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

Beijing’s Forbidden City is 600 years old – 5 mind-blowing facts about the Chinese imperial palace brought to life in Qing dynasty period dramas like Story of Yanxi Palace

Completed 600 years ago and somehow saved from the ravages of Mao’s Cultural Revolution, the Chinese imperial palace has been brought to life in TV period dramas, from Story of Yanxi Palace to Empresses in the Palace

27 Oct 2020 - 6:26PM

Completed 600 years ago and somehow saved from the ravages of Mao’s Cultural Revolution, the Chinese imperial palace has been brought to life in TV period dramas, from Story of Yanxi Palace to Empresses in the Palace

Beijing’s Forbidden City is 600 years old – 5 mind-blowing facts about the Chinese imperial palace brought to life in Qing dynasty period dramas like Story of Yanxi Palace
Yang Mi, Fan Bingbing and Angelababy among Chinese celebrities turning to live-stream e-commerce on Douyin and Taobao Live during Covid-19 – who made millions and who failed?

An increasing number of A-listers in China turned to live streaming e-commerce during the pandemic, so who has been most successful at selling, and who just looked silly?

5 Oct 2020 - 10:40AM

An increasing number of A-listers in China turned to live streaming e-commerce during the pandemic, so who has been most successful at selling, and who just looked silly?

Yang Mi, Fan Bingbing and Angelababy among Chinese celebrities turning to live-stream e-commerce on Douyin and Taobao Live during Covid-19 – who made millions and who failed?
Ann Hui’s Love After Love, Ang Lee’s Lust, Caution and 4 more films adapted from Eileen Chang books, 25 years after the celebrated Chinese writer’s death

From Ang Lee’s Lust, Caution to Ann Hui’s brand new Love After Love – did you know all these brutal love stories were adapted from the influential Chinese author’s novels?

7 Sep 2020 - 12:24PM

From Ang Lee’s Lust, Caution to Ann Hui’s brand new Love After Love – did you know all these brutal love stories were adapted from the influential Chinese author’s novels?

Ann Hui’s Love After Love, Ang Lee’s Lust, Caution and 4 more films adapted from Eileen Chang books, 25 years after the celebrated Chinese writer’s death
Bruce Lee’s death: Who was Betty Ting Pei, the rumoured lover whose bed the martial arts legend died on?

Lee’s rumoured lover was with him the night he died – 50 years later the rumours still rage, and the Taiwanese actress’ life has never been the same since

26 Aug 2020 - 11:30AM

Lee’s rumoured lover was with him the night he died – 50 years later the rumours still rage, and the Taiwanese actress’ life has never been the same since

Bruce Lee’s death: Who was Betty Ting Pei, the rumoured lover whose bed the martial arts legend died on?
Donnie Yen, Fan Bingbing and Aaron Kwok lead tributes to Benny Chan, iconic Hong Kong film director behind Shaolin and New Police Story

A-list actors have opened up on social media to honour the late action director behind Shaolin and A Moment of Romance, who died of cancer on August 23

10 Sep 2020 - 12:29PM

A-list actors have opened up on social media to honour the late action director behind Shaolin and A Moment of Romance, who died of cancer on August 23

Donnie Yen, Fan Bingbing and Aaron Kwok lead tributes to Benny Chan, iconic Hong Kong film director behind Shaolin and New Police Story
Hong Kong movie quiz: how many of these 80s and New Wave classics can you name, starring Chow Yun-fat, Leslie Cheung, Anita Mui, Maggie Cheung and Cherie Chung?

Don’t call yourself a fan of Hong Kong cinema if you can’t identify these 10 heyday blockbusters from just a single frame

30 Jul 2020 - 4:59PM

Don’t call yourself a fan of Hong Kong cinema if you can’t identify these 10 heyday blockbusters from just a single frame

Hong Kong movie quiz: how many of these 80s and New Wave classics can you name, starring Chow Yun-fat, Leslie Cheung, Anita Mui, Maggie Cheung and Cherie Chung?
Bruce Lee to Stanley Ho – where are Hong Kong’s dead celebrities buried? Leslie Cheung, Jin Yong, Anita Mui and more famous grave locations revealed

As casino tycoon Ho’s funeral takes place today, we look at where the city’s other most famous faces – including Leslie Cheung, Jin Yong, Anita Mui and more – have been laid to rest

15 Jul 2020 - 5:28PM

As casino tycoon Ho’s funeral takes place today, we look at where the city’s other most famous faces – including Leslie Cheung, Jin Yong, Anita Mui and more – have been laid to rest

Bruce Lee to Stanley Ho – where are Hong Kong’s dead celebrities buried? Leslie Cheung, Jin Yong, Anita Mui and more famous grave locations revealed
Who was Sir Robert Hotung? The great uncle of late casino king Stanley Ho, dubbed the ‘Far East JP Morgan’ and ‘grand old man of Hong Kong’

The first non-European permitted to live on The Peak and said to have been the city’s richest resident, he casts a long shadow over Hong Kong to this day

30 Jun 2020 - 10:00AM

The first non-European permitted to live on The Peak and said to have been the city’s richest resident, he casts a long shadow over Hong Kong to this day

Who was Sir Robert Hotung? The great uncle of late casino king Stanley Ho, dubbed the ‘Far East JP Morgan’ and ‘grand old man of Hong Kong’
How Cantonese opera legend Pak Suet-sin, LGBT icon and Yam Kim-fai’s lifelong acting partner, pushed gender norms to make Chinese movie history

Pak and Yam’s on-screen relationship made romance in its most platonic form appealing, in an era where the terms ‘homosexuality’ and ‘lesbianism’ barely existed

5 Jun 2020 - 2:54PM

Pak and Yam’s on-screen relationship made romance in its most platonic form appealing, in an era where the terms ‘homosexuality’ and ‘lesbianism’ barely existed

How Cantonese opera legend Pak Suet-sin, LGBT icon and Yam Kim-fai’s lifelong acting partner, pushed gender norms to make Chinese movie history
Bored in self-isolation? 10 ways Qing dynasty royals entertained themselves inside the Forbidden City that may help you out

Using a variety of toys, games and even film reels, here are the ways royals locked inside China’s Forbidden City entertained themselves

27 May 2020 - 12:13PM

Using a variety of toys, games and even film reels, here are the ways royals locked inside China’s Forbidden City entertained themselves

Bored in self-isolation? 10 ways Qing dynasty royals entertained themselves inside the Forbidden City that may help you out
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