About Adoyzie – 2011
“About” pages are small testimonies about who we think we are at that moment. When we evolve, we tend to edit and add to it. There’s a part of me that just wants to highlight the entire bit below and delete it, but then I would have forgotten who I thought I was earlier. The lengthy piece was written sometime in 2008, and I’m leaving in here to remind myself of who I was once.
This is who I feel like I am now:
Amy Adoyzie is a recovering ex-pat, 501c3 dweller and a radical thrifting seamstress embroiderer.
About Moizeies – 2008
I’m Amy Adoyzie. These are some of my favorite things: my Centurion mixte bicycle named Cilantro (she’s got a sister named Basil!), my stripey dress, my cowboy boots and Portland, Oregon.
I am also wildly optimistic, traipsing around and spreading my volunteering goodness. When I am not living in a country where alcohol is illegal, I enjoy Hamm’s and trying to avoid second-hand smoke in bars with my incredible friends.
Born in Chinatown, Los Angeles to refugee immigrants. Was an angst-ridden teenager in Hacienda Heights. Attended university in the San Fernando Valley (CSUN). Worked a grown-up job in Hollywood. Found my heart in Portland, Oregon. Returned to my faux-homeland and volunteer taught oral English in Huarong, Hunan, PRC. Spent a year and a half as a bona-fide literature and English teacher at the Asian University for Women’s Access Academy in Chittagong, Bangladesh. Always floated between stage two and five of culture shock.
Besides being born and raised in America, having lived in the Chinese countryside and presently calling Bangladesh home- I’ve also traveled to India, Nepal, Vietnam, Tibet, Cambodia, Laos, Hong Kong, Thailand, Macau, Mexico and Italy (the latter two were when I was a kid and teenager so I don’t have any good salacious stories to tell from those countries). And if I’m a good kid, find an actual real job after Bdesh, and save up enough money, I hope to do a possible year-long, round-the-world trip in a few years. Wish me luck.
All the while, I do the following as well:
Got thousands of images up at my Flickr account.
Contributing writer and designer for Razorcake.
International writing correspondent for National Geographic Society‘s Glimpse Foundation.
In all my zine-writing, I’m most proud of the half-zine, half-screenplay project: Luluand Zineplay.
(Also in my arsenal of zine-age: The Post-It Diaries, SCRAWL, Monster of Fun and Rivals.
Authored a story about dishwashing for Papercutter #11.
All-time favorite American job at Portland’s best record store, Green Noise.
The voice of the BFF, two-man band, China Loca.
Sometimes I’m the resident expert on punk rock in China according to the Utne Reader.
Even more useless facts about me here.
I get crushes on folks super easily. Especially if he’s a bartender.
I’m a busy girl.
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