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''Survivor'' Plays the Race Card ...

By RD Heldenfels Published: August 23, 2006

All right, so ''Survivor'' has already played the race card more than once -- presenting people who fit stereotypical images. But in the new tribal arrangement, it sounds as if it's really going to put race on the front burner. Here's the announcement from CBS:


CBS today announced the 20 new castaways who will compete in SURVIVOR: COOK ISLANDS when the 13th installment of the Emmy Award-winning series premieres Thursday, Sept. 14 (8:00-9:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network.


SURVIVOR: COOK ISLANDS will feature the series' most ethnically diverse cast to date.  The castaways will initially be organized into four tribes divided along ethnic lines (African-American, Asian-American, Hispanic and White) before merging in a later episode.


In addition, throughout the series, at least one castaway each episode will be banished to a separate island (Exile Island) miles away from camp.  While being separated from the tribe is not desirable, the castaways will learn that there is a hidden Immunity Idol somewhere on Exile Island.  If found, this Immunity Idol could save an individual from being voted out at a future Tribal Council.


Castaways that will be competing in SURVIVOR:  COOK ISLANDS (in alphabetical order) are:


REBECCA BORMAN


34


Laurelton, N.Y.


Make-Up Artist


ANH-TUAN “CAO BOI” BUI (Pronounced Cowboy)


42


Christianburg, Va.


Nail Salon Manager



SEKOU BUNCH


45


Los Angeles (originally from New York)


Jazz Musician/Recording Artist


J.P. CALDERON


30


Marina Del Rey, Calif.


Professional Volleyball Player


CRISTINA CORIA


35


Los Angeles


Police Officer


STEPHANNIE FAVOR


35


Columbia, S.C.


Nursing Student


BILLY GARCIA


36


New York (originally from Miami)


Heavy Metal Guitarist


ADAM GENTRY


28


San Diego, Calif. (originally from Fredericksburg, Va.)


Copier Sales


NATHAN GONZALEZ


26


Los Angeles


Retail Sales


JENNY GUZON-BAE


36


Lake Forest, Ill. (originally from Melrose Park, Ill.)


Real Estate Agent


YUL KWON


31


San Mateo, Calif. (originally from Flushing, N.Y.)


Management Consultant


BECKY LEE


28


Washington, D.C. (originally from Pittsburgh)


Attorney


OSCAR “OZZY” LUSTH


25


Venice, Calif.


Waiter


CECILIA MANSILLA


29


Oakland, Calif. (originally from Arequipa, Peru)


Technology Risk Consultant


SUNDRA OAKLEY


31


Los Angeles (originally from New York)


Actress


JONATHAN PENNER


44


Los Angeles (originally from New York)


Writer/Producer


PARVATI SHALLOW


23


Los Angeles (originally from Atlanta)


Boxer/Waitress



JESSICA SMITH


27


Chico, Calif.


Performance Artist/Rollergirl



BRAD VIRATA


29


Los Angeles (originally from Seattle)


Fashion Director


CANDICE WOODCOCK


23


Fayetteville, N.C.


Pre-Med Student


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