Monika Stodolska

Monika Stodolska
University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign | UIUC

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August 1999 - present
University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
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This study examined leisure and subjective well-being (SWB) of Korean transnational-split families (KTSF) who live in Korea and the U.S. Using data collected from an online survey, hierarchical regression analysis was conducted to test seven hypotheses related to the affective components of the SWB of KTSF. Income, frequency of family communication...
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This study examined the social aspects of tourism from the perspective of conspicuous consumption. In the context of Chinese outbound tourism, it aimed to capture how the concept of conspicuous consumption was constructed and operationalized through a process in which the tourists made sense of their subjective travel experience. The findings sugge...
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This study explored how engaging in transnational leisure activities affected ethno-cultural identity conflict and life satisfaction among fourth-generation young adult Chaoxianzu, a Korean ethnic minority in China. Online surveys from 145 participants ranging in age from 18 to 34 years old who identified themselves as fourth-generation Chaoxianzu...
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Objectives This study examined the impact of social and economic enclosure on Korean and Polish immigrants’ perceptions of discrimination.Methods The study was based on a survey of 403 first-generation Korean and Polish immigrants residing in Chicago, Illinois (IL) and its suburban communities. Using multiple regression analyses, we tested associat...
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The article’s aim is to demonstrate how migration regimes tacitly operate at the level of everyday practices. We propose to see migrants’ leisure, recreational use of parks in particular, as a venue for the internalization and embodiment of migration regimes. We seek to explore if migrants negotiate and resist these regimes through their everyday p...
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This paper explored the perceived meaning of children's sports involvement among the father-mother-child triad in Chinese immigrant families in the U.S. The research project employed a multiple-case study design, and collected a variety of forms of data, including participant observations; face-to-face interviews; and parents' journals. Data were c...
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The study explored the leisure behaviors and factors affecting leisure among mothers and fathers in Korean Transnational Split families (KTSF). Transnationalism served as the theoretical framework in this study. Data were collected with the use of 19 individual in-depth interviews with KTSF mothers residing in the U.S. and fathers residing in Korea...
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Research methods to access and engage historically oppressed communities have evolved dramatically. Leisure researchers once aspired to be objective and to remain detached from their participants, but developments in grounded and participatory epistemologies have enabled the development of various kinds of relationships between researchers and stud...
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This paper reports on the findings of a study that examined constraints on leisure experienced by African American, Latinx and Asian users and nonusers of recreation programs offered by a park district from a mid-size Midwestern community. The objectives of the study were to examine the constraints experienced by people of color and explore differe...
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The study explored leisure among second-generation Mexican-American youth residing in low-income communities in Southern California with a particular focus on how neighborhood features influenced their leisure participation; the strategies parents adopted to keep their children safe during leisure, and the effects of parental negotiation strategies...
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The purpose of this essay is two-fold. First, it examines constraints on leisure imposed by the global pandemic, how people responded to them, and the lessons it taught us about the place of leisure in contemporary society. Second, it explores the roles of leisure in coping with stress and isolation brought by the COVID-19 outbreak. The essay revea...
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The purpose of this study was to analyse how the successful bid for the 2022 Olympic Winter Games (OWG) contributed to the shifts in governance structure and the resulting influence of the new governance structure on the resilience of winter tourism in Zhangjiakou, China. The literature on resilience and governance structure was used as the concept...
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High obesity rates and increasing prevalence of chronic diseases among Latinos make preservation of healthy traditional dietary practices an important public health issue in the United States. This study, conducted in the midwestern United States, evaluated factors impacting food practices, dietary patterns, and leisure among Mexican immigrants. Th...
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The objectives of this study, guided by the principles of the social learning theory, were to explore the participation and motivations of gang members for involvement in deviant leisure activities. In-depth individual interviews were conducted with 30 former gang members residing in Chicago and central Illinois. The findings showed that their leis...
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Youth violence and gang involvement are severe public health issues. The purpose of this study was to examine the roles and benefits of recreation in the prevention, intervention, and rehabilitation programs addressing youth gang involvement and violence. Data collection involved 39 interviews with former gang members and practitioners working with...
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Changes in diet that have occurred in the last several decades in many developed countries have contributed to high obesity rates and an increasing prevalence of chronic diseases among immigrant populations. This study, conducted in the Midwestern U.S., examined changes in food practices and dietary patterns among Mexican immigrants and investigate...
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This study adopted experiential learning theory to examine the role of leisure in socio-cultural adaptation among international students from China. It explored how international students integrated the four steps of experiential learning: concrete experience, reflective observation, abstract conceptualization, and active experimentation, into cult...
