Attention reality TV junkies: the new season of Survivor debuts tonight.
This edition is formally called “Survivor: Cook Islands.” But as some have noted, you may know it better by its nickname: “Survivor: Race Wars.”
Tonight, CBS kicks off the social experiment/ratings gimmick that is executive producer Mark Burnett’s latest and brashest attempt to give his reality show an attention boost.
This time, blacks, whites, Hispanics and Asians will initially be separated into four tribes. That’s 20 contestants divided along racial and ethnic lines, an idea that’s stirred up a hot stew of outrage and curiosity.
We’ve never been that into “Survivor” (despite a general weakness for reality television). But maybe we’ll tune in tonight. Why? Because two of the contestants are lawyers — including a guy we went to law school with!
The two attorney contestants are both Asian-American — and ridiculously good-looking. This is interesting, since (1) law isn’t a profession widely associated with Asians, and (2) not many lawyers are ridiculously good-looking (ERISA hotties excepted).
Their names are Becky Lee and Yul Kwon. You can read more about them — and check out their photos — after the jump.
First, there’s Becky Lee:
Lee received her Bachelor of Arts Degree in women’s studies from the University of Michigan…. Lee continued on to receive her Juris Doctorate Degree from the University of Pittsburgh School of Law. Interested in the prevention of domestic violence, she has been working on issues concerning domestic violence survivors over the last eight years as a policy associate and attorney.
And then there’s Yul Kwon, with whom we went to law school (and remember as being an all-around nice guy). Here’s his Survivor bio:
Kwon went on to receive his Juris Doctor Degree from Yale Law School, where he served on the editorial board of the Yale Law Journal.
Kwon has enjoyed a diverse career straddling both the private and public sectors in law, business and technology. He practiced a mix of litigation, appellate, transactional and regulatory work at several law firms. He also served as a judicial clerk to a federal judge on the 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals.
Yul is now working as a management consultant. But he’s still a lawyer — as noted in his Survivor bio, a proud member of the Washington, D.C., and California State bars.
We don’t believe that any of the other teams has a lawyer on board. So if one of the challenges this season is to draft a revolving credit agreement, our money is on Team Asia.
Anyone have more info about either Becky or Yul? If so, please drop us a line.
Becky Lee [Survivor]
Yul Kwon [Survivor]
‘Survivor’ plays the race card [Detroit Free Press]