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Evelyn Yang, wife of New York City mayoral candidate Andrew Yang, called out the New York Daily News for its most recent cartoon of her husband, Market Watch reports.
The cartoon, drawn by editorial cartoonist at the New York Daily News Bill Bramhall, depicts Yang wearing a blue t-shirt with his name on it and exiting a subway station with his hands raised. Two shop-owners look on.
“The tourists are back,” one of the cartoon shop-owners says in reference to Yang.
Throughout his campaign, Yang has been criticized for comments that make it seem like he is not a true New Yorker.
Ms. Yang expressed her dislike of the cartoon on Twitter, according to The Hill.
“I can’t believe my eyes,” Evelyn Yang said on Monday. “To publish this racist disfiguration of @AndrewYang as a tourist, in NYC where I was born, where Andrew has lived for 25 years, where our boys were born, where 16% of us are Asian and anti-Asian hate is up 900%.”
AAPI organizations also pointed out that the tweet reinforced the “perpetual foreigner” stereotype that Asian Americans often experience.
“This is disgusting and wrong,” the Asian American and Pacific Islanders Victory Alliance said in a tweet. “Every single day Asian Americans have to fight the notion that we are foreigners. We are here and we’re not going anywhere. That’s why AAPI representation like @andrewyang is so important. Do better.”
Bramhall and the New York Daily News did not immediately respond to a request for comment, Market Watch reports.
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