Traveler Bio

Hello! 你好 (Ni Hao)! My name is Leon Qu (pronounced Koo) and I am in my final year of college studying computer science and Chinese! My journey in school so far has taken me to many different places and right now, I am currently living in Nanjing, China.

But, before I talk about the experiences that got me here, I wanted to first introduce myself. I am 22 years old and I was born in a small town in southern China, but moved to Honolulu, Hawaii when I was just two years old, and have lived in Hawaii ever since. I am lucky to have lived nearly my whole life in such a pretty place and I really did not want to leave home to go to college! So, I decided to attend the University of Hawaii at Manoa and got to enjoy learning more about my interests in science and language while continuing to explore my hobbies of hiking, swimming and taking care of nature.

Throughout college, I wanted to learn more about the language and culture that I grew up with. This led me to study all about the Chinese culture and history in Taiwan, Beijing and now Nanjing, each place with its own deep historical stories. Being in Hawai'i for as long as I can remember, I feel that living in a different place (let alone a different country!) will be an experience full of wonder and I can't wait to share it with you.