Yang is known for his 2006 graphic novel American Born Chinese and his work on Superman. His latest project is a new version of Superman for DC Comics. Titled New Super-Man, it follows the adventures of a 17-year-old from Shanghai who inherits Superman's powers.
The MacArthur Foundation's website says that Yang's work, "demonstrates the potential of comics to broaden our understanding of diverse cultures and people."
Each of the 36 recipients of the MacArthur Fellowship receives a $625,000 grant, and the other 2016 honorees can be seen here.