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FREE Download: A Social Story about the Coronavirus Pandemic for Young Children

  • 1.  FREE Download: A Social Story about the Coronavirus Pandemic for Young Children

    Posted 23 days ago

    Dear all,
    Since the outbreak of COVID-19 in 2019, young children around the world may have either experienced trauma (e.g., lockdown) from the coronavirus or have been exposed to scary images about the virus through media. It is extremely hard for children to understand why social distancing is happening, and why they can't play with their friends anymore. Parents and educators are wondering how to talk to young children about COVID-19 pandemic and social distancing.

    I have written a social story titled "Something Strange Happened in My City: A Social Story about the Coronavirus Pandemic for Young Children" to explain to young children about the virus and social distancing. This book is for parents, guardians, and educators to help children aged 3-8 understand the coronavirus pandemic. And it is FREE!

    One of the best ways caretakers can help young children cope is by sharing age-appropriate information, reassuring their safety, and learning about the many people working to fight the virus.

    Please download the book, read it to your loved one, and share it with parents with young children. I hope my book can help comfort young children during this coronavirus pandemic.

    You can download the book from Asian Interest Forum's webpage at https://sandybabaece.wixsite.com/covid19referencelist. Sandy and I put together some useful resources here to help ECE educators. If you have any resources, please share it with us and we will add it to our resource page. Thank you.

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    Shu-Chen Jenny Yen
    Associate Professor
    California State University, Fullerton
    Fullerton, CA
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  • 2.  RE: FREE Download: A Social Story about the Coronavirus Pandemic for Young Children

    Posted 20 days ago
    Dear all, the latest COVID-19 resource, Something Strange Happened in My City: A COVID-19 Social Story for Young Children has been uploaded to the Open Forum resource area. Please download it and share it with your community. You can also access it on the NAEYCAIF page.

    We are working on translating the story into different languages at this point and we will share them when ready.


    Please stay safe and healthy!

    Best,
    Sandy, Jenny
    NAEYC AIF

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    Best regards,

    Sandy Baba, Ph.D
    NAEYC Asian Interest Forum Co-Facilitator
    Education Researcher, Community Advocate,
    California AEYC Diversity Committee Member
    *Hello is a great platform for us to exchange our ideas and have conversations, lets keep sharing our ideas!
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  • 3.  RE: FREE Download: A Social Story about the Coronavirus Pandemic for Young Children

    Posted 20 days ago
    Can you please send me the link to this book 

    Thank you

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    Sincerely, 
     
    Kendra Stamp
    Owner
    EduCare Learning Center
    3028 Caring Way
    Port Charlotte, FL 33952
    Phone:941-624-3382
    Fax: 941-624-6351





  • 4.  RE: FREE Download: A Social Story about the Coronavirus Pandemic for Young Children

    Posted 19 days ago
    Dear Kendra and All,

    Thank you so much for your interest. Sandy and I are thankful for many people's kind acts of sharing the social story! We are currently working on translation. We have secured translators for Spanish, Chinese, Japanese, and Farsi. If you are interested in helping out, please contact us.

    We are also excited to report that the social story was endorsed by the Devereux Advanced Behavioral Health Center for Resilient Children on March 19, 2020. Please help us send the book to more children!

    You can download the book in different formats:

    1. eBook with photos https://sandybabaece.wixsite.com/covid19referencelist

    2. eBook with audio: https://youtu.be/zWltPK3vUXs

    3. K-1 teacher reading the book to her students: https://www.dropbox.com/s/4xx90eureo9mgpv/20200317_Caityln%20Yu_with%20notes%20to%20parents.mp4?dl=0




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    Shu-Chen Jenny Yen
    Associate Professor
    California State University, Fullerton
    Fullerton, CA
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  • 5.  RE: FREE Download: A Social Story about the Coronavirus Pandemic for Young Children

    Posted 19 days ago
    HelloShu-Chen Jenny Yen,
    Thank you for sharing this wonderful book This will help parents explain to  their children what is happening all over the world. I will share this with my colleagues.

