The China Culture Corner

By Sean Upton-McLaughlin

About the Author

Sean Upton-McLaughlin

Global Comms Leader | China Specialist | PR, Media & Influencers

My China Story

I have lived and worked in the Greater China region for over 10 years, including cities such as Chengdu, Shanghai, Shenzhen, and Hong Kong. I initially developed an interest in China and Asia early in life, later pursuing China as part of my higher education and studying the Chinese language and culture.

I have spent the last decade working with Chinese companies throughout China, often in Chinese-only working environments, helping to improve their global marketing and communications. Now, based in Hong Kong, I am continuing my mission to help Chinese technology companies bridge the business and cultural divides between China and the rest of the world.  

One of my main goals is to help build a greater understanding and respect between China and the West. Many people have difficulty understanding the Chinese people, Chinese culture, as well as the Chinese perspective. This issue has been exacerbated in recent years due to rising tensions between China and Western countries, including the China-US trade war and the recent COVID-19 global health crisis.

To combat the resulting biases, I write and speak about my own experiences with real people in China, to help my fellow Westerners develop greater empathy and understanding of the Chinese people, and allow people from around the world to more easily navigate Chinese culture, society, and business.

Follow Me

On my website, the China Culture Corner, I write articles summarizing my thoughts and experiences in China, as well as re-share content from other platforms.

On Twitter, I share regular news, updates, and on-the-ground experiences in China, as well as thoughts and insights on other areas of life and work.

On my YouTube channel, I publish (or try to) regular vlogs commenting on various aspects of work and life in Mainland China.

Take a look at my LinkedIn profile to better understand my professional experience. If you work in a related field and would like to connect, send me a note!

Take a look at my Instagram profile for images of life, people, and locations in China.

On my Facebook Page, I share recent news to help readers overseas gain a more comprehensive understanding of what’s currently going on in China.

[Coming Soon!] On Douyin, the Chinese version of Tiktok, I publish short videos in Chinese sharing my thoughts and insights from both China and overseas. Stay tuned!