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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My Hong Kong | Travel expert Jim Kitchen is wrong about avoiding street food on trips. Food tells people’s stories better than words, like cart noodles in Hong Kong

Travel expert Jim Kitchen’s comments in a recent interview about not eating street food for fear of illness showed a remarkable lack of adventure for someone who has been to space.

Travel expert Jim Kitchen’s comments in a recent interview about not eating street food for fear of illness showed a remarkable lack of adventure for someone who has been to space.

21 May 2022 - 1:45PM
The Naked Truth | Are you unsure whether to date? Why ‘hesidating’ is on the rise and how to tell if someone’s doing it

‘Hesidaters’ are always looking for an excuse to end a relationship, no matter how good someone looks on paper. Here’s how to tell if someone is hesidating, including if it’s you.

‘Hesidaters’ are always looking for an excuse to end a relationship, no matter how good someone looks on paper. Here’s how to tell if someone is hesidating, including if it’s you.

15 May 2022 - 11:15AM
My Hong Kong | The extraordinary power of Hong Kong’s ‘two-dish-rice’ meal boxes: home-cooked food that fills the city’s people with hope

The latest Hong Kong food trend is the humble US$5 ‘two-dish-rice’ meal box. It’s more than just a cheap, filling meal – it’s the Hong Kong people’s way of sharing with the needy during tough times.

The latest Hong Kong food trend is the humble US$5 ‘two-dish-rice’ meal box. It’s more than just a cheap, filling meal – it’s the Hong Kong people’s way of sharing with the needy during tough times.

7 May 2022 - 12:15PM
The Naked Truth | An open relationship like Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith have – could you have one too?

Life partners who have other romantic partners – it’s not for everyone, but open relationships can be made to work if there is high mutual trust and radical honesty.

Life partners who have other romantic partners – it’s not for everyone, but open relationships can be made to work if there is high mutual trust and radical honesty.

1 May 2022 - 4:15AM
My Hong Kong | What is Hong Kong’s best brand? Forget Vitasoy or White Flower Oil, it’s our Cantonese language

Hong Kong home-grown brands like Vitasoy and our ubiquitous red-white-blue nylon laundry bags don’t really reflect the core values of the city – the real heritage brand is its local language: its colloquial Cantonese.

Hong Kong home-grown brands like Vitasoy and our ubiquitous red-white-blue nylon laundry bags don’t really reflect the core values of the city – the real heritage brand is its local language: its colloquial Cantonese.

23 Apr 2022 - 9:45AM
The Naked Truth | How to self-partner, why Emma Watson and other celebrities have joined the movement, and the benefits of being your own better half

More people, including Hollywood celebrities, are foregoing committed relationships, choosing instead to ‘self-partner’ and put greater focus on personal goals and growth.

More people, including Hollywood celebrities, are foregoing committed relationships, choosing instead to ‘self-partner’ and put greater focus on personal goals and growth.

3 Apr 2022 - 4:15AM
My Hong Kong | Disney’s Turning Red left me empathising with Mum and comparing Mei to Hong Kong – like the teen, the city is caught between colliding worlds

Like Mei in Turning Red, Hong Kong faces a conflict of interests as it seeks to preserve old values and embrace change. Here’s what Hongkongers can take from the film and why change can be good.

Like Mei in Turning Red, Hong Kong faces a conflict of interests as it seeks to preserve old values and embrace change. Here’s what Hongkongers can take from the film and why change can be good.

26 Mar 2022 - 9:45AM
The Naked Truth | Know your partner’s love language to understand how to respond to their emotional needs

The longer a relationship goes on the worse we get at showing affection, yet your partner needs always to feel loved. This is where love language comes in.

The longer a relationship goes on the worse we get at showing affection, yet your partner needs always to feel loved. This is where love language comes in.

20 Mar 2022 - 4:15AM
My Hong Kong | Why Hong Kong’s traditional ‘villain hitting’ ritual is the perfect pandemic stress reliever, and the rules to follow when picking a target

Done to ‘curse’ one’s enemies – rival lovers, horrible bosses – Hong Kong’s traditional villain hitting ritual is harmless and hilarious, just what we need after two years of anxiety.

Done to ‘curse’ one’s enemies – rival lovers, horrible bosses – Hong Kong’s traditional villain hitting ritual is harmless and hilarious, just what we need after two years of anxiety.

12 Mar 2022 - 9:45AM
The Naked Truth | Is your spouse spying on you? Or are you snooping on your SO? How to deal with the trust and insecurity issues

Spousal spying can range from glancing at who someone is texting to extreme cases of installing spyware and stalkerware on their phone, but the root is often the same.

Spousal spying can range from glancing at who someone is texting to extreme cases of installing spyware and stalkerware on their phone, but the root is often the same.

