Survivor: China


Since this blog’s very first post was based off a link to the TV Show Survivor, I’d be a fool not to say something – anything – about the newest season of Survivor: China, filmed in Jiangxi province, where my dad’s side of the family is originally from. (Apparently, they only filmed 24 miles away from the local capital, but if the guy on Man vs. Wild can spend the night in a posh hotel room after squeezing elephant dung into his mouth, I’m not going to judge about this Survivor’s “remoteness.”)

My thoughts about some of the Asian-American contestants and the logo, after the jump.

So, about that logo: Great Wall, check. Red dragons, check. Great big pagoda like Tribal Council area, check. Phrase kinda-like-but-not-really the phrase “Outwit, Outplay, Outlast” in simplified Chinese – check. Brush-like font in the word “China,” check. (At least they didn’t use that shitty Chop Suey font. Sometimes, you just got to pick and choose your battles.)

As for the cast members themselves, the last two seasons of multicultural castings have been thrown at the window in favor of chicks with mullets, Playboy models turned WWE RAW Divas and guys named Chicken, but at least there are two Asian-American’s in this cast: Frosti, a half-Japanese, half-Russian parkour athlete, and Peih-Gee, a Chinese-American former video ho music video dancer, now a jeweler.

Admittedly, I’ve been watching Survivor less and less each season – I stopped watching at Vanuatu, watched Cook Islands because of the big “war against the races” twist and stopped again – but a part of me might tune in to see how they portray China, as well as trying to see if Peih-Gee is going to be a complete trainwreck or if she’s going to be completely awesome. (Hopefully, a little bit of both; that makes for great television, after all.)

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About Ernie

I'm the creator of 8 Asians and one of the editors. While I'm a regular blogger to the site as well, think of my role as Barbara Walters on "The View," except without the weird white hair. During the day, I'm a Developer for a major Internet company and live in the San Francisco Bay Area. I've also been writing in my blog,, for seven years.
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