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 to get over a break-up or divorce and why grief is something you need to deal with to move on

A break-up or divorce is an earth-shattering experience but we need to face all the ups and downs that come with these critical junctures before truly moving on to the next phase.

A break-up or divorce is an earth-shattering experience but we need to face all the ups and downs that come with these critical junctures before truly moving on to the next phase.

How to get over a break-up or divorce and why grief is something you need to deal with to move on
7 Mar 2021 - 12:15AM
The Naked Truth | The right way for couples to argue – use disagreements to work through issues and strengthen your relationship

Having a constructive argument with your partner is good, says a relationship and intimacy coach, as it help your relationship evolve and grow. And there’s always the make-up sex afterwards.

Having a constructive argument with your partner is good, says a relationship and intimacy coach, as it help your relationship evolve and grow. And there’s always the make-up sex afterwards.

The right way for couples to argue – use disagreements to work through issues and strengthen your relationship
21 Feb 2021 - 2:30AM
My Hong Kong | The true cost of Lunar New Year, the most expensive time for Chinese families, and why Covid-19 restrictions could be a blessing in disguise

Like Christmas for Westerners, the Lunar New Year is very expensive for Chinese people – red packets, big meals, hampers – but this year no one can travel to avoid it.

Like Christmas for Westerners, the Lunar New Year is very expensive for Chinese people – red packets, big meals, hampers – but this year no one can travel to avoid it.

The true cost of Lunar New Year, the most expensive time for Chinese families, and why Covid-19 restrictions could be a blessing in disguise
13 Feb 2021 - 11:00AM
Chinese zodiac Year of the Ox forecasts: wealth, health, love and luck
12 Feb 2021 - 3:42PM
The Naked Truth | Heightened emotions can ruin your life and relationships: how to recognise and manage intense or irrational feelings

Emotions are part of life, but when they become too intense or irrational they can damage our well-being and relationships. Understanding and managing these feelings and their causes is key, says hypnotherapist Christine Deschemin.

Emotions are part of life, but when they become too intense or irrational they can damage our well-being and relationships. Understanding and managing these feelings and their causes is key, says hypnotherapist Christine Deschemin.

Heightened emotions can ruin your life and relationships: how to recognise and manage intense or irrational feelings
7 Feb 2021 - 2:30AM
My Hong Kong | Tony Leung, Maggie Cheung and Chow Yun-fat were kings and queen when Hong Kong TV dramas ruled. We need to rediscover their magic

Before smartphones, Hong Kong families used to gather to watch TV together, and stars such as Tony Leung, Maggie Cheung and Chow Yun-fat emerged in TV dramas like The Bund and Police Cadet.

Before smartphones, Hong Kong families used to gather to watch TV together, and stars such as Tony Leung, Maggie Cheung and Chow Yun-fat emerged in TV dramas like The Bund and Police Cadet.

Tony Leung, Maggie Cheung and Chow Yun-fat were kings and queen when Hong Kong TV dramas ruled. We need to rediscover their magic
30 Jan 2021 - 11:00AM
The Naked Truth | How to help your child cope amid the coronavirus pandemic: spend more time with them, use social media less – and find ways to laugh every day

The coronavirus pandemic has been particularly hard on children, so we need to do what we can to help them cope. Experts offer tips on how to keep your child emotionally and psychologically healthy.

The coronavirus pandemic has been particularly hard on children, so we need to do what we can to help them cope. Experts offer tips on how to keep your child emotionally and psychologically healthy.

How to help your child cope amid the coronavirus pandemic: spend more time with them, use  social media less – and find ways to laugh every day
24 Jan 2021 - 2:30AM
Some weird but useful workplace Cantonese slang terms you can learn to break down barriers

Immerse yourself in Hong Kong’s work culture and let the SCMP’s Luisa Tam teach you how to avoid getting caught up in the rat race by learning to tan pok or “slack off” occasionally so you can hea or “chill” – and de-stress instantly. 

Immerse yourself in Hong Kong’s work culture and let the SCMP’s Luisa Tam teach you how to avoid getting caught up in the rat race by learning to tan pok or “slack off” occasionally so you can hea or “chill” – and de-stress instantly. 

