Yul Kwon's autobiography charts the personal struggles and rise to fame of the 37-year-old Korean American who became the first Asian winner of CBS's reality TV show "Survivor: Cook Islands" in 2006 before going on to become a TV host in the U.S.
The recently published book stands as a testament to the success story of a Korean immigrant who struggled to assimilate into mainstream U.S. society and fought against the odds.
Kwon graduated from Stanford University and Yale Law School before working for Google and McKinsey & Company. He later worked on Barack Obama's presidential election campaign and was appointed deputy chief of the Consumer and Governmental Affairs Bureau at the Federal Communications Commission.
After this, his career changed tracks and Kwon landed a job hosting the TV series "America Revealed" on the non-profit Public Broadcasting Service.
When the Chosun Ilbo met Kwon at the Seoul Press Center for a recent interview, he said three words summarize his life: fear, challenge and action.
"After winning 'Survivor', I gave lectures in about 100 places all over the world. In the past, people asked me how they could find a decent job, but now they ask how to overcome difficulties", he said. "As I kept getting asked the same questions, I felt that it was time to tell my story".
Source : english.chosun.com/si... ( English Korean )
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