Luisa Tam

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.
Luisa Tam
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.

Latest from Luisa Tam

Remember A Day | China’s gossips told to shut up, fisherman chokes on his catch and a case of mistaken identity: 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 May 2019 - 9:44AM

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

China’s gossips told to shut up, fisherman chokes on his catch and a case of mistaken identity: headlines from 40 years ago
In Cantonese, watch out when wheels 'fall off your trolley'

Luisa Tam teaches you to use "Mong Dou Lat Luk" to explain away the mistakes you make when you get busy. When the "wheels fall off" and things fall apart, of course, errors creep in! 

21 May 2019 - 12:28PM

Luisa Tam teaches you to use "Mong Dou Lat Luk" to explain away the mistakes you make when you get busy. When the "wheels fall off" and things fall apart, of course, errors creep in! 

In Cantonese, watch out when wheels 'fall off your trolley'
Blowing Water | Why you should make small businesses your business: family-run stores form community’s identity

In this day and age where retail giants are conquering markets and malls start to look the same, perhaps we should think about the ‘fair dollar’ and protecting precious small businesses.

20 May 2019 - 2:51PM

In this day and age where retail giants are conquering markets and malls start to look the same, perhaps we should think about the ‘fair dollar’ and protecting precious small businesses.

Why you should make small businesses your business: family-run stores form community’s identity
The Naked Truth | Teenage pregnancy: tips for parents on talking to their daughter, her boyfriend and facing their own emotions

Parents will experience a range of emotions when finding out their teenage daughter is pregnant, but it is important to remain understanding and empathetic, and know what your options are.

19 May 2019 - 2:00AM

Parents will experience a range of emotions when finding out their teenage daughter is pregnant, but it is important to remain understanding and empathetic, and know what your options are.

Teenage pregnancy: tips for parents on talking to their daughter, her boyfriend and facing their own emotions
Remember A Day | Goose-killing golfer, ‘gatorburgers’ and group therapy death: 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.

16 May 2019 - 10:43PM

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

Goose-killing golfer, ‘gatorburgers’ and group therapy death: headlines from four decades ago
In Cantonese, you don't want to expose or lose your ‘bottom’

Luisa Tam gives you some quick tips to tell someone off like a local, using the Cantonese phrases - “ngaau dai” and “lat dai”.

20 May 2019 - 3:25PM

Luisa Tam gives you some quick tips to tell someone off like a local, using the Cantonese phrases - “ngaau dai” and “lat dai”.

In Cantonese, you don't want to expose or lose your ‘bottom’
Blowing Water | Families come in all shapes and sizes, but love, safety and sacrifice are universal themes for good parents

While there may be all kinds of combinations today such as families with same-sex parents or a single parent, what matters at the end of the day is the ability to raise kids into good people.

13 May 2019 - 3:55PM

While there may be all kinds of combinations today such as families with same-sex parents or a single parent, what matters at the end of the day is the ability to raise kids into good people.

Families come in all shapes and sizes, but love, safety and sacrifice are universal themes for good parents
The Naked Truth | Why an open, honest talk before ‘I do’ is key to a happy marriage – don’t avoid tough questions

To find out whether you and your other half are meant to be together forever, you need to have a no-holds-barred discussion. Some questions could be intimate, even awkward, but they may be the last chance for you both to spill some secrets.

12 May 2019 - 8:00PM

To find out whether you and your other half are meant to be together forever, you need to have a no-holds-barred discussion. Some questions could be intimate, even awkward, but they may be the last chance for you both to spill some secrets.

Why an open, honest talk before ‘I do’ is key to a happy marriage – don’t avoid tough questions
Remember A Day | A British politician’s murder plot trial, Holy Shroud theft bid and an arms race truce: 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

9 May 2019 - 8:49PM

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 British politician’s murder plot trial, Holy Shroud theft bid and an arms race truce: headlines from four decades ago
Blowing Water | Glued to mobile devices half the time, what message are parents sending their children?

When we complain about screen-obsessed children, we should also be equally concerned about tuned-out parents in this digital age where real life interaction between people is deteriorating.

6 May 2019 - 9:40PM

When we complain about screen-obsessed children, we should also be equally concerned about tuned-out parents in this digital age where real life interaction between people is deteriorating.

Glued to mobile devices half the time, what message are parents sending their children?
The Naked Truth | How to explore sexual fantasies and desires without shame or guilt – the energy will empower you

Take ownership of your sexual power and tap into the ways it can improve your life physically, emotionally and spiritually. Don’t let taboos stop you exploring your sexual fantasies and desires.