6 Mar 2022 - 4:15AM
My Hong Kong | Is ‘gweilo’ offensive? Word at centre of court case has been embraced by many Hong Kong expats

There are certain words people use in Hong Kong to hurt others, but ‘gweilo’ is not one of them, as a recent court judgment found. It’s a harmless term that expats like.

There are certain words people use in Hong Kong to hurt others, but ‘gweilo’ is not one of them, as a recent court judgment found. It’s a harmless term that expats like.

26 Feb 2022 - 9:45AM
The Naked Truth | Netflix hit The Tinder Swindler shows how dating scams work: fake profiles, sob stories and our own fantasies – how to avoid the trap

Netflix documentary The Tinder Swindler highlights the danger of romance scams, but you can take steps to avoid getting caught, says relationship expert Valentina Tudose.

Netflix documentary The Tinder Swindler highlights the danger of romance scams, but you can take steps to avoid getting caught, says relationship expert Valentina Tudose.

20 Feb 2022 - 4:15AM
My Hong Kong | Like Keanu Reeves’ Neo in The Matrix, Hong Kong people bend over backwards to adapt to changing pandemic restrictions - unlike those Canadian truckers

Just as Keanu Reeves’ character Neo in The Matrix dodges bullets, the people of Hong Kong have been bending over backwards to adapt to ever-changing pandemic restrictions. This is something to be applauded.

Just as Keanu Reeves’ character Neo in The Matrix dodges bullets, the people of Hong Kong have been bending over backwards to adapt to ever-changing pandemic restrictions. This is something to be applauded.

12 Feb 2022 - 9:45AM
The Naked Truth | Dating in the metaverse? You need some ground rules to avoid the virtual replacing your reality

If finding love during a pandemic is not easy, dating in the metaverse could be the answer. Follow this advice for finding love in the virtual world.

If finding love during a pandemic is not easy, dating in the metaverse could be the answer. Follow this advice for finding love in the virtual world.

6 Feb 2022 - 4:15AM
My Hong Kong | How to have an extra lucky Lunar New Year: red underwear and a loan from the Goddess of Mercy

In Chinese culture, red is a lucky colour, so maximise your Lunar New Year fortune by wearing red, giving out lucky red packets and wishing everyone kung hei fat choi.

In Chinese culture, red is a lucky colour, so maximise your Lunar New Year fortune by wearing red, giving out lucky red packets and wishing everyone kung hei fat choi.

29 Jan 2022 - 11:15AM
The Naked Truth | Is there a ‘perfect’ relationship? No, so stop looking for one – it causes stress, depression and prevents you making real connections

There is nothing wrong with aiming for perfection, but when it comes to relationships it’s important to lower your expectations. An expert offers advice on how to let go.

There is nothing wrong with aiming for perfection, but when it comes to relationships it’s important to lower your expectations. An expert offers advice on how to let go.

23 Jan 2022 - 4:15AM
My Hong Kong | How the pull of dim sum convinced Hong Kong’s elderly to get vaccinated

Little did the Hong Kong government realise that the most effective vaccine incentive for the elderly isn’t cash prizes, but something they value much more – dim sum.

Little did the Hong Kong government realise that the most effective vaccine incentive for the elderly isn’t cash prizes, but something they value much more – dim sum.

15 Jan 2022 - 9:15AM
The Naked Truth | How to find love in 2022: dating tips from an expert and the questions to ask yourself to determine if you’re ready for a relationship

Feeling unlucky in love? Before you go looking for a relationship in 2022, ask yourself if it’s something you want, or if it’s something you need, says a relationship expert – there’s a difference.

Feeling unlucky in love? Before you go looking for a relationship in 2022, ask yourself if it’s something you want, or if it’s something you need, says a relationship expert – there’s a difference.

9 Jan 2022 - 4:15AM
My Hong Kong | Learning Cantonese shouldn’t just be about cultural preservation. In places like San Francisco it could save lives

In cities home to large overseas Chinese communities, Cantonese should be about more than just cultural preservation and should be integrated into their infrastructure.

In cities home to large overseas Chinese communities, Cantonese should be about more than just cultural preservation and should be integrated into their infrastructure.

1 Jan 2022 - 11:15AM
The Naked Truth | When your relationship goes wrong, don’t blame your partner without looking at your own actions – and communicate if there is a problem

If problems develop in your relationship, don’t reflexively blame your partner without considering your own behaviour and feelings, an expert advises.

If problems develop in your relationship, don’t reflexively blame your partner without considering your own behaviour and feelings, an expert advises.

