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Visitors share Chinese culture

Sixth-graders at St. Stephen the Martyr School in Omaha learned that children in China typically have more homework than they do and probably would prefer playing table tennis over football.

But like children in the United States, the Chinese children likely would have tasted food at McDonald's and Pizza Hut restaurants and seen LeBron James play basketball.

Those lessons came from three Chinese visiting scholars at Creighton University, who taught the sixth-graders about life in China.

By the end of the Dec. 2 classroom visit, St. Stephen students were able to greet each other in Chinese. But more important, the sixth-graders learned that "English isn't the only language in the world, nor the only way through which to understand the world," said teacher Susan Roche, who invited the Chinese college students.

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