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  • ♪ [THEME MUSIC] ♪

  • >> WELCOME TO "ASIAN

  • AMERICAN LIFE," I'M YOUR HOST,

  • ERNABEL DEMILLO.

  • WE'RE IN MANHATTAN'S CHINATOWN,

  • CHECKING OUT THE "88 GATES"

  • PROJECT.

  • THESE MURALS ARE POPPING UP ALL

  • OVER THIS NEIGHBORHOOD.

  • IT'S ALL PART OF THE

  • BEAUTIFICATION PROJECT WITH A

  • LITTLE TWIST.

  • MORE ON THAT, COMING UP.

  • BUT FIRST, HERE'S WHAT'S ON

  • OUR SHOW.

  • >> HE WANTS TO MAKE HISTORY.

  • ANDREW YANG COULD BE THE FIRST

  • ASIAN-AMERICAN PRESIDENT OF

  • THE UNITED STATES.

  • KYUNG YOON TAKES US TO A

  • NEW YORK HIGH SCHOOL,

  • WHERE THE CURRICULUM IS READING,

  • WRITING, AND KOREAN.

  • MANY ASIAN-AMERICAN ELECTED

  • OFFICIALS ARE FINDING THEMSELVES

  • THE TARGET OF HATE SPEECH.

  • MINNIE ROH HAS THE STORY.

  • AND RAYNER RAMIREZ SHOWS US HOW

  • THIS QUEENS PRINCIPAL IS DEFYING

  • ALL ODDS AND TRANSFORMING A HIGH

  • SCHOOL IN THE FAR ROCKAWAYS.

  • THIS AND MORE ON "ASIAN AMERICAN

  • LIFE."

  • >> YOU MAY HAVE NOTICED MURALS

  • LIKE THIS POPPING UP .

  • THE 88 GATES PROJECT,

  • THE BRAINCHILD OF JOHN YU, A

  • LONG TIME RESIDENT OF CHINATOWN.

  • WITH THE HELP OF HIS WIFE,

  • AND TWO DAUGHTERS,

  • THEY'RE TURNING SECURITY GATES

  • INTO A WORK OF ART.

  • HE WANTED TO SPREAD CHINESE

  • CULTURE WITH HIS PAINTINGS BUT

  • YOU WILL HAVE TO WAIT UNTIL THE

  • BUSINESSES CLOSED,

  • AND THE GATES ARE DOWN

  • TO SEE MOST OF THE MURALS, BUT

  • BELIEVE US, IT'S WORTH THE TRIP.

  • THE PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION IS A

  • COUPLE YEARS AWAY AND ONE MAN

  • HAS ALREADY PUT HIS HAT IN THE

  • RING.

  • HIS NAME IS ANDREW YANG, AND

  • HE'S HOPING TO MAKE HISTORY.

  • >> THIS MAN WANTS TO GIVE YOU

  • AND ME $1000 A MONTH.

  • NO QUESTIONS ASKED.

  • >> THE FREEDOM DIVIDEND

  • IS A POLICY WHERE EVERY AMERICAN

  • ADULT RECEIVES $1000 A MONTH

  • FREE AND CLEAR TO DO WHATEVER

  • THEY WANT WITH IT WHILE THAT

  • SEEMS DRAMATIC OR EXTREME, IT'S

  • BECOMING INCREASINGLY NECESSARY

  • AS OUR ECONOMY CHANGES.

  • >> ANDREW YANG HOPES HIS

  • FREEDOM DIVIDEND WILL CATCH THE

  • ATTENTION OF VOTERS.

  • YANG IS RUNNING FOR PRESIDENT.

  • IF HE WINS, HE COULD BE THE

  • FIRST ASIAN-AMERICAN PRESIDENT

  • OF THE UNITED STATES.

  • WE MET YANG RECENTLY AT HIS NEW

  • YORK-BASED CAMPAIGN HEADQUARTERS

  • A SPARTAN LOFTLIKE SPACE

  • ENERGIZED BY A GROUP OF VERY

  • ENTHUSIASTIC MILLENNIALS.

  • ZACH GRAUMANN IS MORE THAN A BIG

  • FAN, HE QUIT HIS DAY JOB IN

  • BANKING TO JOIN YANG'S CAMPAIGN.

  • THE POLITICAL NEWBIE IS NOW

  • YANG'S CAMPAIGN MANAGER, IN

  • FACT, MOST OF THE PEOPLE ON THE

  • STAFF ARE NEW TO POLITICS,

  • INCLUDING THE CANDIDATE.

