Miss Asian America

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Miss Asian America Pageant
TypeBeauty Pageant
Websitehttps://www.missasianglobal.com/

Miss Asian Global & Miss Asian America Pageant (founded August 1, 1987[1]) was initiated as a part of the Asian Heritage Celebration for the County of Santa Clara in 1987, the pageant's top titleholders include the former First Lady of the State of Washington, Mona Lee Locke, wife of Gary Locke[2] and Fala Chen, the 2013 winner of the Huading Award for Best Female Drama Actress.

Background[edit]

A 2010 book by cultural anthropologist Afia A. Ofori-Mensa studied the relationships among race, gender, and U.S. national identity using the Miss Asian America Pageant. She found that "panethnic pageants like Miss Asian America" which came of age in the 1980s plays an important role in the constitution of national identity "through ideal femininity, in both embodied and rhetorical ways." For the Asian American community, the Miss Asian America Pageant is the "only cultural institution annually endowing one woman and her racialized, gendered, and classed body, the power to represent an entire nation."[3] The pageant remains one of the few national events that allow for a frontal display of non-mainstream ethnic culture for the American public where contestants wear cultural clothing and reinvigorate heritage ties through community-based projects, service learning, and presentations in their heritage language.[4]

Cultural integration and the introduction of neoliberal values have also been examined through the prism of the Miss Asian America Pageant extensively by women's studies scholars. Professor Nhi T. Lieu, in studying Miss Asian America pointed to the pageant's role in promoting capitalism and neoliberal values presented within traditional contexts such as the utilization of the Vietnamese women's garment known as the ao dai. Lieu adds that the role of technology in beauty pageants also enabled the introduction of modernity and consumer goods to many Asian American households in attendance at pageant events.[5]

In reviewing the Cold War legacy and its relationship with Asian American communities in the United States, Ofori-Mensa argues that the Asian American community was able to "utilize pageants strategically, by insisting on the centrality of people of color to U.S. national identity, and by re-imagining the nation as a transnational space where people of color are not systematically excluded."[3]

Titleholders[edit]

