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Alisha Blechman

Hanoi, Vietnam

PiA 2nd Year

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Andrew Bollinger

Hangzhou, China

Born in 1980 and given the silent first name “Lynn”, Andrew grew up in the quiet suburbs of New York City and graduated from Dartmouth College in 2002. After brief and unsuccessful stinits in both frozen yogurt sales and gene maniuplation, he moved to Hamburg, Germany where he rediscovered the musical genius of David Hasselhof and learned to design products as “biologische und technische Naehrstoffe.” During his coming year in Asia, Andrew is looking forward to gaining proficiencey in Chinese gangsta rap and to an abundance of opportunities to embarass himself in front of strangers.

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David Boyd

Tokyo, Japan

David Boyd loves Tokyo very much. 

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Caroline Carter

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Dili, Timor-Leste

PiA 2nd Year Caroline Carter lived in Gwangju, Korea where she taught high school math at Kwangju Foreign School. She was a Woodrow Wilson School major at Princeton and graduated in 2004.  She is from Houston, Texas.

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Benjamin Cavender

Dalian, China

Benajamin Cavender studied Political Science and Asian Studies at Cornell. He plans to continue his cultural education and recover from four years of enforced dieting as a member of Cornell’s lightweight rowing team through a culinary tour of China. Dining partners are welcome.

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Anya Cherneff

Fellow of the Fortnight

Penang, Malaysia

Anya Cherneff graduated from Columbia University with a BA in Anthropology and is also the proud owner of a shiny new certificate of completion from Columbia’s sub-par Undergraduate Writing Program. She recently finished editing fun facts about wacky Tantrics in India. She’s pierced five body parts, has one tattoo and three major scars. She’s originally from Westchester but her parents have just announced their move to the Berkshires...well, at least she still likes good music and stuff...go Yanks!

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Carmen Cheung

Shanghai, China

Carmen Cheung is a senior East Asian Studies major at Wesleyan University.  As a native of Hong Kong, she initially couldn’t stand living in Middletown, CT, because it’s so little.  But it has grown on her over the years.  To this day she still dislikes cats, even bunnies.  According to her carefree boyfriend, Ian Hanks (PiAer ‘05),it’s because “Carmen wants to be the cutest thing in the room.” She loves Japanese onsen and Icelandic hot springs. Recently, Carmen has taken interest in the stock market and secretly regrets selling her apple shares. Come visit!

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Yoonmee Cho

Khon Kaen, Thailand

Yoonmee Cho originally hails from the suburbia of New York State in a little township called Pelham.  Her immediate family consists of two loving parents, a brother whom she looks up to, and two dogs of the cuddling variety, all of whom she adores.She majored in Politics at Princeton, with a Certificate in Political Theory (still wondering herself why) and did activities such as playing cello in the University Orchestra and acting as Korean American Students Association wench for three years. She loves to read Dostoevsky and other Russian novelists, dance, laugh, smile, have late night conversations about any and everything, listen to music, philosophize and be crazy. Randomness:  If she was a color she’d be a shade of blue; a food, something spicy; a season, she’d be Fall; and an animal, she’d be a Koala bear.

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Megan Cox

Jishou, China

Megan Cox is an anthropologist with an interest in medical systems and forensic analysis. In her cultural researches, she conducted a study she titled "The History of Blood and Blood Practices in Medicine and Religion." She practices yoga regularly, though her Kung Fu is rusty- she hopes to revisit her Martial Arts studies while on assignment in China. While at N.Y.U. ('01-'05), Megan wrote a column for the school's newspaper. Unfortunately, because of the unsatisfactory aesthetics of the editorial staff, the writer was forced to kill her column in the name of good taste. Megan's latest hobbies include bicycling everywhere, fixing old cars, digital photography and old cinema. In China, she hopes to pick up some spicy cooking know-how and a few new items for her closet... and cultural appreciation, foreign language and all that stuff too.

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Steven Dale

Guangzhou, China

Steve grew up in rural North Carolina and never left the South until he studied abroad in Japan when he was 21. After graduating from UNC Chapel Hill in 2003 with a degree in Asian Studies, minor in Japanese, he can successfully count to 10, (15 on a good day,) but not higher, and never memorized those squiggly lines, whatever they were. He’s been working at UNC’s graduate library since then, not making use of his major in any way. He’s studied Chinese for the past three years, and hopes to pursue graduate school.

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