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Colorado Asian Culture and Education Network (CACEN) hosted the American Cultural Study Tour and Homestay Program for Kunming #8 High School students from January 27 to February 3, 2013. The city of Denver is a sister city to Kunming, China.
Students participated in morning English language conversation classes at the Daniel’s Fund and explored the city with excursions and cultural tours in the afternoons.

The program offered exposure to American culture that cannot be found in the classroom. To enhance the cultural immersion experience, the Chinese students stayed with American host families to learn about American daily life.
Students saw the famous Rocky Mountains, visited educational landmarks, appreciated American arts and structures, and tasted authentic American food. Some of the sites they visited include the U.S. Mint, State Capitol, University of Denver, Denver School of the Arts, and city of Loveland for skiing. On January 31, Arts Street, an organization that engages youth in learning art, provided a unique workshop for the students.

In addition to learning about American culture and traditions, the students received an opportunity to make meaningful friendships with other Chinese participants as well as the American families and counselors.