But sociologists and other academics said that the candidate’s jokes aren’t doing the Asian American community any favors.
The jokes also gloss over problems experienced by more vulnerable populations of Asian Americans, John C. Yang, president of public policy and civil rights nonprofit Asian Americans Advancing Justice, said.
For those aware of Asian stereotypes, the quips could be interpreted as parodies or even qualify as insider humor, she said.
“I appreciate Andrew Yang for unapologetically identifying as Asian American, especially in a country where so many Americans forget that Asian Americans exist,” Ocampo noted.
Like the Asian American community, Andrew Yang is complicated and nuanced,” he said.