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

Blowing Water | Compassion, not convenience: how Hong Kong can learn from Taiwan and Malaysia’s Ipoh in curbing stray dog population

Southeast Asian city is a trailblazer for country in adopting more humane ways of handling strays, while self-ruled island has a no-kill policy.

22 Jul 2019 - 7:53PM

Southeast Asian city is a trailblazer for country in adopting more humane ways of handling strays, while self-ruled island has a no-kill policy.

Compassion, not convenience: how Hong Kong can learn from Taiwan and Malaysia’s Ipoh in curbing stray dog population
The Naked Truth | How to tap into emotional energy and use it to your advantage

Our emotional energy is immense and dynamic, so like any energy force it can be constructive and destructive at the same time. But if we learn to recognise it we can put it to good use, and even improve our relationships.

21 Jul 2019 - 5:00AM

Our emotional energy is immense and dynamic, so like any energy force it can be constructive and destructive at the same time. But if we learn to recognise it we can put it to good use, and even improve our relationships.

How to tap into emotional energy and use it to your advantage
Remember A Day | Twins born in different cities and space museum coup: 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 Jul 2019 - 10:52PM

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

Twins born in different cities and space museum coup: headlines from 40 years ago
Cantonese by the numbers: How to be crystal clear and avoid nonsense in daily conversations

Luisa Tam shows you how to speak Cantonese with numbers. Learn how you can be jat cing ji co or "crystal clear" so you won't sound like you’re talking nonsense or m saam, m sei.

16 Jul 2019 - 12:07PM

Luisa Tam shows you how to speak Cantonese with numbers. Learn how you can be jat cing ji co or "crystal clear" so you won't sound like you’re talking nonsense or m saam, m sei.

Cantonese by the numbers: How to be crystal clear and avoid nonsense in daily conversations
Blowing Water | Equal pay is a vital issue for all, not just soccer players at the Women’s World Cup

Fair treatment, support and respect are essential for women to become successful, and society should step up to ensure they get it.

15 Jul 2019 - 4:19PM

Fair treatment, support and respect are essential for women to become successful, and society should step up to ensure they get it.

Equal pay is a vital issue for all, not just soccer players at the Women’s World Cup
The Naked Truth | Why relationships happen for a reason, and how knowing it helps ease break-up heartache

Luisa Tam believes there’s a reason behind every relationship and figuring it out can help handle them, even when they come to an end.

14 Jul 2019 - 8:15PM

Luisa Tam believes there’s a reason behind every relationship and figuring it out can help handle them, even when they come to an end.

Why relationships happen for a reason, and how knowing it helps ease break-up heartache
Remember A Day | A farmer with six ‘wives’, a mix-up of dead bodies and Hong Kong preparing for a space station crash

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 Jul 2019 - 10:24PM

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 farmer with six ‘wives’, a mix-up of dead bodies and Hong Kong preparing for a space station crash
Using numbers to describe behaviour in Cantonese

Here's why you don't want people to say you act like your numbers are all "jumbled up" like "gaau m daap baat" or "nine not following eight".

9 Jul 2019 - 12:00PM

Here's why you don't want people to say you act like your numbers are all "jumbled up" like "gaau m daap baat" or "nine not following eight".

Using numbers to describe behaviour in Cantonese
Blowing Water | Applaud those trying to save the world one small problem at a time, don’t criticise them for not tackling every issue

From smaller small bite-sized problems, to major global concerns, trying to make a difference is a laudable trait in someone, we shouldn’t criticise those wanting to make our planet a better place to live.

8 Jul 2019 - 10:56PM

From smaller small bite-sized problems, to major global concerns, trying to make a difference is a laudable trait in someone, we shouldn’t criticise those wanting to make our planet a better place to live.

Applaud those trying to save the world one small problem at a time, don’t criticise them for not tackling every issue
The Naked Truth | What K-drama power couple’s divorce tells us about relationships, and the keys to making them last

Forget the fairy tale love you may have grown up believing in – relationships take work, and if you don’t put that work in early on they probably won’t last. The most important task is to make sure you are compatible.

7 Jul 2019 - 8:00PM

Forget the fairy tale love you may have grown up believing in – relationships take work, and if you don’t put that work in early on they probably won’t last. The most important task is to make sure you are compatible.

