Aaron Zheng

Oxford, Oxfordshire, England

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  • Fluent in Chinese, English, Wu Chinese; learning French, German, Yue (Cantonese)
  • 30, Male
  • Member since 2008
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About Me

If you don't have time to read anything else - which I absolutely understand for someone on the road and I don't mind at all, just find me on FB for more immediate response: https://www.facebook.com/qijun.zheng

Please don't contact me just because I am marked as "Ambassador" and somehow it gives you some false impression that I'll definitely do/not do anything particular. Please don't have any preconceptions or expectations. I really love people who can improvise with whatever situation they are in. ;)

Like most of things in the world, I am made in China. UK based. I am currently working in the field of Public Health with University of Oxford.

Enthusiastic of Aikido, Kendo, Ukelele, Tea drinking, Circus and Performing Arts. I like to read, think and write.

I value directness, simplicity and spontaneity. Letting things flow naturally forward in whatever way they like. I take inspiration from Zen Buddhism and Taoism.

I cannot bear waiting on escalators but I can do mirror writing with left hand.

Interests

Art, language, astronomy, fantasy, animal, coin, history, poetry, film, plays, theatre, cinema, graffitis, doodles, painting, surrealism, classical music, philosophy, photography, psychology, mind, behavior, consciousness, emotions, neuroscience, cognitive science, cultural anthropology, martial art, Shanghai before 1949, road, train, sea, biking, yoga, meditation, juggling, poi, rock climbing, night bus, camping, making fire, cooking exchange, vegetarian food, picnic...doing new things.

Music, Movies, and Books

On literature, Aldous Huxley, Oscar Wilde, Michael Tournier, Patrick Suskind, Stefan Zweig, Franz Kafka, George Orwell, Gothe, Hermann Hesse, Fyodor Dostoevsky, Robbe-Grillet, Ryunosuke Akutagawa, Yukio Mishima, Simone de Beauvoir, William Faulkner, Bohumil Hrabal, Scott Fitzgerald, Jack Kerouac, Italo Calvino, Marguerite Duras, Arthur Rimbaud, Paul Celan, Charles Pierre Baudelaire, Rilke Rainer Maria, Emily Dickinson, Sylvia Plath, Jorges Luis Borges, Virginia Woolf, Henry David Thoreau, Franscoise Sagan, Marcel Proust.

On clssical, I like pieces with piano and cello the most, church and chamber music are nice mostly, symphony depends, but I do listen to Wagner's ring so I am not sure where my limit is..
Composers: J.S.Bach, Claude Debussy, Brahms, Eric Satie, Mahler, Chopin
Musicians: Glenn Gould, Martha Argerich, Jacqueline Du Pre, Pablo Casals, Fou Tsong

Singer or bands: Bonobo and others from Ninja tune, the XX, Break of Reality, Gotan Project, Sigur Ros, Elliot Smith, Craig Armstrong, Sparklehorse, Radiohead, Massive Attack, Portishead etc.. some electro, some Jazz. I used to listen lots rocks and metals, but I always cant go with hip-hop well, too much lyrics!

I watch a lot documentaries and TED talks, some films and series.

Film directors like Coen Brothers, Werner Herzog, Ki-duk Kim, Kar Wai Wong, Quentin Tarantino, Stanley Kubrick, Ingmar Bergman, Jean-Luc Godard, Luc Besson, Pedro Almodovar, Takeshi Kitano, Krzysztof Kieslowski, Akira Kurosawa, Miyazaki Hayao&Studio Ghibli, Martin Scorsese, Giuseppe Tornatore, Lars von Trier, DOGMA,

Teach, Learn, Share

Recently I developed a liking and desire to learn Japanese Koto, the game of Go, and Corporeal Mime. If you know a thing or two about it, that would be fantastic!

also some quotes I liked:

Even with these dark eyes, a gift of the dark night. I go to seek the shining light.——Gu Cheng

Running water never grows stale. So you just have to 'keep on flowing'.

Emptiness is the starting point. In order to taste my cup of water you must first empty your cup. My friend, drop all your preconceived and fixed ideas and be neutral. Do you know why this cup is useful? Because it is empty.

When one has reached maturity in the art, one will have a formless form. It is like ice dissolving in water. When one has no form, one can be all forms; when one has no style, he can fit in with any style.

Be like water making its way through cracks. Do not be assertive, but adjust to the object, and you shall find a way round or through it. If nothing within you stays rigid, outward things will disclose themselves.

Don't get set into one form, adapt it and build your own, and let it grow, be like water. Empty your mind, be formless, shapeless, like water. Now you put water in a cup, it becomes the cup; You put water into a bottle it becomes the bottle; You put it in a teapot it becomes the teapot. Now water can flow or it can crash. Be water, my friend. ——Bruce Lee

Life is a series of natural and spontaneous changes. Don't resist them - that only creates sorrow. Let reality be reality. Let things flow naturally forward in whatever way they like. ——Lao Zi

Rather than love, than money, than fame, give me truth. ——Henry David Thoreau

I would also like to learn about your culture, ideas, opinions, lifestyle or experiences. I want to learn some juggling (contact and poi), playing ukulele or harmonica, and cooking different styles of food, and Capoeira. also like: how to make fire in wild, how to catch fish, what to eat and how to avoid being eaten, how to chop off my forearm with Chinese made knife if I am stuck under rocks etc basic survive techniques and also like mountain-climbing, snowboarding, surfing, sailing but I guess it's hard for you to explain under a roof. There is usually a very big chance that I will develop your interests into mine if you impress me with it!

What I Can Share with Hosts

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Countries I’ve Visited

Austria, China, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Hong Kong, United Kingdom, United States

Countries I’ve Lived In

China, United Kingdom, United States

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