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About Us

About Us
Paula Neudorf
Weilun Soon

“The Last American Grand” is a journalistic, multimedia project, produced by Paula Neudorf and Weilun Soon, digital media students at Columbia University's Graduate School of Journalism.

The result of seven months’ worth of research and reporting, this Web site was submitted as Paula and Weilun's master's project in March 2010.

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Paula Neudorf was born in British Columbia, Canada, and raised in Reno, Nevada. She grew up playing the piano, and graduated from Cornell University with a B.A. in English in 2004. Since then she has: lived in New York and Bangkok; visited the Cotswolds in England; written definitions, arts and culture stories and music blogs; edited travel guidebooks; and walked her dog, Luca.
Weilun Soon was born and raised in a Singapore vastly different from the one his parents inhabited. After spending four harsh winters in Beijing, China, for his bachelor's degree in international relations, and a couple more in New York, he finds he misses the sun, heat and food back home. Aside from photosynthesizing on Columbia University's Low Library steps, he enjoys photography, reading, traveling (ask him more about it), jogging and coffee, coffee, coffee.