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We Hosted Two Remarkable Asian Students


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Katie, Mireu and Ing clowning around at Wallowa Lake during Memorial Day weekend.

By Tanya Patton

I have always admired families who open their homes to host international exchange students, but I never imagined that my family would be one of them! Now, I look back on the last 10 months spent hosting one, and then TWO teenagers from Asia and know that we will be forever changed and blessed by the experience.

Our road to hosting began with a friendship forged between our daughter, Katie, and Hazel Tu, an exchange student from Taiwan living in Dayton during the 2016-17 school year. Hazel played basketball with Katie, so we often gave Hazel rides home after practice and ga...

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