Koreatown resident Kristina Wong’s mask-making story comes to life on NYC stage

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Koreatown’s Kristina Wong performs in her off-Broadway one-woman show, which recounts her journey from making masks during the pandemic to running a national mutual aid organization. Photo by Joan Marcus.

Koreatown performance artist Kristina Wong suddenly had no work when the pandemic began, so she started creating face masks. Soon her so-called “Auntie Sewing Squad” included people nationwide, making masks for hospital workers, migrant workers, and more. Now eight times a week onstage in New York City, Wong recounts how she sparked a mini-movement at her red Hello Kitty sewing machine in Koreatown. 

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