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Katherine Maglione

Chiang Mai, Thailand

Katharine Maglione  was a psychology major at Princeton. Originally from Syracuse, New York, much of Katharine’s time was devoted to ice hockey. Similarly, at PiA orientation 2005 much of Katharine’s time was devoted to making fun of Vince for his popped-collar, pastel polo collection. Katharine’s fellow Chaing Mai PiA’ers are getting her pumped to start the experience of a lifetime. The real Katharine, or Mags as she is know to her buddies, is a straight talking, no fooling, firecracker.  There is nothing subtle about Mags.  Be forewarned, she has a tendency to blurt out shocking statements at the most inappropriate times.  Juliana Bennison ‘05 deserves all the credit (or blame) for this wonderful Katharine Maglione description.

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Sarah Mankes

Yakage, Japan

Pia 2nd Year Sarah Mankes is currently living in Yakage, Japan; between trips to the local 100 yen store, she manages to teach English at seven different elementary schools in town.  She went to the Gallatin “Crazy Hippies” School of Individualized Study at New York University, where her concentration was foreign languages, TESOL, and a comparative analysis of New York City nightlife establishments.  She spends her time in Japan mangling the Japanese language on a daily basis, taste-testing different brands of green tea ice cream, and astonishing children with the size of her feet.

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Vanda Mittal

Singapore, Singapore

PiA 2nd Year requested to write blueb.
Cannot, lah.

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Sarah Morgenstern

Dalian, China

Sarah Morgenstern, from Shaker Heights, Ohio, is a history major at Yale University whose experience to date with China consists mainly of lecture notes, romanticized fiction, and her grandparents’ stories.  She is looking forward to studying intensive Mandarin at Middlebury this summer, and is already well on her way to fluency with “ni hao” and “zai jian” safely under her belt.  At Yale, she wrote an American studies paper on blues singer Bonnie Raitt and feminism in the 1970s for her senior history thesis.  She spent a semester abroad gesticulating wildly in Buenos Aires and has worked in Baltimore, NYC, and London. She loves going new places/meeting new people, and is deeply excited and honored to be participating in the Princeton-in-Asia program.

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Abbi Muchison

Nan, Thailand

Abigail Elizabeth Murchison leaves Princeton as a happy English major,well schooled in the art of crafting long and meanderingly meaningless sentences about how language is insufficient to represent the intricacies of the human experience.  Yawn.  Born and raised in Lexington, Virginia, she thinks she will be well suited to the pace Northern Thailand will provide.  She is not quite sure how her PiA adventure will affect her current coffee addiction but is definitely ready to leave behind, at least temporarily, the consumerist culture of the American lifestyle.  She is the middle child and attributes her perpetually purple knees to long childhood hours spent playing hand-soccer on the rug with her brothers.  She thinks her boyfriend only approved of her going to Asia because his mother and her Thailand destination share the same name: Nan. Looking forward to one heck of year!

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Dorian Needham

Fellow of the Fortnight

Vientiane, Laos

When Dorian Needham isn’t busy being a nice, self-effacing Canadian trying desperately to offend no one, he’s usually sprinting between commitments and arriving just a tiny bit late.  He hails from the garden city of Victoria, British Columbia -- but hasn’t been there much since he first went away to school in 1998.  In what little spare time he can scrape together, he plays hockey and the piano, and also sings -- though usually not all at the same time.  Over the year ahead (and all the years ahead, in fact) his couch is your couch -- so drop in and crash on it!  He can’t wait to meet you.

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Palin Ngaotheppitak

Bangkok, Thailand

Palin Ngaotheppitak is going to try to rediscover her Thai roots. Born in Bangkok, she spent parts of her childhood in various parts of Asia before arriving in the States at the age of fifteen.  A double major in history and international relations at Brown, Palin thoroughly enjoyed the liberal education she received there, especially when served with a big dose of hippie goodness.  She spent the spring of her junior year in Lyon, France, and now passes too much time expounding the virtues of studying abroad.  Palin has an obsession with good food and once spent two weeks in Italy planned exclusively around gelato shops, so PiA-ers should expect to be well-fed when crashing on her always-open couch in Bangkok.

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Binh Pham

Hanoi, Vietnam

PiA 2nd Year

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Laura Pop

Fellow of the Fortnight

Almaty, Kazakhstan

A year in Kazakhstan turned Laura (a proud Romanian) into an avid fan of Borat Sagdiyev (a frequent guest of the Ali G Show), whose work she follows obsessively (she is staying a second year). Borat Sagdiyev is Kazakhstan’s sixth most famous man. A leading journalist from the State-run TV network, Borat reports on all aspects of American life, while sharing with his American friends details of Kazakh culture and society. From baseball to Broadway, Borat asks the questions no westerner would dream of in his tireless quest for knowledge, telling dating agencies he will ‘crush’ women who are unfaithful. Laura would have loved to share more about how Borat and her, but she did not send a blurb in on time and we had to re-create her thoughts based on past-conversations.

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Daniel Portman

Chiang Rai, Thailand

Dan Portman was a History major at the University of California, Los Angeles. He originally hails from San Francisco, where he has spent the two years since college graduation pursuing a legal career, minus a detour to Iowa where he labored away as part of the tragic failure known as the Kerry-Edwards campaign.  Dan has a passion for books, politics, NPR, and athletic pursuits which are likely to kill him, or at least hurt a lot. He also makes a killer creme brulee (not that its killed anyone).   Before learning about Princeton in Asia, Dan spent all-together too much time surfing, indulged an unhealthy obsession with rock climbing, and battled the most aggressive poison oak shrubs known to man (he lost).  He’s endured run-ins with grizzly bears and megalomaniac attorneys, and given the choice, would rather take on the former any day. However, he has yet to see a cockroach, hike through a tropical rain forest, or savour delicacies like snake and crickets.  He looks forward to all of these and more in the coming year in Asia.

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