Luisa Tam

Hong Kong

Luisa Tam

Senior Editor

Luisa Tam has been a journalist for more than 30 years. She has held a variety of roles during her career, including working as a producer for NDR German TV, a media campaigner with Greenpeace, and as the deputy managing editor of Eastern Express. She previously worked at the Post from 1988 to 1990, before rejoining in her current role in 2015.

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Latest from Luisa Tam

The Naked Truth | How new coronavirus lockdown could improve your relationship, not ruin it: be playful, try eye-gazing and remember to self-soothe

The new coronavirus lockdown is taking a toll on many people’s mental health and straining relationships, but being together 24/7 doesn’t have to be a threat to a couple – it could be seen as an opportunity to improve your connection.

9 Aug 2020 - 2:00AM

The new coronavirus lockdown is taking a toll on many people’s mental health and straining relationships, but being together 24/7 doesn’t have to be a threat to a couple – it could be seen as an opportunity to improve your connection.

How new coronavirus lockdown could improve your relationship, not ruin it: be playful, try eye-gazing and remember to self-soothe
My Hong Kong | Hong Kong’s accidental tourists: as Covid-19 keeps us home and slows us down, some are discovering local gems for the first time

While those who can afford it once jetted off to Tokyo or Paris, city residents are increasingly uncovering the pleasures of their own backyard.

7 Aug 2020 - 7:24PM

While those who can afford it once jetted off to Tokyo or Paris, city residents are increasingly uncovering the pleasures of their own backyard.

Hong Kong’s accidental tourists: as Covid-19 keeps us home and slows us down, some are discovering local gems for the first time
Talking money and 'symptoms' to communicate in Cantonese

When you learn Cantonese, you have to know how to talk about money. Luisa Tam is here to teach you some practical phrases, such as bei cin, used to ask people to “pay up”. Luisa also describes how medical symptoms in Cantonese are often used in daily conversations to produce some fun expressions about behaviour and emotions. 

6 Aug 2020 - 5:36PM

When you learn Cantonese, you have to know how to talk about money. Luisa Tam is here to teach you some practical phrases, such as bei cin, used to ask people to “pay up”. Luisa also describes how medical symptoms in Cantonese are often used in daily conversations to produce some fun expressions about behaviour and emotions. 

Talking money and 'symptoms' to communicate in Cantonese
Remember A Day | Nudists run amok, Concorde cancelled, and Elton John draws MP’s ire: headlines from 40 years ago

A journey back through time to look at significant news and events reported by the South China Morning Post from this week in history.

6 Aug 2020 - 4:36PM

A journey back through time to look at significant news and events reported by the South China Morning Post from this week in history.

Nudists run amok, Concorde cancelled, and Elton John draws MP’s ire: headlines from 40 years ago
The Naked Truth | When to leave a toxic relationship and how to avoid dating similar people so you can find someone who recognises your true worth

When you’re in a toxic relationship it’s easy to feel you are always to blame for what’s wrong. But if you stay positive and have confidence in yourself, you’ll eventually find someone who recognises your true worth.

2 Aug 2020 - 2:00AM

When you’re in a toxic relationship it’s easy to feel you are always to blame for what’s wrong. But if you stay positive and have confidence in yourself, you’ll eventually find someone who recognises your true worth.

When to leave a toxic relationship and how to avoid dating similar people so you can find someone who recognises your true worth
My Hong Kong | Heartbreaking, utterly shameful, and a dark stain on city’s reputation: Covid-19 restaurant ban exposed disconnect between politicians and public

Scenes of workers sheltering in toilet cubicles or squatting under footbridges showed city officials too late that not everyone can take lunch back to an office.

31 Jul 2020 - 10:51PM

Scenes of workers sheltering in toilet cubicles or squatting under footbridges showed city officials too late that not everyone can take lunch back to an office.

Heartbreaking, utterly shameful, and a dark stain on city’s reputation: Covid-19 restaurant ban exposed disconnect between politicians and public
Remember A Day | Miracle cancer cure, moving Mao, and policeman given City of London honour: headlines from 40 years ago

A journey back through time to look at significant news and events reported by the South China Morning Post from this week in history.

30 Jul 2020 - 1:54PM

A journey back through time to look at significant news and events reported by the South China Morning Post from this week in history.

