“If a nation loses its storytellers, it loses its childhood.”...

British born Tom Pattinson is an Asia-based journalist and content creator who works in newspapers, magazines, online and in TV. He mainly writes on luxury, culture and travel, and regularly comments for a number of news and media networks.

He first came to China to volunteering in a rural school before studying Mandarin at Qingdao’s Ocean University. He travelled extensively around China and Asia and graduated from London’s School of Oriental and African Studies in Chinese and Social Anthropology.

After working in TV and newspapers in London he returned to Beijing to launch the entertainment magazine Time Out. During his five years at the helm of the magazine he enjoyed chili-eating competitions with film stars, partying until dawn with Beijing’s punks, sipping champagne with the fashionistas and discussing social politics over tea with the city’s literary elite. The award winning magazine changed the landscape of entertainment magazines in China and launched the careers of many well-known writers. 

After launching Time Out online and in print in Shanghai, he left to launched his own media company that produces publications and content for a variety of companies, media organisations and government bodies.

He has consulted for major agencies including Saatchi and Saatchi, Ogilvy, Y&R and Ketchum on youth and retail branding and regularly comments on youth culture and contemporary society for news and media networks including the BBCCRI and National Geographic. He writes regularly for publications including Vogue Chinathe GuardianThe TimesWallpaper*, GQ and many, many others.

His recent projects have seen him cross the USA entirely off-road for Landrover and literally move mountains in Guilin for an art project. He spent last summer driving 3,000kms across Xinjiang and will be spending this summer exploting around the vineyards of Ningxia for a wine documentary.

A fluent mandarin speaker, Tom lives between Beijing, Hong Kong and London