PiA Fellow Facebook

2005-2006

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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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Rebecca Propper

Bangkok, Thailand

Rebecca Propper is graduating from the Management Institute at the London School of Economics and calls Palm Beach Gardens, Florida home, where she has no pets except the uninvited guests who sometimes dwell in the pool. She held the LSE student body in high regard until yesterday when someone asked how her Mandarin was coming along in preparation for Thailand. She really enjoys food; not so much the cooking part as much as eating, and with Persian and Swedish flatmates, some pretty unique and tasty smorgasbords have surfaced. She loves any activity that revolves around the water; whether running along the Thames or swimming or sailing in the ocean. She hopes to learn how to surf sometime soon.

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Kathlyn Querubin

Chiang Rai, Thailand

Kathlyn Querubin -- rock-climber, surfer, and all-around outdoor fanatic -- is originally from the concrete jungle that is Manila, Philippines.  She traded in urban sprawl for San Francisco’s magnificent views, where she double-majored in European History and Political Science at the University of San Francisco.  Before learning about Princeton in Asia,  she battled evil pharmceautical corporations and the diabolical Ford Motor Company as a paralegal for a plaintiffs’ side law firm.  Outside of work, she is indulging her passion for classic European film (Goddard is God), live music, books, food, adventure, and of course, chocolate (not necessarily in that order).  She thoroughly enjoys life, and seeks out little tokens of adventure in random places.  Kathlyn will be the fellow Anastasia looses the most sleep over as she spends her vacations climbing madly overhanging limestone cliffs, trekking through the jungle, or on a boat exploring the amazing surf of Indonesia.

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Matthew Reeder

Khon Kaen, Thailand

Matt graduated from Bowdoin College and currently works at Princeton University’s Mudd Manuscript Library.  When not working, he enjoys traveling, eating good food, playing frisbee, running (when able), and reading books that only history majors can stand.  He does not enjoy taking library school classes but does it anyway.  He has an irrepressible yellow lab named Barley Davidson who will miss him very much since no one else ever plays with her. He will miss her too, and some humans also (perhaps).

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Ben Rice-Townsend

Chiang Mai, Thailand

Ben Rice-Townsend (Princeton ‘05) believes in the power of awesome. He enjoys Led Zeppelin, electric guitars, and rocketing off cliffs on flaming motorcycles at the speed of light. He prides himself on being a good listener. He believes drinking wine while playing Scrabble should be a way of life, and wants you to believe that too. He likes talking about books, but often doesn’t have the patience to finish reading them. He likes documentaries about Blues and Jazz, shiny objects, and extra fine ink pens. He is from Gettysburg, Pa; the youngest of three, and went to an international boarding school in New Mexico for his junior/senior years of high school. In the fall, when he departs for Thailand he will bring the noise. ...and if deemed fiscally responsible at the time, the funk.

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Keely Robinson

Fellow of the Fortnight

Chiang Mai, Thailand

Keely Robinson was born and raised in Charleston, SC, and just graduated from Yale with a BA in Religious Studies. Her focus within her studies of religion has been in Buddhism and Buddhist philosophy. She spent the summers on 2003 and 2004 living at Buddhist monasteries in Japan and Thailand, respectively. She is super-excited about going back to Thailand and about not being in school anymore. Keely was a varsity swimmer from age 7 until her sophomore year at Yale. She is very proud of her Southern heritage, despite its association with “the red states.” She loves to travel and meet new people and learn new languages. She is learning to play the guitar and hopes to bring it with her to Thailand in the fall.

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