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Dr. Karen Tsai: How the CoFounder of Donate PPE Raised $150,000 for Covid-19 Ep 123

By Felicia Lin

A note from Talking Taiwan host Felicia Lin:

It’s been nearly a year since we started publishing episodes of Talking Taiwan on a weekly basis at the beginning of this pandemic, and I’ve really enjoyed seeing the listenership grow.

I’d like to acknowledge our listeners here, especially those who have reached out to me directly. One listener who reached out, said that episode 99 with Professor Scott Simon was particularly eye opening.

That led me to think about how to cover the topic of Taiwan’s indigenous people and to interview Tony Coolidge (in episodes 112 and 113) about discovering his indigenous roots and his work with the indigenous people of Taiwan. The two episodes I did with Tony are now among the most listened to.

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This week’s episode features part two of my interview with Dr. Karen Tsai about her work with Donate PPE, a nonprofit that she has co-founded and that has raised over $150,000 to date. This is part two of my interview with her after speaking with her previously in episode 120 about how she spearheaded the creation of Monster Dance, a children’s book created to address the needs of children dealing with a world changed by COVID-19.


Here’s a little preview of what we talked about in this podcast episode:


  • How and why Dr. Tsai started the nonprofit organization Donate PPE with Deyu Kong
  • How the Donate PPE team is entirely Asian American
  • The work of Donate PPE and how it has delivered PPE to different low income, communities in need
  • The various companies and organizations that Donate PPE has worked with to get donations distributed
  • How Donate PPE has made donations internationally
  • How Donate PPE has adjusted as the situation with the pandemic has changed over time
  • How Donate PPE’s initially targeted hospitals and health care workers but later expanded to nursing homes, free clinics, schools, underprivileged communities, Navajo Nations, rural areas in the Midwest, vaccination sites
  • Asian hate crime advocacy organizations
  • The different distribution challenges that Donate PPE has had to deal with
  • How Donate PPE dealt with the distribution challenges presented by the partnership with Norwex to Distribute a Million Masks to Healthcare Workers and how Citizens of Humanity assisted
  • How Donate PPE got its nonprofit 501(c)(3) status during the pandemic by May 2020
  • How Dr. Tsai has worked full-time as a physician while running Donate PPE
  • How the Donate PPE website has changed over time
  • What’s in the future for Donate PPE once COVID-19 gets more under control


Related Links:



Donate PPE:


Donate PPE on Facebook:



Donate PPE on Instagram:


Donate PPE on Twitter:


Guy Gilchrist’s Doodles, the FREE coloring pages he created to educate kids about COVID: has Partnered with Norwex to Distribute a Million Masks to Healthcare Workers:


For anyone in need of PPE email Donate PPE at:


Hate Is A Virus:


Stop AAPI Hate:


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