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2007-2008

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Jevon Harding

New Delhi, India

Jevon is a 2007 graduate of Princeton who majored in dirt (and rocks, when she had to). She is a native of Slidell, Louisiana, otherwise known as don’t-worry-no-one-else-has-heard-of-it-either. As a bayou girl who has never lived in a city before, she decided her first urban experience should be in one of the biggest and busiest cities in the world. If she survives the year in New Delhi , she will be more than excited to tell you all her adventures as one of the inaugural India PiA fellows. And if all goes to plan, all of these stories will hopefully be related in fluent Hindi.

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Bryan Harfenist

Hangzhou, China

Despite lucrative career offers in the fields of modern dance and Major League Lacrosse, Bryan Harfenist is overjoyed to spend the next year in Hangzhou, China. A neuroscience major at Oberlin College, his liberal studies of brain slices, hormones, and revolution make him perfectly suited to life as an English teacher in China. He greatly anticipates long nights of karaoke, bus trips around China, as well as daily indulgences in street food, foot massages, and green tea to complete his Chinese experience.

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Shaundra Harris

Singapore, Singapore

Cannot, lah.

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Chris Heinrich

Bangkok, Thailand

Chris Heinrich is a 2007 graduate of Middlebury College and he cannot wait to live life in Bangkok. Although he is sad to leave behind VH1 reality television and Slim Jims, he’s sure that there must be addictive Thai substitutes. While in Bangkok he plans to use his degree in Sociology and Anthropology to eat as much as possible, explore rickety public transportation, meet yoga gurus, and learn how to order food in Thai.

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David Hogue

Guangzhou, China

After three years dwelling in the vacant, open fields and woody, lonesome forests of English pastoral poetry, David seeks a more peopled designation, and, with a population of some 15 million people, Guangzhou fits the bill. Once there, a single body in a mass of bodies, David hopes to serve as an important appendage: nay: all-enriching part; nay: vital and indispensable organ: of the high school where he will be teaching English. Additionally, he plans to continue the quest to fluency in Mandarin and do a lot of road biking.

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Christy Holzer

Shanghai, China

Christy Holzer will graduate from Princeton in 2007 with a degree in Civil Engineering and Architecture. She has spent four years sleeping in the engineering building and studying buildings with forays into the equestrian and ski teams as well as a brief stint as a rower. She will learn the entire Mandarin language in three weeks this summer before departing for Shanghai to work in an architecture firm. While in China she plans on becoming well versed in Chinese food, markets and hitchiking across Asia.

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Claire Hoppenot

Kurashiki, Jersey

Claire Hoppenot is going to Kurashiki, Japan to teach English and to subject her students to the language classroom games she happily endured in studying comparative literature at Princeton. She hopes to learn Japanese, try as many unnameable foods as possible, and gain the Zen and patience to apply it to medical school upon her return from Asia.

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Louisa Iving

Hangzhou, China

Louisa left for Hangzhou in August 2005 to be a student of Chinese, and will return to Hangzhou in August 2007 to teach Chinese students.  While focusing on East Asian studies and dance at Middlebury College, it was rare that her two interests overlapped. However, Louisa hopes that dancing in Chinese discos next year will finally bring cohesion to her liberal arts education. During those hours when she is not teaching English, Louisa is contemplating a job at Starbucks---what better way to hone her language skills than by learning how to say grande-soy-no-sugar-vanilla-latte in Chinese?

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Max Jacobson

Dalian, China

Max is a math nerd who is trying really hard to gain social skills and the ability to tell stories. Forever scared of being boring and predictable, Max has shunned his corporate future in hopes of finding more adventure and better stories in Dalian. Max studied operations research with a concentration in Lebanese geography during his time at school, and hopes to explore exotic cheeses (editor’s note: good luck) and equally exotic places during his time in Asia.

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Caroline James

Bangkok, Thailand

Entering her PiA 2nd year, Caroline has enough Japanese-pop group names up her sleeve to convince naive students that she’s hip. It’s true that in teaching, you learn more from your students than they learn from you. The meaning of life IS embedded in the lyrics of “Shanghai Honey…” or in the space between the lines. Alas, while she is wistful to leave her Jr. High munchkins, she is pumped is for the new adventure in Bangkok at KEEN publishing. She’ll trade the quiet of the rice paddies and the Japanese simplicity for the buzz of the traffic and the bright and glittery colors in Bangkok. As she’s writing this blurb, Caroline is increasing her stamina for Bangkok by making visits to “Pachinko,” or the Japanese gambling halls, where deafening noise creates silence and blinding lights beget bliss.

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