PiA Fellow Facebook

2006-2007

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Leslie Hook

Hong Kong, Hong Kong S.A.R., China

Leslie Hook is a senior at Princeton University who is incredibly excited to work at the Far Eastern Economic Review next year. She speaks no Cantonese and has not really been to Hong Kong since it became part of China, so she is looking forward to getting to know the city, as well as coming up with creative ways to find an affordable place to live. Leslie was born in Conroe, Texas, and grew up in several countries, including China. Although she doesn’t have a hometown per se, her affinity for thousand-year-old eggs and warm soybean milk in the morning make Asia as likely a candidate as any. She enjoys hiking, budget travel, and having visitors, and intends to have a comfortable couch available to any PIA-ers swinging through Hong Kong.

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Ryan Ingrassia

Fellow of the Fortnight

Singapore, Singapore

PiA second year, Ryan Ingrassia, a California native, recently graduated from USC film school, and has since filled his time trudging through Carolina swampland, eating termites in the Kenyan highlands, and explaining how to "shake it like a Poloroid picture" to a group of Solomon Islanders while docked on a boat off the coast of the Philippines, all in the name of public service. He discovers all his adventures (including PiA) through delicately worded Google searches, and has a growing fetish for all things related to self-help financial guru Suze Orman (whose Google results include over 184,000 webpages!)

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Heather Jackson

Chiang Mai, Thailand

Heather Jackson, known as "Angry Jacko" by her colleagues, was born and raised in the bustling town of Exeter, New Hampshire, and is soon-to-be (we’re crossing our fingers) a Princeton graduate of the Politics department. As a member of the Princeton women’s ice hockey team (and a captain for her junior and senior year), much of Jacko’s time at Princeton was devoted to fighting her teammates, guys with popped collars, and girls with ribbons in their hair. Jacko has found a productive way to release her aggression by dominating the triathlon and marathon scene in the past few years. Jacko’s semester abroad in Japan during her junior year sparked her urge to travel. She is passionate about Asian culture and hopes to travel around to all the Asian countries. So get pumped for Jacko’s free-spirit ambition, sense of adventure, and willingness to try anything new. (Written by Sarah Butsch).

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Caroline James

Kurashiki, Japan

Caroline James left to teach at Sheishin Notre Dame in March. By Day 2, she had a Japanese boyfriend and we haven’t heard from her since.

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Jing Jin

Hong Kong, Thailand

This is Jing’s lawyer face. She’s practicing for her job as a legal fellow with Orrick. She hopes it’s sufficiently intimidating since her liberal arts education at Princeton University in International Relations and Political Theory allowed her to avoid all classes that had practical use. In college, while not studying Thucydides’ theory of international relations, she learned the language of her fathers’ fathers (Mandarin), waxed eloquent on her campus tours to visitors, and made a fool of herself in a collegiate musical comedy troupe. She looks forward to the yuppie life in Hong Kong, a far cry from her roots in Brookings, South Dakota. She is also stoked for karaoke, dimsum, visiting family on the mainland, and unbelievably small electronic devices. She is not looking forward to sweating, which she is pretty sure she will do a lot of in Hong Kong. She hopes that you will come to visit her. She promises to shower. And to smile. And to show you up with her killer dance moves when she takes you out on the town.

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Cal Kennedy

Fellow of the Fortnight

Dili, Timor-Leste

PiA second year Callaghan Kennedy is a young man from Dublin, Ireland.  Various moguls, companies and governments were devastated by his decision to wander off into the wilderness with PiA and leave the trodden path behind, but for him there was never an easier decision to be made.  Cal will be working on capacity-building and gender issues for a local East Timor NGO.

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Kitsie Kerner

Yakage, Japan

"High on life." The words on Kitsie Kerner’s t-shirt describe it all.A chick from Toledo, Ohio , she feeds on and dishes out energy and enthusiasm. It is appropriate that she is teaching kindergarten in Yagake Japan since she fully relates to the quote: "You are only young once but you can stay immature indefinitely." In addition to playing with kindergarteners she will spend her time in Japan learning Japanese, singing karaoke, and being a tall freak of nature.

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YuJung Kim

Fellow of the Fortnight

Singapore, Singapore

YuJung Kim, a true-blue Chicagoan (though not actually from the city proper, God forbid), studied the mutually exclusive disciplines of Philosophy and Spanish Literature at Princeton. As part of her year-long effort to find her soul before selling it to the legal profession, YuJung intends to venture out of her North Asia comfort zone and explore the Southeast, fearlessly experiment with international cuisine. She hopes to avoid picking up Singlish and Singlishmen alike, and -- on an inexcusably cheesy note -- inspire and be inspired by her students at Ngee Ann.

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Keith Laskowski

Taichung, Taiwan

PiA second year Keith Laskowski is a graduate of Brown University with a major in Geology-Biology that he will likely not use for the next two years. He understands that this is a shame, but feels the need to take a breather from the fast-pasted, debaucherous world of rocks and bugs. In his quest to become a ‘mountain man,’ Keith has lead backpacking trips at Brown and is a volunteer EMT. His neighbors are happy he will bring his old-time fiddle with him to Taiwan. Keith has loved his first year teaching and living in Taiwan. His family lives in Wilmington, Delaware (slogan: A Place To Be Somebody) and his two, three-legged dogs will probably miss him.

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Erica Lee

Bangkok, Thailand

Erica Lee is finally leaving the state of New Jersey, where she grew up and attended Princeton University, to go to Thailand. She has pondered many abstract ethical questions as a philosophy major, but is now being forced to do something practical. She is greatly interested in environmental issues, having received an Environmental Studies certificate and being involved in the student group Princeton Environmental Action. In addition, she has developed a reputation for eating excessively, and is looking forward to doing so in Bangkok.

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