Rose Rose Chung Chung Presents Presents
25th 25th Anniversary Anniversary
Miss Asian America Pageant Pageant 2010 2010
A Tradition of Excellence. A Dedication to Community Service. A Legacy for Tomorrow.
Rose Chung presents the
25th Annual Miss Asian America Pageant A Celebration of Beauty, Elegance, Culture and Talent
Saturday, August 7, 2010 Palace of Fine Arts Theatre 3301 Lyon Street, San Francisco
Editor-In-Chief: Vincent Ma Co-Editor: May Suen Senior Graphic Designer: Thomas Li Art Director: Aaron Tabada Editorial Director: Betty Lem Proofreader: Julunda Gean Mendoza
Table of Contents
Graphics Editor: Kevin Chiem
Message from Our President/Founder | R O S E C H U N G
Greetings from the Governor | A R N O L D S C H W A R Z E N E G G E R
Greetings from the Mayor | G A V I N N E W S O M
Our Emcees | J A N E L L E S H O A N & S T E V E C H O
Miss Asian America Inc. www.MissAsianAmerica.com
Message from Our Executive Director | J E F F R E Y K W O N G
Our Pageant Committee
Queenâ€™s Farewell Message
Message from Our President/Founder | R O S E C H U N G
A dream, a journey, a legacy... When I created the Miss Asian America Pageant in 1985, I had the intention of sharing my personal experience of evolving from a shy and sheltered young girl into an active community leader. As the youngest of five children to a widowed, immigrant mother, the idea of one day becoming a pageant queen and community leader seemed like a far-fetched dream. As a child, I found inspiration in Dr. William Gee, founder of On Lok Senior Services, and his wife, Marian. Dr. and Mrs. Gee assisted my mother in navigating through language and cultural barriers. They helped her apply for widow’s benefits and frequently checked in on her young family. After winning the title of Miss Chinatown USA in 1981, I became a vocal member of the Asian American community. This new public image enabled me to carry forth my inspiration from the Gees, and I dedicated myself to APA Family Support Services, an invaluable program that assists young, immigrant mothers. My participation in pageantry gave me a voice and enabled me to make a difference in my community by giving back the assistance that others had given my family so many years before. A pageant changed my life. I was empowered by my experience and determined to share my dream with other young women in the Asian community. My objective in creating the Miss Asian America Pageant was to showcase young, Asian American women in a quality production that represented their culture, intelligence, and talent. What we have today is an event much more dynamic and compelling than anything I had envisioned twenty-five years ago. From its humble beginnings in 1985, we have grown to have a national presence with contestants hailing from dozens of states and partnerships with several state pageants from Florida to Hawaii. As we look forward to new challenges and changes in the coming decade, it is important to reflect on the work and mission of the Miss Asian America Pageant. The first Asian American beauty queens swept away perceptions of the Confucian female and provided a modern and even American face to the public. The young women were symbols of the “coming of age” of Chinese Americans, attending anti-communism rallies during the Cold War and collecting funds for the first Asian American political candidates to run for office. The Miss Asian America Organization continues this mission of service, empowerment, and cultural appreciation. We are constantly reminded that our current success is a product of generations of fortitude. For the past twenty-five years, we have built a community that includes over 500 contestants and hundreds of hard working individuals who have put their valuable time, skills, and talent into producing the show you see tonight. Through these efforts, we have produced a program that benefits the Asian American community, and that is why we are proud to call ourselves the “Face of Asian America.” Thank you for being here tonight in support of Asian American women. I wish to express my gratitude to the Miss Asian America Pageant community, especially to our sponsors and my loyal friends – staff and volunteers who make this event possible. You have come through brilliantly to continue our mission of inspiring the next generation of Asian America women and leaders. Finally, on behalf of the Miss Asian America Pageant Family, we wish to congratulate our 2009-2010 Queen and Court: Amy Chanthaphavong, Victoria Pham, Kristine Law, Carolyn Fung, Tiffany Tam, Patherine Phattanathum, Serim Kang, Angel Chang, and Jane Hwang– thank you for being a part of our legacy and for carrying your titles with honor, grace, and beauty. Together, let us build a stronger Asian American community for the future.
