Jon Jang

2019 YBCA 100 Honoree

A descendant of a Chinese undocumented immigrant (“paper son”), Jon Jang works to represent a chronology of Chinese American history in San Francisco. Jang’s music piece Island: The Immigrant Suite No. 2, written for the Kronos Quartet and the Chinese American Symphony, pays tribute to the Chinese immigrant laborers who built the first transcontinental railroad in the United States. Jang’s work has also been presented at academic institutions, including Columbia University.