Mark Lee at the Stop Asian Hate Rally & Vigil in Princeton. | Photo courtesy of Maya Aronoff. Edited by Mark Lee / The Daily Princetonian

Note: This piece was originally published in the Daily Princetonian on April 8, 2021.

“You know that mask you’re wearing doesn’t actually protect you, right?” a classmate asks me in February 2020.

Unable to form a cogent reply to him on the spot, I make my way to my health…

The author wearing (from left to right) a Taiwanese government-issued surgical mask, Chinese KN95 mask, and South Korean KF94 mask. By March 2020, all three countries had instituted mass production, distribution, and quality assurance programs for these masks, ensuring their access to all citizens at affordable prices.

Note: This piece was originally published in the Daily Princetonian on February 11, 2021.

On Jan. 31, Taiwan announced a $7 million initiative to secure surgical masks for its entire population of 22 million. In a massive public-private partnership, the government devised a five-week plan to produce more than 10…

Mark Minshen Lee

Master of Public Affairs from Princeton University; interested in antiracist policy and solutions to advance intersectional equity | Pronouns: he/他

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