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Using a series of life-story interviews with a female migrant live-in caregiver in Beijing, this study examined the history and evolution of the migrant worker’s migration and the impacts it had on her leisure experience, identities, values, and social positions. The findings revealed that migration imposed unique constraints on her leisure, such a...
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Situated against the backdrop of the dramatic socio-economic transformation of the Chinese society that propelled mass rural-to-urban migrations, this study focused on a group of female migrant workers who worked in the city as paid live-in-caregivers. The research explored how their work and leisure lives were related to their self-perceptions, se...
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This study explored the use of natural environments for leisure among rural-to-urban immigrants by adopting Bourdieu's concepts of habitus, social and cultural capital, and field. Data were collected with the use of individual interviews with 27 participants, including Mexican immigrants in the United States, Ukrainian immigrants in Poland, Morocca...
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The goal of this essay is to offer a critical look at the past 40 years of research on race, ethnicity, immigration, and leisure and to pose some provocative questions about the future of this subdiscipline. In particular, the article examines the main strands of research on this topic, reviews suggestions for future study offered by some key manus...
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The goal of the study was to examine leisure, empowerment, and resistance among members of Latino student organizations. The study examined how the process of empowerment is being achieved and what roles leisure plays in the empowerment process. Focus groups were conducted with 26 representatives of four Latino student organizations on a campus of...
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This study explored the roles of leisure participation in helping Chinese international graduate students cope with acculturative stress. In particular, it examined (a) the expectations and preparations with respect to acculturative stress made by the students prior to their arrival to the United States, (b) the acculturative stressors experienced...
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This study examines the use of natural environments for recreation among immigrants and factors that led to changes in their use of natural environments between home and host countries. The data were collected through individual interviews with 13 Latino and 13 Chinese immigrants in the U.S., 15 Ukrainian and 11 Vietnamese immigrants in Poland, 9 M...
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The aim of this study was to critically examine the theoretical frameworks employed in the existing research on Asian North Americans' leisure and to offer insights into additional theories that might be used in future research on the topic. The study reviewed three major theoretical frameworks employed by previous research in the field of leisure...
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This study examined the role of leisure in natural environments in immigrants' adaptation, with a particular emphasis on facilitating interracial/interethnic interactions. Berry's adaptation framework was used as a theoretical framework. The project used in-depth individual interviews with 70 immigrants from China, Latin America, Morocco, Turkey, U...
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The purpose of this study was to explore the bidirectional relationship between the use of social networking sites (SNS) for leisure, and family and leisure satisfaction. The sociotechnological model served as a sensitising theoretical framework for this study. Seven families (22 individuals) took part in group and individual interviews. The data o...
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This study utilized a nation-wide survey (n=73,622) to examine the associations of leisure time, leisure activities, and demographics with happiness among residents in China. Ordered logit regression analyses indicated that leisure time was positively associated with happiness. While passive leisure activities (e.g., watching TV, Internet surfing)...
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This paper examines national-level leisure time availability and participation patterns among urban residents of China. The findings show that Mainland Chinese enjoy relatively little leisure time and that strong contrasts exist in regional distribution of free time availability. People of all ages, genders, and incomes show a general preference fo...
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The purpose of this study was to explore the influence the use of social networking sites (SNS) for leisure has on boundaries between families and the outside world, as well as boundaries between family members. The family systems theory and the concept of boundaries served as a basis for this study. Seven families (22 individual family members) to...
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Latinos’ utilization of natural environments in urban areas is affected by a myriad of factors, including acculturation levels and access to natural environments. This study examined the differences in access to natural environments and acculturation levels among Latinos residing in two urban communities and explored the determinants of recreation...
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The goal of this paper is to provide an overview of the multiple roles leisure and recreation play in the lives of ethnic and racial minorities, to examine constraints that affect minorities’ participation in leisure and their use of recreation resources and to provide strategies for recreation providers working in multi-ethnic communities. The rev...
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This study examined the role of soccer spectatorship in identity development and community-building processes among Latino immigrants. Transnationalism and social identity theory were used as a theoretical foundation of this study. Twelve interviews with immigrants from Mexico, Honduras, and Argentina were conducted between June 2009 and January 20...
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The goal of the study was to examine youth participation in an organized sport program (Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities) to better understand how needs, motivations, and facilitators affected involvement. With a grounded theory approach, we drew on socioecological models, social determination theory, and the concept of facilitators to leisure as...
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This research project was designed to explore the impacts of the most recent trip to Korea on ethnic identity development among 1.5 generation Korean-American college students. The study employed 18 in-depth semi-structured interviews with Korean-American college students at a major university in the Midwest, USA. The data collection was conducted...
