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Yau-Man Chan — His Life Since Survivor

August 01, 2008 09:00 AM by Ryan Haidet

Yau-Man Chan at a charity event in Louisville, Kentucky.

He got to play Survivor twice and won over America each time. Although Yau-Man Chan’s his second stint on Survivor: Micronesia — Fans Vs. Favorites only lasted a few days, he says he still enjoyed his experience. RealityTVMagazine’s Ryan Haidet had the chance to chat with Yau-Man at the fifth annual Kentuckiana Police and Firefighter Summer Bash Benefit in June. Read on to hear about a new television show he’s a part of and to hear if he still talks to Dreamz, the Fiji contestant who betrayed him in the infamous truck deal.

RealityTVMagazine:

So what has been happening with you since Survivor?

Yau-Man Chan:

Well, uh, nothing much. The second round was a short one for me, so I’ve been back to work. Earlier this year I was approached by a bunch of scientist types who wanted to do a science show, so I did a pilot called “The Skeptologists.” They’re trying to shop it around, hopefully somebody will pick it up. It’s a science show where we look at some of the modern, popular pop-culture phenomenons, like all this health-food craze and all this ghostbusting and so on. So we’re looking at if there’s any signs behind it — if it is, what is it and do we understand it? So for the first episode we went down to the Queen Mary and stayed in the boiler room, which is supposed to have ghost. We also look at wheat grass, it’s supposed to be really nutritious. So we say, ‘Is it really that nutritious with people paying so much money for it?’

RTVMAG:

What was the difference between Survivor: Fiji and Survivor: Micronesia?

Yau-Man:

The second one was very tough for me. First of all, the weather was horrendous. There was so much rain that it was like nothing was dry for that 10 days I was out there. Also, going out there not knowing what’s going to happen. … I was very honored to be asked to play again.

Yau-Man and Kathy of Survivor pose for a picture at a charity event.

RTVMAG:

Were you happy with the Fans Vs. Favorites concept?

Yau-Man:

No, I’m not quite happy. I was hoping it would be an All-Stars because when we’re staging at the staging area, there’s only 10 of us. I look around I see three from Cook Islands, two from Vanuatu, two from China. Say, where’s the other Fiji? So I was thinking ‘Oh, in the other camp there’s another 10 of us and one of them must be Fiji — and Dreamz. Maybe they’ll give me a chance with Dreamz.’

RTVMAG:

Speaking of Dreamz, have you talked to him at all since the show?

Yau-Man:

I have not. I spoke to him once earlier right after the season. I tried to contact him, he has not contacted me. In fact, I talk to Earl (Fiji season winner) quite often. I say ‘Hey if you ever talk to Dreamz tell him to give me a call, I’ve been trying to call him.’

RTVMAG:

Do you know if he still has the truck you gave him or did he sell it?

Yau-Man:

As far as I know he does. Earl told me he thought Dreamz still has the truck. He may have to pay to sell the car, otherwise he won’t be able to afford the gas in it. And diesel costs so much — that’s a diesel truck.

RTVMAG:

Do you still get recognized?

Yau-Man:

Yes. … I’m still getting used to it. I’m not a very outgoing person. Usually at a party I’m the guy who sits in the corner. It’s nice to know people appreciate what I did and they were entertained by what I did on TV.

RTVMAG:

Were you a fan of the show before you got put on Survivor?

Yau-Man:

No I was not. I’m not anything in particular against Survivor, I’m just not a TV person. I’m a news geek and the only programs I watch are news programs, like 60 Minutes. So I don’t get very much exposure to Survivor or any other TV programs.

RTVMAG:

What is a quality about you somebody might be surprised to hear?

Yau-Man:

I really am quite a shy person. I don’t go out very much. Other than being invited out, I don’t go out. In fact when I’m going out, I’m just all by myself with my family. I don’t reach out to get the limelight or to be out in the front.

Images courtesy of Bret Sohl.

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