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March 22nd, 2009 by Temple City Tribune
Zhou Jing, 16, lost a young family member as a result of the earthquake. She was brought to tears as she recalled the event for the students at Duarte High
A group of 20 Chinese students from Sichuan Dujiangyan High School, all survivors of the devastating 8.0 magnitude earthquake that struck Sichuan, China last May, visited with students at Duarte High School on Tuesday.
Albeit a bit tired from their trip, they arrired Monday night, they were happy to talk with the students not only about the quake they recently experienced but also how their school life differs from that on the average US High School.
The students are here on a cultural exchange arranged by the Zhongkun International Youth Foundation, headquartered in Monrovia, CA. The students were selected based on their high academic achievement, low family income and extraordinary performance during the earthquake relief, according to Mr. Huang Nubo, the philanthropist who established the Zhongkun International Youth Foundation in March 2008.
Before having lunch, the students visited Joseph Kenny’s 11th Grade History Class where not only did the students have an opprurunity to interact with their American counterparts but also try out their desks.
Every one of the 20 students lost a loved one(s) as a result of the earthquake. 16-year old Zhou Jing said she lost her baby sister as a result of the massive quake last May.