Yonden Lhatoo

Yonden Lhatoo is the Chief News Editor at the Post. He had worked as a television news anchor and editor in Hong Kong for nearly two decades before joining the SCMP in 2015.
Yonden Lhatoo
Yonden Lhatoo is the Chief News Editor at the Post. He had worked as a television news anchor and editor in Hong Kong for nearly two decades before joining the SCMP in 2015.

Latest from Yonden Lhatoo

Just Saying | Traffic jams in the death zone: is climbing Mount Everest even a real achievement any more?

Yonden Lhatoo is alarmed by images of human traffic jams above 8,000 metres on the world’s highest mountain and questions whether it is even worth it as climbers lose their lives because of overcrowding this season.

25 May 2019 - 10:46PM

Yonden Lhatoo is alarmed by images of human traffic jams above 8,000 metres on the world’s highest mountain and questions whether it is even worth it as climbers lose their lives because of overcrowding this season.

Traffic jams in the death zone: is climbing Mount Everest even a real achievement any more?
Game of Groans or Lame of Thrones: the final verdict

SCMP Chief News Editor Yonden Lhatoo hates Game of Thrones forever in his final review.

22 May 2019 - 11:50AM

SCMP Chief News Editor Yonden Lhatoo hates Game of Thrones forever in his final review.

Game of Groans or Lame of Thrones: the final verdict
Just Saying | Enough of vulgar and violent behaviour, it’s time to disband Hong Kong’s legislature

Yonden Lhatoo is appalled by the loss of dignity and decency in the Legislative Council, arguing that our lawmakers are so toxic and out of control, they don’t deserve to represent us any more.

21 May 2019 - 4:15PM

Yonden Lhatoo is appalled by the loss of dignity and decency in the Legislative Council, arguing that our lawmakers are so toxic and out of control, they don’t deserve to represent us any more.

Enough of vulgar and violent behaviour, it’s time to disband Hong Kong’s legislature
Should children who are out of control be banned from flying?

SCMP Chief News Editor Yonden Lhatoo takes on toddlers who terrorise the skies.

16 May 2019 - 1:14PM

SCMP Chief News Editor Yonden Lhatoo takes on toddlers who terrorise the skies.

Should children who are out of control be banned from flying?
Just Saying | Do yetis really exist? It doesn’t matter if you grew up with the legendary creatures around you

Yonden Lhatoo explores the legend of the Abominable Snowman from a very personal point of view amid the recent debate over the purported discovery of mysterious footprints by the Indian army in the remote mountains of Nepal.

11 May 2019 - 10:47PM

Yonden Lhatoo explores the legend of the Abominable Snowman from a very personal point of view amid the recent debate over the purported discovery of mysterious footprints by the Indian army in the remote mountains of Nepal.

Do yetis really exist? It doesn’t matter if you grew up with the legendary creatures around you
Just Saying | Lame of Thrones: this is how you ruin the world’s best TV show

Yonden Lhatoo succumbs to nerd rage as the most-hyped episode of the hit TV show turns out to be too dark to see anything.

5 May 2019 - 1:33PM

Yonden Lhatoo succumbs to nerd rage as the most-hyped episode of the hit TV show turns out to be too dark to see anything.

Lame of Thrones: this is how you ruin the world’s best TV show
Lame of Thrones: this is how you ruin the world’s best TV show

WARNING: Spoilers included. 

2 May 2019 - 7:36PM

WARNING: Spoilers included. 

Lame of Thrones: this is how you ruin the world’s best TV show
Hong Kong politics has become so toxic, even a brain tumour raises suspicion rather than sympathy
If pigs are not meant to be eaten, why are they made of bacon?

Yonden Lhatoo’s ode to pork in response to the controversy in Hong Kong over roast pig-cutting ceremonies.

30 Apr 2019 - 10:45AM

Yonden Lhatoo’s ode to pork in response to the controversy in Hong Kong over roast pig-cutting ceremonies.

If pigs are not meant to be eaten, why are they made of bacon?
Just Saying | Game of Thrones is making America great again; now if only Trump would stay out of it

Yonden Lhatoo hails HBO’s hit television show as a shining testament to American talent, but wishes President Donald Trump would not ruin the enjoyment with his clumsy attempts to appropriate it for political gain.

20 Apr 2019 - 10:25PM

Yonden Lhatoo hails HBO’s hit television show as a shining testament to American talent, but wishes President Donald Trump would not ruin the enjoyment with his clumsy attempts to appropriate it for political gain.

Game of Thrones is making America great again; now if only Trump would stay out of it
If pigs are not meant to be eaten, why are they made of bacon?
The madness of King Donald: Is Trump really losing it?

