Isabel Yin Tsz Chang

Kowloon West, Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, China

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  • Fluent in Chinese, English, Yue (Cantonese); learning Spanish
  • 25, Female
  • Member since 2011
  • Watch films, read books and finding new inspiration in life
  • Talking to others
  • From Hong Kong, Hong Kong
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About Me

While I was younger, I was usually reluctant to define myself by words. I hated the labels being put on people and on myself. As the time ticked away, I realized that I grew to like the request for defining yourself at different occasions. It helped me to reflect on my past and my aspirations.

I was born in Guangzhou, a southern city of China then I moved to Hong Kong since I was 12. I have been living, studying, and working in Hong Kong for 13 years now, apart from the five months I spent in Mexico while I was an exchange student there. Prior to that, I was accustomed to moving around within China, due to my parents' busy work schedule. I spent my childhood years in Taiyuan, Shanxi, a northern city in China.

Having moved around in the earlier phase of my life, even if it was just across various Chinese communities, made me to be sensitive to cultures, people and myself. It also provided me chances to pick up languages easily that I'm a native speaker of both Mandarin and Cantonese.

I took Cultural Studies as my major when I was in university. During that time, I was involved with Students' Union and I interned in two NGOs, one in HK fighting for labor rights in mainland China, and another one in Mexico for labor education and empowerment in Mexico. Having organized activities and learning issues regarding social justice in college, I started working in an organization for the rights of foreign domestic workers in Hong Kong. As the only local-Chinese staff among my former coworkers, I was mainly responsible for advocacy work.

I have no prior couchsurfing experience as I was occupied by my work. But in summer 2015, I finally got the chance to take a long break, to Europe. If you would like to know more about the social situation in Hong Kong, PLEASE HOST ME. And I would love to hear more about the your story and your city!

(And thanks for reading this far.)

Current Mission:
1. Traveling to Europe in late July, heading to Spain to take an intensive Spanish course to pick up my long-lost Spanish.
2. Finish reading the English version of 100 years of Solitude.

Why I’m on Couchsurfing

My friends recommended Couchsurfing to me a long time ago. I was hoping to meet local people and their life through Couchsurfing. It was a pity that I never got to use it after I got the account as I started working soon after. In Summer 2015, I finally got the chance of using it as I'm going to Europe for three months!


I like to watch films, especially films of Pedro Almodovar, Wes Anderson and other films. I also like to talk to people who have aspirations and sympathy for others.

Music, Movies, and Books

Music of Kings of Convenience, Muse, Sleep Party People, Belle & Sebastian, and others.

My favorite films:
Taxi by Jafar Panahi
The Seven Samurai by Akira Kurosawa
Boyhood by Richard Linklater
Yi yi: A One and a Two by Edward Yang
Spirited Away by Miyazaki Hayao
Searching for Sugar Man by Malik Bendjelloul
Los amantes del Círculo Polar by Julio Medem
Dans la maison by François Ozon
and more

Born Out of Place: Migrant Mothers and the Politics of International Labor by Nicole Constable
The stranger by Albert Camus

One Amazing Thing I’ve Done

Rescued an Indonesian domestic worker who got abused and confined by her employer and helped her to run away

On live panel discussion on TV for a few times

Teach, Learn, Share

I'd love to learn more about the your stories as a local or as a migrant there! I am into politics, films, arts, music, food, anything you can share with me or teach me would be amazing! If you speak Spanish, I would love to have a little Spanish practice with you!

What I Can Share with Hosts

I can teach you the languages that I know, especially Cantonese and Mandarin;
I can share the situation of social justice in Hong Kong (gender, racial, class) to you (hope I won't end up boring you as if it was a lecture);
I can share my travel adventures to you;
I can bring you a little something from Hong Kong for your hospitality.

Countries I’ve Visited

China, Cuba, Czech Republic, Germany, Iceland, Indonesia, Japan, Mexico, Philippines, Scotland, South Africa, Spain, United Kingdom, United States

Countries I’ve Lived In

China, Hong Kong, Mexico, Spain

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