In interviews with other Asian-Americans, Yang has talked about the struggle of figuring out his identity.
But when Yang has brought up his identity in front of whiter crowds, it has often been in jest.
I have been watching Yang’s campaign with fascination, largely on account of moments like these.
During the decades that followed, the personal stories of Asian-American elected officials had to fit neatly within the narrative of the American Dream, accentuating achievements over obstacles.
Hiram Fong, the son of Cantonese immigrants and the first Asian-American elected to the Senate, represented Hawaii from 1959 to 1977.