If you have made your way here, you probably have two questions in mind:

  1. Who are you?
  2. What’s with the name?

Well, it’s your lucky day my friend, because here are the answers:

  1. My name is Tim, and I am nineteen years old. In my spare time, I enjoy taking naps, waking up and complaining about how tired I am, and then proceeding take another nap. Repeat the cycle to infinity and beyond, and you have a pretty good idea of the kind of person I am.
  2. This answer can actually be split into two itself, each equally important as the other:
    1. First reason: I came up with the name ‘Near Native’ as a reflection of the many cultural identities that I assume a part of, but none of which I am completely absorbed into. Ethnically, I am half Chinese and half Malaysian. Linguistically, I neither fluent in Chinese or Malay. I was born and grew up in Hong Kong, but to this day I still feel at times like a walking contradiction- a foreign local. My passport dictates that I am Australian, though I have never actually lived down under. And I go to university in California of the great U.S. of A., where many¬†naturally assume by my whitewashed attitude that I originate from just down the road. Always ‘near native’, never quite fully there.
    2. Second reason: Alliteration is cool and makes things sounds nice!

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