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Yau-Man Chan

S16 Yau-Man Chan

S14 Yau-Man Chan

Contestant Profile
Birth Date August 26, 1952 (1952-08-26) (age 63)
Hometown Fresno, California
Occupation Computer Engineer

Fiji

Tribe(s) Ravu
► Moto
Bula Bula
Placement 4/19
Alliance(s) Syndicate Alliance
Challenge(s) Won 9
Vote(s) Against 9
Day(s) Lasted 38

Micronesia

Tribe(s) Malakal
Placement 18/20
Challenge(s) Won 3
Vote(s) Against 6
Day(s) Lasted 8
Gallery

Yau-Man Chan is a contestant from Survivor: Fiji and Survivor: Micronesia.

One of the series most popular contestants, Chan is regarded as one of the modern pioneers of Survivor by utilizing his skills in physics to complete tasks that stronger contestants would not be able to accomplish. He is known for being betrayed by Dreamz Herd, becoming a part of the Survivor Car Curse.

It was this popularity that led him to become an early target in Micronesia. After finding himself in the minority, Chan became the third person voted from the season.

Profile

Retrieved from CBS.com

Fiji

Originally from Malaysian Borneo, Yau-Man Chan attended All Saints Secondary School in Kota Kinabalu. He moved to the U.S. where he received a Bachelor of Science degree from Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He went on to receive his Master of Science degree from the University of California, Santa Barbara.

Yau-Man Chan is the Chief Technology Officer for the College of Chemistry at the University of California, Berkeley. In this position, he manages and runs the information systems infrastructure for administrative, research and teaching units of the college. This includes setting up networks, computers and managing business database systems. He previously worked designing electronic circuits for scientific instruments to collect data. He's also been a housepainter, cook and dishwasher.

Chan enjoys playing table tennis, bicycling, woodworking and reading. He is a member of the USA Table Tennis Association. He describes himself as intellectual and contemplative. He considers himself a natural leader, a good organizer, very skilled with his hands, very resourceful and feels he possesses a keen intellect.

Chan currently resides in Martinez, California with his wife of 24 years, Jennifer. They have two children, Penelope and Ione. They also have a dog, Tucker, and two rabbits, Ruby and Cupid. His birth date is August 26, 1952.

Micronesia

Originally from Malaysian Borneo, Yau-Man Chan attended All Saints Secondary School in Kota Kinabalu. He moved to the U.S. where he received a Bachelor of Science degree from Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He went on to receive his Master of Science degree from the University of California, Santa Barbara.

Yau-Man Chan is the Chief Technology Officer for the College of Chemistry at the University of California, Berkeley. In this position, he manages and runs the information systems infrastructure for administrative, research and teaching units of the college. This includes setting up networks, computers and managing business database systems. He previously worked designing electronic circuits for scientific instruments to collect data. He's also been a housepainter, cook and dishwasher.

Chan enjoys playing table tennis, bicycling, woodworking and reading. He is a member of the USA Table Tennis Association. He describes himself as intellectual and contemplative. He considers himself a natural leader, a good organizer, very skilled with his hands, very resourceful and feels he possesses a keen intellect.

Chan currently resides in Martinez, California with his wife of 24 years, Jennifer. They have two children, Penelope and Ione. They also have a dog, Tucker, and two rabbits, Ruby and Cupid. His birth date is August 26, 1952.

Survivor: Fiji

Like everybody in Fiji, Yau-Man was surprised to find that the castaways started the game without tribes. Before the tribes were chosen Yau-Man impressed everybody with his physical strength and his intelligence After the tribes were picked on Day 2, Yau-Man was placed on on the Ravu, Have Nots tribe. Ravu lost almost every challenge they competed in. Although initially worried that his tribe members would see him as weak, Yau joined Earl Cole in making the Syndicate Alliance. This kept him safe from Tribal Council. At the Tribe Switch Yau-Man was swapped to the Moto tribe. He enjoyed the many luxuries the tribe had in comparison to Ravu. Moto won the all the remaining challenges except one Reward Challenge, bringing Yau safely to the merge. He also managed to find the Hidden Immunity Idol after visiting Exile Island.

At the merge he rejoined with his alliance and picked off the remaining loyal Four Horsemen members. During this time he managed to win immunity twice. Yau-Man won a 2008 Ford Super Duty truck at a Reward Challenge. He made a deal with Dreamz Herd as he knew Dreamz didn't have a car of his own. The deal was that if he gives Dreamz the car Dreamz had to give Yau-Man the Immunity Necklace at the Final Four should he win it. Dreamz happily agreed to the deal, thanking Yau-Man. Yau also sent himself to Exile Island. After finding the clue to the Hidden Immunity Idol, Yau shared it with Earl, and together they found a the Idol, which Earl kept. Although Dreamz accepted Yau-Man's deal, he didn't want to commit and noted that the deal only applied at the final four. Using this, Stacy Kimball convinced Boo Bernis and Cassandra Franklin to vote out Yau-Man before the Final Four. Yau-Man discovered their plan and played his Hidden Immunity Idol at Tribal Council, sending Stacy home instead.