SCMP Chief News Editor Yonden Lhatoo looks at how US President Donald Trump seems on track for a second term in office despite fresh public concern about his struggles with facts and basic vocabulary.

11 Apr 2019 - 3:28PM

SCMP Chief News Editor Yonden Lhatoo looks at how US President Donald Trump seems on track for a second term in office despite fresh public concern about his struggles with facts and basic vocabulary.

The madness of King Donald: Is Trump really losing it?
Just Saying | The madness of King Donald: is Trump really losing his mind?

Yonden Lhatoo writes that the US president’s recent struggles with basic vocabulary and facts have triggered fresh public concerns about his mental health and fitness for office, but he’s still on track for a second term.

6 Apr 2019 - 10:30PM

Yonden Lhatoo writes that the US president’s recent struggles with basic vocabulary and facts have triggered fresh public concerns about his mental health and fitness for office, but he’s still on track for a second term.

The madness of King Donald: is Trump really losing his mind?
Can we build robots to beat loneliness and be our friends?

Meet Qoobo and Bocco, two Japanese robots designed for companionship and human interaction. Yonden Lhatoo weighs in on whether they stand the test of friendship.

9 Apr 2019 - 10:31AM

Meet Qoobo and Bocco, two Japanese robots designed for companionship and human interaction. Yonden Lhatoo weighs in on whether they stand the test of friendship.

Can we build robots to beat loneliness and be our friends?
Man to man: South Korea’s toxic masculinity explained

Chief News Editor Yonden Lhatoo explains why the next big export for tech-savvy South Korea may be the dirty business of “molka” or secret camera porn, rather than more squeaky clean K-pop idols.

4 Apr 2019 - 5:30PM

Chief News Editor Yonden Lhatoo explains why the next big export for tech-savvy South Korea may be the dirty business of “molka” or secret camera porn, rather than more squeaky clean K-pop idols.

Man to man: South Korea’s toxic masculinity explained
Just Saying | China and the Dalai Lama play endgame for Tibet, and it’s going to be an unholy mess

Yonden Lhatoo says a hardline policy shift from Beijing and the exiled Tibetan spiritual leader’s latest stance on reincarnation have set the stage for an unholy clash over finding his successor.

30 Mar 2019 - 11:20PM

Yonden Lhatoo says a hardline policy shift from Beijing and the exiled Tibetan spiritual leader’s latest stance on reincarnation have set the stage for an unholy clash over finding his successor.

China and the Dalai Lama play endgame for Tibet, and it’s going to be an unholy mess
Just Saying | After K-pop, could spycam porn be the next great Korean cultural export?

Yonden Lhatoo asks where South Korea is going and what it means for the rest of the world as the country is plagued by one hidden-camera sex scandal after another.

23 Mar 2019 - 11:34PM

Yonden Lhatoo asks where South Korea is going and what it means for the rest of the world as the country is plagued by one hidden-camera sex scandal after another.

After K-pop, could spycam porn be the next great Korean cultural export?
Just Saying | Howard Lam kidnap case is Hong Kong’s version of Jussie Smollett fiasco, only more cringeworthy

Yonden Lhatoo says the city’s leading opposition politicians should be ashamed and apologise, now that their story about a colleague being kidnapped and tortured by Beijing agents has turned out to be fake news.

16 Mar 2019 - 10:41PM

Yonden Lhatoo says the city’s leading opposition politicians should be ashamed and apologise, now that their story about a colleague being kidnapped and tortured by Beijing agents has turned out to be fake news.

Howard Lam kidnap case is Hong Kong’s version of Jussie Smollett fiasco, only more cringeworthy
Just Saying | Hong Kong’s taxi mafia is real and Uber has no chance against thugs who won’t tolerate competition

Yonden Lhatoo despairs at the sorry state of the city’s taxi services and asks why no action is being taken against thugs in the business who are shutting out competition through intimidation and collusion.

9 Apr 2019 - 4:03PM

Yonden Lhatoo despairs at the sorry state of the city’s taxi services and asks why no action is being taken against thugs in the business who are shutting out competition through intimidation and collusion.

Hong Kong’s taxi mafia is real and Uber has no chance against thugs who won’t tolerate competition
Opinion | Here’s someone you can blame if India and Pakistan wipe each other out in a nuclear war

Yonden Lhatoo calls out the subcontinent’s hysterical and bloodthirsty media for blatantly beating the drums of war as the two neighbours stare into the nuclear abyss.

2 Mar 2019 - 11:37PM

Yonden Lhatoo calls out the subcontinent’s hysterical and bloodthirsty media for blatantly beating the drums of war as the two neighbours stare into the nuclear abyss.

