Tim Noonan

Tim Noonan has been crafting uniquely provocative columns for the SCMP and SMP for more than a decade. A native of Canada, he has over 20 years’ experience in Asia and has been a regular contributor to a number of prominent publications, including Time magazine, Forbes, The New York Times, The International Herald Tribune and The Independent.
Tim Noonan
Tim Noonan has been crafting uniquely provocative columns for the SCMP and SMP for more than a decade. A native of Canada, he has over 20 years’ experience in Asia and has been a regular contributor to a number of prominent publications, including Time magazine, Forbes, The New York Times, The International Herald Tribune and The Independent.

Latest from Tim Noonan

Opinion | 2020 Olympics one-year countdown: Tokyo already bursting at the seams and boiling over

Severe heat warnings combined with incessant gridlock and overcrowding are only a few of the issues facing organisers in what is shaping up to be the most popular Olympics ever

24 Jul 2019 - 12:10PM

Severe heat warnings combined with incessant gridlock and overcrowding are only a few of the issues facing organisers in what is shaping up to be the most popular Olympics ever

2020 Olympics one-year countdown: Tokyo already bursting at the seams and boiling over
Opinion | Bangkok is about to show Hong Kong what a real ‘benchmark in sports and entertainment’ looks like

While the government’s price tag for new Kai Tak Sports Park is certainly great – at HK$32 billion – the end design is underwhelming at best thanks to the political realities of Hong Kong

1 Jun 2019 - 10:11PM

While the government’s price tag for new Kai Tak Sports Park is certainly great – at HK$32 billion – the end design is underwhelming at best thanks to the political realities of Hong Kong

Bangkok is about to show Hong Kong what a real ‘benchmark in sports and entertainment’ looks like
If you thought Cathay Pacific data leak was bad, just wait until hackers steal your DNA

The dawn of the DNA test raises the spectre of data hackers stealing the innermost secrets of your very being. And with Asian demand building the industry into a US$50 billion behemoth, that spectre is growing ever larger.

28 Mar 2019 - 3:42PM

The dawn of the DNA test raises the spectre of data hackers stealing the innermost secrets of your very being. And with Asian demand building the industry into a US$50 billion behemoth, that spectre is growing ever larger.

If you thought Cathay Pacific data leak was bad, just wait until hackers steal your DNA
Opinion | With Ichiro Suzuki retiring, the stage is finally clear for rugby – and Japan – to step forward at the World Cup

After an eventful week for sports in Japan, the eyes and ears of the country can now be firmly fixed on the upcoming Rugby World Cup in six months’ time.

23 Mar 2019 - 1:53PM

After an eventful week for sports in Japan, the eyes and ears of the country can now be firmly fixed on the upcoming Rugby World Cup in six months’ time.

With Ichiro Suzuki retiring, the stage is finally clear for rugby – and Japan – to step forward at the World Cup
Opinion | Ichiro Suzuki retirement: Asia’s greatest professional athlete and pioneer takes his final bow

Not a dry eye in the country as Japan, and Major League baseball, say goodbye to the inimitable Ichiro Suzuki in Tokyo

23 Mar 2019 - 9:08PM

Not a dry eye in the country as Japan, and Major League baseball, say goodbye to the inimitable Ichiro Suzuki in Tokyo

Ichiro Suzuki retirement: Asia’s greatest professional athlete and pioneer takes his final bow
Opinion | Major League Baseball kicks off its global push on safe and ravenous soil in Tokyo

MLB launches opening day at the Tokyo Dome on the back of a legend for a season that will also see stops in London and Mexico

21 Mar 2019 - 9:35PM

MLB launches opening day at the Tokyo Dome on the back of a legend for a season that will also see stops in London and Mexico

Major League Baseball kicks off its global push on safe and ravenous soil in Tokyo
Opinion | Singapore vs Hong Kong? Let that debate rage on everything – except rugby sevens events

Despite an arbitrary – and unofficial – World Rugby ranking putting Singapore’s event ahead of Hong Kong’s cherished gem, there really is no comparison

15 Mar 2019 - 8:00AM

Despite an arbitrary – and unofficial – World Rugby ranking putting Singapore’s event ahead of Hong Kong’s cherished gem, there really is no comparison

Singapore vs Hong Kong? Let that debate rage on everything – except rugby sevens events
Could fully legal marijuana in Thailand be next after medical marijuana approval? Advocates push home growing

Recent royal decree implemented Thailand’s medical marijuana law, the first in Asia, but advocates for the drug, including a party competing in upcoming election, are pushing full legalisation, home growing and even marijuana exports.

28 Feb 2019 - 10:49AM

Recent royal decree implemented Thailand’s medical marijuana law, the first in Asia, but advocates for the drug, including a party competing in upcoming election, are pushing full legalisation, home growing and even marijuana exports.