Year Miss Asian Global Miss Asian America Miss Asian of California Miss Asian San Francisco List of Miss Asian Global runners-up
First Princess Second Princess Third Princess
2020 Olivia Wong
( China · Vancouver)
Vy Vo
( Vietnam · Aietnamese)
Daisy Chung
( China · Los Angeles)
Tara Nash
( China &  Ireland · San Mateo)
Lan Ho
( Vietnam · Chicago)
Daisy Chung
( China · Los Angeles)
Tara Nash
( China &  Ireland · San Mateo)
2019 Stephanie Kim
( South Korea · San Francisco)
Melanie Wardhana
( Indonesia &  China · San Francisco)
Rachel Xu
( China · Fremont)
Josie Li
( Taiwan · San Francisco)
Rachel Xu
( China · Fremont)
Josie Li
( Taiwan · San Francisco)
Sidney Siu
( China · Hercules)
2018 Uchka Jimsee
( Mongolia · San Francisco)
Sophia Ng (Dethroned)
( China · San Francisco)
Darae Jun (Assumed)
( Korea · Berkeley)
Darae Jun
( Korea · Berkeley)
Kimberly Tom
( China · Foster City)
Darae Jun (Assumed)
( Korea · Berkeley)
Aileen Bui
( Vietnam · Nha Trang)
Kimberly Tom
( China · Foster City)
Year Miss Asian Global Miss Asian America Miss Asian Teen Miss Asian of California Miss Asian San Francisco List of Miss Asian Global runners-up
First Princess Second Princess Third Princess
2017 Trisha Bantigue
( Philippines &  China · San Francisco)
Savannah Pham
( Vietnam &  Cambodia · Murrieta)
Not awarded Kate Melanie Lam
( China · San Bruno)
Alexis Yup
( Taiwan · San Francisco)
Kate Melanie Lam
( China · San Bruno)
Alexis Yup
( Taiwan · San Francisco)
Ernestine Siu
( China · Oakland)
2016 Gina Su
( Hong Kong &  Taiwan · Rolling Hills)
Jessica Lim
( Hong Kong · San Francisco)
Ally Gong
( China · Palo Alto)
Angela Huang
( China · San Ramon)
Kristine Hara
( Japan · San Francisco)
Joanne Leung
( Hong Kong · Montreal)
Angela Huang
( China · San Ramon)
Kristine Hara
( Japan · San Francisco)
2015 Pamela Lagera
( Philippines · Fresno)
Stephanie Lin
( Taiwan · Silicon Valley)
Not awarded Malia Kurashima Carlson
( Japan · Oakland)
Jennie Li
( China · San Jose)
Malia Kurashima Carlson
( Japan · Oakland)
Jennie Li
( China · San Jose)
Puja Oza
( India · Los Angeles)
2014 Emma Marriott
( China &  Wales · Stanford)
Jennifer Chung
( Vietnam,  China &  Germany · San Jose)
Maggie Schoenholtz
( Thailand · Palo Alto)
Arienne Calingo
( Philippines · Los Angeles)
May Ling Phyu
( Myanmar &  China · Fremont)
Catherine Ho
( China &  Taiwan · Las Vegas)
Jeni Nguyen
( Vietnam · Greenville)
Sunaina Singh
( India · Chicago)
2013 No Pageant Held
2012 Susie Lee
( Korea · San Francisco)
Emily Tang
( China · Davis)
Not awarded April Kim
( Korea · Irvine)
Not awarded Emily Tang
( China · Davis)
April Kim
( Korea · Irvine)
Jasmine Lee
( China &  Taiwan · San Francisco)
2011 No Pageant Held
Year Miss Asian America Miss Asian Teen Miss Asian of California Miss Asian San Francisco List of Miss Asian America runners-up
First Princess Second Princess Third Princess
2010 Sarah Liu
( China · Fremont
Not awarded Amanda Lee
( China · Davis)
Not awarded Amanda Lee
( China · Davis)
Nancy Kwong
( China · Los Angeles)
Brijal Vadgama
( India · Lincoln)
2009 Amy Chanthaphavong
( Laos &  Vietnam · New York)
Not awarded Victoria Pham
( Vietnam · Fremont)
Kristine Law
( China · Fremont)
Victoria Pham
( Vietnam · Fremont)
Kristine Law
( China · Fremont)
Carolyn Fung
( China · San Jose)
2008 Louisa Liu
( China · Sunnyvale)
Not awarded Mary Saleh
( Afghanistan,  Turkey
&  Iran · Cupertino)
Lisa Ma
( Vietnam &  China
· San Francisco)
Mary Saleh
( Afghanistan,  Turkey
&  Iran · Cupertino)
Nina Kasuga
( Japan · Gilbert)
Stephanie Karlik
( Taiwan,  Portugal,  Scotland
&  Ireland · Las Vegas)
2007 Louise Wu
( China · Fremont)
Not awarded Tiffani Frances Mah
( China
· San Francisco)
Amy Chu
( China · Oakland)
Tiffani Frances Mah
( China · San Francisco)
Ayushka Sing Gharib
( India · Artesia
Amy Chu
( China · Oakland)
2006 Jennifer Field
( Korea, English, Irish
& German · San Jose)
Not awarded Jessica Feng
( China · Los Angeles)
Claire Yuan
( China · Daly City)
Jessica Feng
( China · Los Angeles)
Katie N. Au
( China & Hawaiian · Seattle)
Monica You
( Cambodia &  Khmer · Mira Loma)
2005 Kollyn Muangmaithong
( Thailand &  China · Walnut Creek)
Michele Chen
( Taiwan · San Jose)
Carolyn Michaelis
( Indonesia,  Germany,
&  Netherlands · San Jose)
Shana Dhillon
( India · Fremont)
Carolyn Michaelis
( Indonesia,  Germany,
&  Netherlands · San Jose)
Shana Dhillon
( India · Fremont)
Kara Birkenstock
( Thailand &  Philippines · Culver City)
2004 Buachampoo "Sai" Varee
( Thailand · Los Angeles)
Not awarded Kim Choy
( China · San Francisco)
Jennifer Lee
( China · San Francisco)
