The Hongcouver by Ian Young
Those Asian people wearing face masks amid coronavirus fears? They aren’t crazy, stupid or ridiculous, Vancouver
- There’s nothing particularly funny about the Wuhan coronavirus outbreak – but some Canadians find Asians in face masks to be the height of ludicrousness
- Masks may not be necessary, but ridiculing them ignores the trauma Sars had on a generation of Hongkongers, and a responsible habit to prevent spreading germs
Ian Young is the Post's Vancouver correspondent. A journalist for more than 20 years, he worked for Australian newspapers and the London Evening Standard before arriving in Hong Kong in 1997. There he won or shared awards for excellence in investigative reporting and human rights reporting, and the HK News Awards Scoop of the Year. He moved to Canada with his wife in 2010.