Yau managed to win the next Immunity Challenge, keeping him safe to the Final Four. At the Final Immunity Challenge it comes down to Yau-Man and Dreamz, with the latter winning. At Tribal Council Dreamz betrayed Yau-Man and kept the Immunity Necklace for himself, saying that if he gave up immunity he would be voted out instead. This lead to Yau-Man being voted out on Day 38, as he was the biggest threat going into the Final Tribal Council.

At the Final Tribal Council, Yau-Man shows no ill-will toward Dreamz for the betrayal. He simply asked why Earl voted him out. Earl said it was because he knew that Yau-Man would win if he had reached the end. Satisfied, Yau-Man voted for his ally Earl to win. 

Voting History

Yau-Man's Voting History
Episode Yau-Man's
Votes
Voted Against
Yau-Man
1 Jessica Erica
2 Erica -
3 Sylvia -
4 Ravu Tribe Immune
5 Rita -
6 Moto Tribe Immune
7 Moto Tribe Immune
8 Moto Tribe Immune
9 Ineligible
10 Edgardo Individual Immunity
11 Alex -
12 Alex Alex
13 Stacy Boo, Cassandra,
Dreamz, Stacy
1
14 Boo Individual Immunity
Cassandra Cassandra,
Dreamz, Earl
Voted Off, Day 38
Voted for
Sole Survivor
Earl

^1 In I Wanna See If I Can Make a Deal, Yau-Man used a Hidden Immunity Idol, negating 4 votes against him.

Survivor: Micronesia

Statistics of Yau-Man Chan
Longevity
Seasons competed 2
Total number of days 46
Challenge Wins
Tribal wins 6
Individual wins 6
Total 12
Tribal Council
Total votes received 15
Exile Island
Times exiled 2
Redemption Island
Days spent at Redemption Island N/A
Duels won N/A

Yau-Man returned as one of ten returning contestants who competed against ten Survivor "Superfans" who gave him the most tremendous response of his return. At the first individual Immunity Challenge, where the castaways were to locate an individual Immunity Idol (one per tribe) that would only be effective the first time they go to Tribal Council. Villain Jon Dalton found one of the two idols, but mistakenly picked the Fans' Immunity Idol. Yau-Man caught him and told Kathy Sleckman where the idol for her tribe was, and then he rushed to their boat getting the idol from his tribe and accidentally slammed Dalton at the hull of the boat, to the latter's chagrin.

Yau-Man formed an alliance with Eliza Orlins, Jonathan Penner, and Ami Cusack to try to vote out the Malakal Couples Alliance made by Amanda Kimmel, Ozzy Lusth, James Clement, and Parvati Shallow. While both voting blocs were vying for Jon and Cirie Fields' votes, all plans were put on hold when Jon suddenly decided that he wanted to go home to be with his expectant girlfriend and honouring Jon's wishes, he was unanimously voted out 9-1.

On Day 5, Malakal won the combined Reward/Immunity Challenge by a wide margin, sparing Yau-Man from elimination once more, however Malakal lost the third Immunity Challenge. Both alliances again battled for Cirie's crucial swing vote, but Cirie eventually joined Parvati's alliance on the condition that Yau-Man would be the first eliminated despite the alliance's desire to eliminate Eliza (for her weakness challenge performances). Cirie argued that if Yau-Man went to Exile Island at least once, he would definitely find the Hidden Immunity Idol. Parvati's alliance eventually agreed, sending Yau-Man home in a 6-2-1 vote.

Voting History

Yau-Man's Voting History
Episode Yau-Man's
Votes
Voted Against
Yau-Man
1 Jon Individual Immunity
2 Malakal Tribe Immune
3 Parvati Amanda, Cirie, Eliza,
James, Ozzy, Parvati
Voted Off, Day 8

Post-Survivor

  • In 2008, Yau-Man appeared on the Canadian show Reality Obsessed.[1]
  • On January 9, 2010, Yau-Man attended Survivor's 10-year anniversary party.

Trivia

  • Yau-Man is the only representative of Fiji to return for another season.
  • Yau-Man is also the first player to make and plant a fake Hidden Immunity Idol after finding a real one. His fake idol was never found, though.
  • Yau-Man is the first contestant to send himself to Exile Island.
  • According to her profile for Survivor: Heroes vs. Villains, Courtney Yates claimed that Yau-Man was the past Survivor Castaway she respects the most.
  • Chan was asked to return in the 20th season, Heroes vs. Villains; however, he had to decline due to insufficient leave.[2] Eliza Orlins stated that Chan was asked back to compete in Blood vs. Water, but he turned it down.[3]

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