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    Annie Whitehead
    NC Pre-K Teacher
    Care-O-World Learning Center
    Washington NC
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  • 6.  RE: FREE Download: A Social Story about the Coronavirus Pandemic for Young Children

    Posted 18 days ago
    Hi Annie,
    Thank you for your kind words. I would also like to thank Kristen Kennen from CT for taking the time to share her thoughts with me. Per Kristen, the part about children donating money might not be relevant to the Head Start families, and I totally agree. The equity issue is critical, especially in this difficult time. Therefore, I have changed the story by suggesting children draw or write to people/adults/children in need.  See below.

    Sandy and I have uploaded a new version to the site. If you have an old version, please check the website for the new story at 

    https://sandybabaece.wixsite.com/covid19referencelist



    piggybank


    crayons



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    Shu-Chen Jenny Yen
    Associate Professor
    California State University, Fullerton
    Fullerton, CA
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  • 7.  RE: FREE Download: A Social Story about the Coronavirus Pandemic for Young Children

    Posted 16 days ago
    Thank you to all of the volunteer translators who've spent countless hours helping out by translating the story into Vietnamese, Chinese, Spanish and Japanese (The Farsi version is coming soon later this week). The 4 language versions of the story are available now on the AIF webpage and please share this resource widely with your community. You can view and download the stories here at the NAEYC Asian Interest Forum page @  https://sandybabaece.wixsite.com/covid19referencelist.

    Stay healthy and safe!!

    Best regards,
    Sandy and Jenny

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    Best regards,

    Sandy Baba, Ph.D
    NAEYC Asian Interest Forum Co-Facilitator
    Education Researcher, Community Advocate,
    California AEYC Diversity Committee Member
    *Hello is a great platform for us to exchange our ideas and have conversations, lets keep sharing our ideas!
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  • 8.  RE: FREE Download: A Social Story about the Coronavirus Pandemic for Young Children

    Posted 16 days ago
    Thank you for sharing this Sandy and Jenny! I would like to also share another social story about discussing school and childcare center closures and social distancing with young children. The story is sponsored by Conscious Discipline and is being translated into over 30 languages! The story is available on the Conscious Discipline website (here: https://consciousdiscipline.com/why-cant-i-go-to-school-social-story/) in their sponsored format, and is also available in an editable format in a public shared Google Drive folder (here: https://drive.google.com/open?id=1kpLIujLSpgsxlz67VscF7LnlitkpAf8P). As translations are completed, I will continue to upload them! Please feel free to access, use, and share widely! Sandy and Jenny, I have also added your story to the folder! Thanks again for sharing!

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    Kerrie Fanning
    Madison WI
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  • 9.  RE: FREE Download: A Social Story about the Coronavirus Pandemic for Young Children

    Posted 16 days ago
    Dear Kerrie,
    Thanks so much for sharing the social story! Wow! So amazing that the story got translated into 30 languages! Do people volunteer? How do they do quality control? Sandy and I relied on volunteer work, and we also did careful cross-check for translation, so it was very time-consuming. Thanks again for sharing this story! The more the merrier for young children!

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    Shu-Chen Jenny Yen
    Associate Professor
    California State University, Fullerton
    Fullerton, CA
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  • 10.  RE: FREE Download: A Social Story about the Coronavirus Pandemic for Young Children

    Posted 16 days ago
    Dear all,
    This is a follow-up on Sandy's post. The Asian Interest Forum would like to give a big shoutout to the volunteers below for their countless hours for doing the translation:

    Spanish: Zoila Cartagena, Jennifer Ventura, First 5 San Francisco, and Dr. Marlene Zepeda

    Vietnamese: Mai Nguyen, Grandma Nguyen, Mai's children, Ian Chang, and Maddy Chang 

    Traditional Chinese: Dr. Shu-Nu Yen, Shu-Ling Yen, and Shu-Chiung Chang 

    Simplified Chinese: Dr. Shu-Nu Yen, Shu-Ling Yen, Shu-Chiung Chang, and Lei Yen 

    Japanese: Dr. Sandy Baba and family

    Please help us spread the news and feel free to reach to one of us for questions. Thank you! 