Rose Chung President/Founder
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Greetings from theGreetings Governor | A Rfrom N O L D the S C H WGovernor ARZENEGGER
August 7, 2010
Miss Asian America Pageant I am pleased to offer my greetings to all who have gathered for your twenty-fifth annual pageant. The Golden State is proud to host events that promote individual achievement. The winner of tonightâ€™s event will represent her community as an ambassador of goodwill. I applaud all of the contestants for their hard work and determination. Their example encourages and inspires other women to lead fulfilling lives and to follow their dreams. On behalf of Califoanians, I offer my best wishes for a memorable pageant and every future success. Sincerely,
Greetings from the Mayor | G A V I N N E W S O M
Greetings from the Mayor Dear Friends, On behalf of the City and County of San Francisco, I am pleased to recognize the 25th Annual Miss Asian America Pageant held on the evening of August 7th, 2010 in the Palace of Fine Arts Theatre in San Francisco. I am also pleased to recognize the pageantâ€™s goal to showcase young Asian American women from different Asian ethnic backgrounds in a high quality production that will best represent their culture, beauty, intelligence and talent. It provides a unique opportunity to the contestants to develop their interpersonal and leadership skills, friendships, teamwork and other invaluable experiences that will advance their self-confidence and spread goodwill throughout the Bay Area and beyond. Especially, I would like to commend Rose Chung, the president of the pageant for her tireless efforts to make this event possible. I wish you a wonderful and successful pageant! With warmest regards,
Our Emcees | J A N E L L E S H O A N & S T E V E C H O
Janelle Shoan Janelle Shoan is a graduate of UC Berkeley, and has taught kindergarten in Cupertino for eight years. Ms. Shoan is a member of the Superintendent-Teacher Advisory Committee, advising the Superintendent on the needs of teachers and students at the school sites. Serving a largely Asian population, Ms. Shoan is dedicated to creating a multicultural based curriculum in her classroom. An active member of an Asian American church, Ms. Shoan formerly served as the Childrenâ€™s Ministry Director, directing plays and music programs that combined Asian culture with Christian themes. Ms. Shoan enjoys volunteering at different community events and is an annual coordinator for Aki Matsuri in Japantown, San Jose. Previously, Ms. Shoan volunteered for the Miss Asian America Pageant as a Contestant Coordinator, Administrative Assistant, and Emcee. She is excited to return to the pageant in celebration of its 25th year.
Steve Cho Steve Cho is a Software Client Leader at IBM with over ten years of experience in the Information Technology industry. Steve holds a Masters in Business Administration from UC Davis and frequently mentors and counsels aspiring graduates. He is an avid fan of dragon boat racing and supports raising awareness for physical fitness among Asian American youths. Steve is a dynamic motivational speaker and enjoys devoting his time to charitable causes that benefit the Asian American community in the Bay Area. His recent emcee appearances include the San Francisco International Dragon Boat Festival, the Chinese New Year Spring Festival, the Legacy Through Giving Fundraising Gala, and the Pure Blendz Spokesmodel Search. Steve is also an active volunteer of the Miss Asian America Pageant (MAAP) and is honored to emcee the 25th anniversary of MAAP.
Message from Our Executive Director | J E F F R E Y K W O N G
Miss Asian America Pageant and Our Common Commitment to Community, Social Responsibility, and Integrity Twenty five years ago when this pageant was first envisaged by Rose Chung, the world was a stark place. In the United States, Vincent Chin, a Chinese American, was beaten to death with blows to the head from a baseball bat in June 1982 in Detroit, Michigan by two Chrysler plant workers angry with growing Japanese car sales. A pan-ethnic Asian American movement was thus born. Yet to this day, injustices remain and human rights violations persist. Asian Americans increasingly face invisible forms of discrimination and hate in a multitude of settings such as university admissions and high level corporate hiring according to Labor Department data. We ask our contestants to transform the world, to achieve good and abandon false ideals that blind our collective moral compasses. And at the core of our mission, is a Commitment to Community, Social Responsibility, and Integrity. The Miss Asian America Pageant, as an EPIC-approved International organization, follows the strict guidelines of our accrediting body and endorses a Uniform Code of Ethics and Rules of Censure. In addition, Miss Asian America Pageant officially employs a Fair, Standards-Based Point System. Adopting standards from the academic literature on education, Miss Asian America Pageant has identified various functions of a judge’s role of assigning points based on a fair and standards based system: to describe unambiguously the worth of the work accomplished; to stimulate good performance; to inform the judge about what contestants have and have not learned; and to select people for rewards. At the Miss Asian America Pageant, we understand that judges bring in all sorts of perspectives, life backgrounds, career knowledge, and technical know-how to the table. Judges are invited to share these diverse backgrounds, but also, they are asked to follow this Fair, Standards-Based Point System, which involves the following: • Judge on the basis of contestants’ demonstrated ability in each segment: Judges are instructed to base evaluations solely on performance in an individual segment, eliminating other considerations that are not specifically listed in the Judging Guidelines, such as performance in another segment, personality traits learned from the interview segment, or other non-relevant criteria. • Clearly state judging procedures: Each contestant has been provided a copy of the same booklet provided to judges, including everything judges have been asked to look for in each segment. Contestants understand what and how they will be judged in each segment. Just as a teacher provides a rubric for students on how to get an “A” paper, we have also provided a rubric to contestants. • Accurately calculating scores: The Miss Asian America Pageant is proud to have Mah & Associates, LLP, a certified public accounting, as our Official Tabulator.
