Jeff Yang is a frequent contributor to CNN Opinion, a featured writer for Quartz and other publications, and the co-host of the podcast “They Call Us Bruce.” He co-wrote Jackie Chan’s best-selling autobiography, “I Am Jackie Chan,” and is the editor of three graphic novels: “Secret Identities,” “Shattered” and the forthcoming “New Frontiers.” The opinions expressed in this commentary are his. Read more opinion on CNN. (CNN)Andrew Yang’s insurgent campaign for President of the United States propelled him from relative obscurity into the national spotlight, as the leader of a burgeoning movement of “Yang Gangers” focused on mainstreaming the concept of Universal Basic Income: giving every adult in the US a “freedom dividend,” in Yang’s words, of $1000 a month. In the era of massive Covid-19 stimulus, Yang’s belief in UBI has rapidly gone from political fantasy to a pragmatic policy notion. Jeff Yang Now, as the head of an advocacy organization called Humanity Forward, Yang is backing UBI-friendly candidates and instituting UBI pilot programs in New York State and elsewhere. But the “all humans” dimension of his message has occasionally stumbled when facing real-world social and cultural divides, particularly those related to race. This was evident both during his… Read full this story
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