"I studied for one year in Varanasi, India...[later] a semester's fieldwork in Tibet"
"I had always been interested in anything related to East Asia"
"Tokyo...literally changed the course of my life"
"I came to Asian Studies...more or less by happenstance."
"[I aimed to study] abroad somewhere as far as possible out of my comfort zone"
"My most enthralling class was Islamic Law and Mysticism"