Some weird but useful workplace Cantonese slang terms you can learn to break down barriers
19 Jan 2021 - 3:18PM
My Hong Kong | In Chinese culture, food can bring people together – and it can drive them apart, as Uncle Roger controversy reminds us

To the Chinese, food opens all doors – but it can also close some doors if not used in the right way. Just ask comedian Uncle Roger, who found himself in hot water over a video he made with anti-Beijing food vlogger Mike Chen.

To the Chinese, food opens all doors – but it can also close some doors if not used in the right way. Just ask comedian Uncle Roger, who found himself in hot water over a video he made with anti-Beijing food vlogger Mike Chen.

In Chinese culture, food can bring people together – and it can drive them apart, as Uncle Roger controversy reminds us
16 Jan 2021 - 11:00AM
The Naked Truth | How to prevent a break-up and rebuild a relationship that’s stagnant or in trouble

The weeks leading up to Valentine’s Day can be a dangerous time for relationships that are stagnant or in trouble. Here’s how you can help prevent a break-up.

The weeks leading up to Valentine’s Day can be a dangerous time for relationships that are stagnant or in trouble. Here’s how you can help prevent a break-up.

How to prevent a break-up and rebuild a relationship that’s stagnant or in trouble
18 Feb 2021 - 3:45PM
My Hong Kong | Keep your meddling hands off our Mahjong tiles! Show some respect to the game that teaches us about life and ourselves

When three US women tried to ‘respectfully refresh’ the design of mahjong tiles, the cultural appropriation caused worldwide outrage. But mahjong is more than just a game, it teaches us about who we are.

When three US women tried to ‘respectfully refresh’ the design of mahjong tiles, the cultural appropriation caused worldwide outrage. But mahjong is more than just a game, it teaches us about who we are.

Keep your meddling hands off our Mahjong tiles! Show some respect to the game that teaches us about life and ourselves
9 Jan 2021 - 11:15AM
The Naked Truth | How to make your relationship stronger, happier, and sexier in 2021

If you want to make your relationship stronger, happier, and sexier in 2021 these tips, both in and out of the bedroom, will help keep your love on track.

If you want to make your relationship stronger, happier, and sexier in 2021 these tips, both in and out of the bedroom, will help keep your love on track.

How to make your relationship stronger, happier, and sexier in 2021
3 Jan 2021 - 2:30AM
My Hong Kong | Frequent bathroom breaks seen as a sign of laziness in China – but that’s not why a company fined shift workers for using toilet more than once

In Chinese geomancy – feng shui – water equates to wealth, so you have to be careful not to flush it away in the toilet. Another belief holds that using a toilet too often means you are lazy or a shirker.

In Chinese geomancy – feng shui – water equates to wealth, so you have to be careful not to flush it away in the toilet. Another belief holds that using a toilet too often means you are lazy or a shirker.

Frequent bathroom breaks seen as a sign of laziness in China – but that’s not why a company fined shift workers for using toilet more than once
10 Feb 2021 - 12:10PM
The Naked Truth | From first kisses to ones that say ‘I love you’ and ‘you set me on fire’ – the beauty of kissing and how to develop good habits

Through kissing we truly bond and share feelings with another person – even the first kiss between two people can offer insight into their future relationship.

Through kissing we truly bond and share feelings with another person – even the first kiss between two people can offer insight into their future relationship.

From first kisses to ones that say ‘I love you’ and ‘you set me on fire’ – the beauty of kissing and how to develop good habits
27 Dec 2020 - 2:30AM
The Naked Truth | Body positivity tips and how it can improve your happiness, confidence and sex life

Body positivity is about finding peace in yourself and learning to be comfortable in your own skin, leading to greater happiness, confidence and sex life.

Body positivity is about finding peace in yourself and learning to be comfortable in your own skin, leading to greater happiness, confidence and sex life.

Body positivity tips and how it can improve your happiness, confidence and sex life
20 Dec 2020 - 2:30AM
My Hong Kong | Yes, Santa Claus is still coming to town despite the Covid-19 travel restrictions

Young children have been forced to adapt to some harsh realities in 2020: lockdowns, missing their friends, home learning. They have mostly taken these in their stride. Don’t rob them of Christmas – Santa Claus is coming to town.

