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Woo Hwang

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Contestant Profile
Birth Date March 16, 1984 (1984-03-16) (age 31)
Hometown Newport Beach, CA
Occupation Martial Arts Instructor


Tribe(s) Aparri
► Solana
Placement Runner-Up (2/18)
Alliance(s) Solana Alliance
Challenge(s) Won 11
Vote(s) Against 4
Day(s) Lasted 39


Tribe(s) Ta Keo
► Angkor
► Ta Keo
Placement 14/20
Challenge(s) Won 5
Vote(s) Against 5
Day(s) Lasted 16

Yung "Woo" Hwang is a contestant from Survivor: Cagayan and Survivor: Cambodia.

Best known for his lackadaisical and entertaining attitude, Woo followed through his honor code by taking his ally Tony Vlachos to the Final Two. This was perceived by the jury as playing passively, which cost him the million dollars.



Name (Age): Yung “Woo” Huang (黄) (29)
Tribe Designation: Aparri
Current Residence: Newport Beach, Calif.
Occupation: Martial Arts Instructor
Personal Claim to Fame: Graduating College.
Inspiration in Life: My parents. They taught me the meaning of hard work and commitment.
Hobbies: Martial arts, surfing and sports (Basketball, Tennis, Soccer, Golf).
Pet Peeves: Rude and loud people with no manners.
3 Words to Describe You: Loyal, positive and ambitious.
If You Could Have 3 Things on The Island What Would They Be and Why? A surfboard to surf remote untouched waves in an empty lineup all to myself; A football to pass some time; and a martial art weapon (nunchaku, bo staff or katana): practicing weapons makes me feel alive!
SURVIVOR Contestant You Are Most Like: With my martial arts experience, my game is very strong, humble, grateful and respectful, much like Ozzy Lusth.
Reason for Being on SURVIVOR: Adventure of a life time. It’s a great opportunity to test myself both physically and mentally. Also, it’s a great chance to participate in an amazing game for the chance to be crowned the Sole Survivor and win a million stacks!
Why You Think You’ll “Survive” SURVIVOR: I have both the physical and social game to make it to the end. More importantly, I think it’s my instincts and ability to adapt to my surroundings that will allow me to "survive" in this game.
Why You Think You Will Be the Sole Survivor: This game was made for me! I’m smart and can play a great social game. People tend to like me. I’m fast and agile. I’ll do great in obstacle course challenges. I have undeniable focus and concentration and I’ll smash the competition in balancing challenges. I can swim well and climb coconut trees. I am SURVIVOR!
Do You Consider Yourself a Brain, a Beauty or a Brawn? I guess I could fall under any of those categories. If I had to choose one I would have to say Brawn cause of my Martial Arts Background.
Who Do You Think Has the Best Chance in the Game of Survivor: Brains, Beauty or Brawn? That’s a tough question... I would say you want to possess all those qualities in order to win Survivor. If I had to choose one, I would say Brawn because as sports athletes they understand pressure situations of competition (composure). They have the where with all of team play, and with the structure of the game of survivor in order to advance in the game you need the help of your teammates (supportive). Brain's would fail because of their know-it-all attitudes (conflicting). The Beauties would fail because they will sit back and expect everything to be handed to them.
Why You Think You’ll “Survive” SURVIVOR: I have both the physical and social game to make it to the end. More importantly, I think it’s my instincts and ability to a Sole Survivor and win a million stacks!


Season: Survivor: Cagayan
Previous Finish: Runner-Up
What will you do differently this time around? "For me, the ultimate decision comes down to whether or not I uphold my martial art values while playing the game. On Cagayan, I adapted to the gameplay to make it to the final two, but in the end, I did not adapt who I was as a person. Survivor is a game that has, up until now, proven that in order to win, you have to get your hands dirty. Should I enter the dark side to win it all? Or should I prove that morality can trump deceit, even on Survivor? Right now, all I know is that I'm going to have even more fun than I did last time."

