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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Luisa Tam takes you on a dim sum tour of Hong Kong with these Cantonese phrases

Eating dim sum in a restaurant that is jit naau, meaning "popular and busy", is a happy occasion.
Luisa Tam serves up a mouthful of practical phrases that can help make this unique Hong Kong dining experience all the more enjoyable.

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Eating dim sum in a restaurant that is jit naau, meaning "popular and busy", is a happy occasion.
Luisa Tam serves up a mouthful of practical phrases that can help make this unique Hong Kong dining experience all the more enjoyable.

Luisa Tam takes you on a dim sum tour of Hong Kong with these Cantonese phrases
Luisa Tam’s Dim Sum and Roast Meat 101

Have you been tempted to try one of the many types of roasts you can see on display in the windows of Chinese restaurants? Dim sum in Hong Kong is a must-do. Luisa Tam serves up a mouthful of practical phrases!

9 Dec 2019 - 4:19PM

Have you been tempted to try one of the many types of roasts you can see on display in the windows of Chinese restaurants? Dim sum in Hong Kong is a must-do. Luisa Tam serves up a mouthful of practical phrases!

Luisa Tam’s Dim Sum and Roast Meat 101
Blowing Water | The place we call home can’t just be somewhere we make money, it has to make us feel like we belong too

City has slipped down the table of places people want to live, and high cost of living is only partly the reason.

9 Dec 2019 - 12:22PM

City has slipped down the table of places people want to live, and high cost of living is only partly the reason.

The place we call home can’t just be somewhere we make money, it has to make us feel like we belong too
The Naked Truth | How best to play ‘hard to get’ and boost the thrill of the chase – even when ‘caught’

Making someone pursue you can do wonders to intensify their interest, but playing ‘hard to get’ effectively is more difficult than just acting unavailable. Luisa Tam gives some tips, including for when you’ve already been ‘caught’.

8 Dec 2019 - 2:00AM

Making someone pursue you can do wonders to intensify their interest, but playing ‘hard to get’ effectively is more difficult than just acting unavailable. Luisa Tam gives some tips, including for when you’ve already been ‘caught’.

How best to play ‘hard to get’ and boost the thrill of the chase – even when ‘caught’
Luisa Tam’s Colourful Cantonese Lesson

Luisa Tam explores alternative meanings behind words for colours in Cantonese.  It’s also handy to pick up a few essential phrases consist of the ubiquitous word gaau which means to “produce, disturb or stir”.

6 Dec 2019 - 6:39PM

Luisa Tam explores alternative meanings behind words for colours in Cantonese.  It’s also handy to pick up a few essential phrases consist of the ubiquitous word gaau which means to “produce, disturb or stir”.

Luisa Tam’s Colourful Cantonese Lesson
Luisa Tam’s Mood Boosters

Luisa Tam's mood phrases using words such as caang meaning "support" and also, some humorous phrases such as nau nau zyu which means "angry angry pig" to defuse tense situations.

6 Dec 2019 - 6:39PM

Luisa Tam's mood phrases using words such as caang meaning "support" and also, some humorous phrases such as nau nau zyu which means "angry angry pig" to defuse tense situations.

Luisa Tam’s Mood Boosters
Remember A Day | Government’s dire warning over staggering Hong Kong population boom, and a woman fighting to be Father Christmas: headlines making the news 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

5 Dec 2019 - 9:33PM

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

Government’s dire warning over staggering Hong Kong population boom, and a woman fighting to be Father Christmas: headlines making the news 40 years ago
A little Hong Kong Canto word 'Gaau' for any occasion

When you are learning Cantonese, Luisa Tam says it's handy to pick up a few essential phrases consisting of the ubiquitous word "gaau" which means to produce, disturb or stir.

3 Dec 2019 - 2:30PM

When you are learning Cantonese, Luisa Tam says it's handy to pick up a few essential phrases consisting of the ubiquitous word "gaau" which means to produce, disturb or stir.

A little Hong Kong Canto word 'Gaau' for any occasion
Blowing Water | Female monk’s fight for equality is part of wider war against sexism in our society

Bhikkhuni Dhammananda shattered glass ceiling in Buddhism, but women still struggle to be ordained.

2 Dec 2019 - 5:55PM

Bhikkhuni Dhammananda shattered glass ceiling in Buddhism, but women still struggle to be ordained.

Female monk’s fight for equality is part of wider war against sexism in our society
The Naked Truth | How speed dating can help you find the right person and not waste precious time on the wrong one

A dozen ‘dates’ in a single evening, that last only 10 to 15 minutes in casual conversation, makes for an enjoyable and stress-free experience. Today you can even speed date via video link in the comfort of your own home.

