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August 6, 2011
World Series of Poker Champion Jerry Yang Donates to Center for Hmong Studies
World Series of Poker champion, Jerry Yang, donated $1,000 and pledged 10% of his book proceeds to Concordia’s Center for Hmong Studies during his visit to campus for a book reading and signing June 30. Yang’s book, “All In,” chronicles his life from being a refugee to becoming the 2007 World Series of Poker champion, winning $8 million.
Yang chose to do his first book signing at Concordia because of the Center for Hmong Studies, telling MPR News, “I want them to see that Jerry Yang has not forgotten his heritage, his people, and I wanted to do the first book signing in a public place like that to show I am part of you and you are part of me, and we are here together.”
Related Links: MPR: “Poker champ’s memoir weaves tale of winning with his family’s escape from Laos”