Andrew Yang

Yang in 2019, photo by Sheila_F/

Birth Name: Andrew M. Yang

Place of Birth: Schenectady, New York, U.S.

Date of Birth: January 13, 1975

Ethnicity: Taiwanese

Andrew Yang is an American entrepreneur, philanthropist, author, lawyer, politician, and political commentator. He founded the non-profit organization and fellowship Venture for America. He formed the Forward party in 2021.

He was a candidate for the Democratic Party’s nomination for President of the United States in 2020, running on a platform of Universal Basic Income.

His parents, Nancy and Kei-Hsiung Yang, are Taiwanese, and met in the U.S. at college, having moved to the U.S. in the 1960s. His father worked in the research labs of IBM and General Electric, and his mother is a university systems administrator and artist. Andrew was raised in Westchester County, New York. He is married to Evelyn, with whom he has two children. The family attends a Reformed Church.

Andrew’s maternal grandfather was named John F. Lang.

Andrew’s maternal grandmother was named Eleanor C.

Andrew is one of several Asian-Americans who are mounting or have mounted a notable campaign for a major political party’s nomination for President of the United States. The others are:
*Hiram Fong (who sought the 1964 and 1968 Republican nominations; Fong was of Chinese descent)
*Patsy Mink (who sought the 1972 Democratic nomination; Mink was of Japanese descent)
*Bobby Jindal (who sought the 2016 Republican nomination; Jindal is of Indian descent)
*Kamala Harris (who sought the 2020 Democratic nomination; Harris’ mother was a Tamil Indian)
*Nikki Haley (2024; Republican; won 2 contests; Haley is of Punjabi Indian descent)
*Vivek Ramaswamy (who sought the 2024 Republican nomination; Ramaswamy is of Tamil Indian descent)

Kamala Harris began serving as Vice President of the United States in 2021.

Source: Genealogy of Andrew Yang (focusing on his mother’s side) –

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