Pink is the new black again. In response to media reports of parents complaining that their sons were unwilling to wear pink masks to school, Minister of Health and Welfare Chen Shih-chung and top health authorities all wore pink masks at a regular news conference last week to show support for schoolboys who were mocked for wearing “girly” colored masks.
Chen said masks in all colors are the same, and pink masks look just fine, adding that his favorite cartoon character, the Pink Panther, is pink. His remarks have caused a “pink fever” in Taiwan, as officials and celebrities including President Tsai Ing-wen, Taiwanese pitcher of the Seattle Mariners Chen Wei-yin, and world No. 1 badminton player Tai Tzu-ying posted photos of themselves wearing pink masks.
Buyers cannot choose the color or pattern of masks under Taiwan’s rationing policy. Since most masks are plain colors, one netizen has attracted attention by posting masks with national flag designs that she bought from a pharmacy in New Taipei City.
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(Eddy Chang, Taipei Times)
1. unwilling adj.
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2. news conference phr.
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4. plain adj.
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