New series showcases foreigners' perspectives of China

By Shi Xi in Shanghai | | Updated: 2022-09-08 14:06
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The "China Through the Eyes of Overseas Employees" video series, which features 100 foreigners telling their stories about China, was launched on Wednesday in Shanghai.

Hailing from more than 40 countries and regions, these foreigners are presently working at the overseas branches of Chinese companies including State-owned enterprises such as China Railway Group, China Eastern Airlines, SAIC Motor as well as private enterprises such as Universal Energy and miHoYo.

The 100-episode video series is aimed at helping the international society better understand China.

"Having overseas employees tell stories is an ingenious way to help others learn about Chinese culture and spark interest in it, and this video series serves as a communication bridge between China and the rest of the world," said Clarisse Le Guernic from France at the launch ceremony of the video series on Wednesday.

The 26-year-old French currently runs a tourism company serving international visitors in Shanghai. She believes that Shanghai is a melting pot of cultures, and that what is needed is more insights into the city's culture and history.

"If foreigners would like to understand China, they should start with Shanghai," said Simon Lichtenberg, founder and CEO of furniture company Trayton Group, at the launch ceremony. Lichtenberg, who has lived in Shanghai for 35 years, said he is proud to call himself a "new Shanghainese".

"China Through the Eyes of Overseas Employees" is the second season of the popular video series "Shanghai Through Our Eyes" which was released last year. The series is co-produced by the Shanghai Municipal Information Office and Xinmin Evening News, and is now available on social media platforms and local TV networks.

Zheng Zheng contributed to this story.

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