Tammy Tam

Ms Tam is Editor-in-Chief of the South China Morning Post.
Tammy Tam
Ms Tam is Editor-in-Chief of the South China Morning Post.

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Welcome to the new SCMP website

New online platform will provide reader-focused experience across four editions with smarter content recommendations

18 Feb 2019 - 6:42PM
Welcome to the new SCMP website

New online platform will provide reader-focused experience across four editions with smarter content recommendations

City Beat | China sci-fi blockbuster The Wandering Earth has raised the bar for Hong Kong film industry as it seeks to rekindle reputation as Hollywood of the East

Many local actors and filmmakers are vying for a piece of the lucrative mainland market, but tastes are changing and standards are rising, meaning Hong Kong faces a challenge to compete.

17 Feb 2019 - 9:40PM
China sci-fi blockbuster The Wandering Earth has raised the bar for Hong Kong film industry as it seeks to rekindle reputation as Hollywood of the East

Many local actors and filmmakers are vying for a piece of the lucrative mainland market, but tastes are changing and standards are rising, meaning Hong Kong faces a challenge to compete.

City Beat | Now the Lunar New Year celebration is over, it’s time for a reality check

With all its risks and uncertainties the US-China trade war is not going away any time soon. And what does Trump mean by ‘real, structural change’ anyway?

10 Feb 2019 - 8:23PM
Now the Lunar New Year celebration is over, it’s time for a reality check

With all its risks and uncertainties the US-China trade war is not going away any time soon. And what does Trump mean by ‘real, structural change’ anyway?

City Beat | More than money is needed to solve Hong Kong’s health care problems

Carrie Lam’s extra HK$500 million for the Hospital Authority will be welcomed but allocating it is not as simple as moving money from one pocket to another. The manpower shortage in the hospital sector could be solved by hiring overseas personnel but where to hire from is another political question still.

4 Feb 2019 - 8:30AM
More than money is needed to solve Hong Kong’s health care problems

Carrie Lam’s extra HK$500 million for the Hospital Authority will be welcomed but allocating it is not as simple as moving money from one pocket to another. The manpower shortage in the hospital sector could be solved by hiring overseas personnel but where to hire from is another political question still.

City Beat | After a bumpy start to 2019, Chinese President Xi Jinping’s ‘bottom-line thinking’ offers food for thought for Hong Kong officials

The president has told officials to be vigilant for possible ‘black swans’ and ‘grey rhinos’. The government here would do well to do the same for the city’s outlook.

27 Jan 2019 - 9:40PM
After a bumpy start to 2019, Chinese President Xi Jinping’s ‘bottom-line thinking’ offers food for thought for Hong Kong officials

The president has told officials to be vigilant for possible ‘black swans’ and ‘grey rhinos’. The government here would do well to do the same for the city’s outlook.

City Beat | It’s one thing to raise retirement age but what are elderly unskilled workers in Hong Kong going to do in Knowledge Age economy?

Upside to spat over setting a new age threshold for welfare payments is the opportunity it presents for Hong Kong to look into where the real job market lies for senior citizens who have no choice but to work.

20 Jan 2019 - 10:11PM
It’s one thing to raise retirement age but what are elderly unskilled workers in Hong Kong going to do in Knowledge Age economy?

Upside to spat over setting a new age threshold for welfare payments is the opportunity it presents for Hong Kong to look into where the real job market lies for senior citizens who have no choice but to work.

City Beat | To give or not to give, that is the question: Financial Secretary Paul Chan faces some tough choices as budget day approaches

Financial Secretary must decide if this is a year for cash handouts and helping out first-time buyers, but conflicting views and the uncertainty created by the US-China trade war mean there are no simple answers.

13 Jan 2019 - 10:56PM
To give or not to give, that is the question: Financial Secretary Paul Chan faces some tough choices as budget day approaches

Financial Secretary must decide if this is a year for cash handouts and helping out first-time buyers, but conflicting views and the uncertainty created by the US-China trade war mean there are no simple answers.

Opinion | When approaching reunification with Taiwan, what lessons can Beijing learn from its experiences with Hong Kong?

When approaching reunification with self-ruled island, what lessons can Beijing learn from its experiences with the special administrative regions.

6 Jan 2019 - 9:34PM
When approaching reunification with Taiwan, what lessons can Beijing learn from its experiences with Hong Kong?

When approaching reunification with self-ruled island, what lessons can Beijing learn from its experiences with the special administrative regions.

City Beat | Sober look at the facts reveals Hong Kong and the world may not be as troubled as they seem

As a year of emotion-fuelled conflict and controversy draws to a close, city could do with a return to a more fact-based world view to solve its problems.

30 Dec 2018 - 9:39PM
Sober look at the facts reveals Hong Kong and the world may not be as troubled as they seem

As a year of emotion-fuelled conflict and controversy draws to a close, city could do with a return to a more fact-based world view to solve its problems.

