oscar
6 of the most iconic looks of ‘Queen of Canto-pop’ Faye Wong

From the Grunge fashion style and Bantu knots, to the boyish look in the movie Chungking Express, to her use of avant-garde make-up, we pick six of Faye Wong’s looks that we love the most

8 Aug 2019 - 6:22PM

From the Grunge fashion style and Bantu knots, to the boyish look in the movie Chungking Express, to her use of avant-garde make-up, we pick six of Faye Wong’s looks that we love the most

6 of the most iconic looks of ‘Queen of Canto-pop’ Faye Wong
5 memorable moments from singer Eason Chan’s career you may have missed

Hong Kong singer-songwriter, who turns 45 on Saturday, had plans to study to become an architect before he changed direction after winning a singing contest

29 Jul 2019 - 11:59AM

Hong Kong singer-songwriter, who turns 45 on Saturday, had plans to study to become an architect before he changed direction after winning a singing contest

5 memorable moments from singer Eason Chan’s career you may have missed
Who was Shi Peipu, a Chinese spy and opera star who cross-dressed as a woman and had a long-term sexual relationship with a French diplomat?

Opera singer and spy Shi Peipu died in 2009, but his explosive affair with French diplomat Bernard Boursicot fascinates to this day

2 Jul 2019 - 4:30PM

Opera singer and spy Shi Peipu died in 2009, but his explosive affair with French diplomat Bernard Boursicot fascinates to this day

Who was Shi Peipu, a Chinese spy and opera star who cross-dressed as a woman and had a long-term sexual relationship with a French diplomat?
5 Stephen Chow movies that made him Hong Kong’s king of comedy

We look at the most hilarious 1990s movies which made Stephen Chow Sing-chi one of the box-office stars of Hong Kong film

2 Jul 2019 - 11:48AM

We look at the most hilarious 1990s movies which made Stephen Chow Sing-chi one of the box-office stars of Hong Kong film

5 Stephen Chow movies that made him Hong Kong’s king of comedy
5 things you should know about Naomi Scott, Princess Jasmine in Disney’s 2019 Aladdin remake

British-Indian actress Naomi Scott impresses with her exotic beauty and captivating voice. Her next big part will be in Charlie’s Angels

10 Jun 2019 - 5:23PM

British-Indian actress Naomi Scott impresses with her exotic beauty and captivating voice. Her next big part will be in Charlie’s Angels

5 things you should know about Naomi Scott, Princess Jasmine in Disney’s 2019 Aladdin remake
5 most memorable Chinese films that have been honoured at the Cannes Film Festival

The 72nd annual Cannes Film Festival, which began last week in Cannes, in the south of France, is running until Saturday. 

23 May 2019 - 1:05PM

The 72nd annual Cannes Film Festival, which began last week in Cannes, in the south of France, is running until Saturday. 

5 most memorable Chinese films that have been honoured at the Cannes Film Festival
5 most memorable Chinese films that have been honoured at the Cannes Film Festival

As four new Chinese films vie for honours at this year’s event, we recall the success of Farewell My Concubine, To Live, In The Mood for Love, The Assassin and Lust, Caution

23 May 2019 - 11:45AM

As four new Chinese films vie for honours at this year’s event, we recall the success of Farewell My Concubine, To Live, In The Mood for Love, The Assassin and Lust, Caution

5 most memorable Chinese films that have been honoured at the Cannes Film Festival
Why did the Empress Dowager Cixi add chrysanthemum petals to her Chinese hotpot?

Three imperial dishes served during the Qing dynasty – considered the pinnacle of Chinese cuisine at the time – continue to influence chefs to this day

7 Feb 2019 - 10:30AM

Three imperial dishes served during the Qing dynasty – considered the pinnacle of Chinese cuisine at the time – continue to influence chefs to this day

Why did the Empress Dowager Cixi add chrysanthemum petals to her Chinese hotpot?
80 dishes and more: the lavish Lunar New Year’s Eve banquet fit for a Chinese emperor

Beijing’s Palace Museum exhibition reveals the daily hunt for poison and other culinary secrets surrounding the Forbidden City’s Qing dynasty imperial family

1 Feb 2019 - 12:02PM

Beijing’s Palace Museum exhibition reveals the daily hunt for poison and other culinary secrets surrounding the Forbidden City’s Qing dynasty imperial family

80 dishes and more: the lavish Lunar New Year’s Eve banquet fit for a Chinese emperor
The woman who took on Ip Man, the legendary martial artist and teacher of Bruce Lee – and 4 other classic film duels

With Donnie Yen back in ‘Ip Man 4’ as Hong Kong superstar Bruce Lee’s real-life Wing Chun teacher, we look at some stunning on-screen Wing Chun fights

20 Dec 2018 - 11:18AM

With Donnie Yen back in ‘Ip Man 4’ as Hong Kong superstar Bruce Lee’s real-life Wing Chun teacher, we look at some stunning on-screen Wing Chun fights

The woman who took on Ip Man, the legendary martial artist and teacher of Bruce Lee – and 4 other classic film duels
Who is Jin Xing, China's only transgender celebrity?

