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Kathryn Gunderson

Beijing, China

Harvard University '17
Major in English
Hometown: Seaford, NY

Originally from Lawn Guyland, New York, Kathryn is an avid creative writer and Instagram aficionado. When she isn't forecasting the end of the world in her dystopian novels, you can probably find her boring friends with useless trivia about airlines and airports. After four years studying at "that school in Boston," Kathryn is unbelievably excited to be PiA's first Flourish fellow and spend next year getting lost in the Middle Kingdom on her quest to find the perfect Peking duck.

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Pei En Hao

Wuhan, China

University of Michigan '17
Major in Biochemistry and English
Hometown: Troy, MI

Pei enjoys explaining his "interesting" choice in majors to people and pretending to know what he plans to do in the future. Currently, he lives in Ann Arbor while researching at a chemistry lab on the UM campus. He looks forward to moving to Wuhan and spending his free time at PC cafes and punk bars—also maybe getting into Wuhan's trap music scene.

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Nicholas Henderson

Shanghai, China

Franklin and Marshall College ’17
Major in Government and Chinese
Hometown: Rock Hill, SC

Nick was a football player for both schools he attended (Presbyterian College, and then Franklin and Marshall), played guitar in a bar in Yun’nan, firmly believes breakfast is the best meal of the day, and dreams of climbing the tallest summit on each of the seven continents. He isn’t sold on any one career path but is excited to get back to Shanghai, and teach some kids while further developing his Chinese language.

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Alexandria Herr

Phang Nga, Thailand

Princeton University '17
Major in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Minor in Applications of Computing
Hometown: Edina, MN

Very excited to eat some spicy food, learn some Thai, and try and impart some knowledge of English. Sabai Sabai!!

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Rose Hinman

Almaty, Kazakhstan

Columbia University '16
Major in Russian Language and Literature
Hometowns: Engelwood Cliffs, NJ and Falls Church, VA

In order to survive the harsh Central Asian winter last year, Rose knit herself into a woolen burrito. She looks forward to improving some of the specs this year for Woolen Burrito 2.0.

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Christopher Hoogstraten

Chiang Rai, Thailand

Haverford College '17
Major in English
Hometown: Bethesda, MD

Chris enjoys getting lost on walks and over-interpreting bad movies. He has intermittently endearing weaknesses for wordplay and bad dancing, and fears he may prove susceptible to karaoke. After a childhood in the East Coast suburbs, he's ready to be more-or-less constantly flustered while in Thailand, where he'll teach English and try to shoot above 75% with remembering his family's birthdays.

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Nina Houston

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

Rollins College '16
Major in International Relations
Hometown: Orlando, FL

Straight from the +44 to the 407 to the +852. Nina's in the House-ton.

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Joe Hu

Yakage, Japan

Emory University '16
Major in Economics and East Asian Studies
Hometown: Twinsburg, OH

Joe wants to be the first man on Mars, but still thinks Earth is a pretty cool planet. Joe has lived in 4 states and 4 countries, and is stoked to add Yakage and Japan to the mix! In Japan, Joe hopes to put his economic skills to good use to maximize sticker budget allocation, master mochi-pounding, and try every Kit Kat flavor. Joe is an avid jazz pianist, although contrary to the slang "cool cat", prefers dogs.

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Bridget Jacques

Phang Nga, Thailand

Princeton University '17
Major in History
Hometown: Strangford, Northern Ireland

Bridget spends far too much time messing around in boats, but uses the rest of her time to contemplate what type of dog she is going to get when she grows up. Having spent four years trying to get her American friends to understand her Irish accent, she is looking forward to even bigger challenges in Thailand (but hopefully she will learn some Thai so it will not be too bad).

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Shefali Jain

Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia

Princeton University '17
Major in Economics
Hometown: Parsippany, NJ

Though Shefali will miss the great state of New Jersey, which she has called home for the last 22 years, she is beyond excited to explore Mongolia. Shefali hopes she won't be too cold in UB to consume the copious amounts of ice cream she is used to eating on a regular basis.

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