Jeff Yang

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Jeff Yang
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Jeff Yang at LaGuardia Community College in May 2011

(1968-03-14) March 14, 1968 (age 51)[1]
Alma materHarvard University (B.A., Psychology, 1989)
Heather Ying
(m. 2002; div. 2013)
Jeff Yang
Traditional Chinese
Simplified Chinese

Jeff Yang (Chinese: 楊致和) is an American writer, journalist, businessman, and business/media consultant who writes the Tao Jones column for The Wall Street Journal.[2] Previously, he was the "Asian Pop" columnist at the San Francisco Chronicle. Yang lives in New York City. Yang is also known for his books, including Once Upon a Time in China: A Guide to the Cinemas of Hong Kong, Taiwan and Mainland China, I Am Jackie Chan: My Life in Action (with Jackie Chan), Eastern Standard Time: A Guide to Asian Influence in American Culture, from Astro Boy to Zen Buddhism, and Secret Identities: The Asian American Superhero Anthology. He recently co-wrote the second graphic novel in the Secret Identities series, Shattered: The Asian American Comics Anthology. In addition, he has written for the Village Voice, VIBE, Spin, and Condé Nast Portfolio.[3][4]

Yang is also a business/media consultant on marketing to Asian American consumers for Iconoculture, Inc.[5] Before joining Iconoculture, Yang was CEO of Factor, Inc., another marketing consultancy targeting Asian Americans. From 1989 until 2002, when it went out of business, Yang was publisher of A Magazine, then the largest circulating English-language Asian American magazine in the United States. The magazine grew out of an undergraduate publication that he had edited while a student at Harvard University. Yang produced the first Asian American television show, Stir.[6]

Yang graduated from Harvard University in 1989 with a Bachelor of Arts in psychology.[7] He is a member of the Asian American Journalists Association and has served on the advisory boards of the Asian American Justice Center, Asian Americans Advancing Justice, and the China Institute in America.[8][9]

Yang was married to Heather Ying, a physician assistant in cardiothoracic surgery.[1] They divorced in 2013. They have two sons, Hudson and Skyler. Their elder son, Hudson Yang, is a star of the 2015 ABC television series Fresh Off the Boat, based on Eddie Huang's memoir, Fresh Off the Boat: A Memoir.[10]

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  1. ^ a b c Brady, Lois Smith, "WEDDINGS: VOWS; Heather Ying and Jeff Yang", The New York Times, August 25, 2002
  2. ^ "Tao Jones News — Speakeasy — WSJ".
  3. ^ Jeff Yang, Bios, Secret Identities,
  4. ^ Asian Pacific American Heritage Week, Past Guests, Jeff Yang,
  5. ^ Jeff Yang, Strategist Bio, Iconoculture,
  6. ^ HoChie Tsai,, Jeff Yang – Newspaper Columnist, Cultural Critic, and Proud Dad,
  7. ^ President and Fellows of Harvard College, ed. (2014). Harvard & Radcliffe Class of 1989 25th Anniversary Report. North Andover, MA: Flagship Press. pp. 996–997.
  8. ^ Asian Americans Advancing Justice, Advisory Board,
  9. ^ Jeff Yang, Bio, Asians Advancing Justice,
  10. ^ "ABC Renews 'Last Man Standing,' Orders Two More Comedies". The Hollywood Reporter. May 10, 2014.

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