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    Shu-Chen Jenny Yen
    Associate Professor
    California State University, Fullerton
    Fullerton, CA
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  • 11.  RE: FREE Download: A Social Story about the Coronavirus Pandemic for Young Children

    Posted 15 days ago
    Thank you so much for sharing the social story.  I would live to volunteer and translate it to Arabic.

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    Abeer Samaan
    Director
    Basilica of Saint Mary Montessori Academy
    Livonia MI
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  • 12.  RE: FREE Download: A Social Story about the Coronavirus Pandemic for Young Children

    Posted 15 days ago
    Dear Abeer,

    Fabulous! Thank you so much for your willingness to help out with the translation. So excited to know Arabic will be available! Your generosity is highly appreciated, especially during this difficult time.  I will follow-up with you regarding the translation.

    I am also touched by email inquiries from educators/psychologists/therapists around the world who wanted to help translate my social story into their home language. Thank those people's kind acts, so pretty soon children in Croatia, Italy, Brazil, and Portugal will have a chance to access this book.

    Kindness has no boundary! Thank you! 


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    Shu-Chen Jenny Yen
    Associate Professor
    California State University, Fullerton
    Fullerton, CA
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  • 13.  RE: FREE Download: A Social Story about the Coronavirus Pandemic for Young Children

    Posted 15 days ago
    What languages do you still need?  Let us know maybe we can find others for you as well.  Wishing you well. Lu Ann ECFE Minneapolis

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    Luann Polejewski
    Eden Prairie MN
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  • 14.  RE: FREE Download: A Social Story about the Coronavirus Pandemic for Young Children

    Posted 14 days ago
    Hi Luann, thank you so much for your note! We look for the top five languages spoken within a community so we can target the translation need.  In our community where we are, we are currently looking for Korean and Tagalog translation help. With that said, if anyone has suggestions on more language translation need for the social story in your community, please share it here so we can focus on our volunteer translators recruitment effort.

    We are so thankful for so many volunteers who have stepped up and we want to thank you again for all of your generosity for donating your time to help each other out during this challenging time.

    Please continue to stay healthy and safe!

    Best regards,
    Sandy and Jenny


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    Best regards,

    Sandy Baba, Ph.D
    NAEYC Asian Interest Forum Co-Facilitator
    Education Researcher, Community Advocate,
    California AEYC Diversity Committee Member
    *Hello is a great platform for us to exchange our ideas and have conversations, lets keep sharing our ideas!
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  • 15.  RE: FREE Download: A Social Story about the Coronavirus Pandemic for Young Children

    Posted 16 days ago
    Hello! We relied on volunteers, specifically asking for volunteers who were either native speakers or fluent in the language. While we know they may not all be 100% correct (especially with some of the technology glitches that come up when translating across languages - eg. software doesn't support the language), we decided it was more important that the story got out to families and educators as quickly as possible for now and we would worry about double-checking the translation as things slowed down. We also recognize that the short story likely could have multiple correct translations in the same language, just as it could be written multiple different ways in English. So, in the end, given the situation we all find ourselves in, we decided to trust the volunteers and share as quickly as possible, making corrections later if needed. Thanks for the question!

    Kerrie

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    Kerrie Fanning, M.S.
    Doctoral Student
    Human Development and Family Studies
    School of Human Ecology
    University of Wisconsin - Madison, Madison, WI
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  • 16.  RE: FREE Download: A Social Story about the Coronavirus Pandemic for Young Children

    Posted 15 days ago
    Dr. Shu-Chen Jenny Yen,
     Hello my name is Shelia Phillips and I work with Head Start / Pre-K families.  The Social Story posted on NAYCE would be great to send to my families, At this time due to the size of the story it can not be attached as an attachment. Is there anyway this could corrected, so we could send to our families emails? Thank you for you time and help in this matter.

    Shelia Phillips
    Family Advocate
    TN Head Start / Pre-k
    sphillips@fratn.com

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    Shelia Phillips
    Family Advocate
    Head Start
    Old Fort TN
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  • 17.  RE: FREE Download: A Social Story about the Coronavirus Pandemic for Young Children

    Posted 15 days ago
    Dear Shelia,
    Thank you for your inquiry. The file sizes are pretty big which makes them hard to attach in email communication. In the evening, the download speed is very slow due to high traffic on the site. Sandy and I are working on a solution and hope to solve the problem soon. In the meantime, please direct parents to the link. Our apologies!