Young children have been forced to adapt to some harsh realities in 2020: lockdowns, missing their friends, home learning. They have mostly taken these in their stride. Don’t rob them of Christmas – Santa Claus is coming to town.

Yes, Santa Claus is still coming to town despite the Covid-19 travel restrictions
20 Dec 2020 - 5:36PM
The Naked Truth | Avoid the festive blues this Christmas: plan ahead, connect with loved ones, personalise your gifts – and remember it’ll all be over soon

Despite lockdowns and restrictions on physical gatherings you can still enjoy the holidays – just plan ahead, keep yourself busy and remember that there is light at the end of the tunnel.

Despite lockdowns and restrictions on physical gatherings you can still enjoy the holidays – just plan ahead, keep yourself busy and remember that there is light at the end of the tunnel.

Avoid the festive blues this Christmas: plan ahead, connect with loved ones, personalise your gifts – and remember it’ll all be over soon
13 Dec 2020 - 2:30AM
My Hong Kong | Chinese food for Christmas? If the cooking and eating are shared, that’s all that matters

We don’t always have to eat traditional Christmas food to get into the festive spirit – as long as we are cooking and eating it together with loved ones, that’s a real Christmas.

We don’t always have to eat traditional Christmas food to get into the festive spirit – as long as we are cooking and eating it together with loved ones, that’s a real Christmas.

Chinese food for Christmas? If the cooking and eating are shared, that’s all that matters
13 Dec 2020 - 7:22PM
The Naked Truth | How kinks and fantasies can improve your sexual chemistry, and give your relationship a boost

Sexual kinks and fantasies could be the solution if your love life is getting stale. Communicate your desires and needs to your partner and listen to theirs with an open mind, and you could soon be reaching new heights.

Sexual kinks and fantasies could be the solution if your love life is getting stale. Communicate your desires and needs to your partner and listen to theirs with an open mind, and you could soon be reaching new heights.

How  kinks and fantasies can improve your sexual chemistry, and give your relationship a boost
6 Dec 2020 - 2:30AM
My Hong Kong | Why Asians love YouTube star Uncle Roger – we’ve all got one in the family

A comedic persona created by Malaysian stand-up comedian Nigel Ng, Uncle Roger will remind most Asians of at least one grumpy family member who’s never afraid to speak their mind.

A comedic persona created by Malaysian stand-up comedian Nigel Ng, Uncle Roger will remind most Asians of at least one grumpy family member who’s never afraid to speak their mind.

Why Asians love YouTube star Uncle Roger – we’ve all got one in the family
6 Dec 2020 - 5:08PM
How to tell ‘white lies’ in Cantonese for the greater good

In Cantonese, sometimes telling the whole truth is not the best option. The South China Morning Post’s Luisa Tam teaches you how to tell white lies in Cantonese from offering words of praise to knowing if your taxi journey destination is really “just around the corner.” 
 

In Cantonese, sometimes telling the whole truth is not the best option. The South China Morning Post’s Luisa Tam teaches you how to tell white lies in Cantonese from offering words of praise to knowing if your taxi journey destination is really “just around the corner.” 
 

How to tell ‘white lies’ in Cantonese for the greater good
1 Dec 2020 - 2:36PM
The Naked Truth | How to get over fear of intimacy: be open, patient and build trust over time to truly deepen your relationship

To have genuine intimacy, it’s essential both partners share their thoughts and feelings. If you are both open and patient, trust between you will blossom.

To have genuine intimacy, it’s essential both partners share their thoughts and feelings. If you are both open and patient, trust between you will blossom.

How to get over fear of intimacy: be open, patient and build trust over time to truly deepen your relationship
29 Nov 2020 - 2:30AM
My Hong Kong | When Deng Xiaoping said ‘dancing parties will go on’, I don’t think he would have meant during the middle of a global pandemic, but hey, sex sells

Dance club cluster shows a lack of care for the greater good. If we are to beat the coronavirus then everyone must do their bit, even older women and their younger instructors.

Dance club cluster shows a lack of care for the greater good. If we are to beat the coronavirus then everyone must do their bit, even older women and their younger instructors.

