PiA Fellow Facebook

2017-2018

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May Braverman

Xizhou, China

Vanderbilt University '17
Major in Asian Studies
Hometown: New York City, NY

May enjoys learning languages, travel, and collecting stuffed animals. She's been in Nashville for the last 4 years and is looking forward to a year full of overseas adventures.

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Max (Mitchell) Bryski

Vientiane, Laos

Yale University '17
Major in History and Pre-Medical
Hometown: Washington, DC

Max enjoys singing, the outdoors, and long walks on the beach (because honestly, who doesn't). You might find him on the tennis court, reading under a tree, or throwing a football with friends. Max is excited to work with PSI in Laos, explore Vientiane and handle the heat of Lao cuisine.

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Haraya Buensuceso

Singapore, Singapore

Princeton University '17
Major in Economics (with minors in Urban Studies and Political Economy)
Hometown: Quezon City, Philippines

Raya's passions lie in international development, social entrepreneurship, and urban policy. During her spare time, she enjoys playing basketball and volleyball, jamming with her uke, and traveling (she's been to 34 countries and counting!). An old soul, she loves all things Broadway, jazz music (yes, including bossa nova), and Gene Kelly.

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Matt Błażejewski

Hangzhou, China

Princeton University '17
Major in East Asian Studies
Hometown: Trenton, NJ

As much as Matt enjoys cats, napping, and napping with his cats, he's ready to move on from a life of binge-watching horror movies to hanging in Hangzhou with the new cool cats he hopes to meet there.

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Luz Maria Carreno

Chiang Rai, Thailand

Utah State University '14
Major in Sociology
Hometown: Riverside, UT

When Luz is not outside helping her parents feed their herd of calves, she is usually lost in a book or creating her own world by journaling. Luz lives in Logan, Utah working as a parent liaison at an elementary school, while also helping a USU professor with research. However, it is time for Luz to seguir su camino. She is now ready to continue her adventures and teach English in Thailand.
 

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Annemarie Catanzaro

Dalian, China

University of California, San Diego '13
Major in International Studies
Hometown: San Mateo, CA

Language aficionado turned jedi preparing to depart for Dalian where students will be mercilessly subjected to movies, dancing, and games. Annemarie is a fundraiser, filmmaker, teacher, writer, and sustainability advocate all rolled into one. Other nouns may apply. Her puns are being saved for your conversation together. So fly, you fools!

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Deborah Charmelus

Penang, Malaysia

Temple University ‘15
Major in Communication Studies
Home town: Philadelphia, PA

Coming in at an impressive 4 foot, 11 and 3 quarters of an inch, we have the reigning pizza eating champion, Debora Charmelus! She’s known for her strict “see food" and eat it diet. She’ll be in Penang, Malaysia devouring way too many cups of corn and indulging in any street food that comes on a stick. And yes, she does know that your mom/aunt/grandmother is named Debra. She gets it all the time.

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Daphne Chen

Phnom Penh, Cambodia

Columbia University '14
Major in English
Hometown: Dallas, TX

Daphne has wanted to be a reporter since the eighth grade. But she never imagined reporting in Cambodia, where she will be working for the Phnom Penh Post. She currently lives in Utah where she does a lot of hiking, writing, and discussing politics.

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Michael Chen

Xizhou, China

Wheaton College '17
Major in History and Sociology
Hometown: Richmond, VA

Michael loves asking impossible questions, cooking for his friends, discussing pressing social issues. You'll find him engrossed in thrilling reads, breaking it down to bumpin' beats, and experimenting with exciting foods. He's excited to explore sustainable tourism and culture exchange in Yunnan.

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Yanglu (Lulu) Chen

Yakage, Japan

Princeton University '17
Major in Chemistry
Hometown: Montgomery, NJ

Lulu has been stylish since 1998, when she first sported the Asian toddler bowl cut in her Kagoshima hoikuen (kindergarten/daycare). When she moved to America, the only word she knew was “watermelon,” but she eventually learned English by watching Pokemon. Now, almost seventeen years later, she is excited to return to Japan and teach English to the adorable children of Yakage, who undoubtedly will have better haircuts than she did.

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