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Encyclopedia > Yul Kwon
Survivor contestant
Yul Kwon
Date of birth February 14, 1975 (1975-02-14) (age 32)
Resides San Mateo, California
 United States
Season(s) Cook Islands
Finish Winner
Tribe(s) Puka Puka, Aitutaki, Aitutonga

Yul Kwon (born February 14, 1975 in Queens, New York) is the winner of Survivor: Cook Islands. Kwon is a resident of San Mateo, California. He holds a B.S. degree in Symbolic Systems from Stanford University, graduating Phi Beta Kappa in 1997, and a J.D. in 2000 from the Yale Law School, where he served on the editorial board of The Yale Law Journal. Image File history File links Broom_icon. ... This article is about the television show. ... Image File history File links Metadata Size of this preview: 444 × 599 pixelsFull resolution (1378 × 1860 pixel, file size: 987 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) File historyClick on a date/time to view the file as it appeared at that time. ... is the 45th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1975 (MCMLXXV) was a common year starting on Wednesday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... San Mateo is a city in San Mateo County, California, in the San Francisco Bay Area. ... Image File history File links This is a lossless scalable vector image. ... is the 45th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1975 (MCMLXXV) was a common year starting on Wednesday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Queens is geographically the largest of the five boroughs of New York City in the United States, and the most ethnically diverse county in the U.S. It is coterminous with Queens County in the State of New York and is located on western Long Island. ... San Mateo is a city in San Mateo County, California, in the San Francisco Bay Area. ... Official language(s) English Capital Sacramento Largest city Los Angeles Largest metro area Greater Los Angeles Area  Ranked 3rd  - Total 158,302 sq mi (410,000 km²)  - Width 250 miles (400 km)  - Length 770 miles (1,240 km)  - % water 4. ... “Stanford” redirects here. ... The Phi Beta Kappa Society is an honor society which considers its mission to be fostering and recognizing excellence in undergraduate liberal arts and sciences. ... The Sterling Law Building Sculptural ornamentation on the Sterling Law Building Yale Law School, or YLS, is the law school of Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut. ... The Yale Law Journal, published continuously since 1891, is by far the oldest and most widely known of the eight law reviews published by students at Yale Law School. ...

After graduating from Yale Law School, Kwon served as a law clerk to the Honorable Barrington D. Parker, Jr., of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. He then worked at several law firms. Kwon was a legislative aide to Connecticut Senator Joseph Lieberman, helping draft sections of the Homeland Security Bill and other technology-related legislation. He has also worked for McKinsey & Co. and Google’s business strategy group. The United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit is a federal court with appellate jurisdiction over the district courts in the following districts: District of Connecticut Northern, Southern, Eastern, and Western Districts of New York District of Vermont The Second Circuit hears argument at the Thurgood Marshall U... Official language(s) English Capital Hartford Largest city Bridgeport Largest metro area Hartford Area  Ranked 48th  - Total 5,543[2] sq mi (14,356 km²)  - Width 70 miles (113 km)  - Length 110 miles (177 km)  - % water 12. ... A senate is a deliberative body, often the upper house or chamber of a legislature. ... Joseph Isadore Lieberman (born February 24, 1942) is a Jewish-American Democratic politician and a current U.S. senator from Connecticut. ... The Homeland Security Act (HSA) of 2002, Pub. ... McKinsey & Company is a privately owned management consulting firm. ... This article is about the corporation. ...


Survivor: Cook Islands

Originally the leader of the Asian-American Puka Puka tribe, Yul led his tribe to dominate in the first two tribal immunity challenges in episodes 1 and 2. On Puka Puka, Yul developed a long-lasting alliance and friendship with fellow-Korean and attorney Becky Lee. In Episode 2, Yul was banished to Exile Island by the Hispanic Aitutaki tribe after Aitutaki threw and intentionally lost the second immunity challenge. On Exile Island, Yul was able to decipher the clues and find the hidden immunity idol, which would be very instrumental to his survival later in the game. Becky Lee, born September 11, 1977. ...