Kim Choy
( China · San Francisco)
Annie Tang
( China · Garden Grove)
Virginia Nguyen
( Vietnam · Newark)
2003 Charlene M. Wang
( China · Hercules)
Not awarded Anu Gill
( India · Davis)
Annie Chang
( Taiwan · Foster City)
Anu Gill
( India · Davis)
Annie Chang
( Taiwan · Foster City)
Sue Yang
( Hmong · West Sacramento)
2002 Fala Chen
( China · Duluth)
Not awarded Pooja Jain
( India · Fremont)
Violet Nguyen
( Vietnam · San Jose)
Chun Hui Chen
( China · Honolulu)
Joy Thao Phuong Nguyen
( Vietnam · Fort Worth)
Pooja Jain
( India · Fremont)
2001 Caroline Nguyen
(Unknown)
Not awarded Wilma Morales
(Unknown)
Andra Cheung
(Unknown)
Jamie Choi
(Unknown)
Wilma Morales
(Unknown)
Meeyoung Kim
(Unknown)
2000 No Pageant Held
1999 Amy Truong
( Vietnam · Oakland)
Not awarded Not awarded Not awarded Amrapali Ambegaokar
( East India · Walnut)
Shelene Atanacio
(Los Angeles)
Ha Thai
( China &  Vietnam
· San Francisco)
1998 Quyen Hoang Tran
(Sunnyvale)
Not awarded Minita J. Gandhi
(Danville)
Laura S. Ngo
(San Jose)
Minita J. Gandhi
(Danville)
Denby Annette Kwai Foong Dung
(Honolulu)
Laura S. Ngo
(San Jose)
1997 Erin Jung
(Sacramento)
Not awarded Not awarded Not awarded Elyzabeth Pham
(La Jolla)
Stacey Chinn
(San Francisco)
Tammy Nguyen
(Chicago)
1996 Esther Hwang
( Korea · Emeryville)
Not awarded Cheryl Nunes
( Hawaii,  China,  Portugal,
&  Philippines · Beverly Hills)
Ying Hu
( China · Los Altos Hills)
Cheryl Nunes
( Hawaii,  China,  Portugal,
&  Philippines · Beverly Hills)
Mimi Jung
( China · Puyallup)
Debra Ichimura
( Japan · Honolulu)
1995 Gwendoline Yeo
( Singapore · San Francisco)
Not awarded Not awarded Elizabeth Wong
( China · San Francisco)
Jennifer Chin
( China · Woodside)
Amanda Quan
( Vietnam · Sunnyvale)
Shung-Yan Ng
( China · Bellevue)
1994 Jane Park
( Korea · Granada Hills)
Not awarded Zarin Maneck Dastur
( India · Los Angeles)
Marie Villatuya
( Philippines · So. San Francisco)
Zarin Maneck Dastur
( India · Los Angeles)
Marie Villatuya
( Philippines · So. San Francisco)
Liang Ni
( China · Honolulu)
1993 No Pageant Held
1992 Ashley Yamada
( Japan · Honolulu)
Not awarded Julie Esguerra
( Philippines &  China · Laguna Hills)
Not awarded Shiyena Chun
( Korea · Honolulu)
Julie Esguerra
( Philippines &  China · Laguna Hills)
Sylvia Gee
( China · Sacramento)
1991 Christie Hirota
( Philippines &  Japan · San Francisco)
Not awarded Annie Deng
( China · Cerritos)
Thao Diep
( Vietnam &  China · Santa Clara)
Annie Deng
( China · Cerritos)
Thao Diep
( Vietnam &  China · Santa Clara)
Wendy Tagomori
( Japan · Pearl City)
Year Miss Asian of California Miss Asian San Francisco List of Miss Asian of California runners-up
First Princess Second Princess Third Princess Fourth Princess
1990 Cindy Chung
( Korea · Santa Clara)
Ellen Chu
( China · San Francisco)
Sandy Wang
( China · Los Angeles)
Jamie Chou
( China · Sacramento)
Pia Rius Vitalis
( Philippines · Danville)
Not awarded
1989 Theresa Park
( Korea · Sausalito)
Angela Chang
( Korea · San Francisco)
Leah Sarmiento
( Philippines · Union City
Joyce Chang
( China · Long Beach)
Mika Tomoyo Yee
( Japan · San Diego)
Not awarded
1988 Stacy Yamashita
( Japan · So. San Francisco)
Not awarded Cindy Tsao
( China · Sunnyvale)
Cheryl Lee
( China · Foster City)
Rachelle Gaspar
( Philippines · Daly City)
Lisa Chen
( China · Montebello
Karin Co
( China · Burbank
1987 Delia Ma
(Unknown)
Not awarded Jennifer Deperio
(Unknown)
Unknown
(Unknown)
Unknown
(Unknown)
Not awarded
1986 Mona Lee Locke
( China · Lafayette)
Not awarded Nancy Yong
( China · San Francisco)
Jane Matsumoto Holybee
( Japan · Davis
Donna Morrill
( Philippines,
 Ireland &  Scotland · Union City
Not awarded
1985 Jeanette Chan
(Unknown)
Not awarded Michelle Knolle
(Unknown)
Aleili Orzal
(Unknown)
Lisa Johnson
(Unknown)
Not awarded

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ United States Patent and Trademark Office (February 2, 2011). "Trademark Electronic Search System (TESS)". USPTO. Retrieved December 29, 2013.
  2. ^ McLaughlin, Kathleen (20 November 2013). "First Chinese-American ambassador to China, much liked, steps down early". Christian Science Monitor. Retrieved 29 December 2013.
  3. ^ a b Ofori-Mensa, Afia A. (2010). Beauty, Bodies, and Boundaries Pageants, Race and U.S. National Identity. Ann Arbor: University of Michigan.
  4. ^ Adams, William Lee (22 November 2004). "Pageants' New Look". Newsweek. Retrieved 29 December 2013.
  5. ^ Lieu, Nhi T. (2013). "Beauty Queens Behaving Badly". Frontiers: A Journal of Women Studies. 34 (1): 25–57. doi:10.5250/fronjwomestud.34.1.0025. S2CID 142595184.