2019-10-24 | By Rosemary Feitelberg | WWD
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PARTY LINES: Democratic presidential candidate Andrew Yang will share some of his campaign promises with donors at a Nov. 10 hosted by Yue-Sai Kan at her New York apartment.
A proponent of fashion in China and the founder of the Yue-Sai Kan China Beauty Charity Fund, Kan said, “The short of it all is it is extremely rare that we hear of an Asian-American person running for president. It was so long ago that the first one ran — Hiram Fong, a senator from Hawaii [in 1964 and again in 1968]. Of course, he didn’t get anywhere [in 1964],” she said.
Yang was born in New York and his parents had emigrated from Taiwan in the Sixties. Kan said of his candidacy, “Nobody is really paying attention [to him]. The only thing people can remember is that he gives away $1,000 to everybody.” That refers to his proposal of a monthly “Freedom Dividend” to all U.S. residents 18 and older, which would create two million jobs by his estimates. The initiative is meant to offset automation-driven job displacement.
“I love his message. It is ‘Not Right, Not Left, Forward.’ That clearly marks that he doesn’t want to be associated with anybody else.” she said.