Oakland Tribune article on Yau-Man with Yul update
- From: Maybe <Maybeso320@xxxxxxx>
- Date: 13 May 2007 14:19:14 -0700
http://www.insidebayarea.com/bayarealiving/ci_5887314From the 5/13 Oakland Tribune:
Yau-Man tries for two straight for Bay Area
"Survivor: Fiji" 8 tonight CBS-Channel 5
Column by Susan Young
Inside Bay Area
Article Last Updated:05/13/2007 07:26:10 AM PDT
YAU'S THE MAN.
Few would have given the Martinez man much of a shot of getting past
the first few days of "Survivor," let alone being poised to take it
all tonight. After all, at 54 he's one of the older competitors, works
as the Director of Information Systems for the College of Chemistry at
UC Berkeley and is a table tennis champ.
Yau-Man Chan's also originally from Malaysian Borneo and slipped right
in when it came to life in Fiji. He also used his considerable
observation skills to slip out of more than one trap.
On Thursday, he played the game with a prowess that hadn't been seen
since Bay Area "Survivor" champ Yul Kwon of San Mateo took it all in
the last go-round.
Biding his time like a Triple Crown winner coming from behind the
pack, he let others set the pace early on and did his best not to make
enemies. His cunning and playful side came out after he found the
first Immunity Idol - and then decided to make a fake idol and hide it
for someone else to find.
But he really brought it on when he started winning challenges such as
the archery competition and proved he had some mad skills.
Chan did what no other competitor has ever done on Thursday when he
won a Ford truck valued at close to $50,000 and gave it to another
competitor, Dreamz. Earlier, Dreamz, a person who has been homeless
for much of his life, revealed that he has never owned a car and would
do anything to have one. It would change his life, he proclaimed.
So Chan, out of the goodness of his heart - and a plan to get further
ahead in the game - decided to give Dreamz the truck.
In return, he only asked that if Dreamz got immunity in the final
four, he would give it to Chan. Chan decided that move would get him
into the final three if his calculations were correct.
Then, Chan promptly sent himself to Exile Island - another "Survivor"
first - so that he wouldn't burn any bridges and so he could find a
clue to get another Immunity Idol for his pal Earl.
He succeeded in getting Earl an idol, but he didn't count on Dreamz
attempting a coup to get Chan out of the game. Dreamz decided that he
would have to get Chan out before the final four so he wouldn't have
to go back on his word. Might have been easier just to fail at the
immunity challenges, but that would have been too simple.
Again, with seconds ticking away at Tribal Council, Chan was feeling
uneasy and decided to play his Immunity Idol.
It was a million dollar decision, because everyone in the tribe except
Earl voted for Chan. With his immunity played, the person he and Earl
had chosen, Stacy, was voted out.
That leaves only five left standing tonight. Earl and Chan have a
solid alliance, but they have to get past Boo, Cassandra and Dreamz -
all people who had voted Chan off.
Can he win immunity again and make it into the final three, when it is
up to the jury to judge them all? If he does, Chan has a good chance
of winning because he's one of the few people who has consistently
played the game with honor and as much honesty as is possible in a
game like this.
No matter what, Chan comes back to the Bay Area a true winner to his
wife Jennifer and daughters Penelope and Ione.
Yul Kwon update
Kwon reports he's been producing three stories for CNN's "American
Morning" airing at 4:30 a.m. on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, and
he'll be in the studio to talk about the series.
The first is about the changing image of Asian-American men in film
and television, followed by a look at the glass ceiling for Asian
Americans in corporate America and finishing with affirmative action
"I'll be in the studio live to introduce each story and answer
questions afterwards," Kwon writes in an e-mail. "It also appears
likely that I'll be a guest on 'Anderson Cooper 360,' which will air
several stories for APA Heritage Month next week as well. I'm also
writing a piece for CNN.com on the negative portrayal of Asian
Americans in media."
And being Kwon, he ends with the caveat that the stories "aren't
nearly as comprehensive, in depth, or nuanced as I would have liked,
and I had limited control over topic selection, interviewee selection,
and especially, the editing.
"On a personal level, though, I'm just happy that I could help bring
to light some of the issues affecting the Asian-American community to
a mainstream audience, and it's my hope that I'll eventually be able
to get myself into a position where I can ensure that Asian Americans
are represented in the media in a full and balanced fashion, and that
our voices are heard within the national debates."
Maybe...looking forward to the show tonight