5 May 2019 - 5:45PM

Take ownership of your sexual power and tap into the ways it can improve your life physically, emotionally and spiritually. Don’t let taboos stop you exploring your sexual fantasies and desires.

How to explore sexual fantasies and desires without shame or guilt – the energy will empower you
Remember A Day | Cockroach sex stimulants, Mao Zedong’s body and a Parisian pest: 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.

2 May 2019 - 10:02PM

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

Cockroach sex stimulants, Mao Zedong’s body and a Parisian pest: headlines from four decades ago
How to speed up in the city – Canto style.

Hong Kong is one of the most fast paced cities in the world and SCMP's Senior Editor Luisa Tam has just the cantonese phase for you to keep up with the city.

30 Apr 2019 - 12:07PM

Hong Kong is one of the most fast paced cities in the world and SCMP's Senior Editor Luisa Tam has just the cantonese phase for you to keep up with the city.

How to speed up in the city – Canto style.
Blowing Water | Forget the Avengers, we all have the power to be a hero

Luisa Tam says heroism lies in every one of us and our capacity to make a difference in society.

29 Apr 2019 - 10:43PM

Luisa Tam says heroism lies in every one of us and our capacity to make a difference in society.

Forget the Avengers, we all have the power to be a hero
The Naked Truth | How to heal emotional scars from breaking up and come back stronger

When fitness blogger Zanna van Dijk happily displays her surgical scar to the world, it’s an example of how we should treat emotional wounds too. Learning to live with heartbreak not only strengthens us, it teaches us to be proud of flaunting all our own imperfections.

28 Apr 2019 - 11:15AM

When fitness blogger Zanna van Dijk happily displays her surgical scar to the world, it’s an example of how we should treat emotional wounds too. Learning to live with heartbreak not only strengthens us, it teaches us to be proud of flaunting all our own imperfections.

How to heal emotional scars from breaking up and come back stronger
Remember A Day | Film roles for US president Richard Nixon and four American siblings peddling horse dung: 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.

25 Apr 2019 - 10:27PM

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

Film roles for US president Richard Nixon and four American siblings peddling horse dung: headlines from four decades ago
Make off with some Cantonese phrases about ‘stealing’

Stealing is always bad, including in Cantonese, as Luisa Tam explains in this quick lesson on why you don’t want to be “caught stealing a bite to eat” or accused of “stealing chickens”.

23 Apr 2019 - 12:49PM

Stealing is always bad, including in Cantonese, as Luisa Tam explains in this quick lesson on why you don’t want to be “caught stealing a bite to eat” or accused of “stealing chickens”.

Make off with some Cantonese phrases about ‘stealing’
Blowing Water | You don’t need a lifetime to appreciate a culture: cries against appropriation reveal misguided xenophobia

Controversy sparked by famed British chef Gordon Ramsay’s Asian restaurant seems to be much ado over nothing and works against cultural diversity.

22 Apr 2019 - 9:55PM

Controversy sparked by famed British chef Gordon Ramsay’s Asian restaurant seems to be much ado over nothing and works against cultural diversity.

You don’t need a lifetime to appreciate a culture: cries against appropriation reveal misguided xenophobia
The Naked Truth | Sexual dysfunction in women: why it happens, how to overcome it, and why it’s OK not to want sex

Sexual dysfunction in women is perfectly normal, and has a variety of causes; Asian and Middle Eastern women are more likely to experience it, but it can affect all women. Explore new ways to create desire with your partner.

21 Apr 2019 - 5:00AM

Sexual dysfunction in women is perfectly normal, and has a variety of causes; Asian and Middle Eastern women are more likely to experience it, but it can affect all women. Explore new ways to create desire with your partner.

Sexual dysfunction in women: why it happens, how to overcome it, and why it’s OK not to want sex
Remember A Day | A miracle birth, and a man who spent 30 years in US mental institutions because no one spoke Chinese: 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 Apr 2019 - 10:57PM

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 miracle birth, and a man who spent 30 years in US mental institutions because no one spoke Chinese: headlines from 40 years ago
Crazy and colourful critter slang in Cantonese

Cantonese speakers are crazy about animals, explains the SCMP’s Luisa Tam. Find out how the words for "chicken", "cat" and "horse" are part of some colourful expressions about tough jobs and cheating.

19 Apr 2019 - 11:35AM

Cantonese speakers are crazy about animals, explains the SCMP’s Luisa Tam. Find out how the words for "chicken", "cat" and "horse" are part of some colourful expressions about tough jobs and cheating.

