Yau-Man surprised many of his fellow castaways in Fiji by utilizing his skills in physics to complete tasks that more physically-adept contestants would not be able to accomplish. Despite being placed on the ill-fated Ravu tribe, Yau-Man formed a strong partnership with Earl Cole, with the two aiding each other in finding Hidden Immunity Idols. Following the merge, Yau-Man became part of the Syndicate Alliance that took control in the latter stages of the game. At the final six, Yau-Man made a deal with Dreamz Herd that, if Dreamz won the final four Immunity Challenge, he would give it to Yau-Man in exchange for the car that Yau-Man won at the Reward Challenge. However, Yau-Man's likability and perceived jury threat status led to Dreamz reneging on their deal, leading Yau-Man to be eliminated a day short of the Final Tribal Council.
Yau-Man's popularity led him to become an early target in Micronesia. When the Malakal tribe was divided into two alliances competing for Cirie Fields's vote, Yau-Man's perceived untrustworthiness and reputation came back to haunt him, as Cirie chose to side with the opposing Malakal Couples Alliance in targetting Yau-Man, sending him home at the third Tribal Council.
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Originally from Malaysian Borneo, Yau-Man Chan attended All Saints Secondary School in Kota Kinabalu. He moved to the United States where he received a Bachelor of Science degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He went on to receive his Master of Science degree from the University of California, Santa Barbara.
Chan is the Director of Information Systems 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 has been married to his wife, Jennifer, for 23 years. They have two children, Penelope and Ione. They also have a dog, Tucker and two rabbits, Ruby and Cupid. Chan's birth date is August 26, 1952.
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.
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, using his physics knowledge to break a crate that the physically stronger castaways could not open. After the tribes were divided on Day 2, Yau-Man was placed on Ravu, which would later become the Have Nots tribe after they lost the initial Immunity Challenge, which relegated their tribe to a desolate beach. Ravu lost almost every subsequent challenge they competed in. Although initially worried that his tribe members would see him as weak, Yau-Man joined Earl Cole in making the Syndicate Alliance. This kept him safe from elimination at Tribal Council. At the tribe switch, Yau-Man was swapped to the Moto tribe with close allies Earl and Michelle Yi. He enjoyed the many luxuries the tribe had in comparison to Ravu. Moto won all the remaining challenges except one Reward Challenge, bringing Yau-Man safely to the merge. He also managed to find the Hidden Immunity Idol at Moto's camp after visiting Exile Island.
At the merge, Yau-Man rejoined with his alliance and picked off the remaining loyal Four Horsemen members. Yau-Man won a 2008 Ford Super Duty truck at the Day 34 Reward Challenge, though he made a deal with Dreamz Herd as he knew that Dreamz did not have a car of his own. The deal was that if he gave Dreamz the car, Dreamz would 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-Man also sent himself to Exile Island. After finding the clue to the Hidden Immunity Idol, he shared it with Earl, and together they found another idol, which Earl kept. Although Dreamz accepted Yau-Man's deal, he did not 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 came 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 led 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 showed 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 the title of Sole Survivor.
|Yau-Man's Voting History|
|4||Ravu Tribe Immune|
|6||Moto Tribe Immune|
|7||Moto Tribe Immune|
|8||Moto Tribe Immune|
|Voted Out, Day 38|
^1 In "I Wanna See If I Can Make a Deal", Yau-Man used a Hidden Immunity Idol, negating 4 votes against him.
Yau-Man returned as one of ten returning contestants who competed against ten Survivor "superfans", who gave him the most loud and positive response upon his arrival into the game. 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, 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 Jon at the hull of the boat, to the latter's chagrin.
Yau-Man formed an alliance with Ami Cusack, Eliza Orlins, and Jonathan Penner to try to vote out the Malakal Couples Alliance made by Amanda Kimmel, James Clement, Parvati Shallow, and Ozzy Lusth. While both voting blocs were vying for Jon and Cirie Fields's votes, all plans were put on hold when Jon suddenly decided that he wanted to go home to be with his expectant girlfriend and the tribe, honoring Jon's wishes, unanimously voted him out.
On Day 5, Malakal won the combined Reward/Immunity Challenge by a wide margin, sparing Yau-Man from elimination once more. When Malakal lost the third Immunity Challenge on Day 8, however, both alliances again battled for Cirie's crucial swing vote. Cirie eventually joined the couples' alliance on the condition that Yau-Man would be the first eliminated despite the alliance's desire to vote out Eliza for her weak challenge performances. Cirie argued that if Yau-Man went to Exile Island at least once, he would definitely find the Hidden Immunity Idol based on his success in obtaining idols in Fiji. The couples eventually agreed, sending Yau-Man home in a 6-2-1 vote.
|Yau-Man's Voting History|
|2||Malakal Tribe Immune|
|3||Parvati||Amanda, Cirie, Eliza,|
James, Ozzy, Parvati
|Voted Out, Day 8|
- In 2008, Yau-Man appeared on the Canadian show Reality Obsessed.
- On January 9, 2010, Yau-Man attended Survivor's 10-year anniversary party.
- Yau-Man is the oldest member of the original Ravu tribe.
- Yau-Man is the first player to make and plant a fake Hidden Immunity Idol after finding a real one. His fake idol was never found, though Micronesia tribemate Ozzy Lusth cited Yau-Man's fake idol as inspiration for making his own.
- Yau-Man is the first contestant to send himself to Exile Island.
- Yau-Man is the first person to play a Hidden Immunity Idol in its current format and simultaneously negate votes against them and prevent their elimination.
- Yau-Man is the only representative of Fiji to return for another season.
- Yau-Man is the oldest contestant to compete on Micronesia.
- According to her profile for Heroes vs. Villains, Courtney Yates claimed that Yau-Man was the past Survivor castaway she respects the most.
- Yau-Man was asked to return in the 20th season, Heroes vs. Villains; however, he had to decline due to insufficient leave. Eliza Orlins stated that Yau-Man was asked back to compete in Blood vs. Water, but turned it down.
- Yau-Man is currently the oldest living returning player.
|Survivor: Fiji Castaways|
|Survivor: Micronesia Castaways|