MPW.70 / 2018 vitiCULTURE by Alex Snyder
Photographer
Alex Snyder Alexandria, Va.
Team Cox

Story Summary

Sherry (Xiaoli Zhang), Kai (Xiaokai Bao) and Candy (Xue Ning Zhai) are Chinese-exchange students living on the 190-acre research campus of Missouri State–Mountain Grove in Southwestern Missouri. Each day is a mixture of laboratory and field work where they study horticulture and virus detection in fruit crops. The tranquility of Mountain Grove is a sharp contrast to the large Chinese cities where they grew up. It’s here where they find peace in the land that surrounds them and friendship in each other, while they embrace their new community and maintain their traditions.