Chinese Version of “Coyotes As Neighbors” is ready for viewing

I am pleased and proud to present a third version of our one-stop video presentation, “Coyotes As Neighbors” in Mandarin Chinese.

A huge thanks to the folks — every single one a community and/or professional volunteer — who spent hours working with me on this video project so that we could get useful coyote information out to people who are less comfortable with the English language. The video now can be seen and heard in English, Spanish and Mandarin Chinese. Cantonese speakers, of course, will be able to read the Mandarin version even though the voice-over will be unintelligible to them.

My long-time friend Sylvia Chen, a special needs instructor with a Ph.D. in Neurolinguistics from Taiwan, spent many days interpreting and translating the text for the Mandarin version, minutely working out nuances of meaning for the Chinese speaking community. Zhu Yanan, from Beijing, only 23 years old and an international law student at USF — and a magician who practices “slight of hand”! — generously lent us his fabulous voice for the voice-over in Chinese and suggested I put some music into the background, which I did.

Two more long-time friends, Luz Andino, a Spanish teacher from Argentina at the San Francisco Friends School, and María José Phillips from Spain, with a Ph.D. in Comparative Literature and adjunct professor in the Spanish Department at the University of San Francisco, worked many, many hours, separately, on the translation, and Rafa Unzueta Daly, a photojournalist from Chile who studied at USF, lent us his awesome voice for the Spanish voice-over.

Thank you all for giving so much of your valuable time and intense effort to this project. What an amazing and very special international group! I had fun working with you all and had fun putting the final work together in these videos! Congratulations to you all and thank you for supporting sharing of the environment with our wildlife!

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