In Episode 3, the four ethnically-divided tribes integrated into two tribes, and both Yul and Becky became members of the new Aitutaki tribe. Yul and Becky immediately developed a four-person alliance with Jonathan Penner and Candice Woodcock of the old Caucasian Rarotonga tribe. When Aitutaki lost the next immunity challenge and the opposing new Rarotonga tribe sent Candice to Exile Island, Yul's alliance became outnumbered and Becky became the first target. However, Yul and Jonathan were able to convince Cao Boi Bui and Jessica Smith (Flica) from their old respective tribes to side with them and voted out Cecilia Mansilla. After that, the new Aitutaki tribe enjoyed back-to-back immunity wins in episodes 4 and 5. Jonathan Penner is an American actor, writer and producer known for starring in Rude Awakening, The Last Supper and the television series The Nanny. ... Survivor: Cook Islands is the thirteenth season of the reality series Survivor. ...

In Episode 6, both tribes were informed they would have to vote someone out of their tribe, regardless of the challenge results. Despite being from the same original tribe, Yul and his alliance voted out Cao Boi, seeing him as a loose cannon not to be trusted. It was around this point that Yul, Becky, Jonathan and Candice recruited Sundra Oakley to their now 5-person alliance. In Episode 7, this new alliance targeted Ozzy Lusth due to his strength in challenges. But when the Aitutaki tribe lost immunity, they voted out Jessica (Flica), admitting they needed Ozzy for future challenges. Both tribes were now tied at 6 members each. This article is being considered for deletion in accordance with Wikipedias deletion policy. ... This article is being considered for deletion in accordance with Wikipedias deletion policy. ...

In Episode 8, all remaining survivors were given the chance to "mutiny" and defect to the opposite tribe. Candice saw this as an oportunity to get back to her old-Rarotonga friends Adam Gentry and Parvati Shallow and mutinied to the Rarotonga tribe, and Jonathan followed Candice. The mutiny left Yul, Becky, Sundra and Ozzy as a tribe of four against a tribe of eight. Despite these odds, the new "Aitu 4" were able to dominate in the challenges and win four challenges in a row, sending Rarotonga to tribal council where they voted out Brad Virata, Rebecca Borman and (in a twist where they had to vote twice in one tribal council) Jenny Guzon-Bae. These three survivors became members of a larger jury.

At the Final 9, the two tribes (Aitutaki and Rarotonga) merged into Aitutonga. The "Aitu 4" (Yul, Ozzy, Becky and Sundra) became outnumbered by the five Rarotonga members. Yul devised a plan to use the Hidden Immunity Idol to blackmail former ally and mutineer Jonathan. By using his Hidden Immunity Idol to threaten to eliminate Jonathan at Tribal Council, Jonathan decided to defect from Rarotonga and join the "Aitu 4" to save himself. "Aitu 4" and Jonathan surprised Rarotonga at Tribal Council and voted out Nathan Gonzalez. In the Survivor Auction at the Final 8, Yul revealed to the remaining Rarotonga members and the host Jeff Probst that he held the Hidden Immunity Idol. The "Aitu 4" and Jonathan continued to control the game and voted out former ally and mutineer Candice. Jeffrey Lee Probst (born November 4, 1962) is a six-time Emmy Award-nominated American television personality, acting as a game show host, executive producer and a reporter. ...

At the Final 7, Yul, then dubbed the "Ringleader", "Puppet Master" and "Godfather", was constantly being pressured by the remaining bitter Rarotonga members, Adam and Parvati, to vote out the traitor Jonathan. Adam and Parvati, knowing that their days in the game were numbered, threatened to vote against Yul in the jury if Yul refused to vote out Jonathan before them. Yul made a deal with Adam that if Jonathan was voted out ahead of him and Parvati, he would gain Adam vote in the jury, and Jonathan was voted out. In the next two Tribal Councils, Parvati and Adam were voted out respectively, propelling the "Aitu 4" into the final 4.

Once in the Final 4, Becky, Ozzy, Sundra and Yul were shocked to hear that instead of a standard Final Two, the final tribal council would consist of three members. At the immunity challenge, Ozzy continued to dominate, winning his spot in the Final Three. Yul, still protected by the hidden immunity idol, was also safe. Both Ozzy and Yul agreed that the fairest decision would be a tie-breaker challenge between Becky and Sundra. Yul offered his idol to Becky, but she declined. In the tie-breaker, both Becky and Sundra could not start a fire with flint for 1 hour. Moving to matches, both still had trouble, and Sundra ran out of matches. Becky went on to win the challenge, moving her into the Final Three with Ozzy and Yul.