  • >> I WAS IN NEW

  • HAMPSHIRE COUPLE OF WEEKS AGO

  • AND THE APPETITE FOR THIS

  • MESSAGE AND A CANDIDACY FROM

  • SOMEONE WHO IS NOT A TRADITIONAL

  • POLITICIAN WILL ACTUALLY ADDRESS

  • THE REAL ISSUES IS REALLY HIGH.

  • >> THESE ISSUES INCLUDE

  • JOBS AND THE ECONOMY.

  • IN HIS NEW BOOK, THE WAR ON

  • NORMAL PEOPLE, HE LAYS IT ALL

  • OUT, AND IT'S BLEAK.

  • HE WARNS AUTOMATION AND ROBOTS

  • WILL SOON REPLACE MILLIONS OF

  • HUMAN WORKERS.

  • >> I KNOW IT SEEMS A

  • LITTLE BIT FANTASTIC,

  • LIKE ROBOTS

  • ARE GOING TO WALK IN AND TAKE

  • OUR JOBS, AND THAT'S NOT GOING

  • TO BE THE CASE, BUT IF YOU LOOK

  • AT THE NUMBERS, THE REASON WHY

  • DONALD TRUMP IS OUR PRESIDENT

  • TODAY IS THAT WE AUTOMATED AWAY

  • 4 MILLION MANUFACTURING JOBS IN

  • MICHIGAN, OHIO, PENNSYLVANIA,

  • AND WISCONSIN FROM 2000 TO

  • NOW AND WE ARE ABOUT TO DO THE

  • SAME THING TO WORKERS IN RETAIL,

  • TRUCK DRIVING, CALL CENTERS,

  • FAST FOOD, AND ON AND ON

  • THROUGHOUT THE ECONOMY.

  • >> THESE JOBS, HE SAYS, ARE

  • NOT COMING BACK AND HIS ANSWER

  • IS UBI, UNIVERSAL BASIC INCOME.

  • GUARANTEED MONEY FOR ALL

  • AMERICAN ADULTS PAID FOR WITH A

  • VALUE-ADDED TAX.

  • >> WE NEED TO

  • IMPLEMENT THE UNIVERSAL BASIC

  • INCOME TO GIVE AMERICANS A

  • CHANCE TO TRANSITION, GO BACK TO

  • SCHOOL, PAY THEIR BILLS AND

  • START PLANNING FOR THE FUTURE.

  • >> WHILE HIS MESSAGE IS

  • CAPTURING THE ATTENTION OF

  • VOTERS AND THE MEDIA, YANG

  • HAS A DIFFICULT ROAD AHEAD.

  • IT'S ONE THING GETTING PEOPLE

  • EXCITED ABOUT FREE MONEY, BUT

  • MAUNTING A PRESIDENTIAL

  • CAMPAIGN IS QUITE DAUNTING.

  • WHEN HE ANNOUNCED HIS CANDIDACY

  • IN FEBRUARY, THE "NEW YORK

  • TIMES," CALLED HIM THE "LONGEST

  • OF LONG SHOTS."

  • BUT YANG DOES NOT SEEM PHASED,

  • IN FACT, THIS QUOTE IS

  • HANGING IN THEIR OFFICE.

  • YANG WAS BORN AND RAISED IN

  • UPSTATE NEW YORK, HIS PARENTS

  • IMMIGRATED FROM TAIWAN IN THE

  • 1960s.

  • >> I WAS A VERY NERDY, STUDIOUS,

  • LITTLE ASIAN BOY.

  • >> HE STUDIED ECONOMICS AND

  • POLITICAL SCIENCE AT BROWN AND

  • HE GOT HIS LAW DEGREE

  • FROM COLUMBIA.

  • HE VENTURED INTO THE WORLD OF

  • STARTUPS AND HE WAS CEO OF

  • MANHATTAN PREP, A TESTING AND

  • TUTORING COMPANY AND AFTER IT

  • WAS SOLD, HE TOOK THAT MONEY AND

  • FOUNDED VENTURE FOR AMERICA, A

  • NONPROFIT TRAINING PROGRAM

  • PLACING RECENT COLLEGE GRADS AT

  • SMALL BUSINESSES AND STARTUPS IN

  • LOW-INCOME COMMUNITIES.

  • >> OUR FELLOWSHIP PROGRAM SENDS

  • HUNDREDS OF RECENT GRADUATES

  • FROM SCHOOLS NATIONWIDE,

  • TO STARTUPS AND CITIES WITH

  • EMERGING ENTREPRENEURIAL

  • ECOSYSTEMS.

  • >> HE AND HIS TEAM KEPT

  • THAT STARTUP MENTALITY

  • WHEN IT COMES TO THE

  • CAMPAIGN.