City Beat | Look elsewhere for a sense of belonging as affordable housing becomes Hong Kong’s ‘mission impossible’

With land supply issues and a growing demand for homes, there’s no magic wand for the city’s property woes.

23 Dec 2018 - 7:40PM
Look elsewhere for a sense of belonging as affordable housing becomes Hong Kong’s ‘mission impossible’

With land supply issues and a growing demand for homes, there’s no magic wand for the city’s property woes.

City Beat | As Huawei row rumbles on, protecting Hong Kong’s status as a world city must be high on Carrie Lam’s agenda

Hong Kong’s leader is in Beijing this week for a duty visit, and as the Huawei row rumbles on, the way Hong Kong is perceived overseas is sure to be discussed.

16 Dec 2018 - 9:37PM
As Huawei row rumbles on, protecting Hong Kong’s status as a world city must be high on Carrie Lam’s agenda

Hong Kong’s leader is in Beijing this week for a duty visit, and as the Huawei row rumbles on, the way Hong Kong is perceived overseas is sure to be discussed.

City Beat | If China-US relations sour even further, don’t expect lobbying to help Hong Kong despite goodwill from some Americans towards city

Hong Kong has played a specific role in China-US relations since 1997, but with the two powers stuck in a trade war, reflecting on city’s status can be telling.

9 Dec 2018 - 9:12PM
If China-US relations sour even further, don’t expect lobbying to help Hong Kong despite goodwill from some Americans towards city

Hong Kong has played a specific role in China-US relations since 1997, but with the two powers stuck in a trade war, reflecting on city’s status can be telling.

City Beat | What exactly does the Hong Kong government want RTHK to be?

A recent report laid bare problems with many re-runs and little original content, but the station’s role and operations are uniquely fraught.

20 Feb 2019 - 1:48PM
What exactly does the Hong Kong government want RTHK to be?

A recent report laid bare problems with many re-runs and little original content, but the station’s role and operations are uniquely fraught.

Port visit by USS Ronald Reagan a nod to Hong Kong’s special status – and a reminder that if US-China relations sour, city can take nothing for granted
City Beat | Security worries stymie hi-tech cooperation between Hong Kong and mainland China

So many people are on WeChat now, especially north of the border. But in Hong Kong fears linger that private information may be misused.

18 Nov 2018 - 10:17PM
Security worries stymie hi-tech cooperation between Hong Kong and mainland China

So many people are on WeChat now, especially north of the border. But in Hong Kong fears linger that private information may be misused.

City Beat | China missing out by sending few senior officials to Bloomberg New Economy Forum in Singapore

Beijing mainly stayed away from event it was originally scheduled to host, leaving some frustrated that its voice went unheard. Mainland academics and Hong Kong participants were left to fill the gap.

12 Nov 2018 - 6:58AM
China missing out by sending few senior officials to Bloomberg New Economy Forum in Singapore

Beijing mainly stayed away from event it was originally scheduled to host, leaving some frustrated that its voice went unheard. Mainland academics and Hong Kong participants were left to fill the gap.

Editor-in-Chief Tammy Tam celebrates South China Morning Post’s achievements in past 115 years and outlines its mission for future

Birthdays are a time for celebration but also provide a good opportunity to reflect on the past and look ahead to the future. The 115th anniversary of the South China Morning Post is no exception.

6 Nov 2018 - 3:34AM
Editor-in-Chief Tammy Tam celebrates South China Morning Post’s achievements in past 115 years and outlines its mission for future

Birthdays are a time for celebration but also provide a good opportunity to reflect on the past and look ahead to the future. The 115th anniversary of the South China Morning Post is no exception.

City Beat | Hong Kong is still wet behind the ears at 21 since return to Chinese rule, as she figures out her role

Country is set on its destiny 40 years after reforms, while major local controversies faced by the city reflect its growing pains.

9 Nov 2018 - 6:20AM
Hong Kong is still wet behind the ears at 21 since return to Chinese rule, as she figures out her role

Country is set on its destiny 40 years after reforms, while major local controversies faced by the city reflect its growing pains.

City Beat | Hong Kong stands to experience sweetness or pain in Xi’s vows for further reform, including a Qianhai Model

The Chinese president on his trip south called for more ‘replicable experiments’ as Hong Kong goes from being an ‘outside’ model to a full participant in China’s reform. What that might mean for Hong Kong is open to interpretation.

28 Oct 2018 - 9:02PM
Hong Kong stands to experience sweetness or pain in Xi’s vows for further reform, including a Qianhai Model

The Chinese president on his trip south called for more ‘replicable experiments’ as Hong Kong goes from being an ‘outside’ model to a full participant in China’s reform. What that might mean for Hong Kong is open to interpretation.

City Beat | Is Beijing tightening its control over Hong Kong? State Council office’s evolving role tells a lot

Under ‘one country, two systems’, the central government sets different priorities depending on what is happening in the city.