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The purpose of this study was to explore the influence of cultural backgrounds of spouses on leisure (couple and individual) and marital satisfaction among Korean-American and East European-American married couples. In particular, the study examined challenges faced by intercultural unions that were related to their leisure engagements and the role...
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The purpose was to examine how fear of crime, crime victimization, and perceived level of community incivilities are related to physical activity participation and outdoor recreation among Latino adolescents. The study utilized a mixed methods approach that included 25 qualitative interviews and 390 school-based surveys collected from youth across...
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Although leisure of ethnic and racial minorities has attracted significant attention from leisure scientists, research on leisure behavior of immigrants is only developing and gaining recognition as a legitimate area of inquiry. This paper examines the role of leisure in immigrants’ adaptation by focusing on one aspect of the process of post-arriva...
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This study used the theory of planned behavior (Ajzen, 1985, 1988) as a theoretical framework to predict intention to participate in recreational sports and to test the influence of perceived constraints on the elements of the theory of planned behavior. Three hundred and sixty adult individuals (N = 360), who were residents of the city of Thessalo...
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The “so what†research question is sometimes the most difficult to answer. At a time of increasing academic pressures associated with the need to publish and generate external research funding we rarely step back and ponder what effect our work will have beyond the realm of an academic environment. How many lives will be affected and hopefully c...
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The study examines how perceptions of crime affect outdoor recreation and physical activity among Mexican-American youth of different ages and how Mexican-American youth negotiate constraints related to fear of crime. Theories of environmental stress and human territorial functioning theory are used to frame the findings of the study. In-depth inte...
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Background Little is known about how physical activity and various high-risk behaviors of youth are associated, particularly in disadvantaged, minority neighborhoods. Purpose We examine whether fear, victimization, and perceived incivilities are associated with physical activity and outdoor recreation among Latino youth and whether involvement in p...
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Previous research indicates that Latinos have low rates of leisure time physical activity (LTPA). As a result, Latinos suffer from higher rates of obesity and other diseases associated with this lack of activity. Thus, the primary purpose of this exploratory study was to gain a greater understanding of LTPA among Latinos. The goals of this study we...
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The objectives of this study were to (1) identify the benefits of parks for Mexican-American urban residents and the roles they play in the dynamics of their communities and (2) explore issues related to their existence and utilization in Latino communities. Bedimo-Rung, Mowen, and Cohen's (2005) model of the Role of Parks in Public Health was empl...
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This study explored: (1) whether Latino residents of two highly segregated neighbourhoods in Chicago, IL, USA, experienced or witnessed any discriminatory incidents in leisure settings; (2) what were the most frequent places and types of discrimination they encountered; (3) who were the perpetrators of discriminatory acts and (4) how people respond...
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While there exists growing research on the environmental correlates of physical activity among the mainstream American population, evidence of the effects of environmental constraints on leisure time physical activity (LTPA) among minority groups in this country is lacking. Moreover, the existing literature on the constraints on LTPA among minoriti...
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Objectives: Within the long line of inquiry on demand for sport, one area that has gone relatively unexamined is that of domestic migration. In this research, the relationship between population migration and team loyalty is explored. Methods: A linear mixed model uses data from the U.S. Census Bureau and Nielsen Company to analyze the effect do...
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Perception of safety is an important factor affecting the leisure behavior of Latinos residing in urban neighborhoods. Yet research on how fear of crime and fear of gangs in particular affect leisure of ethnic and racial minorities is underdeveloped. The objectives of this study are to examine how gangs operate in recreation spaces in Latino neighb...
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The goal of this study was to examine factors affecting the quality of life of Latino residents of Little Village—a predominantly Latino urban gateway community in the city of Chicago. Two focus groups with Latino residents and eleven interviews with stakeholders in this community were employed to collect the data. The findings show that the qualit...
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The goal of this study was to examine leisure time physical activity (LTPA) among Latina women and to determine factors influencing their LTPA participation. The ecological model was employed as a theoretical framework in order to examine attitudes, social support, and constraints affecting physical activity. Surveys and in-depth interviews were us...
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The objective of this study was to explore the adaptation problems of Korean, Mexican, and Polish first and one-and-a-half generation adolescent immigrants residing in Midwestern U.S. The study was based on 16 in-depth, semi-structured interviews with teenagers and young adults from the metro Chicago and Champaign-Urbana, IL areas. Three main theme...
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The population of children and teenagers who are either immigrants themselves or children of immigrants has been rapidly increasing in recent years. Young immigrants have a significant impact on the social and cultural makeup of many American communities, and on the education system in particular. In light of this, this paper provides a review of s...
