Life

I plan to live a colourful life that allows me to perceive the universe from multiple angles, and to share to the best of my ability. I pursue many serious hobbies and will use this opportunity to talk about the interrelated topics of TRAVELLINGCULTURES and LANGUAGES.

My physical and consequent inner journeys have empowered me for over a decade. I'm fascinated by how everyone lives their life and how every community evolves. I have been to 70 countries, mostly on my own, and I currently live in Sweden. Before that, I have lived in:

  •  China [1990-2003]: I was born in Shanghai, went to primary school there, and worked at Radio Shanghai;
  •  Australia [2003-2008, 2010, 2012]: I went to high school and did parts of my undergraduate studies in Sydney;
  •  Italy [2009]: I studied Italian in Bologna and was accepted in the violinmaking school in Cremona;
  •  USA [2011, 2014-2019]: I was an exchange student in Seattle and I got my PhD in Boston;
  •  Switzerland [2012]: I was an intern at CERN, Geneva;
  •  Netherlands [2013]: I was an exchange student in Utrecht;
  •  UK [2013-2014]: I did my Masters in Cambridge.

I have volunteered both at where I lived and at places I visited. I travel frugally. WorkAway and WWOOF are my good friends. It was my happiest moment when a local said, "you're our telescope for seeing the world," and I realised then taking such a role was important to me.

Besides English, I know Mandarin/Shanghainese, Japanese, and Italian very well, Urdu/Hindi, Spanish, and Swedish at the conversational level, and the basics of a few others. I'm still working on Swedish. I find linguistics fascinating, and I’ve been a multilingual translator for fifteen years, from TED talks to movies and TV shows, to anime, manga, and games. I believe that often, it's only when you talk to someone in their native language that you talk to their heart.

Most problems in the history and present of humanity originate from our inability to understand each other. The best we can do is to be open to differnt views while refining our own. Travelling is one of the most rewarding options.

(I studied science for the same reason: In a general setting, only information presented in a "humanly way" is accessible, regardless of how many views we are willing to absorb. Laws of nature don't care about people's judgements.)

Cambridge, UK (my math class)

Nairobi, Kenya (my Tulia girls)

Doburji, Pakistan (my family, literally)