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Tokyo Jim G.


成都持夢 (Chéngdū Chímèng)


San Diego, CA
Hometown: Los Angeles

Organizer since:

December 16, 2011


Are you a native Chinese speaker?

No. Unfortunately, my mom never spoke Chinese to me when I was growing up. I berate her for it to this day.

What do you love most about Chinese culture?

The toilets. Just kidding! I love the active street life and the openness of the Chinese people. Having the world's greatest cuisines doesn't hurt either.

Are you using your Chinese for work/school/leisure purposes today?

Only when I travel to China, or to some other country where I don't speak the language. For example, when I was in Hungary, it was nice to be able to walk into Chinese restaurants and be able to order in Chinese (since I can't speak Hungarian).

How long have you lived/worked/studied in a Chinese speaking country?

I've been to Taiwan 5 times and Mainland China 9 times. Most recently, I spent 3 months in Southwestern China in 2002, a week in Shanghai in 2004, two weeks in Beijing and Shanghai around New Year 2008, and then finally fulfilled a long-held dream and moved to Chengdu in October of 2010, both to experience daily Chinese life and to improve my Mandarin abilities. In the summer of 2012, I went back and spent another two months on Taiwan and three months in the mainland, mostly in Sichuan and Hunan provinces, and in 2014 I spent seven weeks in Yunnan & Sichuan. Ahh, I get homesick for China just typing this!

How long have you studied Chinese in US (or elsewhere)?

I took some night classes at UCLA, and then I took a few quarters of day classes there. After returning from China, I took second- and third-year Mandarin for non-native speakers at UCSD (daytime undergrad class).


大家好。我的中文名字叫「持夢」,去過中國­大陸九次,台灣五次,香港七次。都是我最喜­歡旅行的地方。而且,2010年為學習中文­在四川成都住了三個半月。 Hi. I studied Chinese after college and have taken several trips to Chinese-speaking countries, including living in Chengdu, Sichuan for 3.5 months.

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