Who is Hai Giang from Survivor 42? Data Scientist was the first person to pursue a college education in his family

CBS will bring back yet another season of Survivor next week. One of the 18 nominees will be data scientist Hai Giang, 29, from New Orleans, Los Angeles.

According to the network’s biography, he is the first person in his family to go to college and graduate. Apart from that, Giang has achieved many achievements, despite being in his twenties.

At the age of 24, he bought his own house, paid off his student loans at 26, and became the youngest associate director of analytics at his company at 27.

In early 2022, Giang posted some photos with his partner Caleb, stating that they bought their house together. The duo have been in a relationship for five years and currently live together in Los Angeles with their dogs and a cat.


Hai Giang grew up in extreme poverty

While Giang enjoys a comfortable lifestyle today, her past has been filled with struggles. He mentioned in his biography that he grew up in extreme poverty when he was young.

Her family lived in a one-bedroom apartment with another family, and her parents worked every seven days to make ends meet.

Giang’s biography further reads:

“I learned to survive and be resilient from an early age. People don’t see that now, but I will always treasure those tougher years. They made me strong.

He further stated that his mother is his heroine as she faced tough challenges while raising the family. Speaking of his mother, Giang mentions:

“She came to the United States with my father and me as a 23-year-old refugee with no knowledge of the English language and 40 dollars in her pocket. I can only imagine the courage it takes. She worked hard, took no breaks, and was able to support me despite all the challenges she faced.

Meanwhile, Giang is ready to take part in the CBS show.


What is Giang’s strategy to win Survivor 42?

The data scientist is convinced he has the skills to win the title of Sole Survivor. According to her bio, her talents include logical thinking, better communication skills, and social awareness.

In his intro clip, he mentioned that he has the ability to read the play i.e. social situations. So, he would bring that talent to the game.

Moreover, he would like to use the strategies of former Survivor competitors. In his bio, he mentioned that he wanted to follow in Aubry Brace’s footsteps, while in his intro clip, he took the name Yul Kwon.

Giang will appear alongside 17 other castaways in Survivor Season 42, which premieres March 9 at 8:00 p.m. ET on CBS and Paramount+. The reality show will be hosted by Jeff Probst.


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