What K-drama power couple’s divorce tells us about relationships, and the keys to making them last
Remember A Day | Most wanted manhunt ends, toddler trapped in bath and Iranian nationalisation: 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

4 Jul 2019 - 11:02PM

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

Most wanted manhunt ends, toddler trapped in bath and Iranian nationalisation: headlines from 40 years ago
The advantage of being ‘tip dei’ or ‘attached to the ground’ in Cantonese

Luisa Tam has a down-to-earth explanation for why it is better to be "attached to the ground" than to risk being called a "Kennedy" when you’re speaking Cantonese.

2 Jul 2019 - 2:14PM

Luisa Tam has a down-to-earth explanation for why it is better to be "attached to the ground" than to risk being called a "Kennedy" when you’re speaking Cantonese.

The advantage of being ‘tip dei’ or ‘attached to the ground’ in Cantonese
The Naked Truth | How couples can manage feminine and masculine energies to achieve happiness

We all have both yin (feminine) and yang (masculine) energies but having an imbalance in a relationship can lead to serious problems.

30 Jun 2019 - 8:00PM

We all have both yin (feminine) and yang (masculine) energies but having an imbalance in a relationship can lead to serious problems.

How couples can manage feminine and masculine energies to achieve happiness
Why the Yulin Dog Meat Festival needs to be stopped

The annual Yulin Dog Meat Festival in China involves up to 100,000 dogs being butchered for their meat. The SCMP's Luisa Tam says the Chinese government should give dogs full protection by allowing the animals to have legal status as "companion animals" and by not allowing the event to be promoted as a cultural festival.

28 Jun 2019 - 8:27PM

The annual Yulin Dog Meat Festival in China involves up to 100,000 dogs being butchered for their meat. The SCMP's Luisa Tam says the Chinese government should give dogs full protection by allowing the animals to have legal status as "companion animals" and by not allowing the event to be promoted as a cultural festival.

Why the Yulin Dog Meat Festival needs to be stopped
Remember A Day | Dog visitation rights for estranged French husband, Hong Kong asks China for more water and failed assassination of Nato commander: 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.

27 Jun 2019 - 11:01PM

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

Dog visitation rights for estranged French husband, Hong Kong asks China for more water and failed assassination of Nato commander: headlines from 40 years ago
Blowing Water | The ritual slaughter of 100,000 animals at China’s Yulin Dog Meat Festival is abhorrent, cruel, and must be stopped forever

Unimaginable that practice is allowed and even celebrated at China’s Yulin Dog Meat Festival, a ‘tradition’ that is only in its 10th year.

24 Jun 2019 - 9:23PM

Unimaginable that practice is allowed and even celebrated at China’s Yulin Dog Meat Festival, a ‘tradition’ that is only in its 10th year.

The ritual slaughter of 100,000 animals at China’s Yulin Dog Meat Festival is abhorrent, cruel, and must be stopped forever
The Naked Truth | Why children are first priority for divorcing couples, and how to minimise their trauma

Break-ups are never easy and when children are involved, the potential for trauma is multiplied. The right attitude and approach to divorce can reduce their heartache in the short and long term.

23 Jun 2019 - 1:00AM

Break-ups are never easy and when children are involved, the potential for trauma is multiplied. The right attitude and approach to divorce can reduce their heartache in the short and long term.

Why children are first priority for divorcing couples, and how to minimise their trauma
Remember A Day | British princess feels pinch, Malaysia’s hard line on refugees and politician cleared in murder-plot trial: 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.

20 Jun 2019 - 7:12PM

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

British princess feels pinch, Malaysia’s hard line on refugees and politician cleared in murder-plot trial: headlines from 40 years ago
Need to disagree without sounding prickly? In Chinese, start by saying yes or hai ah

Hai ah means "yes" in Cantonese, but as Luisa Tam explains, it is also an easy way to disagree without sounding disagreeable. 

21 Jun 2019 - 5:21PM

Hai ah means "yes" in Cantonese, but as Luisa Tam explains, it is also an easy way to disagree without sounding disagreeable. 

Need to disagree without sounding prickly? In Chinese, start by saying yes or hai ah
Blowing Water | Carrie Lam’s clumsy parenting analogy was designed to take sting out of extradition bill protests, but only burns relations with Hong Kong mothers

Styling herself as a maternal figure when police used rubber bullets and tear gas on mainly young protesters, demonstrates the city leader’s fumbled approach to defusing the crisis.

18 Jun 2019 - 11:16AM

Styling herself as a maternal figure when police used rubber bullets and tear gas on mainly young protesters, demonstrates the city leader’s fumbled approach to defusing the crisis.