  • >> WE KIND OF SEE IT AS A

  • VIDEOGAME, CERTAIN LEVELS HAVE

  • DIFFERENT POINTS, BUT IOWA AND

  • NEW HAMPSHIRE ARE WORTH A LOT

  • MORE POINTS SO WE KNOW WE

  • HAVE TO GET

  • 18,000 IOWANS TO UNDERSTAND

  • AND VOTE FOR YANG AND 22,000

  • PEOPLE IN NEW HAMPSHIRE ARE

  • GOING TO VOTE AND UNDERSTAND

  • ANDREW YANG.

  • >> YANG, WHO IS MARRIED

  • WITH TWO CHILDREN IS TRAVELING

  • TO KEY STATES AND REACHING OUT

  • TO VOTERS.

  • HE IS PART OF THE GIANT WAVE OF

  • AAPI IS RUNNING FOR PUBLIC

  • OFFICE SPURRED ON BY TRUMP'S

  • WIN, AND WHILE SOME

  • ASIAN-AMERICAN CANDIDATES HAVE

  • FACED RACISM AND RACIST TAUNTS

  • ON THE CAMPAIGN TRAIL, YANG SAYS

  • HE HAS NOT.

  • >> THE RACISM HAS BEEN VERY

  • NONEXISTENT, HONESTLY.

  • I THINK THERE MAY BE A POINT

  • WHERE THAT CHANGES BUT REALLY, I

  • HAVE NOT SEEN A WIDTH OF IT THUS

  • FAR.

  • I'VE SEEN GREAT THINGS HAPPEN

  • FROM SMALL BEGINNINGS AND MY

  • CHANCES OF BECOMING PRESIDENT

  • IMPROVE EVERY DAY, IT'S NOT IN

  • THE 60s ANYMORE, WE NEED TO WAKE

  • UP TO THE CHALLENGES OF THIS

  • ERA AND ACCELERATE OUR SOCIETY

  • AND GOVERNMENT FORWARD.

  • >> HE SAYS THE VOTERS HE

  • IS MEETING ARE QUITE RECEPTIVE

  • TO HIS IDEAS, SO MAYBE, JUST

  • MAYBE, THIS LONG SHOT MAY JUST

  • EKE THIS ONE OUT.

  • I'M ERNABEL DEMILLO FOR

  • "ASIAN AMERICAN LIFE."

  • >> WORK HARD, GO TO

  • COLLEGE, CHANGE THE WORLD,

  • THAT'S THE MODEL OF THIS HARLEM

  • HIGH SCHOOL.

  • BUT WHAT'S REALLY UNIQUE

  • ABOUT THE DEMOCRACY PREP CHARTER

  • HIGH SCHOOL IS ITS KOREAN

  • PROGRAM THAT IS AT THE HEART

  • OF ITS CURRICULUM AND CULTURE.

  • >> DIAVIONNE ROBINSON AND

  • IVAN QUEZADA ARE SENIORS AT

  • DEMOCRACY PREP, A CHARTER SCHOOL

  • IN HARLEM WHERE FACT, FIGURES,

  • AND CULTURAL INSIGHTS ABOUT

  • KOREA LINED THE WALLS OUTSIDE

  • THE CLASSROOMS.

  • INSIDE, STUDENTS ARE LEARNING

  • THE KOREAN LANGUAGE.

  • >> [SPEAKING IN KOREAN]

  • >> I WAS THINKING THIS

  • IS TOTALLY DIFFERENT THAN WHAT

  • OTHER HIGH SCHOOLS TEACH.

  • HERE IN NEW YORK CITY.

  • >> YOUNGJAE HUR IS THE

  • KOREAN DEPARTMENT CHAIR.

  • >> THE LANGUAGE ITSELF IS

  • VERY DIFFERENT FROM ENGLISH.

  • THE WORD ORDER, THE STRUCTURE OF

  • THE SENTENCES IS TOTALLY

  • DIFFERENT.

  • THE OTHER WAY AROUND.

  • JUST LEARNING THEM GIVES THEM

  • HUGE HEADACHES.

  • I CAN'T DO THIS, BUT ONCE THEY

  • PASS KOREAN 1, 2, 3, THEY GET

  • HUGE SELF-CONFIDENCE.

  • I CAN DO THIS, I CAN SPEAK IN

  • KOREAN.

  • >> WHAT LED TO KOREAN

  • PROGRAM BEING SO EMBEDDED IN

  • THE DNA OF DEMOCRACY PREP?

  • >> OUR FOUNDER, MR. SETH

  • ANDREW, WHEN HE FOUND

  • OUR SCHOOL,

  • HE WANTED TO MAKE A SCHOOL THAT

  • IS DIFFERENT FROM OTHER SCHOOLS.