When Deng Xiaoping said ‘dancing parties will go on’, I don’t think he would have meant during the middle of a global pandemic, but hey, sex sells
27 Nov 2020 - 9:20PM
Superstitions and the ‘invisible forces’ Chinese children fear while growing up

Many people who have grown up in a traditional Chinese household recall feeling anxious about the future while they were children. As the SCMP’s Luisa Tam explains, parents are known to tell a child that they will be doomed, or even jinxed for life, just for doing something considered out of line with tradition. 

Many people who have grown up in a traditional Chinese household recall feeling anxious about the future while they were children. As the SCMP’s Luisa Tam explains, parents are known to tell a child that they will be doomed, or even jinxed for life, just for doing something considered out of line with tradition. 

Superstitions and the ‘invisible forces’ Chinese children fear while growing up
24 Nov 2020 - 2:46PM
The Naked Truth | How to recover from pregnancy loss: advice for mother and father, and for dealing with children, at a traumatic time

Pregnancy loss due to a miscarriage or stillbirth takes a huge toll on the physical, mental and emotional health of mothers and fathers, but there are ways to help get over the grief.

Pregnancy loss due to a miscarriage or stillbirth takes a huge toll on the physical, mental and emotional health of mothers and fathers, but there are ways to help get over the grief.

How to recover from pregnancy loss: advice for mother and father, and for dealing with children, at a traumatic time
15 Nov 2020 - 2:30AM
My Hong Kong | Chinese superstitions toughened me up. But what do Hong Kong children today know of the invisible forces behind holding chopsticks, slipper placement?

My generation’s upbringing was marked by folklore and the threat of lifelong jinxing, but it made us resilient.

My generation’s upbringing was marked by folklore and the threat of lifelong jinxing, but it made us resilient.

Chinese superstitions toughened me up. But what do Hong Kong children today know of the invisible forces behind holding chopsticks, slipper placement?
15 Nov 2020 - 6:55PM
Learning Cantonese: how to use 'je' in everyday conversations

In Cantonese, almost everything can be summarised using the handy and ubiquitous word "je". Luisa Tam shows you how to work this versatile term into phrases describing concepts, places and even people, helping you along your way to being able to communicate like a local.

In Cantonese, almost everything can be summarised using the handy and ubiquitous word "je". Luisa Tam shows you how to work this versatile term into phrases describing concepts, places and even people, helping you along your way to being able to communicate like a local.

Learning Cantonese: how to use 'je' in everyday conversations
10 Nov 2020 - 3:35PM
The Naked Truth | Signs of having chemistry with someone: that magnetic force and sexual impulse which can lead to longer-term connections

Chemistry is a magnetic force that pulls two people together, creating an instinctive sexual impulse that can be grounds for a longer-term connection. Here are the signs.

Chemistry is a magnetic force that pulls two people together, creating an instinctive sexual impulse that can be grounds for a longer-term connection. Here are the signs.

Signs of having chemistry with someone: that magnetic force and sexual impulse which can lead to longer-term connections
8 Nov 2020 - 2:30AM
My Hong Kong | Lost in translation: don’t mock the boy with the ‘pork fried rice’ tattoo, Hong Kong should embrace overseas appreciation of Chinese culture

Hong Kong desperately needs foreigners prepared to reflect their love of the city, even if that is via Chinese character tattoos referencing popular takeaway dishes.

Hong Kong desperately needs foreigners prepared to reflect their love of the city, even if that is via Chinese character tattoos referencing popular takeaway dishes.

Lost in translation: don’t mock the boy with the ‘pork fried rice’ tattoo, Hong Kong should embrace overseas appreciation of Chinese culture
6 Nov 2020 - 9:04PM
The Naked Truth | Why intimacy in a relationship is not all about sex – you can still get up close and personal

Intimacy is important in a healthy relationship, but it’s not just about having sex. There are other ways to build a loving, physical bond with your partner.

Intimacy is important in a healthy relationship, but it’s not just about having sex. There are other ways to build a loving, physical bond with your partner.

Why intimacy in a relationship is not all about sex – you can still get up close and personal
1 Nov 2020 - 2:30AM