Monday, November 28, 2011

UIS international students get taste of American Thanksgiving

Zhao Yue, an exchange student from Harbin, China, got his first taste of an American Thanksgiving dinner Thursday.

The 22-year-old University of Illinois Springfield student was a guest at Tom and Tracy Knox’s home on Lake Springfield. The couple has been inviting exchange students to their home since 2004. Zhao was one of three international students who sat down with the family for a traditional Thanksgiving dinner on Thursday.

“I’ve never tried this food before. It’s amazing,” Zhao said. “I liked the turkey. The combination of turkey and gravy was awesome.”

In addition to food, the international students got a crash course in the origins of the first Thanksgiving.

The international students were featured in an November 25, 2011, article in The State Journal-Register.

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