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After receiving her BA in Journalism and Political Science from Indiana University, Tese worked in Beijing in the early 1980s as the English editor for China Pictorial magazine and taught English at Beijing University. She then moved to Hong Kong where she organized some of the first bicycle tours across China and worked as a freelance writer/photographer for publications such as the Asian Wall Street Journal and the Far Eastern Economic Review. She received her M.A. in China Regional Studies from the Henry Jackson School of International Studies at the University of Washington in 1987 and Seattle is now her home-base. Since her first trip to China in early 1979, she has returned to Asia more than fifty times leading educational tours in China/Tibet, Nepal, Bhutan, India/Sikkim, Japan, Vietnam, Cambodia, Thailand, Laos, Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Turkmenistan, Azerbaijan, Armenia, Georgia, and Mongolia. She has also traveled to Taiwan, South Korea, Philippines, Singapore, Mongolia, Indonesia/Bali, Myanmar, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, Egypt, Israel, Morocco, and all over Europe. In the Pacific Northwest, she has worked as an Asian history instructor at Seattle-area colleges, served as the Senior Director of Professional Development for the Seattle World Affairs Council, and continues to teach intensive East Asia Seminar classes for the University of Washington’s National Consortium for Teaching about Asia. Tese is the author of numerous curricula on Asia, from ancient Chinese art to current events and politics.
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