In this paper, the authors examine how cultural background informs human-computer-interactions, particularly as pertaining to user experience (UX) and user interface design (UI). Prior studies suggest that East Asians are more likely to process information holistically while Westerners tend to engage with visual stimuli analytically. It is believed that such differences in information processing may inform web design and user experience as well. In this research, the authors took inspiration from a news site from China (i.e., QQ.com ), reflective of holistic thinking, and a Western-based news site (i.e., BBC.com ), representing analytical thinking, to investigate how the design of these pages would affect the perceived user experience. We find that both Chinese and Western participants found the design of the BBC site to be more aesthetically appealing. However, Chinese participants exhibited greater ease of navigation relative to Western participants on the QQ-inspired site.