Chinese, American Students Exchange CultureSubmitted: 05/07/2013
Ben Meyer
Ben Meyer
Managing Editor / Senior Reporter

Chinese, American Students Exchange Culture
MINOCQUA - Year by year, cultures and customs become more globalized.

Lakeland Union High School and a sister school in China want to keep their students in step with the changes.

For four years, high school students from Lakeland and DaQing, China, have exchanged students for a cultural immersion experience.

This week, a pair of Chinese high schoolers are in Minocqua to see American culture firsthand.

They were welcomed by the full student body today.

Their two Lakeland counterparts, who were in China last fall, have advice for them while here.

"Definitely try whatever they could because, I know when I was there, you want to take in the whole experience and make sure you don't miss anything. You might not be able to go back to that country, never be able to try that thing you were able to try there," suggests Nathan Ochocinski.

"They're kind of used to it, but you can tell that when they're here, they're suprised by everything. We have to explain things, we have to explain how to use forks and how to use knives, and how to maneuver around our American lives," says Ali Pleasant.

The two students came with the Liangs, school and community leaders from DaQing.

They will return to China at the end of the week.

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