26 Dec 2021 - 4:34AM
My Hong Kong | Cantonese is far from dead. It lags Mandarin in the Chinese language league table for numbers, but its cult status will see it live on

Mandarin may have 10 times as many speakers but Cantonese is a one-of-a-kind linguistic art form, a cult Chinese language, and in no danger of an imminent demise.

Mandarin may have 10 times as many speakers but Cantonese is a one-of-a-kind linguistic art form, a cult Chinese language, and in no danger of an imminent demise.

18 Dec 2021 - 11:00AM
Learn how to pronounce the Cantonese word ‘fuk’ for luck and fortune

The SCMP’s Luisa Tam teaches you how to accurately pronounce a Cantonese “F-word” that is auspicious rather than infamous. Fuk is an important word meant to increase luck, happiness and prosperity, but to avoid misunderstandings you need to say it correctly in Chinese.

The SCMP’s Luisa Tam teaches you how to accurately pronounce a Cantonese “F-word” that is auspicious rather than infamous. Fuk is an important word meant to increase luck, happiness and prosperity, but to avoid misunderstandings you need to say it correctly in Chinese.

17 Feb 2022 - 11:13AM
The Naked Truth | How to let go of bad feelings that might end a relationship and make a fresh start for a new year

Just as we ‘Marie Kondo’ our physical space by organising things into categories and keeping only what sparks joy, we can do the same for our inner space.

Just as we ‘Marie Kondo’ our physical space by organising things into categories and keeping only what sparks joy, we can do the same for our inner space.

12 Dec 2021 - 4:15AM
My Hong Kong | Why Anita Mui will always be in Hong Kong people’s hearts, as biopic of the actress and Canto-pop singer reminds us, and why we should honour all who’ve helped make the city a global icon

Hong Kong’s beloved Anita Mui died 18 years ago, but her spirit lives on in the city and among her fans. Her rags-to-riches story is told in the recently released biopic Anita.

Hong Kong’s beloved Anita Mui died 18 years ago, but her spirit lives on in the city and among her fans. Her rags-to-riches story is told in the recently released biopic Anita.

4 Dec 2021 - 11:00AM
The Naked Truth | Quarantining with your partner can be tough – expert explains why having a ‘happy hour’ can help to turn it into a bonding experience

There are ways to get the most out of quarantine time with your partner and avoid conflicts, from a screen-free daily ‘happy hour’ to respecting one another’s personal space.

There are ways to get the most out of quarantine time with your partner and avoid conflicts, from a screen-free daily ‘happy hour’ to respecting one another’s personal space.

28 Nov 2021 - 4:15AM
My Hong Kong | The F word ‘fuk’ represents one of Chinese culture’s greatest values, and Hong Kong gin brand’s name is meant to celebrate, not curse

The brouhaha over Hong Kong-based Fok Hing Gin’s name in the UK highlights a lack of cultural awareness about a word that means ‘fortune’ or ‘good luck’ in Chinese.

The brouhaha over Hong Kong-based Fok Hing Gin’s name in the UK highlights a lack of cultural awareness about a word that means ‘fortune’ or ‘good luck’ in Chinese.

20 Nov 2021 - 10:45AM
The Naked Truth | Winter is cuffing season – how to find a short-term companion to snuggle with in the cold weather, and how to end it amicably afterwards

During cuffing season, singles look for a relationship just for the colder months. Find out how to make the most of the phenomenon.

During cuffing season, singles look for a relationship just for the colder months. Find out how to make the most of the phenomenon.

14 Nov 2021 - 3:58AM
Learn some tough tongue-twisters to master Cantonese tones

The SCMP’s Luisa Tam shares some crazy Cantonese tongue-twisters to help you get a better grasp of the subtleties of Cantonese tones. 

The SCMP’s Luisa Tam shares some crazy Cantonese tongue-twisters to help you get a better grasp of the subtleties of Cantonese tones. 

8 Nov 2021 - 2:27PM
My Hong Kong | Rush to buy an extra smartphone for contact-tracing app shows typical Hong Kong ingenuity - but pursuit of privacy is doomed to fail

Hong Kong’s Covid-19 tracking app has many concerned about their personal data, and some are trying to get round the technology ... by using more technology.

Hong Kong’s Covid-19 tracking app has many concerned about their personal data, and some are trying to get round the technology ... by using more technology.

7 Nov 2021 - 9:37AM
The Naked Truth | Dating someone who is not over their ex can be hard – know when to fight for a relationship and when it’s time to walk away

If you have a nagging feeling that your partner isn’t fully committed to you because they aren’t over their ex-partner or they’re treating you as a rebound, it could be a deal-breaker.

If you have a nagging feeling that your partner isn’t fully committed to you because they aren’t over their ex-partner or they’re treating you as a rebound, it could be a deal-breaker.

31 Oct 2021 - 3:35AM