Miracle cancer cure, moving Mao, and policeman given City of London honour: headlines from 40 years ago
10 years of talking about death, and life, at Death Cafés, and why the taboo-busting movement is having a moment

The Covid-19 pandemic has a lot of people thinking about life and death, but many can’t talk openly about it because of social taboos. Death Cafés allow people to discuss these subjects in an informal setting.

27 Jul 2020 - 8:45PM

The Covid-19 pandemic has a lot of people thinking about life and death, but many can’t talk openly about it because of social taboos. Death Cafés allow people to discuss these subjects in an informal setting.

10 years of talking about death, and life, at Death Cafés, and why the taboo-busting movement is having a moment
The Naked Truth | Blind date safety tips on sex, alcohol, researching dates online and going with your gut

With dating apps replacing friends as today’s main matchmakers, there’s no longer an easy ‘pre-screen’ option to protect you on blind dates. Here are some safety tips on sex, alcohol, researching your date and red flags.

26 Jul 2020 - 2:00AM

With dating apps replacing friends as today’s main matchmakers, there’s no longer an easy ‘pre-screen’ option to protect you on blind dates. Here are some safety tips on sex, alcohol, researching your date and red flags.

Blind date safety tips on sex, alcohol, researching dates online and going with your gut
My Hong Kong | Lightening the mood: in among all the coronavirus doom and gloom, connecting online for dinner and a movie can go a long way to relieving the stress

A trashy tabloid article, a virtual gathering with friends and family, or just a ‘normal’ night in, amid the constant assault of bad news the little things can make all the difference.

3 Aug 2020 - 7:14PM

A trashy tabloid article, a virtual gathering with friends and family, or just a ‘normal’ night in, amid the constant assault of bad news the little things can make all the difference.

Lightening the mood: in among all the coronavirus doom and gloom, connecting online for dinner and a movie can go a long way to relieving the stress
Remember A Day | Italian job stopped by police dog and Kennedy brothers stranded in the Amazon: headlines from 40 years ago

A journey back through time to look at significant news and events reported by the South China Morning Post from this week in history.

23 Jul 2020 - 4:14PM

A journey back through time to look at significant news and events reported by the South China Morning Post from this week in history.

Italian job stopped by police dog and Kennedy brothers stranded in the Amazon: headlines from 40 years ago
The Naked Truth | How to stop jealousy from destroying your relationship

It’s natural to feel jealous. The green-eyed monster can take hold at any time, but a lack of self-esteem and poor self-image can increase its power over you. Here are some ways to stop it ruining a good relationship.

19 Jul 2020 - 12:00AM

It’s natural to feel jealous. The green-eyed monster can take hold at any time, but a lack of self-esteem and poor self-image can increase its power over you. Here are some ways to stop it ruining a good relationship.

How to stop jealousy from destroying your relationship
My Hong Kong | Why build ‘Hong Kong 2.0’ in Britain? Hongkongers can create another miracle here, now and beyond

Nothing is impossible for its people as they have so much to offer in terms of professional skills, assets and capital.

18 Jul 2020 - 9:30AM

Nothing is impossible for its people as they have so much to offer in terms of professional skills, assets and capital.

Why build ‘Hong Kong 2.0’ in Britain? Hongkongers can create another miracle here, now and beyond
Remember A Day | MTR safety fears, gay law reform, and police hunting for a serial killer: headlines from 40 years ago

A journey back through time to look at significant news and events reported by the South China Morning Post from this week in history.

16 Jul 2020 - 2:30PM

A journey back through time to look at significant news and events reported by the South China Morning Post from this week in history.

MTR safety fears, gay law reform, and police hunting for a serial killer: headlines from 40 years ago
The Naked Truth | Why you still think about your ex all the time, from having a special connection to wanting a ‘backup option’

If you can’t stop thinking about or talking to your former partner, it may be a sign of your unwillingness to move on. An expert explains why this may be, and when it would be acceptable to give your relationship a second chance.

12 Jul 2020 - 2:00AM

If you can’t stop thinking about or talking to your former partner, it may be a sign of your unwillingness to move on. An expert explains why this may be, and when it would be acceptable to give your relationship a second chance.