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    Shu-Chen Jenny Yen
    Associate Professor
    California State University, Fullerton
    Fullerton, CA
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  • 18.  RE: FREE Download: A Social Story about the Coronavirus Pandemic for Young Children

    Posted 16 days ago
    Thank you for all the resources! I would like to share the Conscious Discipline book wth local families. Is that ok? WHen I went online, I saw that I had to log into the Conscious Discipline website to view the book. WIll there be copyright issues if I download the book and share it online?

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    Jessica Custer-Bindel
    Child Development Council
    Ithaca NY
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  • 19.  RE: FREE Download: A Social Story about the Coronavirus Pandemic for Young Children

    Posted 15 days ago
    Hi Jessica, Yes please share with your families! For the Conscious Discipline versions, if you create an account (it is free and you don't need to include much personal information - I think it is just an email and password) you can download them. They are also available in the shared Google Drive folder: https://drive.google.com/open?id=1kpLIujLSpgsxlz67VscF7LnlitkpAf8P. As far as copyright issues - I am by far no expert on that, but my understanding is that as long as you credit Conscious Discipline and don't remove the Conscious Discipline logo or the authorship, it should be fine! I have been talking with the author about it, and she said that she just wants it to get out to families and children!

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    Kerrie Fanning
    Madison WI
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  • 20.  RE: FREE Download: A Social Story about the Coronavirus Pandemic for Young Children

    Posted 16 days ago
    Thank you.  Excellent content.  I wish they would add a piece on exercise for kids to stay healthy doing Yoga classes online going for a walk with family in nature and practicing social distancing in open spaces where not crowded but can take walks.  Any thoughts on this comment? Lu Ann ECFE MN

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    Luann Polejewski
    Eden Prairie MN
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  • 21.  RE: FREE Download: A Social Story about the Coronavirus Pandemic for Young Children

    Posted 15 days ago
    Dear Luann,
    Thank you for your kind words! I LOVE your idea! It is very crazy with children at home 24/7! I know by now all the parents appreciate ECE teachers more! Doing Yoga or taking a walk definitely would be helpful for both parents and children. I wish I could have made the suggestion. However, when I wrote the social story, I focused on "social distancing." Simply just focus on one concept, the story was very long already. Sigh. I wish I have more space to address many important contents such as doing yoga, exercising, and taking a walk. That said, if you know any resources that focus on the helpful activities you mentioned, can you please share it with everyone? I, for one, would love to practice Yoga at home! Thank you!

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    Shu-Chen Jenny Yen
    Associate Professor
    California State University, Fullerton
    Fullerton, CA
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  • 22.  RE: FREE Download: A Social Story about the Coronavirus Pandemic for Young Children

    Posted 15 days ago
    Thank you so much for writing this book. I sent the link to my parents to read to their children.

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    Jennifer United States
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  • 23.  RE: FREE Download: A Social Story about the Coronavirus Pandemic for Young Children

    Posted 15 days ago
    Dear Jennifer,
    Thanks so much for sharing the book with parents! I appreciate your kind act! Inside the book, I also wrote a note to parents to remind them what children need at this time, which can be a good reminder! It is a difficult situation, but let's help each other so that we can return to our old routines! Cheers!

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    Shu-Chen Jenny Yen
    Associate Professor
    California State University, Fullerton
    Fullerton, CA
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  • 24.  RE: FREE Download: A Social Story about the Coronavirus Pandemic for Young Children

    Posted 12 days ago
    Dear All,
    Kindness has no boundary! Many educators/psychologists/therapists see the urgent need to explain to young children about the new coronavirus. It has been a pleasure for me to working with Dr. Sanja Tatalović Vorkapić, Associate Professor, University of Rijeka, Croatia, for the past week. As of today, Dr. Sanja starts the process disseminating the book to children in Croatia! Sandy and I will upload the version to the AIF Resources Center soon!
    Croatian social story