Carrie Lam’s clumsy parenting analogy was designed to take sting out of extradition bill protests, but only burns relations with Hong Kong mothers
The Naked Truth | How dating apps have changed the pursuit of love, and not for the better

If you just want a casual, open relationship or a fling, then dating apps may be your thing; but don’t forget lasting love requires commitment – and a willingness to risk heartbreak.

16 Jun 2019 - 9:00PM

If you just want a casual, open relationship or a fling, then dating apps may be your thing; but don’t forget lasting love requires commitment – and a willingness to risk heartbreak.

How dating apps have changed the pursuit of love, and not for the better
Remember A Day | Refugee crisis and Japanese Red Army terror: 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.

13 Jun 2019 - 8:54PM

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

Refugee crisis and Japanese Red Army terror: headlines from 40 years ago
A Cantonese conversation changer

Did you ever feel uncomfortable with a topic and want to bring up something else? In Cantonese, it's as easy as gong le di.  Luisa Tam talks you through a phrase meaning "talking about this" which gives you a clever way to change the subject of a conversation. 

11 Jun 2019 - 3:58PM

Did you ever feel uncomfortable with a topic and want to bring up something else? In Cantonese, it's as easy as gong le di.  Luisa Tam talks you through a phrase meaning "talking about this" which gives you a clever way to change the subject of a conversation. 

A Cantonese conversation changer
Blowing Water | Snapchat and 4chan hacking outrage sounds privacy warning for British clampdown on access to online pornography

Risk of data breaches in UK’s age-verification plan will deliver another blow to fragile freedoms when more could be done to educate children of online dangers.

10 Jun 2019 - 9:48PM

Risk of data breaches in UK’s age-verification plan will deliver another blow to fragile freedoms when more could be done to educate children of online dangers.

Snapchat and 4chan hacking outrage sounds privacy warning for British clampdown on access to online pornography
The Naked Truth | Love does not conquer all – it’s only through compromise and understanding that a relationship truly works

In any healthy partnership sacrifices have to be made by both parties. Be honest not just with your other half, but yourself as well.

9 Jun 2019 - 6:00PM

In any healthy partnership sacrifices have to be made by both parties. Be honest not just with your other half, but yourself as well.

Love does not conquer all – it’s only through compromise and understanding that a relationship truly works
Remember A Day | Cannibal crash survivors, 10-year-old gives birth to twins and China blanks Soviet sit-down request: 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 Jun 2019 - 10:25PM

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

Cannibal crash survivors, 10-year-old gives birth to twins and China blanks Soviet sit-down request:  headlines from 40 years ago
Blowing Water | How multibillion-dollar skin-whitening industry propagates racial hierarchies in Asia and promotes unrealistic standards of beauty

Many Asian and Chinese people have a negative perception of dark skin, leading 40 per cent of women in some countries to use products to lighten their complexion.

3 Jun 2019 - 10:03PM

Many Asian and Chinese people have a negative perception of dark skin, leading 40 per cent of women in some countries to use products to lighten their complexion.

How multibillion-dollar skin-whitening industry propagates racial hierarchies in Asia and promotes unrealistic standards of beauty
The fight of her life – for the right to die. Taiwan activist on patient autonomy law, the first in Asia

Pain is like love, says Rose Yang, a wheelchair user since she was 19, it reaches to your soul. Fulfilment, for her, came with Taiwan’s passage of the first right-to-die law in Asia, which she championed as a legislator and, one day, will use.

2 Jun 2019 - 11:00PM

Pain is like love, says Rose Yang, a wheelchair user since she was 19, it reaches to your soul. Fulfilment, for her, came with Taiwan’s passage of the first right-to-die law in Asia, which she championed as a legislator and, one day, will use.

The fight of her life – for the right to die. Taiwan activist on patient autonomy law, the first in Asia
The Naked Truth | When you find the right lover it doesn’t mean you should lose yourself – your independence still matters

Being in a relationship is not a signal for you to suddenly stop your individuality, you can still both adapt and grow together as one. The best partnerships learn from each other and help us to truly love.

2 Jun 2019 - 2:00AM

Being in a relationship is not a signal for you to suddenly stop your individuality, you can still both adapt and grow together as one. The best partnerships learn from each other and help us to truly love.

When you find the right lover it doesn’t mean you should lose yourself – your independence still matters
Remember A Day | Prince Charles needs ‘a good wife’ and Iranian revolutionary guards marry call girls: 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.

30 May 2019 - 10:26PM

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 needs ‘a good wife’ and Iranian revolutionary guards marry call girls: past headlines