It’s true that I almost killed James Lim during our Survivor: Ghost Island pre-game interview out in Fiji (and you can watch evidence of said incident right here). But that’s not the only struggle that James had to fight through during our chat. Before he almost tumbled off a cliff, James had to tell us everything about himself in 60 seconds. And how did that go? Well, just watch the video above to find out.
After surviving all this tumult, James should be ready for the rigors of Survivor: Ghost Island (which premieres Feb. 28 on CBS). So all of this was mere training, is what I’m getting at! To see said training, train your eyes on the video above, and then check out James’ official bio below for more details.
Name: James Lim
Hometown: Los Angeles
Current Residence: New York, New York
Occupation: Business Analyst
Personal Claim to Fame: I am a U.S. Presidential Scholar selected by President Obama’s commission, and interned for his White House administration. In college, I was a walk-on sprinter for Harvard Track and Field and, as a senior, was elected team captain by my teammates, becoming the first Asian American captain in program history.
Inspiration in Life: My grandfather came from a rural village in Korea, survived the Korean War, put himself through the best college in the country, and eventually became a successful businessman. He came from nothing to overcome tremendous odds and so much adversity and always exemplified love for family along the way. He passed away a couple of years ago but remains an inspiration in everything I do.
Hobbies: Working out, exploring restaurants/bars and traveling to faraway destinations.
Pet Peeves: Slow walkers, people who are superficial, and bigots.
3 Words to Describe You: Astute, resolute, and ambitious.
If You Could Have Three Things on the Island, What Would They Be and Why? First, a photo of my family: They’ll be a source of emotional strength no matter how tough it gets out there. Second would be an American flag because being a first-generation American is one of the greatest sources of pride and willpower for me. Finally, a journal and pen to take notes on the game as it develops and also to keep a diary during the adventure of a lifetime.
Survivor Contestant You Are Most Like: Yul Kwon. Our backgrounds are uncannily similar as Korean American management consultants, and I plan to follow his example in being cool, calm, and collected throughout the game. Yul’s Survivor journey contributed greatly to the positive representation of Asian Americans on TV, and I hope to do the same.
Reason for Being on Survivor: Survivor is an adventure like no other. Everything it presents — the wilderness, the challenges, the fellow castaways from all cross-sections of America — will be a chance for me to break out of the bubble I’ve been a part of for most of my life and push myself physically, emotionally, and mentally like never before. I’ll embrace the challenge and have fun along the way.
Why You Think You’ll “Survive” Survivor: There is no magic formula to winning Survivor. However, there are qualities that will help players get far. I believe I have most of them — I am team-oriented, athletic, outgoing, and tenacious. I will focus on being a helpful, likable asset to those around me, and on the down low strategically pave my path to the very end.