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IMMIGRANT OF THE DAY: XAO "JERRY" YANG - POKER CHAMPION

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Jerry Yang, a Hmong Laotian native, is the 2007 World Series of Poker Main Event champion. Yang, born in 1968, fled with his family from Laos to neighboring Thailand in the 70s and spent four years in a refugee camp where he lost a brother and sister. Yang  came to the US as a refugee in 1979 and grew up in California. He quickly caught up with his American-born fellow students and went on to receive a masters degree in health psychology from Loma Linda University. He now is a therapist and father of six.



And, incidentally, he's a pretty good poker player. He's earned more than $8,000,000 in poker tournaments. Yang has pledged 10% of his winnings to three charities - Make-a-wish, Feed the Children and Ronald McDonald House.

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  1. Tommy Lang's Avatar
    Jerry is a breath of fresh air to the poker community. His generosity to the communities around the world will be remembered for a long time. His people fought along with our American soldiers during he Vietnam War. His gesture of charitable contribution will benefit everyone around the world. I hope that future champions will do the same for the less fortunate individuals.

    Jerry, thank you for your generosity to the needy kids in this country and those around the world. You are, indeed, one of a kind. May your success continues as you reign as a world champion.

    Tommay Lang
    New York City
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