The world renowned dancer was the first and still only public figure to undergo gender reassignment surgery in China in 1995

16 Nov 2018 - 5:09PM

The world renowned dancer was the first and still only public figure to undergo gender reassignment surgery in China in 1995

Who is Jin Xing, China's only transgender celebrity?
4 of Louis Cha ‘Jin Yong’s’ most iconic TV and film characters

The Chinese literary giant died last month aged 94 after a long battle with illness

13 Nov 2018 - 11:05AM

The Chinese literary giant died last month aged 94 after a long battle with illness

4 of Louis Cha ‘Jin Yong’s’ most iconic TV and film characters
'Story of Yanxi Palace': how authentic are the accessories worn by the empress and concubines in hit TV drama?

The 70-episode drama of intrigue at the Qing dynasty court features many authentic props in order to recreate a tumultuous era in China’s history

5 Oct 2018 - 10:01AM

The 70-episode drama of intrigue at the Qing dynasty court features many authentic props in order to recreate a tumultuous era in China’s history

'Story of Yanxi Palace': how authentic are the accessories worn by the empress and concubines in hit TV drama?
Happy birthday, Leslie Cheung: the Canto-pop prince's five most remarkable dancing scenes

The 2003 suicide of the megastar of music and movies known as ‘Gor Gor’ shocked Hong Kong, yet this legendary entertainer left a legacy of unforgettable performances.

12 Sep 2018 - 11:24AM

The 2003 suicide of the megastar of music and movies known as ‘Gor Gor’ shocked Hong Kong, yet this legendary entertainer left a legacy of unforgettable performances.

Happy birthday, Leslie Cheung: the Canto-pop prince's five most remarkable dancing scenes
4 big screen beauties from the golden age of Shaw Brothers films

We travel back in time to mark 60 years since the studio’s birth and recall a quartet of adored Hong Kong cinematic heroines who starred in many of its classic movies: Jenny Hu, Lucilla You Min, Margaret Hsing Hui and sassy Lily Ho

4 Sep 2018 - 10:02AM

We travel back in time to mark 60 years since the studio’s birth and recall a quartet of adored Hong Kong cinematic heroines who starred in many of its classic movies: Jenny Hu, Lucilla You Min, Margaret Hsing Hui and sassy Lily Ho

4 big screen beauties from the golden age of Shaw Brothers films
From Feiyue plimsolls to the Shanghai watch worn by premier Zhou Enlai: how 3 made-in-China luxury items rose to fame

Do you know about these Chinese-made products and brands – from before and after Deng Xiaoping’s economic reforms in 1978 – that were once regarded as luxury items in China?

26 Jun 2018 - 11:14AM

Do you know about these Chinese-made products and brands – from before and after Deng Xiaoping’s economic reforms in 1978 – that were once regarded as luxury items in China?

From Feiyue plimsolls to the Shanghai watch worn by premier Zhou Enlai: how 3 made-in-China luxury items rose to fame
5 of China’s most memorable diplomatic gifts to world leaders
The legendary Lei family of architects who built China’s world heritage sites 

We take a look at the work of eight generations of the family who built lavish buildings – some of which survived 1911 revolution that ended Qing dynasty

20 Mar 2018 - 11:41AM

We take a look at the work of eight generations of the family who built lavish buildings – some of which survived 1911 revolution that ended Qing dynasty

The legendary Lei family of architects who built China’s world heritage sites 
18 rare photos of Lydia Shum, the forever ‘happy fruit’ of Hong Kong

‘Fei Fei’ died 10 years ago today after a lengthy battle with liver cancer

28 Feb 2018 - 12:11PM

‘Fei Fei’ died 10 years ago today after a lengthy battle with liver cancer

18 rare photos of Lydia Shum, the forever ‘happy fruit’ of Hong Kong
China’s Rich List 2018: who are the nation’s wealthiest man and woman?

Jiemian.com list of 1,000 richest billionaires ranks Tencent’s Ma Huateng, on 282 billion yuan, as top man and Yang Huiyan, on 149 billion yuan, top woman 

8 Feb 2018 - 3:07PM

Jiemian.com list of 1,000 richest billionaires ranks Tencent’s Ma Huateng, on 282 billion yuan, as top man and Yang Huiyan, on 149 billion yuan, top woman 

China’s Rich List 2018: who are the nation’s wealthiest man and woman?
Who was Tina Chow, and how this style icon still shapes the fashion scene

Supermodel, jewellery designer, clothes collector and trendsetter threw away the rulebook and went on to make a lasting impression on the fashion world

31 Jan 2018 - 3:25PM

Supermodel, jewellery designer, clothes collector and trendsetter threw away the rulebook and went on to make a lasting impression on the fashion world

Who was Tina Chow, and how this style icon still shapes the fashion scene
Who is Nana Ou-yang? Meet the first Asian to perform at the ‘Oscars of science’
The woman who ‘ruled’ China: what you didn’t know about Empress Dowager Cixi
Wucius Wong's contemporary Asian ink artworks

Eternal Water, an exhibition presented by Sotheby’s Hong Kong until October 30, focuses on the works of acclaimed Hong Kong-based painter Wucius Wong over the past six decades.

17 Nov 2018 - 4:26AM

Eternal Water, an exhibition presented by Sotheby’s Hong Kong until October 30, focuses on the works of acclaimed Hong Kong-based painter Wucius Wong over the past six decades.

Wucius Wong's contemporary Asian ink artworks
Five contemporary Asian ink artists to invest in