PiA Fellow Facebook

2017-2018

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Jamie Lam

Beijing, China

University of California, Davis '17
Major in Sustainable Environmental Design
Hometown: Fremont, CA

Jamie recycles her one fun fact about the conception of her name (a portmanteau of her parents') during icebreakers and is tragically talented at being Californian (talking about urban agriculture, gentrification, and compost excessively.) She is never wrong about an avocado's ripeness and will be happy to share her knowledge for couch surfing privileges.

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Michelle Laws

Dili, Timor-Leste

Texas A&M '14
Aalborg University '17
Major in Development and International Relations
Hometown: Red Oak, TX

Michelle is a Judo/Crossfit/Sports of any kind enthusiast who enjoys daydreaming about world peace and chatting about identity politics a creamy stout in hand. She currently works as number cruncher at the National Peace Corps Association while finishing her thesis on the Mexico City Policy. She can't wait to scooter her way through the muddy streets of Dili to meet friends on the beach after work for a cocktail or three.

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SummerBrook Lawson

Shanghai, China

University of South Carolina '17
Major in Political Science and Chinese Studies
Hometown: Hickory, NC

My sense of humor is drier than the Gobi desert. If I was ever on a trivia game show I would win the grand prize because of my tendency to recite extraneous fun facts. My favorite part about traveling is trying new food and attempting to talk to people in their native accent to see if they can figure out my charade. So I am exultant to master the Shanghainese dialect. I am also beyond prepared to overuse the phrase, 'Catch me out in Shanghai, how bout' dat!'

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An Lanh Le

Jishou, China

Princeton '20
Major in History
Hometown: Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

Her name is An Lanh, directly translated into 安平. She grew up in Vietnam, went to high school in Singapore and is currently living in the States – so she basically spends lots of time learning new songs and sports and slangs ( and is still pretty uncomfortable with calling football soccer). In her free time at Princeton, she likes walking either alone or with a friend, thinking about the sun, the Chinese and Vietnamese food she could never find in America, and what she would do with a history degree.
 

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Jack Lentz

Can Tho, Vietnam

Furman University '14
Major in Economics
Hometown: Hudson, OH

Jack enjoys long saunters over rivers, through the woods, and up mountains. He escaped from The Matrix (of cubicles) in Atlanta and now works at a boarding school in Asheville, North Carolina. But he Can'T(ho) ignore the itch to keep exploring and is stoked to live and teach in the Mekong Delta, Vietnam.

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Noah Lerner

Beijing, China

Amherst College '16
Major in Biology and Asian Languages and Civilizations
Hometown: Newton Highlands, MA

This may be his second year in Beijing, but he's still not done Lerner-ing.

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Hana Lethen

Yamaguchi, Japan

Princeton University '17
Major in Comparative Literature
Hometown: Canyon, TX

Hana's favorite things are ballet, cats, and coffee. She also enjoys obscure pastimes like watching Noh theater. Hana loves all things Japan and is super excited to work with global programs at Yamaguchi University--and to sample Yamaguchi's specialty, blowfish.

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Benjamin Levey

Bangsak, Thailand

Northwestern University '17
Major in American Studies
Hometown: Milwaukee, WI

At age five, Ben (Len to his friends) wrote a letter to General Mills asking why the big ones are called Mini Wheats. He's still waiting for a response.

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Erwin Li

Beijing, China

Yale University ‘16
Major in Global Affairs - International Security
Hometown: San Diego, CA

Erwin will be a second-year PiA Fellow this fall, teaching English content courses at CFAU in Beijing. In his free time, Erwin enjoys biking with friends, book clubs, and helping out at his local church. He still can't figure out how to wrap a dumpling, but he's happy to provide a home-cooked meal to anyone passing through the city.  

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Jeremy Lin

Beijing, China

Johns Hopkins University '15
Major in Political Science
Hometown: Laguna Niguel, CA

Currently on sabbatical from the NBA. Needed to get away to chill with old timers in the park in Beijing and hone his Taiwanese-American Mandarin accent.

"I'm an early bird and a night owl. So I'm wise, and I have worms."

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