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    Shu-Chen Jenny Yen
    Associate Professor
    California State University, Fullerton
    Fullerton, CA
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  • 25.  RE: FREE Download: A Social Story about the Coronavirus Pandemic for Young Children

    Posted 12 days ago
    Dear All,

    The social story is on the Croatia Psychological Association webpage for free download! While Sandy and I are working on uploading the file to the AIF Resource Page, please go to the link below if you would like to access to the Croatian copy. Thank you!
    http://www.psihologija.hr/…/nesto-se-jako-cudno-dogodilo-u-…

    Image may contain: text


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    Shu-Chen Jenny Yen
    Associate Professor
    California State University, Fullerton
    Fullerton, CA
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  • 26.  RE: FREE Download: A Social Story about the Coronavirus Pandemic for Young Children

    Posted 9 days ago
    Dear All,
    Many thanks for ALL of you who helped the AIF sharing the social story with children around the world. As of today, we have more than 11k downloads, 9 languages available, 7 more languages to come, and children in more than 14 countries have had access to the book. It is amazing that all of you were willing to help out despite your insane workloads! Such an amazing ECE group! All the work is done by volunteers without payment!

    It was touching to receive emails from people in different countries sharing the impact of the virus on them and their children. Teachers, eductors, principals, psychologists, therapists, researchers, college dean, and the Ministry of Education all work very hard to take care of young children's psychological needs at this unprecedented time. I know many of you are doing an incredible job helping young children, Kudos to all of you-our ECE heroes!

    I made a chart of the daily download, see below. Dutch, Italian, and Malay are the new languages added to the site, please share! Thank you!  

    download charts


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    Shu-Chen Jenny Yen
    Associate Professor
    California State University, Fullerton
    Fullerton, CA
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  • 27.  RE: FREE Download: A Social Story about the Coronavirus Pandemic for Young Children

    Posted 8 days ago
    Dear All,
    Many thanks to our ECE heroes helping out during an unprecedented time! No one knows how long we need to socially distance ourselves from others to flatten the curve! Yet, I keep finding touching stories among us! I think it is important for us to share ECE educators' stories, so we know how fabulous our colleagues are! Sandy and I appreciate educators around the world for their timely assistance to translate and disseminate the social story. Our end goal is the same: to reassure children about their safety!

    The Croatia Ministry of Education made the book on their web page and emailed their K-1public schools a copy of the book. The Hong Kong Librarian Association made the book available on their website. The Berkely Unified School District asked for the book. First 5 San Francisco shared the book with their child care providers. Chinese schools in Singapore made the book available to their parents. EPCC, P.E.A.C.E, Erikson Institute, CSUF, and the Devereux Advanced Behavioral Health Center for Resilient Children all shared the book in their newsletter. Thank you ALL for helping us sending the book to more children!


    As of today, the following languages are available on the NAEYC AIF Webpage and NAEYC Community Resources Center. We want to give a big shoutout to the translators for the new additions of the book. Please join Sandy and I in thanking them! 

    Malay: Amanda Ho Yean Wei and Tiew See Jiea 

    Romanian: Dr. Aurora Adina Colomeischi and Dr. Petruta Rusu 

    Dutch: Karin Pavelek-Hekkert and Tess de Jong

    Italian: Dr. Fu-Ju Yang and Dr. Ing. Gianfranco Girelli

    AIF, Sandy and Jenny 


    Kindness has no boundaries! 



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    Shu-Chen Jenny Yen
    Associate Professor
    California State University, Fullerton
    Fullerton, CA
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  • 28.  RE: FREE Download: A Social Story about the Coronavirus Pandemic for Young Children

    Posted 23 hours ago
    Dear All,
    Three new languages are available for the social story: Farsi, Hungarian, and Portuguese! We want to give a big shout out to our volunteers who are selfless and spent countless hours working with us on the translation. Sandy and I learned a great deal about world languages, each and every one of them is unique and special! Korean, Arabic, Slovakia, and Danish are coming soon! Stay tuned!
    Farsi




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    Shu-Chen Jenny Yen
    Associate Professor
    California State University, Fullerton
    Fullerton, CA
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