A shop owner can be heard exclaiming, "The tourists are back!" as Yang exits the Times Square subway stop in the cartoon.
Andrew Yang's wife, Evelyn Yang, called the New York Daily News cartoon depicting the mayoral candidate as a visitor to the Big Apple a "racial disfiguration."
A tourist store owner can be heard saying, "The tourists are back!" as Yang exits the Times Square subway stop next to it in the cartoon by Bill Bramhall.
On Monday night, Yang's wife posted on Twitter, "I can't believe my eyes." To publish this racist deformation 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 where @AndrewYang is a tourist, is offensive to me and Andrew.
Yang, a candidate for mayor of New York City, came under fire after declaring that Times Square was his favorite subway stop because it was the one closest to his house. The progressive Asian American and Pacific Islander advocacy group AAPI Victory Alliance slammed the cartoon on Monday, which dubbed it "disgusting and wrong."
"Asian Americans battle the stereotype that we are foreigners every single day. The group declared in a tweet that we are here and we were not leaving. "For this reason, having AAPI representation like @andrewyang is crucial. Improve, @NYDailyNews.
Yang was criticized by the Daily News editorial board on Sunday, claiming that he "doesn't know enough to run" the city. In a busy environment, Yang's understanding of municipal concerns has been questioned. including last week after Yang flubbed a question on destitute shelters. and he closely contested the mayoral race.
In early polling, Yang was the front-runner for mayor, but Eric Adams has now caught up to and in some cases surpassed him.
According to the advocacy group Stop AAPI Hate, the number of anti-Asian hate incidents registered nationwide over the past year has increased from approximately 100 annually to about 3,800. Democrats attribute a portion of the increase to former President Donald Trump's comments on Covid-19, particularly his description of it as the "China virus."
Requests for comment from Tribune Publishing, the Daily News publisher, did not immediately elicit a response.
At a news conference on Tuesday, Yang is anticipated to comment on the cartoon.
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