Global Citizenship

Minorities who own a business often face unique challenges because they come from an under-represented part of the population. But one grassroots organization in Springfield is spearheading a movement that tackles those challenges head-on so that a person’s ethnic group, gender, or race no longer play a role in how successful they can become as an entrepreneur. KSMU’s Jennifer Davidson has more.

After less than a week in the United States, one would think that an international student may have a few fears. But these international students were nothing but excited.

Du Xin Tong is from the northeastern part of China in a city called Harbin. Like many students from the Far East, she has chosen an American name for herself: Violet. The students say this makes for an easier transition. Violet says she thinks people in Springfield are very nice because they are always smiling. 

The small, oil-rich Persian Gulf country of the United Arab Emirates is giving 5 million dollars to Mercy Hospital, Joplin. KSMU's Jennifer Moore has the details.

The money will go toward the hospital’s first neonatal intensive care unit, or NICU.

The NICU will provide specialized care for sick or premature babies.

The announcement of the UAE’s gift came just days before the one-year anniversary of a tornado that killed 161 people and destroyed 8,000 buildings in Joplin, including the Mercy-owned St. John’s Regional Medical Center.

A group of young Saudi Arabian women studying in Springfield say they hope to join a women’s movement that’s underway in their home country when they return home.  KSMU’s Jennifer Moore has details.

Currently, it is illegal for women in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to get behind a wheel; in September, one woman in the Western city of Jeddah was sentenced to ten lashes with a whip for defying that law and driving anyway.  Several others were detained when they, too, protested the driving ban by driving in public.