Write a little about yourself. Just a paragraph will do.
I am a boring person. I bore myself to tears trying to think of new
and interesting get-rich quick scams worthy of Mark Twain's praise
(if he were alive today) or possibly plotting world domination
(alongside two white lab rats)... though people around me have
found me interesting in these very ways.
See, you're even bored with all this reading.
I am a dull person who prefers to stay at home and read, though my
home is constantly relocated, in a small wooden cabin in central
Texas, in Aztec Ruins of upstate New York, in a tent while camping
in Yosemite in Northern California and in three grungy, dusty
apartments in three different parts of the city-state of Beijing,
I am rather stupid in that I don't yet know what I want to do with
life. In attempting to find myself, I have worked as a research
assistant deciphering classical and modern Chinese texts, taught
English and simultaneous translation in Beijing, planned out a
resource room and wrote extra curricular history for Oakland
Museum, been a tour guide in San Francisco and as a party DJ in
NYC. I'm now more lost as to my direction than ever before.
I prefer to be a follower always. With authority comes greater
responsibility, and frankly, I'm rather lazy. I follow what is true
in my own heart, and because of my actions, people often follow my
lead at work and during recreational activities (I leave this to
I'm lazy, and so I want to do everything right the first time, to
perfection and not have to worry about it again. This causes
perfectionism, and because of jobs well done, people seem to ask my
lazy a$$ to do more work.
I have low self-confidence, I look into the eyes of everyone I
speak to, at times causing them to fear and shrink back; I talk
softly until I can find a big stick, I feel comfortable with large
crowds and small, old and young. I love to learn from them, about
them, what makes them tick, and what will make them break.
Above all, I'm never alone, but always lonely.
I am shrewd, humorous, and professional
What I’m doing with my life
Don’t overthink this one; tell us what you’re doing day-to-day.
In short, I am a translator, a teacher, a carpenter and a
historian; an epeeist, an ultimate Frisbee nut, a basketball guard
and an avid outdoorsman; a traveler, an observer, a thinker and a
dreamer... and a foremost advocate for the use of Greek oratory
I don't know yet what I want out of this life. I have a vague sense
that I want to be remembered by future generations, that my life
should not be spent in a worthless struggle to be forgotten in the
endless void of time. With each place I've been to, I have left a
footprint, a ghost of my former self. I am interested in learning
about all things and am an amateur student of human nature. I like
to learn what makes humans and things tick, and what makes them
I am a teacher, both at the elementary level and the college level.
Whereas elementary students would wear their emotions, their likes
and dislikes and their wants and needs on their sleeves, college
students and adults can hide their yearnings a little better, but
from their mannerisms, they are still, ultimately, the same. I
would like to dedicate my life to creating a new system of
education that embodies the best aspects of traditional Chinese
education: discipline, memorization and sheer quantity of a variety
of knowledge; with key elements of American education: discussion,
learning from teachers and students alike and practical application
of learned knowledge. This is a distant dream, but I believe I can
make it into a lifetime accomplishment that will certainly leave a
mark for future generations.
I would also like to reacquaint people from our modern world with
memorable episodes in Chinese history. There are so many lessons
and so many examples that would have served as guides to modern
tacticians and politicians alike. I fear that modern politicians
have a tendency to regard only science, technology and their own
problems as having never been experienced in history before. And
so, history is repeating itself. As a historian, I believe there is
a great deal of wisdom lost and with the right venues, can be
re-introduced into popular culture. This would also be a unique
business to establish and maintain.
I’m really good at
Go on, brag a little (or a lot). We won’t judge.
I am very articulate, at the risk of being verbose.
I have exceptional hearing, to the bane of all my students.
I have an unfailing memory, and am usually coined as an
I am a good listener, though accused of being too logical.
I am a versatile translator, seemingly intolerant of language
My ultimate Frisbee throw bridges the entire field, causing my
teammates to run like hell.
I am an enthusiastic teacher, still bothered by students who won't
I am a poignant and keen observer, dubbed for being a cynical
I love to play Literati on Yahoo or Scrabble, and memorized the
dictionary for just this purpose.
I enjoy fencing epee, though I see that it is also elusive enough
to escape my dictionary.
I absolutely love the Transformers, to which I attribute many of my
I love the Final Fantasy Series, though I haven't the time to play
any more now.
Now that I can afford all the consoles I liked as a kid, I no
longer have any time to play them.
I love to write new role paying games (RPG) scenarios that
incorporate elements of Chinese and Japanese history, and place
more European and or magical/fantasy characters to see how they
interact. This also gives me many ideas for writing short stories
I am a minor demon, posing in the human realm as an angel.
