Beacon political reporter, Jo Mannies talked with MWCA Chairman, Governor Bob Holden about the “national first” MWCA will help launch this week as 37 Chinese high school and college students visit Missouri to participate in Missouri’s Boys State and Girls State programs.

“This has never been tried anywhere in the United States,” Holden said in the interview, as he emphasized how students will engage in “total immersion in two cultures.’’ He hopes that will spawn greater understanding among the students throughout their lives.