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Rectors host a Japanese 4-Her

• Technology transforms communication


August 23, 2017

Chiho, a visiting 4-Her from Japan, got immersed in the culture of rural Kansas as she showed a pig owned by her host family Tim and Melissa Rector at the Barber County Fair.

Two girls who look as different as night and day: Sterling Rector of Kiowa is blonde and fair-skinned. Her new friend, Chiho, has dark brown eyes and hair to match. But they both flash big smiles as they learn to communicate with each other.

Tim and Melissa Rector of Kiowa and their family decided to host a Japanese 4-Her in their home. This marks the 40th anniversary of the Kansas 4-H Japanese Exchange.

Chiho arrived in Kansas July 21 and left Aug. 18. Age 13, this was her first time in the U.S. She'd taken one year of English so could carefully communicate verbally and can write English...

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