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The Asian Herald

June 2014 (7)

Recognizing Dr. Nini as Jackie White with Ken Kong Cambodian Director Founder of Miss Asia Carolinas Southeast Asian Ministries

Dr. Nini given recognition for founding the Miss Asia Carolinas By Susan Palmes-Dennis A SPECIAL recognition award was given to the founder and chairperson of the Miss Asian Carolinas during the 14th Asian Festival in Charlotte, North Carolina, a week ago. Dr. Eumelia “Nini” Bautista de Garcia personally received the award from the publisher of Asian Herald Dr. Ki-Hyun Chun who also founded and organized the first Asian festival fourteen years ago. Chun was assisted by Nimish Bhatt, the president of the Carolinas AsianAmerican Chamber of Commerce (CAACC) and Dr.John Chen of the Carolinas Asian American Chamber of Commerce (CAACC) The Miss Asian Carolinas was founded by Dr. Nini in 2003 and is now called the Miss Asia Carolinas Multi-Cultural Showcase. During the pageant's 11-yearhistory, the Miss Asia title was won by one Korean, one Vietnamese, two Indians and seven Filipinas. A Filipina won the crown last year. There is no Miss Asian Carolinas (MAC) this year since the new team was unable to prepare in time due to other commitments. The previous winners underwent a rigorous three-tiered selection process and were evaluated by a panel of nonAsian judges. Scholarship awards and other prizes were given to the winners. In her response Dr. Nini said thank you in many languages: “Maraming Salamat, Merci Beaucoup,

DamkeSchon, Tsetse, thank you for this beautiful award, I owe it all to the participants of the Miss Asia Carolinas who inspired me and the many volunteers and donors who supported me.” Clad in Filipiniana dress, she also stood with the winners of the after receiving the award. Dr. Nini said it was a “joy and privilege” to provide young Asian American women a venue to shine and be recognized in the Carolinas community.Dr. Nini said the Miss Asia Carolinas is not just a pageant but a multicultural showcase that gives focus on a young Asian American woman's leadership development, cultural advocacy, community service and academic excellence. “We avoid calling it a pageant.”DrNini added. “It's truly brains, beauty and talent,” she said. Dr. Nini said the journey to establishing the Miss Asia Festival cannot be possible without the help of generous volunteers and sponsors. She quoted author Dennis Kimbro who wrote: let others live small lives, but not you, let others argue small stuff, but not you, let others cry over small hurts, but not you, let others leave their future in someone else’s hands but definitely not you, Take charge of your own destiny and happiness.” Dr. Nini then faced the pageant winners on stage and told them “I love being with you and being there for all these 11 years. It is time to move on.” ■

Jackie White, is the producer of Anchor International Mission; recently she interviewed Ken Kong, Director of Southeast Asian Ministries, (including Burma, Cambodia, Thailand, etc...) Feel free to watch on YouTube as Ken shares his heart for the nations & is featured in a very inspirational (Navigators) video. Two million people died in the genocide ( in Cambodia), but God spared Ken & his family's life for HIS Glory! (Cambodia is less than 4%Christian) Here is Ken reflection from a time of lent "Believing in Jesus means that we have been baptized into his death but it doesn’t just sit there. Because Christ has resurrected we too have been resurrected, and it’s not just a simple no power kind of resurrection it’s a resurrection to new life! What is new life? For many Southeast Asians, we know what it means to have a new life. Many of us had to leave our country because of the war that took place between 1975-1980. We’ve seen and experience the stenches of death. We’ve seen the destruction of what death looks like.

My mother has had to say good bye to two of her sons. Both died in her arms. Death was very real to her. Death was something she has had to carry and say good bye to. Having come to America one can say that it is sort of like a new life. Leaving behind the death and pain and moving into an environment where the opportunities are endlesswhere the fear of being taken out and forced to work until your hands can no longer move is far away. This new life, America, isn’t just a place for us to marvel in. It’s a place for us to begin to start working. It’s a place for us to rebuild our lives. Using what we have to serve and love our family and our communities. The bible is clear. We no longer use our bodies for sinful practices but we use it as instruments of righteousness. We use what we have to glorify Him!

During this season of reflection let us not dwell on our past, but think about our future. Let us reflect upon the power of Christ for our resurrection." Ken Kong is on staff with The Navigators serving Director of Southeast Asian Ministries, a Missionary to SouthAsia. He is also the national director for The Southeast Asian Committee www. ■

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