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MSSU Students and Families Make Cultural Connections at Chinese Celebration

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Students and families connect across cultures at a Chinese Celebration hosted by the International Friendship Families Program in Joplin.

MSSU international students shared lunch using chopsticks with their American host families in the college heights church gym.

The group holds events once a month to spread cultural awareness and help international students adjust to their new lives in the states.

"I love learning about other cultures. And I think for Joplin, we're in the Midwest, so we are known for hospitality. Many students feel that things families do with them are some of the most important and memorable things they do while in Joplin,” says Trish Udell, Joplin Global Outreach Director for International Students.

Students and families waited in line to have their picture taken in bamboo hats, competed in a seaweed eating contest, and enjoyed traditional Chinese music. 

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