Survivor: Cagayan

Woo was placed on Aparri, the Brawn tribe of Cagayan. Woo, being an avid basketball card collector, immediately recognized former NBA player Cliff Robinson, whom he proceeded to align with. The tribe proved to be successful in the beginning, winning every single challenge. When Tony Vlachos lied to Sarah Lacina by saying that Cliff and Lindsey Ogle were gunning for her, Sarah convinced Woo and Trish Hegarty to come into their alliance and throw the upcoming Immunity Challenge to vote Cliff out, followed by Lindsey. Cliff, however, single-handedly saved himself by winning the challenge for Aparri despite Sarah, Trish, and Woo's attempts to throw the challenge.

At the Tribe Switch, all the Aparri members other than Sarah were switched to the new Solana tribe with original members Jefra Bland and LJ McKanas. After losing the next Immunity Challenge, the original Aparri members agreed to vote out LJ. Trish, however, had bonded with LJ and, after managing to pull in Tony, joined LJ and Jefra in blindsiding Cliff. Upon returning to camp, Trish and Lindsey then got into a heated argument, which resulted in Lindsey quitting the game and leaving Woo firmly on the outs.

Solana won the next Immunity Challenge, allowing Woo to make it to the merge and became part of the merged tribe, Solarrion. Being down in numbers, the new Solana Alliance needed Sarah's vote, but Sarah overheard her former allies (along with Jefra and LJ) yell "Top 5!" at the previous challenge, which made her feel excluded. Woo won the first individual Immunity Challenge, but his alliance was still down in numbers. Trish saw an opportunity when she noticed Kass McQuillen's continued arguments with Sarah. At Tribal Council, Kass flipped from the Aparri Alliance and voted out Sarah, who became the first member of the jury.

After being part of the winning team at the next Reward Challenge, Spencer Bledsoe retrieved a clue to a Hidden Immunity Idol and took it back to camp with him. While by a stream, Spencer was spotted by Woo, who picked up his pants from the ground, resulting in the clue falling out. Woo spotted this and immediately picked it up and quickly sprinted back to camp to share it with everybody in his alliance which angered Spencer. This sparked a massive hunt for the Hidden Immunity Idol, which was ultimately found by Spencer.

After LJ was blindsided by Tony and Woo, Jefra felt insecure about Tony's deception towards everybody and confronted Trish to try to gun for him. Trish and Kass, however, were able to assuage Jefra's fears and pull her back into their alliance. Several days later, however, Tony and Woo began to fear the possibility of an alliance forming between the remaining women and decided to blindside Jefra.

The team of Woo, Kass, and Spencer then won the next Reward Challenge, where Kass and Spencer tried to convince Woo to vote with them and Tasha Fox in flushing one of Tony's Hidden Immunity Idols. Though hesitant, Woo agreed to the plan but was later approached by Kass, who had changed her mind. At Tribal Council, Kass and Woo stuck with Tony and Trish, sending Tasha to the jury.

The following morning, Woo confessed to Tony that he had considered aligning with the Aparri Alliance the previous night, noting that Kass was also in on the plan. Tony later confronted Kass, though he claimed to forgive her and noted that he planned on going to the end with her and Trish. Kass, unsatisfied by this, revealed this to Woo, causing him to doubt his own alliance with Tony. This angered Tony, and led to Kass plotting with Spencer and Woo to break up the pair of Tony and Trish. At Tribal Council, Woo and Tony joined Kass and Spencer in blindsiding Trish.

The next day, the Final Four were surprised when they were visited by their loved ones, including Woo's cousin. After failing to win the next Immunity Challenge, Spencer decided to scramble because he felt insecure about his position. Spencer took Tony out to the woods to explain his theory that there would be a Final Two and whoever won the next challenge would choose somebody to be in the other position. Spencer claimed that if either Kass or Woo win, they would take each other to the end. If Tony vote Woo out and Spencer won the following Immunity Challenge, he would take Tony with him. Tony, however, decided to stick with his alliance and voted Spencer out at Tribal Council.