Why you still think about your ex all the time, from having a special connection to wanting a ‘backup option’
My Hong Kong | With the closure of Topshop outlet, it’s time for Hongkongers to buy better, wear longer and consume sustainably as local brands struggle amid sales slump

Shopping locally is a great way to support our community and the local economy, especially during this difficult economic climate.

10 Jul 2020 - 8:05PM

Shopping locally is a great way to support our community and the local economy, especially during this difficult economic climate.

With the closure of Topshop outlet, it’s time for Hongkongers to buy better, wear longer and consume sustainably as local brands struggle amid sales slump
Remember A Day | Fetus in teenager’s chest, sorcery blamed for ‘bizarre happenings’ and discovery of ancient sea forest: headlines from 40 years ago

A journey back through time to look at significant news and events reported by the South China Morning Post from this week in history.

9 Jul 2020 - 4:59PM

A journey back through time to look at significant news and events reported by the South China Morning Post from this week in history.

Fetus in teenager’s chest, sorcery blamed for ‘bizarre happenings’ and discovery of ancient sea forest: headlines from 40 years ago
It’s no joke: Hong Kong must fight all racism from stereotypes to exploitation, says Luisa Tam

Racism doesn’t have to be extreme in nature. Even casual remarks and unconscious exploitation of others can be damaging. As the Post’s Luisa Tam explains, as times change and societies wake up to the need to be more aware of racial issues and learning to embrace racial differences, we all must learn to call out discrimination when we see it.

8 Jul 2020 - 4:04PM

Racism doesn’t have to be extreme in nature. Even casual remarks and unconscious exploitation of others can be damaging. As the Post’s Luisa Tam explains, as times change and societies wake up to the need to be more aware of racial issues and learning to embrace racial differences, we all must learn to call out discrimination when we see it.

It’s no joke: Hong Kong must fight all racism from stereotypes to exploitation, says Luisa Tam
Learn Cantonese phrases that sound like English words for colourful, vibrant effects

Some Cantonese slang terms sound like English words that have colourful, lively effects. Luisa Tam shows you how to use some of these phrases, including kick lick quak laak to describe “whatever” or luck kuck which means “not speaking fluently”.

7 Jul 2020 - 6:01PM

Some Cantonese slang terms sound like English words that have colourful, lively effects. Luisa Tam shows you how to use some of these phrases, including kick lick quak laak to describe “whatever” or luck kuck which means “not speaking fluently”.

Learn Cantonese phrases that sound like English words for colourful, vibrant effects
The Naked Truth | How belief can be empowering or limiting, and how you can use it to change your sex life, behaviour and attitude

Our beliefs shape who we are and how we behave, our relationships and sex life. Empowering beliefs have a positive effect, while limiting beliefs hold us back. A relationship expert shows how to shape and use your beliefs.

5 Jul 2020 - 2:00AM

Our beliefs shape who we are and how we behave, our relationships and sex life. Empowering beliefs have a positive effect, while limiting beliefs hold us back. A relationship expert shows how to shape and use your beliefs.

How belief can be empowering or limiting, and how you can use it to change your sex life, behaviour and attitude
My Hong Kong | Hong Kong needs to wake up: racism in the city may not be obvious like Donald Trump’s ‘kung flu’ slur, but it exists

Casual jokes, skin whitening products and the exploitation of helpers show covert racism is alive and kicking in a city still behind the times.

3 Jul 2020 - 10:10PM

Casual jokes, skin whitening products and the exploitation of helpers show covert racism is alive and kicking in a city still behind the times.

Hong Kong needs to wake up: racism in the city may not be obvious like Donald Trump’s ‘kung flu’ slur, but it exists
Remember A Day | Rising abortions in Japan, Britain bidding farewell to the ‘tanner’ and people stoned to death for sex crimes in Iran: headlines from 40 years ago

A journey back through time to look at significant news and events reported by the South China Morning Post from this week in history.

2 Jul 2020 - 3:53PM

A journey back through time to look at significant news and events reported by the South China Morning Post from this week in history.

Rising abortions in Japan, Britain bidding farewell to the ‘tanner’ and people stoned to death for sex crimes in Iran: headlines from 40 years ago
The Naked Truth | How to ask for and offer forgiveness, and why it makes you and your relationship stronger

Forgiveness is vital to a strong relationship, even if it is difficult or painful to ask for or give. Follow these expert tips and become a better person and transform your relationship.

