Haodong Xu is an exchange student from Beijing, China and is involved in both the Missoula International Friendship Program and the Global Partners Program. Through these programs he has been paired with a host family and a university student, respectively, who facilitate his life in Missoula, providing access to social networks that he may not have been able to access otherwise as an international student who is new to town. Xu said being a minority in Missoula has not been a problem for him and that the people here, specifically his host family and host student, are very kind to him. His favorite part about Missoula is the physical atmosphere. “Here I can breathe clean air and feel so good about it,” Xu said. He recently went canoeing on Seeley Lake and was impressed by the environment. “The water is so clean, unlike anything I ever have seen in China."