21 Oct 2018 - 8:44PM
Is Beijing tightening its control over Hong Kong? State Council office’s evolving role tells a lot

Under ‘one country, two systems’, the central government sets different priorities depending on what is happening in the city.

City Beat | Does the US-China trade war mean an ironic new opportunity for Hong Kong?

Speakers at the Post’s China Conference cognisant of city’s advantages, as an economy open to trade from the US, the mainland and Southeast Asia.

15 Oct 2018 - 2:57PM
Does the US-China trade war mean an ironic new opportunity for Hong Kong?

Speakers at the Post’s China Conference cognisant of city’s advantages, as an economy open to trade from the US, the mainland and Southeast Asia.

City Beat | Is the US-China conflict over more than just trade? If so, Hong Kong needs to prepare

Amid the controversy over a journalist’s visa lurks a concern over how investors see the city’s business environment when bilateral relations are seemingly soured.

8 Oct 2018 - 3:20PM
Is the US-China conflict over more than just trade? If so, Hong Kong needs to prepare

Amid the controversy over a journalist’s visa lurks a concern over how investors see the city’s business environment when bilateral relations are seemingly soured.

City Beat | As Xi Jinping pledges support for China’s private and state-owned enterprises, time is ripe for Hong Kong to find economic sweet spot

President’s recent remarks meant to cool debate on fate of private sector send clear signal for city while US-China trade war rolls on.

30 Sep 2018 - 9:55PM
As Xi Jinping pledges support for China’s private and state-owned enterprises, time is ripe for Hong Kong to find economic sweet spot

President’s recent remarks meant to cool debate on fate of private sector send clear signal for city while US-China trade war rolls on.

City Beat | Amid escalating US-China trade war, Hong Kong must figure out how to protect its unique interests

Maintaining city’s special status and sparing it from possible collateral damage form important mission for commerce minister during Washington visit.

29 Sep 2018 - 2:36PM
Amid escalating US-China trade war, Hong Kong must figure out how to protect its unique interests

Maintaining city’s special status and sparing it from possible collateral damage form important mission for commerce minister during Washington visit.

Just like for super typhoon, Hong Kong has to be vigilant and prepared for any global disruption and change

Although Hong Kong has no say in its foreign affairs, it cannot ignore fact that Beijing occasionally reviews city’s role according to latest global situation.

29 Sep 2018 - 2:36PM
Just like for super typhoon, Hong Kong has to be vigilant and prepared for any global disruption and change

Although Hong Kong has no say in its foreign affairs, it cannot ignore fact that Beijing occasionally reviews city’s role according to latest global situation.

City Beat | The many meanings of ‘ghost’ from the Cantonese term ‘gweilo’

Exploring the history of a common Chinese phrase at the centre of a discrimination court case.

29 Sep 2018 - 2:36PM
The many meanings of ‘ghost’ from the Cantonese term ‘gweilo’

Exploring the history of a common Chinese phrase at the centre of a discrimination court case.

City Beat | Senior Belt and Road role in Hong Kong government pays HK$3 million a year and is open to non-Hongkongers. Why relax rules now? And why for this job?

Advert for Commissioner for Belt and Road targets non-Hongkongers. Does this mean mainland Chinese could soon work as public servants in the city?

29 Sep 2018 - 2:36PM
Senior Belt and Road role in Hong Kong government pays HK$3 million a year and is open to non-Hongkongers. Why relax rules now? And why for this job?

Advert for Commissioner for Belt and Road targets non-Hongkongers. Does this mean mainland Chinese could soon work as public servants in the city?

City Beat | Money alone is no cure for Hong Kong’s housing shortage

Calls for government to build more subsidised flats seem to make political sense – but that takes us back to long-running question of where land will come from

29 Sep 2018 - 2:36PM
Money alone is no cure for Hong Kong’s housing shortage

Calls for government to build more subsidised flats seem to make political sense – but that takes us back to long-running question of where land will come from

City Beat | Greater rewards mean greater responsibility for Hongkongers taking advantage of ID card benefits

Now that residents from Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan can gain access to the same benefits as their mainland Chinese counterparts, calls for income tax exemption must be treated with caution.

29 Sep 2018 - 2:36PM
Greater rewards mean greater responsibility for Hongkongers taking advantage of ID card benefits

Now that residents from Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan can gain access to the same benefits as their mainland Chinese counterparts, calls for income tax exemption must be treated with caution.

City Beat | Does it make sense to ditch MTR Corp chief Frederick Ma to save Hong Kong transport minister Frank Chan, amid construction scandal?

With railway giant MTR – usually the pride of the city – in a crisis, politicians from across the spectrum are calling for more heads to roll. But how much accountability is enough?

29 Sep 2018 - 2:36PM
Does it make sense to ditch MTR Corp chief Frederick Ma to save Hong Kong transport minister Frank Chan, amid construction scandal?

With railway giant MTR – usually the pride of the city – in a crisis, politicians from across the spectrum are calling for more heads to roll. But how much accountability is enough?