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The purpose of this study was to investigate the constraints to the development of elite sport for people with disabilities in Kenya. A grounded theory research design was utilized to analyze the data collected by means of personal in-depth interviews. Interviews were conducted in 2003 in Nairobi, Kenya with five athletes on the Kenya Paralympic Te...
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The objective of this study was to examine whether enclosure in leisure among Korean immigrants acted as a drawback to or a resource in their economic achievement in the United States. The theoretical framework for this study was provided by Wiley's (1967) ethnic mobility trap theory and by Portes' and Bach's (1985) and Wilson's and Portes' (1980)...
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While research on ethnic and racial discrimination in leisure has significantly expanded in recent years, the existing literature on the subject fails to provide much information about the reasons behind discrimination in leisure settings, characteristics of settings and activities associated with a high incidence of discrimination, characteristics...
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This introduction provides a short discussion of the manuscripts included in this special issue and places them in a larger context. It describes the changing socio‐demographic makeup of Canada and the U.S.; provides a brief historical overview of the past studies on ethnicity, race, and leisure; discusses various theoretical frameworks employed to...
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The goal of this study was to provide an understanding of the concept of ethnic enclosure in leisure and the effect it has on the lives of immigrants after their settlement in the host country. This study explored the reasons that motivate ethnic minorities to associate predominantly with members of the same ethnic group and determined possible con...
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The goal of this study was to investigate the meanings behind leisure constraints experienced by Chinese international graduate students and the negotiation efforts that they had adopted. The study was based on 16 semi‐structured conversational interviews with Chinese graduate students attending the University of Illinois at Urbana‐Champaign in the...
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Using the concepts of ethnic resilience and selective acculturation as a theoretical foundation, this study analyzes the effect of religion on the leisure behavior of Muslim immigrants to the U.S. The research project was based on 24 interviews that were conducted in the spring and summer of 2002 with immigrants from Israel, Jordan, Lebanon, Iraq,...
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The goal of this study was to explore the degree to which Mexican migrant workers engage in economic, social and cultural transnational activities throughout their migration careers, and to investigate how these activities are imbedded in the context of their everyday life in the host communities. Our findings show that migrants are primarily invol...
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The goal of this study was to investigate how Mexican migrant workers' transnational status affected their leisure behavior. Twenty one in-depth interviews with Mexican migrants, temporarily residing in a large metropolitan center and a smaller city in Illinois, were conducted between August and November 2003. Findings suggest that factors such as...
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Despite the substantial number of international students attending colleges and universities in the United States, limited efforts have been devoted to understanding their leisure behavior. The aim of this study was to identify factors related to the transnational status that affected leisure experiences of interviewed Chinese international graduat...
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In this paper I present a model of individual-level discrimination that is consistent with the majority of mainstream sociological and psychological theories of discrimination and that reconciles many of the opposing views, to create a fuller and more realistic picture of the complex phenomenon of discrimination. The mechanism that determines wheth...
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The aim of the study was to analyze immigration-related changes in recreational sport participation of Korean and Polish immigrants and to established the role of recreational sport in their adaptation to the new life in United States. Thirty semi-structured in-depth interviews were conducted with first and one and a half generation immigrants from...
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This study was intended to give an account of the treatment that American Muslims have been subjected to over a one year period following the events of September 11, 2001, to establish how discrimination has affected their leisure behavior, and to analyze people's responses to discrimination and their strategies used to overcome obstacles to their...
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This research project focuses on the impact of immigration on the emergence of ethnic identity as well as on post-immigration changes in leisure behavior among adolescent immigrants from Korea, Mexico and Poland. The study is based on 16 in-depth, semi structured interviews with teenagers and young adults residing in the metro Chicago and Champaign...
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It is well documented that the lifestyles of immigrants undergo significant changes during the postarrival period. Although it cannot be argued that leisure behavior is immune to such changes, very little systematic effort has been devoted to exploring this phenomenon. This article attempts to fill this gap by focusing on postimmigration changes in...
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Problems of leisure constraints and issues of leisure behavior among ethnic/racial minorities have been largely regarded as two distinct domains in leisure studies. However, it is difficult to study the leisure of minorities effectively without understanding the constraints that they face. Similarly we cannot claim to have created a complete pictur...
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Previous research has shown that discrimination against racial and ethnic groups can affect their leisure choices and compromise benefits that would otherwise be realized if discrimination were absent. However, most studies have focused solely on the problems of racial minorities (Blacks, Hispanics, or Asians). The present multi-stage, multi-method...
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Submitted to the Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy, Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences. Thesis (Ph.D.)--University of Alberta, 1999.

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