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Jared Xu

New Haven, Connecticut, United States

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Overview

  • 11 Positive References
  • Fluent in Chinese, English, Japanese; learning French
  • 29, Male
  • Member since 2011
  • Graduate Student
  • Yale, UW-Madison, UW-Milwaukee
  • From Milwaukee, Iowa City, and Shanghai
  • Profile 95% complete

About Me

CURRENT MISSION

Experience life by meeting new people

ABOUT ME

I was born in Shanghai and moved to the Midwest when I was very young. Because I was exposed to American culture at an early age, I had no problems acculturating myself to become comfortable living in the US. However, my connection to China was never cut because of the early memories of my childhood in Shanghai. I made a point to learn Chinese in college. I always yearned to go back to China. But I gradually realized that there is a chasm between America and China, and that I am straddling the fence between the two. When in the US, I identify with China and yearn for it. When I am in China, I realize how American I actually am, and do not necessarily share the same culture with the other Chinese who grew up in China. I went through a crisis believing that I had no home, and that I will always be considered an outsider both in the US and in China. But I gradually felt that instead of understanding my situation as an eternal homelessness, I should rather be grateful for my unique situation of having more than one hometown, and of having an ability to easily move from one culture to the other.

I am currently a PhD student at Yale University thinking about transitioning into law as a career. I am ambitious, and have strong determinations to see my ambitions through. I love meeting new people and forming new connections.

PHILOSOPHY

"I am a slow walker but I never walk backwards." - Abe Lincoln

"Do what you like but remember-like what you do." - Winston Churchill

"Don't throw stones at your neighbors if your own windows are glass" - Ben Franklin

"I only dread one day at a time :)" - Jared Xu

Why I'm on Couchsurfing

HOW I PARTICIPATE IN COUCHSURFING

by joining community activities and meeting new people in Milwaukee.

COUCHSURFING EXPERIENCE

None yet. But I have friends with amazing experiences

Interests

traveling, going to art performances and events, socializing. Reading books and watching movies, as well as discussing books and movies with people. Learning foreign languages, developing a sensibility to the many nuances of languages (including English), developing a sense of humor.

Music, Movies & Books

Movies: All the Star Trek movies, The Matrix, T2, Avatar, Aliens, Titanic, The English Patient, District 9

Music: Bon Jovi, Aerosmith, Meat Loaf, Poison, Van Halen, Motley Crue (all of 80s rock)

Books: Jane Eyre, The Portrait of a Lady, Lady Chatterley's Lover

One Amazing Thing I've Done

Homestay in a foreign country. eating exotic-looking and -tasting foods

Teach, Learn, Share

Have spare cash ready when you travel. Don't count on a credit card machine.

Countries I've Visited

China, Japan, United States

Countries I've Lived In

China, Japan, United States

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