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The New Season of Survivor and the Model Minority Myth

September 15, 2006

Something I found while forum-hopping:

Survivor – Cook Islands: Asian Americans listed as favorite race

Gambling911.com’s large Asian American readership base should be happy with one online gambling website’s latest betting odds on Survivor – Cook Islands.

Winner’s ethnicity odds for Survivor – Cook Islands has the Asian Americans paying out 2 to 1 odds compared to Caucasians at 2.25 to 1 odds, African Americans at 2.4 to 1 odds and Hispanics (Latinos) 2.75 to 1 odds.

Ming, a Vietnamese American, was happy to see the Asian Americans with more favorable odds at Wagerweb.com compared to Bodog.com, which last week gave the nod to the Caucasians (otherwise known as White people).

“Bodog sucks!” said Ming. “They don’t like Asian players and have booted many of my friends.”

Ironically, Bodog.com’s CEO Calvin Ayre is traveling in Vietnam this week.

WagerWeb is bound to rouse some anger within the African American community however with its odds listing an African American as the first to be vanished off Cook Islands, this despite the fact that it is an Asian American, Jenny Guzon-Bae, who has the least favored odds of winning (+1700 or $1700 paid out on every $100 bet).

A group of New York City officials blasted CBS and its hit series Survivor after the network announced that the teams on the new season of the reality show will be divided by race last week.

Saying that the setup will promote divisiveness, the officials – led by an Asian American – called on CBS to reconsider its plans.

“The idea of having a battle of the races is preposterous,” city councilman John Liu said Thursday. “How could anybody be so desperate for ratings?”

The favorite to win Survivor – Cook Islands is Adam Gregory, a Caucasian, with 7 to 1 odds ($700 paid out on a $100 bet).

Bet on Survivor – Cook Islands here —-> Wagerweb.com (Visit Website Here)

In the midst of the Survivor: Cook Islands’ “tribes by ethnicity” controversy, bettors from WagerWeb.com are predicting a number of outcomes for the upcoming Survivor season including which ethnicity will win it all. WagerWeb.com, one of the Internet’s largest betting sites, offers odds surrounding the hottest issues in headline, entertainment and sporting news.

“Regardless of the recent and loud opposition of the producers’ decision, CBS says the upcoming season will air,” says Dave Johnson, CEO of WagerWeb.com. “With that, we’re obligated to post film and television odds for our bettors.”

Read more here.

Seems like even Survivor isn’t immune to the stereotype that Asians naturally work harder than everyone else.

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