Yang lives and works in Zurich and Ronchamp, France. She describes her work as a reconciliation between her Asian heritage and her adopted culture of the West. Yang grinds her own ink on an inkstone, mixes her own oil pigments and paints with traditional East Asian brushes. "Painting," she writes on the World Wide Web, "is an existential medium for me; it is my vehicle for processing the contrasting influences of the European and Asian cultures. It assists me in finding my own identity, in defining my point of view betwixt and between the two cultures. It helps me to live with this fundamental division, without inner strife."
Yang was born in Nazu in South Cholla province. After completing a course of studies toward a medical degree, she moved to West Berlin in 1966, first studying and later teaching studio art. Among her one-person exhibitions in Korea, Germany and Switzerland was a one-person exhibition at the Stiftung Schloss Greifensee, Switzerland, in 2005.