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  • 7 References 2 Confirmed & Positive
  • Fluent in English; learning Chinese
  • 30, Other
  • Member since 2008
  • Drawing, reading, musing, and traveling a bit.
  • Currently a student at an art university.
  • From Hangzhou, China, and Belmont, MA, USA
  • Profile 95% complete

About Me


Trying to create fictions, learning to be less afraid.


I'm not good at small talk but I welcome philosophic debates, especially about aesthetics and ethics and, from time to time, even metaphysics. I really like listening to stories, and I try to tell them too, though not necessarily very well. I'm a cat person who is also fond of dogs.


To try to be good, and to get better at it. It's hard!

Why I’m on Couchsurfing


None yet, just heard good experiences from friends. I have participated in HelpX, a similar kind of traveling/good will project except with a healthy dose of organic farming added, in England and Wales, and in the States. It was pretty much the best time of my life, so I'm looking for more.


Art, web design, ornithology, gardening, impracticality, comics, imaginary places, animals, books, how to make things, how things work, the sublime, paper sculpture, Pokemon

  • animals
  • cats
  • dogs
  • arts
  • books
  • design
  • ethics
  • baking
  • gardening
  • comics
  • traveling
  • painting
  • drawing
  • snorkeling
  • ornithology

Music, Movies, and Books

Lolita and Pale Fire by Nabokov, The Children's Hospital and Gob's Grief by Chris Adrian, Ficciones by Borges, The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay by Michael Chabon, Various non-fiction books about cryptography, neurology, the Civil War, and owls.

Movies: Spirited Away, Funky Forest (a really very weird Japanese film).

Music: Okkervil River, the Hold Steady, Of Montreal, Andrew Bird, Shearwater, Blur, Shostakovich, Joanna Newsom, Patrick Wolf, Sufjan Stevens, the Decemberists, Sunset Rubdown, Wolf Parade, others.

One Amazing Thing I’ve Done

Snorkeling in Mediterranean Turkey over underwater ruins. Generally all of Turkey, really. The north Welsh coast on a cloudless day. The Isle of Skye after a good, hard rain.

Teach, Learn, Share

I pretty much only know how to draw, paint, and make websites. I can spell many long words, and know a lot of small random facts, like what shellac is made of. Also, I have mastered a really great honey scone recipe. But there's a LOT I want to learn: baking, growing, sewing, bookbinding...

Countries I’ve Visited

China, Turkey, United Kingdom

Countries I’ve Lived In

United States

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