In the Final Tribal Council, Yul was credited for his strategic prowess and his ability in the social aspect of the game, whereas Ozzy was credited for his domination in the physical aspect of the game. In the end, Yul Kwon beat out Ozzy Lusth and Becky Lee in a 5-4-0 vote to become the Sole Survivor, gaining the votes of Brad Virata, Candice Woodcock, Jonathan Penner, Adam Gentry and Sundra Oakley.

Survivor Firsts by Yul Kwon

  • First Survivor winner of Asian race
  • First Survivor to defeat two other Survivors in the final tribal council
  • First Survivor to find the "Hidden Immunity Idol" and win the game

CNN series on Asian American issues

Yul worked as a correspondent on a special series about Asian-American issues titled "Uncovering America" which aired on CNN's American Morning in May of 2007. His topics included portrayals of Asian-Americans in the media and the high expectations placed on the minority. Yul also made appearances relating to the series on Paula Zahn Now and Anderson Cooper 360. Yul rocks

Contributors to the series were Dan Simon, Betty Nguyen, Richard Lui, Dan Lothian, Dr. Sanjay Gupta, Veronica De La Cruz and Alina Cho.


  • He is one of People magazine's Sexiest Men for 2006.
  • Yul also hosted the Survivor Fiji: TV Guide Preview on TV Guide Channel.
  • Yul is the first Asian American castaway to become the Sole Survivor.
  • Yul attended Northgate High School in Walnut Creek, California.
  • Yul is also in the Delta Class of Stanford University Theta Chapter Lambda Phi Epsilon, an Asian-interest fraternity.

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External links

  • CBS bio
  • Yul Kwon interview
  • Interview with Yul Kwon
  • Yul Kwon at the Internet Movie Database
  • http://www.yaledailynews.com/articles/view/20834
  • TV Guide interview with Yul Kwon at YouTube
Survivors who were never voted out
Aras Baskauskas1 | Danni Boatwright 1 | Earl Cole 1 | Chris Daugherty1 | Neleh Dennis 2 | Sandra Diaz-Twine1 | Danielle DiLorenzo2 | Paschal English5 | Cassandra Franklin 9 |Katie Gallagher 2 | Brian Heidik1 | Andria (Dre) "Dreamz" Herd 9 | Kim Johnson 2 | Clay Jordan 2 | Bruce Kanegai6 | Yul Kwon1 | Becky Lee8 | Jonathan Libby4,7 | Oscar Lusth2 | Jenna Morasca1,3 | Wanda Shirk4,7 | Michael Skupin6 | Gary Stritesky6,7 | Twila Tanner2 | Osten Taylor3 | Janu Tornell3 | Vecepia Towery1 | Matthew Von Ertfelda2 | Tom Westman1 | Kelly Wiglesworth 2

1Won the Game | 2Runner-up | 3Quit | 4Never Joined Tribe | 5Eliminated based on Tiebreaker | 6MEDEVACed | 7Never went to Tribal Council | 8Second Runner-Up | 9Tied Runner-Up
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Note: Some Survivors played twice, and were voted out only once. For those Survivors, see Template:Survtwice

Survivor contestants
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RudyColleenRichardSueSeanGervaseJennaStaceyKelly RodgerAliciaColbyKeithElisabethJerriAmberMichaelJeffTina
Africa Marquesas Thailand Amazon
ClarenceTomLexEthan RobNelehHunterTammyVecepia HelenBrianShii AnnClay RobJennaChristyHeidiMatthew
Pearl Islands Vanuatu Palau Guatemala
RupertJon • Sandra AmiChrisTwila Bobby JonKatieStephenieKimJanuTom DanniBobby JonGaryRafeStephenie
Panama Cook Islands Fiji China
DanArasTerryDanielleMistyShane J.P.YulOzzyJonathan Yau-Man • EarlDreamzRita AmandaAshley • Jean-Robert
NAME Kwon, Yul
SHORT DESCRIPTION Winner of Survivor: Cook Islands
DATE OF BIRTH February 14, 1975
PLACE OF BIRTH Queens, New York, United States



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