1 Dec 2019 - 2:00AM

A dozen ‘dates’ in a single evening, that last only 10 to 15 minutes in casual conversation, makes for an enjoyable and stress-free experience. Today you can even speed date via video link in the comfort of your own home.

How speed dating can help you find the right person and not waste precious time on the wrong one
Remember A Day | Royal spy revelations and China rejoins Olympics: 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.

28 Nov 2019 - 5:23PM

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

Royal spy revelations and China rejoins Olympics: headlines from 40 years ago
Blowing Water | The dilemma for the ‘peaceful, rational, and non-violent’ Hongkongers

If our goal is to save the city, surely we can find ways that are agreeable to majority of Hongkongers, including young protesters.

25 Nov 2019 - 8:14PM

If our goal is to save the city, surely we can find ways that are agreeable to majority of Hongkongers, including young protesters.

The dilemma for the ‘peaceful, rational, and non-violent’ Hongkongers
The Naked Truth | How older women can fight ‘invisibility’ and regain sexual energy and self-confidence

As women get older they can feel increasingly ‘unseen’, marginalised by a society that gives little time or respect to ageing females. A sex therapist shares way to boost self-confidence and improve social and sexual relationships.

24 Nov 2019 - 2:00AM

As women get older they can feel increasingly ‘unseen’, marginalised by a society that gives little time or respect to ageing females. A sex therapist shares way to boost self-confidence and improve social and sexual relationships.

How older women can fight ‘invisibility’ and regain sexual energy and self-confidence
Remember A Day | A Sydney man assaulting his ‘vampire’ neighbour, the queen’s art adviser being exposed as a Soviet spy and a teenager being swallowed by a python: 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.

21 Nov 2019 - 9:34PM

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

A Sydney man assaulting his ‘vampire’ neighbour, the queen’s art adviser being exposed as a Soviet spy and a teenager being swallowed by a python: headlines from 40 years ago
The Naked Truth | Why it’s worth building healthy, intimate relationships with people of the same sex

The concept of having an intimate, non-sexual relationship with someone of the same sex is on the rise, says a relationship and intimacy coach.

27 Nov 2019 - 12:40PM

The concept of having an intimate, non-sexual relationship with someone of the same sex is on the rise, says a relationship and intimacy coach.

Why it’s worth building healthy, intimate relationships with people of the same sex
Remember A Day | A Soviet spy in the royal court, a ‘Democracy Wall’ in Beijing, and a lucky cat with a taste for the high life: 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

14 Nov 2019 - 11:07PM

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

A Soviet spy in the royal court, a ‘Democracy Wall’ in Beijing, and a lucky cat with a taste for the high life: headlines from 40 years ago
How to explore a range of meaning with some 'colourful' Cantonese

Join Luisa Tam on a journey to explore some alternative meanings behind words for colours in Cantonese, including how phrases such as ho hung  or “very red” can symbolise being “very popular” among your local friends.

13 Nov 2019 - 12:00PM

Join Luisa Tam on a journey to explore some alternative meanings behind words for colours in Cantonese, including how phrases such as ho hung  or “very red” can symbolise being “very popular” among your local friends.

How to explore a range of meaning with some 'colourful' Cantonese
Blowing Water | What everyone, in the East and the West, has to learn about women and ageing

Chinese culture can be sexist, as shown in attitudes to unmarried women past their 20s. But recent reactions to Keanu Reeves’ choice of girlfriend prove sexism and ageism are hardly unique to one place.

11 Nov 2019 - 6:00PM

Chinese culture can be sexist, as shown in attitudes to unmarried women past their 20s. But recent reactions to Keanu Reeves’ choice of girlfriend prove sexism and ageism are hardly unique to one place.

What everyone, in the East and the West, has to learn about women and ageing
The Naked Truth | Going nowhere: signs of an ‘almost relationship’ and what you can do about it

If only one person is committed to an intimate relationship, it puts pressure on both partners. A sex educator gives tips on how to work out whether you are in an ‘almost relationship’, and if it can be salvaged.

10 Nov 2019 - 1:00AM

If only one person is committed to an intimate relationship, it puts pressure on both partners. A sex educator gives tips on how to work out whether you are in an ‘almost relationship’, and if it can be salvaged.

Going nowhere: signs of an ‘almost relationship’ and what you can do about it
Remember A Day | King’s killer tries to escape, Greek kidnapper strikes for a second time, and ship vanishes in mysterious circumstances: 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.

