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— by Diane J. Cho: China Mac, born Raymond Yu, is a Chinese-American artist from New York City. The rapper has made a name for himself not only through his music, but also for his compelling redemption story. After spending years in gang life and eventually serving more than a decade in prison for felony offenses, Mac has evolved into a successful — and socially conscious — hip-hop artist, establishing a solid and ever-growing fanbase. The star is also a social justice activist, and is working to help bring awareness and seek justice for crimes against the AAPI community…

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