Woo and Kass agreed that voting Tony out next would be in their best interests and agreed to take each other to the end. After Woo narrowly defeated Kass to win the Final Immunity Challenge, both Tony and Kass made their case to Woo. Tony appealed to Woo's sense of honor, pointing out that the jury would see him as being disloyal if he voted Tony out. Kass, on the other hand, stressed her being less than popular with the jury after her move at the merge. At Tribal Council, Woo shocked everyone when he voted Kass out, taking Tony with him to the Final Two.

At the Final Tribal Council, Woo emphasized his adherence to the five tenets of Tae Kwon Do—discipline, integrity, loyalty, respect, and harmony between mind and body—in spite of the deceitful nature of the game. However, Woo's loyalty and obedience also made the jury question Woo's desire to win. Kass lambasted Woo for his decision to take Tony to the end instead of her, while Spencer compared Woo to a dog loyal to its master. In the end, Tony got 8 Jury votes to Woo's sole vote from Tasha, leaving Woo as the runner-up.

At the Reunion Show, Jeff Probst polled the jury on who would have voted for Woo had he taken Kass with him to the end, with 8 of 9 (including Tony) raising their hands.

Voting History

Woo's Voting History
Episode Woo's
Voted Against
1 Aparri Tribe Immune
2 Aparri Tribe Immune
3 Aparri Tribe Immune
4 Aparri Tribe Immune
5 LJ -
6 Solana Tribe Immune
7 Sarah Individual Immunity
8 Morgan -
9 LJ -
10 Jeremiah Jeremiah,
Spencer, Tasha
11 Jefra -
12 Tasha -
13 Trish -
14 Spencer Spencer
Kass Individual Immunity
Jury Votes
For Woo
Runner-Up, Day 39

Survivor: Cambodia

Statistics of Woo Hwang
Seasons competed 2
Total number of days 55
Challenge Wins
Tribal wins 13
Individual wins 3
Total 16
Tribal Council
Total votes received 9
Exile Island
Times exiled N/A
Redemption Island
Days spent at Redemption Island N/A
Duels won N/A

Woo was one of the twenty castaways chosen to compete on Survivor: Cambodia for a second chance at Survivor.

He would play an under-the-radar game and be voted out in a major blindside on Day 16 after the second tribe switch, as the others feared he was too closely allied with Andrew. Kass, Abi-Maria, Ciera and Spencer would team up to vote him off 4-3 over Savage's target Spencer.

Voting History

Woo's Voting History
Episode Woo's
Voted Against
1 Abi-Maria -
2 Shirin -
3 Abi-Maria -
4 Jeff Jeff
5 Angkor Tribe Immune
6 Spencer Abi-Maria, Ciera,
Kass, Spencer
Voted Off, Day 16


  • In late August 2015, Woo got engaged to his girlfriend Kristina Hamilton.[1]
  • After Survivor, Woo opened an Gym in Huntington Beach, California.[2]


  • Woo is the youngest male member of the Aparri tribe.
  • According to Woo, the Survivor medical team "strongly considered" pulling him from the game after his fall from the papaya tree.[3]
  • Woo is the first castaway to win the Final Immunity Challenge at the final three since J.T. Thomas in Survivor: Tocantins.
  • Woo was the first Asian-American finalist since Yul Kwon and Becky Lee from Survivor: Cook Islands.
  • Woo lost 19 lbs (8.6 kg) during Survivor: Cagayan.
  • During Survivor: Cagayan, Woo was nicknamed by his fellow castaways as "Weasel Woo". According to sources, the nickname originated from Woo's constant actions of breaking to the producers camp, stealing water from producers and food from camp.[4]
  • Woo was the first castaway to cast a vote in Survivor: Cambodia.
  • Over the course of both his seasons, whenever Woo received a vote at Tribal Council, one came from the person he had voted for. 
  • Woo was the only Cagayan representative to not make the merge/jury phase in Cambodia.


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