Xiaohong Sun, a native of Harbin, China, attended primary and secondary schools in Beijing. In September 1978 she joined the Bureau for External Cultural Relations of the Ministry of Culture of China and began her career as a cultural officer. Following five years of training in English and diplomacy at the Central Academy of Cultural Administration and at China Foreign Affairs University, she was sent to the Chinese Embassy in Canada in February 1992, where she served as second secretary in the Cultural Section and later as first secretary. In May 1995 she returned to the Ministry of Culture of China and held a succession of appointments, from deputy section head and section head up to assistant bureau director in the Bureau for External Cultural Relations. She received a master’s degree in education management at Beijing Normal University in 2005. In December 2006 she was sent to the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea to serve as Cultural Counselor of the Chinese Embassy. In June 2009 she became vice chairwoman of China Arts and Entertainment Group in Beijing, the biggest state cultural enterprise of China. She retired in November 2012.