Could fully legal marijuana in Thailand be next after medical marijuana approval? Advocates push home growing
Opinion | ‘I am tan, it’s pretty obvious’: biracial pioneer Naomi Osaka is pushing boundaries to forge a new Japan

She is clearly a woman of colour and famous for that so why erase that in your advertising?

27 Jan 2019 - 10:03PM

She is clearly a woman of colour and famous for that so why erase that in your advertising?

‘I am tan, it’s pretty obvious’: biracial pioneer Naomi Osaka is pushing boundaries to forge a new Japan
Rugby World Cup: A million to one? Not quite, but we’re shouting for Hong Kong – and the organisers are too
Rugby World Cup 2019: wake up Japan, ditch the protocols and let your hair down
Rugby World Cup 2019: 10 reasons you should go to Japan (yes, beer is one of them)
Naomi Osaka’s US Open win over Serena Williams gives Japan an unlikely hero after devastating typhoon and earthquake
Hokkaido earthquake: Swaying hotels and light fixtures reported by Hongkongers holidaying in northern Japan when 6.7 magnitude quake hit

At least 370 visitors in tour groups from Hong Kong are at the popular destination, as landslides and power outages wreak havoc.

7 Sep 2018 - 12:20AM

At least 370 visitors in tour groups from Hong Kong are at the popular destination, as landslides and power outages wreak havoc.

Hokkaido earthquake: Swaying hotels and light fixtures reported by Hongkongers holidaying in northern Japan when 6.7 magnitude quake hit
Asian Games apology: disgraced Japan basketball stars forced to show public humiliation over ‘buying sex’ in Jakarta
Wearable app uses your DNA to tell you what to eat and workouts to do in the gym – we put it to the test

Advanced Genomic Solutions app syncs with your smart band, reads your genetic profile and lets you program in your fitness goals, then recommends workouts and meals. Alas for our reviewer, it doesn’t come with a wine list

30 May 2018 - 6:48PM

Advanced Genomic Solutions app syncs with your smart band, reads your genetic profile and lets you program in your fitness goals, then recommends workouts and meals. Alas for our reviewer, it doesn’t come with a wine list

Wearable app uses your DNA to tell you what to eat and workouts to do in the gym – we put it to the test
While the future beckons for Perry and the young Americans, their Hong Kong destiny will have to wait at least one more year
How women are leading a rugby renaissance in Laos, with the help of Hong Kong
Hong Kong will build the world’s most expensive (Sevens) stadium. Can it please look like this ...
Health benefits of abstinence from alcohol: two regular quitters talk about their dry spells and share tips on giving up

Some give up drinking for January, others may quit booze for a year. They say they sleep better and feel much healthier, and medical experts agree, citing reductions in liver fat, blood sugar and cholesterol levels

17 Mar 2018 - 8:07PM

Some give up drinking for January, others may quit booze for a year. They say they sleep better and feel much healthier, and medical experts agree, citing reductions in liver fat, blood sugar and cholesterol levels

Health benefits of abstinence from alcohol: two regular quitters talk about their dry spells and share tips on giving up
Coldest Winter Games might be the coolest as South Korea grabs gold in its Olympics screen test
Why a half-pipe may be more than enough to smoke out the future for the Olympic Games
Let’s see what you’ve got, Asia! Who will stake a claim to fame at the Winter Olympics?
Asia will return golden lustre to Olympics – and for that the ‘Lords of the Rings’ should bow forever
How to get back in shape after the holidays – tips from top trainers in Hong Kong

It’s the new year and, after weeks of indulgence, many people vow to get fit and lose weight. However, trying to do too much can be overwhelming and cause injury. Top Hong Kong trainers offer tips to get your fitness back safely

15 Jan 2018 - 7:11PM

It’s the new year and, after weeks of indulgence, many people vow to get fit and lose weight. However, trying to do too much can be overwhelming and cause injury. Top Hong Kong trainers offer tips to get your fitness back safely

How to get back in shape after the holidays – tips from top trainers in Hong Kong
How staggering advances in DNA testing help our lifestyle choices

A test costing less than HK$5,000 can tell you which diets, supplements, and types of fitness training are best for you, but make sure the company involved will protect the privacy of your data

20 Jul 2018 - 2:55PM

A test costing less than HK$5,000 can tell you which diets, supplements, and types of fitness training are best for you, but make sure the company involved will protect the privacy of your data

How staggering advances in DNA testing help our lifestyle choices
Harsh reality of new media landscape takes its toll on ESPN and beyond
How an adopted Korean ‘god’ has turned Major League Baseball on its collective ear
Moving the needle for rugby sevens international growth won’t be easy, even here in Hong Kong
How the Masters and Sergio Garcia combined to paint an unlikely masterpiece