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Grace Chang

Somerville, MA, USA

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Overview

  • 27 Positive References
  • Fluent in English; learning Chinese, French
  • 43, Female
  • Member since 2009
  • Architecture, Art, Design, Writing, ...
  • Graduate School
  • From Summit/Westfield, NJ and Boston, MA
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About Me

CURRENT MISSION

Check out San Francisco and see what adventures are in store for me there!

ABOUT ME

I love the arts, food culture, adventure and travel, and my interests range from painting to flyfishing, cooking to filmmaking. I really enjoy being getting to know people and spending time with friends. Lived on the East Coast for most of my life but have had the good fortune to travel a bit in Europe, Asia and Africa. And I love the West Coast. I have lived and worked as an architect in NY for a stint. I am in San Francisco/East Bay now to see what adventures are in store for me here!

Why I'm on Couchsurfing

COUCHSURFING EXPERIENCE

I have had some amazing experiences surfing with great folks in Europe

Interests

Recently, I had been on art fellowships in Wyoming and Upper Michigan (absolutely beautiful) and Alajärvi, Finland - working on monotypes, watercolors (experimenting), painting, sculpture, and lithography. My last architecture project was a building in San Francisco. http://www.hines.com/property/detail.aspx?id=1942 I am looking to branch out into art and culinary endeavors. I love anything to do with being on or in the water (sailing, snorkeling, etc.) - would love to learn to scuba dive and to sail on open water.

Music, Movies & Books

Books: Hemingway short stories, Flannery O'Connor short stories, The Lord of the Rings, The Road, On Writing (Stephen King)

TV and Films: La Jette, Battlestar Galactica (newer series), Madmen, Wings of Desire, Blade Runner, La Jettee, The Godfather (I, II only), Delicatessan, Hudsucker Proxy, Love Actually, Three Days in the Condor, Tampopo, Cool Hand Luke, High Noon, Gattica

Music: Bjork, Radiohead, Prince, U2, Smashing Pumpkins, Brian Eno, The White Stripes, Broken Social Scene, Air, The Specials, Mazzy Star, Of Montreal, Johnny Cash, Joni Mitchell, Sigur Ros, Led Zeppelin, Keith Jarrett (Koln Concert!), Miles Davis, John Coltrane, Thelonius Monk, Kronos Quartet

Food: Korean, Northern Chinese, Japanese, Vietnamese, Thai, Mexican, Salvadorean, Italian, Nigerian (Hot Pepper Soup!)

One Amazing Thing I've Done

At midnight on July 1, 1997, we were in Central in Hong Kong, feeling out the mood as the island was about to be returned to China. We had drinks at a couple of clubs where ex-pats were, ironically, partying it up. A friend drove me to a checkpoint to China and at 3am I stood in the rain, filming Chinese troops as they rolled into Hong Kong, reclaiming the territory. Super tense atmosphere. It was getting light out but the downpour continued. We waited and waited, squinting through the incessant wet grayness and into the distance, watching for anything out of the ordinary. I thought the changeover would be about tanks and force. Instead, Chinese soldiers stood at attention on flatbed trucks as they finally emerged out of the fog. The soldiers kept arms raised in salute and rifles at rest all through the rain. The scene was unreal and totally unexpected.

Teach, Learn, Share

I can teach: English or Mandarin Chinese (spoken), or how to cook, bake, draw, draft, paint, monoprint, sculpt, weld, the ropes to film (video)
I want to learn: to get better at sailing, improve my French, learn other languages, to fly, to farm organically, more about making cheese; to brew meads, root beers, ales; to learn how to cook even more

Countries I've Visited

Austria, Canada, China, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Italy, Japan, Latvia, Mexico, Mongolia, Russian Federation, Rwanda, Spain, Sweden, Turkey, Uganda, United Kingdom

Countries I've Lived In

Finland, France, United States

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