28 Jun 2020 - 2:00AM

Forgiveness is vital to a strong relationship, even if it is difficult or painful to ask for or give. Follow these expert tips and become a better person and transform your relationship.

How to ask for and offer forgiveness, and why it makes you and your relationship stronger
My Hong Kong | Hong Kong cash handout proves that money can buy happiness in the city

Healing power of consumerism on display for all to see, but easing social-distancing measures that brought life back to the city also helped.

27 Jun 2020 - 10:46AM

Healing power of consumerism on display for all to see, but easing social-distancing measures that brought life back to the city also helped.

Hong Kong cash handout proves that money can buy happiness in the city
Remember A Day | Couple spending wedding night in jail, ‘computer doctor’ practising Chinese medicine and mother killing newborns: headlines from 40 years ago

A journey back through time to look at significant news and events reported by the South China Morning Post from this week in history.

25 Jun 2020 - 10:51PM

A journey back through time to look at significant news and events reported by the South China Morning Post from this week in history.

Couple spending wedding night in jail, ‘computer doctor’ practising Chinese medicine and mother killing newborns: headlines from 40 years ago
Using Cantonese ‘symptom’ words to describe behaviour and emotions

Descriptions of medical symptoms in Cantonese are often used in daily conversations to produce some fun expressions about behaviour and emotions. Luisa Tam walks us through some insane terms for a range of feelings, from sam jyun meaning “soft heart” to indicate forgiveness, to ngaang geng which literally means “stiff neck” but really describes stubbornness.

23 Jun 2020 - 12:00PM

Descriptions of medical symptoms in Cantonese are often used in daily conversations to produce some fun expressions about behaviour and emotions. Luisa Tam walks us through some insane terms for a range of feelings, from sam jyun meaning “soft heart” to indicate forgiveness, to ngaang geng which literally means “stiff neck” but really describes stubbornness.

Using Cantonese ‘symptom’ words to describe behaviour and emotions
The Naked Truth | How to avoid feeling trapped in a relationship, from spending time on your own hobbies to evaluating why you’re together

It can lead to misery, despair or depression, and foster dislike or distrust – if you feel trapped in a relationship, acknowledging these feelings will help you regain control.

21 Jun 2020 - 2:00AM

It can lead to misery, despair or depression, and foster dislike or distrust – if you feel trapped in a relationship, acknowledging these feelings will help you regain control.

How to avoid feeling trapped in a relationship, from spending time on your own hobbies to evaluating why you’re together
My Hong Kong | A Chinese kitchen: buckets of rice, makeshift containers, stashed jewellery and enough food to survive a nuclear fallout

Forget expiry dates, everlasting foodstuffs packed into old skin toner bottles and other repurposed containers meant there was always a meal to be made.

19 Jun 2020 - 10:50PM

Forget expiry dates, everlasting foodstuffs packed into old skin toner bottles and other repurposed containers meant there was always a meal to be made.

A Chinese kitchen: buckets of rice, makeshift containers, stashed jewellery and enough food to survive a nuclear fallout
Remember A Day | Prince Charles on hairy knees, regular flights from China to Hong Kong take-off and plot to kill Indonesian president General Suharto revealed: headlines from 40 years ago

A journey back through time to look at significant news and events reported by the South China Morning Post from this week in history.

18 Jun 2020 - 3:13PM

A journey back through time to look at significant news and events reported by the South China Morning Post from this week in history.

Prince Charles on hairy knees, regular flights from China to Hong Kong take-off and plot to kill Indonesian president General Suharto revealed: headlines from 40 years ago
Miracle the rescue dog’s spot on TV show Britain’s Got Talent shines light on Yulin Dog Meat Festival in China

Miracle the dog was rescued from dog meat traders in Thailand and adopted by animal rights campaigner Amanda Leask. When they appeared on Britain’s Got Talent, their story moved the audience.

16 Jun 2020 - 7:00PM

Miracle the dog was rescued from dog meat traders in Thailand and adopted by animal rights campaigner Amanda Leask. When they appeared on Britain’s Got Talent, their story moved the audience.

Miracle the rescue dog’s spot on TV show Britain’s Got Talent shines light on Yulin Dog Meat Festival in China