How I Learned My New Name

Paragliding; just run off the cliff and trust the stranger on your back.

My name is Joseph Hope, but you can call me 周子望. I’m originally from a small town in Southern Oregon, and I didn’t move out of the state until I was 18. A year later, I decided on a whim to leave the US for the first time and study abroad for 6 months in Chengdu, China. I didn’t speak any Chinese, I wasn’t particularly fond of Chinese food, and none of my classmates were coming with me; it was brilliant.

Coming to China for the first time transformed the way that I live my life, view the world, and view myself. The society I found myself suddenly living in had a fully developed culture, language, political system, and thousands of years of history that were completely distinct to my own. The contrast forced me to adopt a new appreciation for the depth and variety of human existence.

DaoLe World or 到了 World?

到了 is Mandarin for “arrived”. It can be heard on the subways in Chengdu at every stop like “火车北站到了”. DaoLe World is my grammatically-poor way of saying that we’ve arrived at the world.

I’ve learned a lot over the last 4 years and 5 continents, and I’ve met people that know even more. DaoLe World is meant to highlight the lesser known history, geography, philosophy and culture of the world.

Humanity is an intricately woven tapestry, and many threads don’t get the attention they deserve. DaoLe World wants to fix that.

Where I Like to Go

My first trip outside of the US was in early 2014. Since then I’ve completed a Master’s in the UK, crossed South America by bus, seen the Holy Land, and even made my way back to China. In total I’ve visited almost 40 countries on 5 continents.

  • Argentina
  • Brunei
  • Canada
  • Chile
  • China
  • Colombia
  • Costa Rica
  • Czech Republic
  • Dominican Republic
  • Ecuador
  • England
  • Greece
  • Guatemala
  • Iceland
  • Indonesia
  • Ireland
  • Israel
  • Italy
  • Japan
  • Latvia
  • Malaysia
  • Mexico
  • Morocco
  • Northern Ireland
  • Palestine
  • Panama
  • Peru
  • Poland
  • Scotland
  • Singapore
  • South Korea
  • Sweden
  • Switzerland
  • Tunisia
  • Turkey
  • Ukraine
  • United States
  • Uruguay
  • Wales