Originally from Hong Kong, Yang has worked on a range of feature and documentary films exploring Chinese themes as director and editor. She won an Academy Award for Documentary Short Subject for The Blood of Yingzhou District (2006) and received other awards including the Emmy Awards, a DuPont-Columbia Journalism Award and two IDA Pare Lorentz Award nominations.
In 2003, along with filmmaker Thomas F. Lennon, Yang founded the Chang Ai Media Project to raise HIV/AIDS awareness in China. Since then, its documentaries and public service announcements have been seen by hundreds of millions of Chinese viewers. Lennon and Yang made a trilogy of short documentary films about modern China, including The Blood of Yingzhou District, Tongzhi in Love (2008) and The Warriors of Qiugang, which was nominated for Best Documentary Short Subject in 2011.
Yang relocated to Beijing in 2004 and lives in Hong Kong now. She was appointed by the University of Hong Kong as Hung Leung Hau Ling Distinguished Fellow in Humanities in 2013. Her latest documentary My Voice, My Life  《争氣》is one of a handful documentary films that has gotten wide theatrical distribution in Hong Kong.
Selected filmography (as director)
- My Voice, My Life  《争氣》/《争气》2014
- The Warriors of Qiugang  《仇崗衛士》/《仇岗卫士》2010
- A Moment in Time  《聲光轉逝》/《声光转逝》2009
- Tongzhi in Love  《彼岸浮生》2008
- The Blood of Yingzhou District《颍州的孩子》2006
- Julia’s Story 《朱力亞的故事》/《朱力亚的故事》2005
- China 21  《中國一二》/《中国一二》2002
- ''Citizen Hong Kong  《風雨故園》/《风雨故园》1999
Selected filmography (as editor)
- Becoming American : The Chinese Experience"  2003
- Autumn in New York 2000
- Xiu Xiu: The Sent Down Girl 1998
- Street Soldier 1997
- All Power to the People 1996
- "A.K.A. Don Bonus  1995
- China: The Wild East  1994