Ethan Cheng

Seattle, Washington, United States

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  • Barista, student.
  • BA degree in film. Currently going back for an AAS degree.
  • From Evanston, IL, USA
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About Me


Back to school!


I am a barista, returning college student, bike commuter, amateur cook, and amateur photographer. In the past, I have been a podcast producer, a movie sound editor, an English tutor, a Mac technician, and a J-school dropout. A Norwegian restaurateur once called me a socialist.


Oh, friend of mine / Don't be denied

Why I’m on Couchsurfing


•Hosted Jérôme and Vincent from Toulouse, France, 9/07•Chicago Food Discovery meeting at Smoque, 9/07•Chicago CS meeting at Red Lion Pub, 9/07•Chicago Food Discovery meeting at Hot Doug's, 9/07•Marathon-side chat with Riyaad & co. from Toronto, 10/07•Hosted Nikola and Milica from Nis, Serbia, 10/07•Hosted Roni, Washington-based citizen of the world, 11/07•Stayed with Jason and Tim up in TO, 11/07•Hosted Mario, Zlatka, 2 more Brno veterinarians, 12/07•Hosted Florian from Seeshaupt, Germany, 1/08•Hosted Ken from Hong Kong by way of Ontario, 2/08•Chicago Food Discovery meeting at Phở 777, 3/08•Stayed with Mette in København, Danmark, 4/08•Stayed with Lisette in Woerden, Holland, 4/08•Stayed with Cathrine in Oslo, Norway, 5/08•Stayed with Silje and Heine in Bergen, Norway, 5/08•Hosted Émilie and Romaric, Montrealers from Lyon, 5/08•Hosted David, Chris & James, roadtrippers from Perth, 6/08•Hosted Danbee, Alex & David from MIT, 7/08•Museum run with Hyunji from Busan, South Korea, 7/08•Hosted Jordan from Portland, OR, 8/08•Hosted Karol from Warsaw, Poland, 9/08•Hosted Jennie from Bournemouth, UK, 10/08•Hosted Justyna and Roman from Gdynia, Poland, 12/08•Stayed with Daphne in Kuala Lumpur, 1/09•Hosted Chris, fair trade crusader from SF, 6/09•Hosted Tymek from Katowice, Poland, 7/09•Hosted Dan and Diva, Taipei residents, 8/09•Stayed with Chris in Rockridge, Oakland, CA, 11/09•Stayed with Don in San Francisco proper, 11/09•Stayed with Ville in Beaverton, just out of Portland, 11/09•Stayed with Clint, Julie, Koto, and Tai Chi in Portland, 11/09•Stayed with Lorraine and Jack in Berkeley, 2/10•Stayed with Andre in Lakeside, Oakland, CA 8/10•Stayed with Andy, Polish expat in Singapore, 2/11•Stayed with John and his family in Singapore, 2/11•Drinks in Hanoi with Hannah and Emma from Holland, 7/11•Bún chả with Amour from Chengdu, 7/11


cooking, photography, bicycling, travel, specialty coffee, good beer, spirits, food, music, cinema, politics

Music, Movies, and Books

Music from a while ago: Neil Young, Charles Mingus, Three 6 Mafia, Wire, Sleater-Kinney, Buzzcocks, The Kinks, Duke Ellington.

Music from nowadays: Jessie Ware, Sharon Van Etten, Nylo, Kelela/Fade To Mind, The Holydrug Couple, Tame Impala.

Movies: Alien, Pat Garrett And Billy The Kid, Keetje Tippel, Dr. Strangelove, American Movie, Naked Lunch.

Books: CivilWarLand In Bad Decline by George Saunders, Heat by Bill Buford, Kafka On The Shore by Haruki Murakami, Watch Your Mouth by Daniel Handler.

One Amazing Thing I’ve Done

I lived in Hanoi, Vietnam for about a year. This is not an amazing thing for anyone who is from Vietnam or Southeast Asia, but for me, a white American guy who had basically never left Chicago for the first 27 years of his life, it was an incredible, transformative, unforgettable experience.

Teach, Learn, Share

Music & Life

Countries I’ve Visited

Cambodia, Canada, Czech Republic, Denmark, Germany, Italy, Laos, Malaysia, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Singapore, United States, Vatican City State, Viet Nam

Countries I’ve Lived In

United States, Viet Nam

Old School Badges

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