PiA Fellow Facebook

2005-2006

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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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Matt Kawecki

Shenyang, China

Pia 2nd Year Matt Kawecki teaches various classes in the school’s Foreign Language College, including American and British History, composition, film, and of course... ENGLISH!  He loves his new mother-school and hopes to make a contribution to its sustainable development.  His hero is Lei Feng, whose hometown is only a short train ride away.  He studied History and Political Science at Duke during his younger days.  He grew up in Wisconsin, which he loves as much as he loves frozen custard.  He is open to receive any visitors to Shenyang, the Phoenix City.  My friends, welcome to Shenyang!

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Anne Kern

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Beijing, China

Pia 2nd Year Anne Kern (moi) is moving from Hangzhou, PRC, to Beijing. She majored in East Asian Studies at Princeton and grew up in Richmond, Virginia, though she was born in and currently considers California her home base. Though she has been living in Asia with over a billion people, she often dreams of a few acres of land, some horses, and the Rocky Mountains rising up behind her. Her favorite things to do in China include studying Sholin Kungfu, drinking local beer, and convincing Chinese people that blond is, in fact, a naturally occuring hair color.

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Amy Kohout

Vientiane, Laos

Amy graduated from Yale in 2004 with a degree in history, Amy doesn’t like to write in the third person. I’ve spent my first year as a “grown-up” registering voters in southern New Mexico, fighting corporate evil in Philly, and cooking fantastic food in the backcountry of the Southwest. I’m originally from Buffalo, NY, and I love green chile, Carl Sandburg, and the spelling of the word “Albuquerquian.” My birthday is a palindrome. Someday, I will own a beat-up adobe red pickup truck with the old school FORD logo. (It will run on something other than Gasoline.) My dog, (as yet, imaginary,) will sit in the front seat, and we will drive the back-roads of New Mexico listening to Hank Williams sing “Ramblin’ Man.” Before any of that happens, I just have to find out if karaoke is really illegal in Lao PDR.

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Daniel Kopf

Rach Gia, Vietnam

At NYU, Dan has gone to great length to rebel against the heresies of his liberal parents by studying economics, but has largely failed to shed his open-minded and socialist background.  This will be Dan’s second trip to Vietnam, and his main goal is to be able to have a discussion in Vietnamese comparing the playcalling of Washington Redskins coach Joe Gibbs and the writings of V.S. Naipaul.  Hobbies include drinking ovaltine,sculpture, and self-consciousness.

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Jerome Ku

Singapore, Singapore

Jerome got inspired from the Kill Bill Vol. I&II to live under a strict and regimented life-style, exploring the mind and conquering the body. A year in Singapore will surely provide him with enough laws and rules to live by. Hailing from East Windsor, NJ, Jerome, also known as the token Electrical Engineer of Princeton-in-Asia, will be teaching (you got it!) Electrical Engineering at Ngee Ann Polytechnic.

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Jenny Lah

Beijing, China

Jenny majored in History and Political Economy at the University of California, Berkeley.  She has been working at UNIFEM for the last two years.  She enjoys long walks on the beach and candlelit dinners.  Her last name does not rhyme with Blah.

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David Lau

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

David Lau is a graduating senior at Yale University majoring in Literature and Sociology. Born in Taipei, where he picked up a love for large tapioca balls in tea, he has been peripatetic since, with the majority of his time spent in the Chicago area. At Yale, he wrote book reviews, gave tours at the Yale Center for British Art, and took a semester hiatus in Seville, Spain. Apart from eating/drinking tapioca balls, he enjoys, in the spirit of PIA, watching films by Wong Kar-Wai and reading books by Haruki Murakami.

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Evan Lestelle

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

Pia 2nd Year Evan Lestelle was at CFAU - China Foreign Affairs U. - in Beijing, next year he’ll be at Coudert Brothers in Hong Kong as a legal assistant. English major at Duke with minors in History and Chinese. From Metairie, Louisiana, suburb of New Orleans. In his free time he enjoys reading books, playing sports like soccer and basketball (though the latter is currently causing me much pain), working on Chinese, hiking, and fishing.
Favorite writer: Shakespeare.
Favorite composer: Chopin.
Favorite US president: George Washington.
Favorite dish: Grandma’s crawfish bisque.

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