Here’s someone you can blame if India and Pakistan wipe each other out in a nuclear war
Just Saying | Jussie Smollett and Nick Sandmann prove Donald Trump can be right about the ‘fake news media’ bias against him

Yonden Lhatoo cites the cases of a gay actor and a Catholic high school pupil to illustrate how the US president is regularly maligned by the liberal media.

23 Feb 2019 - 10:21PM

Yonden Lhatoo cites the cases of a gay actor and a Catholic high school pupil to illustrate how the US president is regularly maligned by the liberal media.

Jussie Smollett and Nick Sandmann prove Donald Trump can be right about the ‘fake news media’ bias against him
Michelle Obama is the only one who can beat Donald Trump in 2020 – if only she would run
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and the crazy rich Asian takeaway

Yonden Lhatoo, Chief News Editor for the South China Morning Post, explains why he thinks US Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s campaign to make the super rich pay higher taxes should inspire us all, even if it’s doomed to fail.

11 Feb 2019 - 6:44PM

Yonden Lhatoo, Chief News Editor for the South China Morning Post, explains why he thinks US Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s campaign to make the super rich pay higher taxes should inspire us all, even if it’s doomed to fail.

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and the crazy rich Asian takeaway
Just Saying | Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s campaign to make the super rich pay higher taxes should inspire us all, even if it’s doomed to fail

Yonden Lhatoo hails a growing campaign in American politics to force the ultra-rich to pay higher taxes, even if the reformers pushing for a fairer system may never win their idealistic war

9 Feb 2019 - 10:27PM

Yonden Lhatoo hails a growing campaign in American politics to force the ultra-rich to pay higher taxes, even if the reformers pushing for a fairer system may never win their idealistic war

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s campaign to make the super rich pay higher taxes should inspire us all, even if it’s doomed to fail
On Reflection | Never mind not feeding the trolls – here’s a feast for SCMP readers

The general consensus is that internet bullies are sad specimens of humanity who get sadistic satisfaction from causing pain to others. Those who lurk in the SCMP’s comment sections are a particularly odious breed

9 Feb 2019 - 2:03PM

The general consensus is that internet bullies are sad specimens of humanity who get sadistic satisfaction from causing pain to others. Those who lurk in the SCMP’s comment sections are a particularly odious breed

Never mind not feeding the trolls – here’s a feast for SCMP readers
Let’s face it, Hong Kong’s law against racism is completely useless
Just Saying | Red Dead Redemption 2: my addiction to an amazing video game that brings out the worst in human behaviour

Yonden Lhatoo confesses to an addiction relapse while playing his most-anticipated video game in a decade, but is also disturbed by the murderous and sadistic behaviour of other players online.

26 Jan 2019 - 11:04PM

Yonden Lhatoo confesses to an addiction relapse while playing his most-anticipated video game in a decade, but is also disturbed by the murderous and sadistic behaviour of other players online.

Red Dead Redemption 2: my addiction to an amazing video game that brings out the worst in human behaviour
Just Saying | God help us all, Donald Trump is making fast food great again

Yonden Lhatoo is still picking his jaw up off the floor after the US president orders junk food from McDonald’s, Wendy’s and Burger King for a candlelit banquet at the White House.

19 Jan 2019 - 10:14PM

Yonden Lhatoo is still picking his jaw up off the floor after the US president orders junk food from McDonald’s, Wendy’s and Burger King for a candlelit banquet at the White House.

God help us all, Donald Trump is making fast food great again
Just Saying | A biblical lesson for Hong Kong’s heartless leader, Carrie Lam, on the pitfalls of pride

Yonden Lhatoo blames a heartless chief executive and incompetent legislature for the raging controversy over imposing a higher age threshold on the city’s elderly welfare recipients

14 Jan 2019 - 3:11PM

Yonden Lhatoo blames a heartless chief executive and incompetent legislature for the raging controversy over imposing a higher age threshold on the city’s elderly welfare recipients

A biblical lesson for Hong Kong’s heartless leader, Carrie Lam, on the pitfalls of pride
Just Saying | Most Hongkongers are fine with their freedoms, the rest is noise

Yonden Lhatoo counters the resurgent narrative about the erosion of freedoms and rights in the city, arguing that the evidence shows the vast majority of people are still enjoying them.

5 Jan 2019 - 10:12PM

Yonden Lhatoo counters the resurgent narrative about the erosion of freedoms and rights in the city, arguing that the evidence shows the vast majority of people are still enjoying them.

Most Hongkongers are fine with their freedoms, the rest is noise