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Amy Gedal

Shenyang, China

Pia 2nd Year Amy Gedal is now living in Shenyang, China and teaching the eager students of Northeastern University the wonders of Oral English and Art History.  She graduated from Cornell in 2002 and worked for two years in New York and DC before heading to China.  Amy has always felt right at home in Shenyang, possibly because despite her Eastern European heritage the Chinese often mistake her for one of their own.  After her two year stint in China is up, Amy hopes to return to school for a Masters in international public health.

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Heather Gilmartin

Dalian, China

Heather speaks absolutey no Chinese , and is looking forward to being hit by the brick wall that is summer-semester intensive Mandarin before leaving for Dalian in August. A history major at Princeton, she studied abroad in Japan during her junior year and looks forward to returning to Asia. Originally from Atlanta, Heather loves horses and karate, and her dog Daisy. She just earned her second black belt at the end of April and plans to continue training in China.

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Leo Han

Gwangju, South Korea

Leo Han enjoys Family Guy and actively contributing to groups such as “People Against Popped Collars,” while listening to the Beatles. If he had actually written a blurb, we wouldn’t have had to resort to thefacebook.com for his profile where he claims to be liberal and unemployed (Leo, you ARE working in Korea!)

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Ian Hanks

Fellow of the Fortnight

Shanghai, China

Ian Hanks originally from Austin, TX is an east Asian Studies major from Wesleyan. During his freshman year he had a short stint in the massage business. He took a semester off during his sophomore year to try out mediation at the San Francisco Zen Center, and to connect with his roots in Edinburgh, Scotland. Upon his return he randomly decided to learn Chinese, and then managed to learn enough about investing to score his upcoming job in Shanghai. He’ll be living there with his super witty gilfriend and fellow PIA-er Carmen Cheung. The two plan to have an extra room in their apartment to lure visitors.

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Will Hines

Penang, Malaysia

Will Hines was an English Literature major at Trinity College, but failed to write the great American novel during his tenure. Fortunately, he had some success with poetry and got to tour the state of Connecticut on a poetry circuit, where he befriended a thirty-five year old senior who was declared legally insane by the state of California in 1995. He is originally from Nashville, TN and has had four dogs, all named by his father and all named after deceased actresses. He is excited about the beaches, low rent, and spirited games of badminton.

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Kathleen Ho

Hangzhou, China

Kathleen survived NJ and fled to the Midwest where she’s currently pursuing a major in Comparative Literature and International Studies at Northwestern University. Since junior year year she’s been shamelessly devoted to the food network and have religiously baked scones (and sometimes biscotti) to Emeril-style perfection. She has hopes that the aroma of her baking can make up for horrid delivery of the four tones in China. Soical faux-pas include an awkward phase of bangs and headbands- all of which are blamed on growing up in New Jersey.

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Wendy Hsaio

Gwangju, South Korea

Wendy Hsiao. Materials Sci. and Engineering at Cornell. Doodling and dawdling.  People-watching on sunny days, putzing on rainy ones.  General tomfoolery.  Vicious games of dodgeball, and cheesy ‘80s tunes.  She also enjoys foreign movies and anything handmade.

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Jessica Illaszwesicz

Hanoi, Vietnam

Pia 2nd Year

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Deborah Jacobson

Chiang Mai, Thailand

Debbie Jacobson hails from New York City via Princeton, New Jersey via Apple Valley, Minnesota.  She is a Teach for America alumna who is psyched to teach students without hearing “Can I go to the bathroom?” whenever she asks if anyone has a question.  Debbie was a pre-med religion major at Princeton University.  Despite what her relatives think, Debbie never wanted to be a nun.  Instead, she studied the interface of religio-magical medicine and cultural ecotourism deep in the Ecuadorian rainforest, learned to speak Quichua (the language of the Incas), and developed severe gastrointeritis.  She is excited to go to Asia because 1) it’s pretty far from the Bronx, 2) she will seem tall for the first time in her life.

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Ted James

Bangkok, Thailand

Pia 2nd Year--Hailing from Montana, Ted James enjoys traveling to the world’s most polluted areas, cities with populations of 10 million or more, and places with unchartable heat and humidity.  He studied at Washington University in St. Louis where he got a degree in environmental science.  While in Asia, Ted plans to attend lots of meetings, eat great food, and determine the essense of group activity and teamwork.

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