7 Nov 2019 - 10:36PM

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

King’s killer tries to escape, Greek kidnapper strikes for a second time, and ship vanishes in mysterious circumstances: headlines from 40 years ago
Blowing Water | Don’t blame China’s appetite for meat alone as we all have an equal responsibility to save the planet

Don’t blame China alone as it is everybody’s job to show restraint to kick their craving for meat.

4 Nov 2019 - 7:40PM

Don’t blame China alone as it is everybody’s job to show restraint to kick their craving for meat.

Don’t blame China’s appetite for meat alone as we all have an equal responsibility to save the planet
The Naked Truth | How to find ‘The One’, the perfect partner, and know when you’ve met them – even if you’re already involved

Many people look for that one person who can be there for them, someone who gets them and stands by their side to make sure they feel less alone and vulnerable. Luisa Tam gives some tips on facing that search.

3 Nov 2019 - 1:00AM

Many people look for that one person who can be there for them, someone who gets them and stands by their side to make sure they feel less alone and vulnerable. Luisa Tam gives some tips on facing that search.

How to find ‘The One’, the perfect partner, and know when you’ve met them – even if you’re already involved
Blowing Water | Does Hong Kong’s dual culture equip it to fulfil its potential?

As some residents fight to find a new identity for the city, people must uphold the traditional Chinese value of putting the greater good above individual needs.

31 Oct 2019 - 2:54PM

As some residents fight to find a new identity for the city, people must uphold the traditional Chinese value of putting the greater good above individual needs.

Does Hong Kong’s dual culture equip it to fulfil its potential?
Remember A Day | A drunken royal sailor, a presidential killing, and a proposal for a five-day working week: 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

31 Oct 2019 - 11:45AM

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

A drunken royal sailor, a presidential killing, and a proposal for a five-day working week: headlines from 40 years ago
The Naked Truth | How to deal with childhood trauma and build more meaningful adult relationships

By tackling the wounds you received while growing up, and coming to terms with them, you’ll get a step closer to healing and having a happier life. Only when you have love for yourself, can you really have love for others.

27 Oct 2019 - 3:00PM

By tackling the wounds you received while growing up, and coming to terms with them, you’ll get a step closer to healing and having a happier life. Only when you have love for yourself, can you really have love for others.

How to deal with childhood trauma and build more meaningful adult relationships
Remember A Day | Burglary suspect chops off toe in defiance, Beijing’s ‘bad boys’ and a nine-year-old mother: headlines from four decades 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

24 Oct 2019 - 5:20PM

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

Burglary suspect chops off toe in defiance, Beijing’s ‘bad boys’ and a nine-year-old mother: headlines from four decades ago
The Naked Truth | Being bisexual: what people misunderstand about it, how to tell a partner you are bi, and how to react if your loved one has a thing for both sexes

In an era of sexual enlightenment there is still a stigma attached to being bisexual. But it’s real, and there’s nothing to be afraid of, says relationships coach; she offers tips on how to tell a loved one you are bi, and how they should react.

20 Oct 2019 - 1:00AM

In an era of sexual enlightenment there is still a stigma attached to being bisexual. But it’s real, and there’s nothing to be afraid of, says relationships coach; she offers tips on how to tell a loved one you are bi, and how they should react.

Being bisexual: what people misunderstand about it, how to tell a partner you are bi, and how to react if your loved one has a thing for both sexes
Remember A Day | Mother Teresa’s prize, relief for Cambodia and new chess record: past headlines

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

17 Oct 2019 - 4:39PM

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

Mother Teresa’s prize, relief for Cambodia and new chess record: past headlines
Blowing Water | Hong Kong is numbed to and overwhelmed by the violence it is immersed in. Our society needs the love and compassion only a mother can bring

The growing apathy in the city is dangerous because we cannot make a difference if we are feeling indifferent.

14 Oct 2019 - 9:57PM

The growing apathy in the city is dangerous because we cannot make a difference if we are feeling indifferent.

Hong Kong is numbed to and overwhelmed by the violence it is immersed in. Our society needs the love and compassion only a mother can bring
The Naked Truth | Why Hong Kong protests are driving families apart and how to discuss the issues without anger

The protests in Hong Kong are dividing society and even driving some families and couples apart. Life coach Sonia Samtani suggests ways to talk about the civil unrest peacefully and boost positivity.

13 Oct 2019 - 1:58AM

The protests in Hong Kong are dividing society and even driving some families and couples apart. Life coach Sonia Samtani suggests ways to talk about the civil unrest peacefully and boost positivity.

Why Hong Kong protests are driving families apart and how to discuss the issues without anger