Crazy and colourful critter slang in Cantonese
How Hong Kong is losing its culture and can learn from US and Britain to defend it: G.O.D. co-founder

Douglas Young believes Hong Kong needs a major makeover and is dragging its feet in many respects, especially its vision to make the city a cultural hub.

18 Apr 2019 - 8:47AM

Douglas Young believes Hong Kong needs a major makeover and is dragging its feet in many respects, especially its vision to make the city a cultural hub.

How Hong Kong is losing its culture and can learn from US and Britain to defend it: G.O.D. co-founder
G.O.D. co-founder: careful collaboration behind lifestyle brand's Midas touch

Goods of Desire (G.O.D.) co-founder Douglas Young says careful collaboration has been a key part of the journey for the lifestyle brand that has cleverly woven elements such as profanity from the Cantonese dialect spoken in Hong Kong into international fame that's helping drive a "Cultural Revolution" that's making the city a cultural hub for China and Asia. 

15 Apr 2019 - 3:26PM

Goods of Desire (G.O.D.) co-founder Douglas Young says careful collaboration has been a key part of the journey for the lifestyle brand that has cleverly woven elements such as profanity from the Cantonese dialect spoken in Hong Kong into international fame that's helping drive a "Cultural Revolution" that's making the city a cultural hub for China and Asia. 

G.O.D. co-founder: careful collaboration behind lifestyle brand's Midas touch
Blowing Water | No to violence includes zero tolerance for animal abuse – and Hong Kong, mainland China can do better

When we turn a blind eye to animal cruelty or do not chastise children for such acts, we are sending a message that ours is a society that condones violence.

15 Apr 2019 - 9:31PM

When we turn a blind eye to animal cruelty or do not chastise children for such acts, we are sending a message that ours is a society that condones violence.

No to violence includes zero tolerance for animal abuse – and Hong Kong, mainland China can do better
The Naked Truth | Erectile dysfunction: how you can still have a happy sex life and why men shouldn’t be ashamed

Every man experiences some erection problems due to physical, emotional and lifestyle issues; if you don’t put pressure on yourself and explore other ways to be intimate, fun in the bedroom can still be had.

14 Apr 2019 - 5:00AM

Every man experiences some erection problems due to physical, emotional and lifestyle issues; if you don’t put pressure on yourself and explore other ways to be intimate, fun in the bedroom can still be had.

Erectile dysfunction: how you can still have a happy sex life and why men shouldn’t be ashamed
Remember A Day | Triplets joining the Israeli Defence Forces and a lie detector on a wristwatch: 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.

11 Apr 2019 - 10:30PM

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

Triplets joining the Israeli Defence Forces and a lie detector on a wristwatch: headlines from 40 years ago
Are you hungry? Let’s kick some table legs together

This week, Luisa Tam’s Cantonese lesson is all about tables – Toi. Find out in this episode how to use the Cantonese phrases baai soeng toi and caang toi goek. Luisa also answers a question about the multiple ways people pronounce “you” in Cantonese.

9 Apr 2019 - 6:18PM

This week, Luisa Tam’s Cantonese lesson is all about tables – Toi. Find out in this episode how to use the Cantonese phrases baai soeng toi and caang toi goek. Luisa also answers a question about the multiple ways people pronounce “you” in Cantonese.

Are you hungry? Let’s kick some table legs together
Blowing Water | The fight for gender equality is a matter that should concern everyone – not just women

Feminism is an all-encompassing idea that promotes equality of the sexes and has a greater chance of success if it welcomes more people into its struggle.

8 Apr 2019 - 10:37PM

Feminism is an all-encompassing idea that promotes equality of the sexes and has a greater chance of success if it welcomes more people into its struggle.

The fight for gender equality is a matter that should concern everyone – not just women
The Naked Truth | When to talk to kids about sex and benefits of regular open discussion

It is healthier to have many little conversations from a young age, rather than one big sex talk at a certain age, says a Hong Kong clinical psychologist, as long as discussion is factual, honest, mature and accepting.

7 Apr 2019 - 2:00AM

It is healthier to have many little conversations from a young age, rather than one big sex talk at a certain age, says a Hong Kong clinical psychologist, as long as discussion is factual, honest, mature and accepting.

When to talk to kids about sex and benefits of regular open discussion
Coping with autism: how the right support can make the world of difference to sufferers, parents

World Autism Awareness Day this week highlighted the need for early diagnosis of the developmental disorder, and a change of mindset to help people with autism lead productive and happy lives.

4 Apr 2019 - 8:00PM

World Autism Awareness Day this week highlighted the need for early diagnosis of the developmental disorder, and a change of mindset to help people with autism lead productive and happy lives.

Coping with autism: how the right support can make the world of difference to sufferers, parents