20 Questions: A sketch of Centre professor of economics Jamus Lim

RELEASED: Aug. 31, 2006

 Jamus Lim: with long hair (left), playing drums (center), and with a friend at a wild party (right).

1. Position/title: Assistant Professor, Economics.

2. Hometown: Singapore.

3. Career highlight: Actually getting a job.

4. Signature class: French wine for dummies. No, actually probably international economics.

5. Recent publication/exhibition/performance: "On the Role of the State in the Borderless World," Globalization 5(2)/"Endogenous social change," seminar presentation at Stanford/running for the bus.

6. Family details: Mom and sis back in Singapore, surrogate family in California.

7. Hobbies: Hiking, sailing, running, guitar, drums, reading, good food and wine (not necessarily in that order—most notably the running often follows the good food).

8. Pets: The spider that took up residence behind my bedroom door.

9. Prized possession: Tiffany, my 1993 Mazda 323. Yes, kind of pathetic, but I did just finish graduate school. Oh, and of course things like my family, friends, that sort of thing.

10. Last book read:Dancing Naked in the Mind Field, Kary Mullis.

11. Memorable trip/vacation: Trying to order a filet-o-fish and fries at McDonald's in Moscow, Russia, in February (it was -17 F, and they don't really speak English).

12. Favorite movie:Before Sunrise. Okay, I'm a helpless romantic.

13. Favorite album: Either U2's Rattle and Hum or Joshua Redman's Moodswing.

14. Favorite food: Good food.

15. Favorite smell: Freshly roasted coffee on a winter's day.

16. Person you most admire: He-Man. He-Man rocks.

17. Living figure you'd most like to meet: Santa Claus. But he didn't reply to my letters last year, so I hope he's okay.

18. Historical figure you'd most like to meet: Jesus of Galilee.

19. What would you be doing if you weren't teaching at Centre: Development work in Côte d'Ivoire. But I'll need to work on my French. When I was a kid, I (like everyone else) wanted to be an astronaut.

20. Describe yourself in three words: Easygoing, open-minded dude. Wait, that's four words.



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