– The China Story

The China Story



Mike Hampton

Founder and CEO of Snazzy Socks.

Founder and CEO of Snazzy Socks.

Natalie Hampton

Formerly a successful graphic designer, now a stay-at-home-mom to the couple’s three children.

Formerly a successful graphic designer, now a stay-at-home-mom to the couple’s three children.

Liu Lai Feng

Owner of Guangdong Accessories and Apparel Manufacturing.

Owner of Guangdong Accessories and Apparel Manufacturing.

Lan Lan

A young migrant woman who works in Liu Lai Feng's factory.

A young migrant woman who works in Liu Lai Feng's factory.

How does globalisation affect these four people’s lives?

Scheherazade is unique in the corporate training market for blending an innovative training methodology with experience of working at both the top and the bottom of the pyramid. Our methods go beyond traditional ‘role-play’ techniques to utilise the skills of real artists to create workshops with empathy, aesthetic qualities and a more nuanced understanding of what lies at the heart of the issues at stake.

The China Story centres around the lives of four key characters whose lives are all, in some way, touched by China and many of the issues surrounding globalisation, cross-cultural business, and the supply chain.

  • Mike Hampton is the founder and CEO of Snazzy Socks, a moderately successful and privately-owned company based in upstate New York.
  • Mike’s wife, Natalie Hampton was formerly a successful graphic designer but is now a stay-at-home-mom to the couple’s three children, one of whom is an adopted daughter from China.
  • Liu Lai Feng is the owner of Guangdong Accessories and Apparel Manufacturing, a factory in the town of Shenzhen, in the Pearl River Delta, just across the border from Hong Kong.
  • Lan Lan is a young migrant woman from Guizhou province, who moved to Guangdong to work in Liu Lai Feng’s factory.

All of these characters lives are intertwined in some way, and all of them are affected by the issues of globalisation, migration and the supply chain.

The China Story was first produced at the Forum for Young Global Leaders at the World Economic Forum in Dalian.

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