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Emma Saraff

Chiba, Japan

University of Michigan, Ann Arbor '16
Major in Biopsychology
Hometown: Valencia, Spain

Emma delights in the ocean, crossword puzzles, and long conversations that stretch into the night. (Also, anything with copious amonts of chocolate.) She spent the past six months working on rural development topics in India. She is excited to get to know the community in Chiba, explore its environs, and eat her weight in Japanese onigiris.

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Mayumi Sato

Chiang Mai, Thailand

McGill University '17
Major in Geography and Minors in Arabic and East Asian Studies
Hometown: Montreal, Quebec

Mayumi is excited to travel and live in Chiang Mai, Thailand for the next year. She can't wait to abandon -40 degree winters to meet other fellows and explore mountains in Southeast Asia. Most of all, she is eager to learn Thai and work as a part of The Life Skills Development Foundation team!

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Eileen Saunders

Nan, Thailand

Colorado College '16
Major in Political Science
Hometown: Columbus, OH

Eileen enjoys getting outside, exploring the world by bike, and crafting the perfect breakfast taco. She is thrilled to be heading back to Chiang Mai after an amazing semester there in college, and will be working to promote children's rights throughout Northern Thailand.

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Zachary Schweitzer

Yangon, Myanmar

Tufts University '15
Major in International Relations
Hometown: Philadelphia, PA

Zach is a spicy boi (give it a quick google) who likes Southeast Asia enough to have been living here for the last 16 months, despite the fact that his stomach can't weather a fully-chilied papaya salad. Two truths and a lie: I'm a fully licensed yoga instructor, I can speak four languages, and I once saw Toby Leaman freak out at a Starbucks barista for spelling his name "Toebe."

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Samantha Serafica

Hanoi, Vietnam

University of California, Berkeley '14
Major in Rhetoric
Hometown: San Francisco, CA

After three years in DC, Samantha was ready to move back west to her beloved SF Bay Area. However, the universe had other plans, and she is moving even farther east to Vietnam for a year of learning, laughing, and really great food. (She'll circle the globe back to California...eventually!) She is hella excited to explore Hanoi, learn Vietnamese, and visit fellow PIAers wherever they may be. As former captain of her high school golf team, she also hopes to squeeze in a round or two in her free time. Hit her up!

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Eaman Shire

Jishou, China

Princeton University '18
Major in Sociology
Hometown: Woodbury, MN

This is Eaman's first trip to China, and she is excited yet she doesn't know what to expect. At Princeton, she does improv comedy, so she thinks she's really funny. Unfortunately that's not true, and she apologizes in advance to her trip-mates.

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Clayton Shuttleworth

Chiang Mai, Thailand

Northwestern University '16
Major in Performance Studies
Hometown: Overland Park, KS

Clayton's friends in Chiang Mai love to remind him that he thinks too much. Little do they know, when he's not studying Thai or reading up on queer theory, he's likely binge-watching Netflix. Eventually, he hopes to go on to get his PhD in Performance Studies and do research forever. Until then, he is trying to become conversationally fluent in Thai and is almost done with season two of Sense8.

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Matthew Silberman

Seoul, South Korea

Princeton University ‘17
Major in Philosophy
Hometown: Lincolnwood, IL

Matthew is relieved to have finally found his dad-joke-cracking kin as a Princeton in Asia fellow…or should he say, Punceton in Asia? He’s still figuring out his long-term Korea trajectory, but for now he’s happy to be Incheon along his path. Luckily, his parents also have his back, recently telling him, “We’re proud of Bu, san.” Matthew can’t wait to spend the Hongdae, every day warming his Seoul with delicious Korean cuisine — he’ll Itaewon place, then try another, and then another…Gangnam-nom-nom! It’s Goyang to be quite the adventure! Whew, okay…I’m Jeonju quit while I’m ahead.

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Dylan Simmons

Shenyang, China

Stanford University '17
Major in Community Health and Prevention Research, and Sociology and Feminist, Gender, and Sexuality Studies
Hometown: Dallas, TX

Dylan is so excited to return to the country where he was born! When he isn't crocheting lumpy hats or watching Steven Universe, he spends time cooking Texan cuisine, trying to read the Twilight books in Chinese (Harry Potter was too hard), and sharing pictures of his cat Glenys. He is passionate about Asian office supplies and can't wait to visit Shenyang's stationery market (and other PiA fellows all over Asia)!

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Catherine Song

Jishou, China

Princeton University '20
Major in Civil and Environmental Engineering
Hometown: Canton, MA

Catherine, or "Cat" for short, can't wait to travel back to China (the land of good food and even better conversation!) When she's not studying, you can most likely find her running, baking chocolate chip cookies, trying to make sustainability cool, or eating too many bagels at the dining hall.

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