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Red & Black: Survivor champ said he competed to destroy Asian American stereotypes

Yul Kwon Season 13 Survivor champ Yul Kwon says he wasn’t going to pass up the chance to compete on the reality program because he saw it as a rare opportunity to destroy racial stereotypes.

Kwon was actually recruited to appear on the program.

Unbeknownst to him, the producers had decided they were going to divide the teams according to race and needed more Asian Americans to round out the team.

“When I got this opportunity to be on Survivor, I remember thinking to myself, ‘How long might it be before another person in my community has a chance to appear on a major television show, where he’s not speaking with an accent or depicted as a foreigner? Maybe I can break some of these stereotypes, and maybe I can try to become the kind of role model that I didn’t have when I was growing up.’” Kwon told the Red & Black.

Kwon spoke at the University of Georgia at an event sponsored by Multicultural Services and Programs, the Asian American Student Association and Lambda Phi Epsilon Fraternity.

You can read reaction to his talk and more of Kwon’s thoughts on being on a “stupid reality show” in the Red & Black.


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