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Immigrants Of The Week: Xao "Jerry" Yang, Gerhard Casper, Wayne Gretzky, Daniel Tsui, And Mehmet Okur

by Greg Siskind

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XAO "JERRY" YANG - POKER CHAMPION

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.