I am an expert in a card game called Egyptian Rat Trap for I am
fast at hand-eye coordination and memorize the card order, up to
six decks, when I play.
I love to cruise in my car with all the windows down, though
gasoline prices now hinder me from doing so.
I love to volunteer for community service, though I absolutely
despise panhandlers and people asking for money.
I don't know if I believe in God, though I believe in Destiny,
fate, the mandate of heaven and most of all, in providence!
I am not religious, yet I say grace before my meals.
I have a passion for languages, though I am fluent in only
I love tales from ancient Chinese history, though few people my age
share this hobby.
I have taught college English for the past six years, though I
still enjoy playing with Legos in my spare time.
My professional resume looks great on paper - for I seldom find
people my age with similar levels of expertise.
I am constantly surrounded by numerous friends, though none of them
know me completely.
I am full of contradictions, but love the variety and possible
The first things people usually notice about me
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Professionally: A big Chinese translator/teacher/lecturer with a
steeled countenance, an active personality and a professional,
though humorous and personable attitude.
Personally: Big Chinese guy with dark sense of humor and a
seemingly endless resource of historical texts and quotations, a
completely versatile taste in music, food and activities. If there
were any stereotypes of what a Chinese-American man would be, I
have deliberately and unabashedly broken most of them: I don't
drive a Honda, Accura nor Toyota; I am not into the Sciences; I
don't speak English with an accent (except possibly Texan English
when I am really angry); I slam academics though I am one; I can
last longer than most of my friends at endurance related sports; I
can converse just as passionately about classical music as well as
rap; I can recognize the subtleties in taste in wines, liqueurs and
teas; I am inward well organized, and outwardly messy... for this
latter point, I will take Sherlock Holmes as my defense, though I
don't have a housekeeper nor a habit of practicing the revolver
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
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Books: Sun Zi (Sun Tze) - Art of War, Luo Guanzhong - Romance of
the Three Kingdoms, the Thirty-Six Strategies, Leo Tolstoy - War
and Peace, Agatha Christie - And Then There Were None (AKA: Ten
Little Indians, originally published as an even more racially
Japanese - Tenpopo (Dandelion), Rashomon, Kagemusha, Ran
Chinese - Shaolin Temple, Iron Monkey, To Live,
French - Amelie
English - Glory, Ferris Bueller's Day Off, Twelve Angry Men, the
Usual Suspects, LA Confidential, Fried Green Tomatoes, Good Morning
Music: The preset channels in my car and five of my top CDs should
give a pretty good assessment of my taste in music.
1) Classical 102.1 KDFC
2) Wild 94.9, Rap KYLD
3) Alice 97.3 Modern Rock
4) Soft Rock 96.5 KOIT
5) Rap 106.3 KMEL
6) National Public Radio, 88.5, mostly for news, Fresh Air and Lake
7) STAR 92.3 anything goes
8) Alternative 105.3
CD1 - Chinese modern pop
CD2 - American show tunes
CD3 - a collection of Japanimation tunes
CD4 - a list of top club songs from my DJing days in NYC
CD5 - good driving music and other songs I can sing off-key
Food: I am an epicure, I love to try out new and interesting foods,
local delicacies and often go out of my way to try new things. I am
an omnivore in the true sense of the word.
The six things I could never do without
Think outside the box. Sometimes the little things can say a lot.
Intelligent conversation! Humor! An explorer/experimenter's soul!
Exercise! Family and friends! Fresh air (being in Beijing for any
period of time will make you appreciate this commodity more!)
I spend a lot of time thinking about
Global warming, lunch, or your next vacation… it’s all fair game.
Education, history, bridging the social, language and cultural gap
between the United States and mainland China.
Men's inhumanity to other men, beginning and maintaining a clothing
business, ways to help fledging history restoration bureaus
throughout mainland China and ways to remedy the poverty and or
homeless situation in American urban centers.
On a typical Friday night I am
Netflix and takeout, or getting your party on — how do you let loose?
Out clubbing, DJing, bar hopping, dancing until I'm sore.
Fencing, ballin', hiking, camping and playing 50 minutes of
ultimate Frisbee and forgetting the score.
Visiting a museum, attending an exhibition opening or work.
Playing video games online, on LAN or on console, RPG, action and
Translating, researching, calling business contacts in China
pondering over many a quaint and curious volumes of Chinese
tis this and nothing more.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
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Nothing I would willingly admit that would not jeopardize the
privacy of other people... so I will choose the fifth... and if you
press on further, I may have to take the second.
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