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Peter Tsai, the Taiwanese American inventor of the N95 mask technology, shared his thoughts on working in a time of rising anti-Asian sentiment and anxieties due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Tsai, who immigrated to the United States in 1981 to earn his doctorate, volunteers his time and expertise to fight the virus and its transmission. While the pandemic has been marked with an uptick in hate incidents toward the Asian American community, Tsai, who's based in Knoxville, Tennessee, told NBC Asian America that he jumped at the opportunity to work.
Tsai, who patented the filtration material used in N95 respirators in 1995, said he has been inundated with questions about how to sterilize and maintain the efficacy of his technology since the beginning of the pandemic.
"I just thought I had this responsibility to help. So I came out of retirement," he said