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Why Andrew Yang's views split Asian Americans in New York

Some of his supporters are turning against him in race for city mayor

Former U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Andrew Yang greets New York City Police Department officers at an event announcing his candidacy for New York City Mayor in upper Manhattan in New York on January 14, 2021.   © Reuters

NEW YORK -- Andrew Yang, a 46-year-old entrepreneur and former presidential candidate who is running for New York mayor, has been a political star among many Asian Americans.

But the more the Taiwanese American tweets and speaks, the more some of his supporters start to shake their heads. From a controversial opinion piece in response to rising anti-Asian hate to his pro-police stance and a tweet about Israel and Palestine, Yang has drawn a backlash from his progressive supporters.

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