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Overview

  • 9 References 4 Confirmed & Positive
  • Fluent in Chinese (Simplified), English, Wu Chinese; learning Italian, Spanish
  • 28, Male
  • Member since 2010
  • architectural designer
  • Columbia University, University of Notre Dame
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About Me

Hi!I became a naturalized American in 2015. I was born in China, but I grew up in the US. I studied architecture. I've been working at an architectural firm since June 2015 as an architectural designer. I am currently back home in Texas, where I will stay for the foreseeable future - well, at least the next 5 years I presume.

Although I am getting to the stage of my life where things are stabilizing, I am still definitely going to take every opportunity to travel, meet folks, and create amazing memories, which Couchsurfing has been a big part of ever since I got signed up!

I hope to be able to work abroad in 2018. That's a big goal of mine!
I want to go to Tokyo for the 2020 Summer Olympics.

Why I’m on Couchsurfing

I heard about CS from a school friend in 2009 while studying in Italy. At the time, I thought it was a crazy idea. Now it's 2017, and I still think this thing is crazy.

I am super thankful my friend made the suggestion to me. I think CS is one of the most amazing things ever invented. I've made some good memories and great friends from this platform and hope to share this amazing-ness in the future. I hope CS will still be around when I am 60. :)

Till I have my own place, I won't be able to host, but would love to meet up.

Interests

I like sports a lot - basketball, American football, badminton, and baseball.

Architecture. This was my area of study and I am on my way to becoming licensed.

Traveling. Like most CSers, this is pretty much a given. When traveling, however, I like to meet locals and try to have an authentic experience.

  • culture
  • architecture
  • design
  • traveling
  • sports
  • baseball
  • basketball
  • american football
  • soccer
  • badminton
  • history

Music, Movies, and Books

Books:
As a child, the Harry Potter series was a dose of magical escape.

More recently: Hot, Flat and Crowded, Eyal Weizman's works, Interpreter of Maladies by Jhumpa Lahiri, Da Vinci's Code, just to name a few. I've read more non-fictions than fictions in recent years. I think it's just a phase. American news has been "amazing" for the last year. This has been enough to offset the little reading I've been doing in recent years.

Movies + TV:
Amelie, Lord of the Rings, October Sky, Pride and Prejudice, Garden State, Nuovo Cinema Paradiso, most Pixar movies, the Goonies, Lost, Walking Dead, It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia, The Office, Downton Abbey, Westworld, Big Little Lie.

Music:
Music-wise, I've been stuck on mostly music from 1999-2004. I am really out of it! Lately, I've been trying to catch up on all my Chinese music from nostalgia and from the gap years. Having played violin for 7 years, I do enjoy classical music when in the mood.

One Amazing Thing I’ve Done

Made some real genuine friends - people whom I would entrust my life with - through the internet.

What I Can Share with Hosts

At the least, my smile and upbeat attitude.
I could definitely share a bit about home improvements, architecture, history of architecture, Chinese culture, sports, my traveling experiences, dealing with parents who do not approve of your girlfriends, etc.

Countries I’ve Visited

Austria, China, Czech Republic, Ecuador, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Netherlands, Peru, Spain, Switzerland, Turkey, United Kingdom

Countries I’ve Lived In

China, Italy, United States

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