Chinese Name: 郑佳音 (Zheng Jiayin)
English Name: Jenny
Nationality: Chinese American/American Chinese
Languages: Chinese – Absolutely native fluent in speaking, can read and type, can’t handwrite much (some, but not much)
English – Like a native in speaking but slower than a native, but definitely 300% better writer than Chinese
Little bit of Spanish and French, just enough so I could travel around.
Born: Huanggang, Hubei, China, a small town just outside of Wuhan, known for its horribly difficult, soul-crash exam problems that will just perplex any hardcore Chinese student. No wonder students coming out of there are so smart. My mom and uncle are among those people.
Hometown: Plano, Texas, USA. My family moved there when I was 12, and my parents have been settled there ever since
Current place: Beijing, China
Why did you end up here: I figured if I knew Argentina better than where I was born, it’s time to learn about where I was from. China is a country booming with opportunities, and it’s also fun to travel in here.
What are you doing now: I’m a Chinese-English translator and proofreader. It’s the first job I landed in China. I was an actuarial analyst for insurance companies in the States for some odd 4 years. Then I started traveling full time and decided to live elsewhere for a while.
Hobbies: Swing dance – east coast, lindyhop, west coast, a little bit of blue and balboa.
Travel – into the woods, backpack & hitchhike adventure, get lost in middle of nowhere, learning about unique, non-western cultures (I get western culture the minute I lift my head up, boring.)
Running – prepares for my next trekking trip, losing a bit of body fat while getting an endorphin injection for the day
Doing fun stuff – festivals, parties, social events that pass out free stuff, wine tasting (and get drunk from it), arcades (because I could win free stuff while having fun)
The most important thing to me: my family
Weird food you’ve tried: dragonfly – and it’s delicious, poky but delicious!
Most unique place you’ve been – Antarctica, it’s a huge hit to my limited travel fund, but I never did and never will regret it
Where would you like to go again – my sweet home in Texas, so that I could watch the sunset changing color on the lake