We are proud of our commitment to social responsibility and our community and we hope you will share in our aspirations. I am often reminded of what I learned as a compliance analyst at Goldman Sachs: Our assets are our people, capital and reputation. “If any of these is ever diminished, the last is the most difficult to restore. We are dedicated to complying fully with the letter and spirit of the laws, rules and ethical principles that govern us. Our continued success depends upon unswerving adherence to this standard.” Everything from our support of APA Family Support Services and Stanford University’s Asian Liver Center, to calculating our scores fairly, we are committed to instilling and passing on a culture of responsibility, because like 25 years ago, we remain in a stark place. Our team of volunteers all sign up to adhere to the same standards of ethical behavior and the Miss Asian America Pageant strives to maintain the highest ethical standards in the industry. And today, we stand proud and humbled because of our community’s work and your support. The Miss Asian America Pageant is proud to celebrate 25 years of Community, Social Responsibility, and Integrity. Deo juvante, Jeffrey Kwong Executive Director
Jeffrey Kwong is a PhD student in Political Science at University of California, San Diego studying cybersecurity and International Relations and a full time researcher with the UC Institute on Global Conflict and Cooperation and the Northeast Asia Cooperation Dialogue (NEACD), a multilateral track two diplomatic forum for the Six-Party Talks. A credentialed California high school teacher in Social Sciences, English, Chinese language, and Korean language, Jeffrey is a graduate of Harvard University in government with minors in Korean and teacher education. He has been with the pageant since 2000.
Our Pageant Committee
Thank you for all your persistance and hard work! President: Rose Chung
Promotions Director: Betty Lem
Advisor: Edwin Hom
Advertising Manager: Ed Jesswani
Honorary Advisor: Harry Kim, Harrison Lim
Reception Director: Denise Chan
Community Advisor: Commander Ron Lee, George Fung, Norma Kropelnicki, Margaret Baggerly
Reception Planners: Jennifer Chen, Tiffany Kim, Raymond Liang, Mariluz Panaszewicz, Anthony James Cua
International Directors: Bobby Babbar, Karen Babbar
Reception Hostess: Ayana Apricot, Valerie Lee, Vanessa Lee, Elizabeth Leong, Hillary Liang, Regina Liang, Diana Ngo, Annette Yip, Diana Young, Em Zhu
Executive Director: Jeffrey Kwong Pageant Director: Janice Hom Administrative Director: Julunda Gean Mendoza Vice President of Marketing: Vincent Ma Marketing Director: Kevin Chiem Media Executive: Lisa Li Media Executive Assistant: Joaquin Gomez Creative Director: Chanh Pham Public Relations Director: Stephanie Ng Senior Graphic Designer: Thomas Li Graphic Designers: Wagner Chiang, Brian Louie, May Suen, Aaron Tabada Student Graphic Designers: Angel Liang, Stanley Lin, Megan Tsai, Nancy C. Xia, Vernon Xie, Dillon Yee, Grace Zhao, Ruby Zhao, Amy Zhen Housemothers: Mommy Penny Wong-Belleza, Annie Hong, Ella Mae Lew Housesisters: Victoria Pham, Mari Saleh, Merle Wong Head Escorts: Steven Cho, Jason Lim Escorts: Frederico DeJesus, Alex Fong, Ryan Fung, Brendon Hong, Jkai Hsu, Matthew Joe, Nicolas Jung, Lawrence Lau, Frisco Le, Jason Lim, Ken Morimoto, James Pung, Andrew Lee Seike, Ethan Trinh, Cuthbert Wong, Jerry Wu
Judges Hostess: Aprileen Coh, Julie Gramlich Etiquette Advisor: Syndi Seid Security Directors: Mike Fong, Darlene Hong Security Team: Phung Chai, Simenon Dondero, Jun Du, Nico Formalejo, Patrick Koo, Anthony Lee, Derrick Lee, Ed Liskey, Norman Lui, David Mangonon, Michael Mar, Wilson Moy, Luis Perdices, Edna Perez, Grant Steward, Eddie Viray, Eric Viray Backstage Assistants: Andrew Belleza, Don Chan, Sheldon Lee, Fernando Mendoza, Byron Wong, Dennis Woo, Kevin Woo Photographers: David Yu, Larry Carlin, Jack Chen, Raymond Hong, William Jay, Benson Kam, Henry Kee, Kwun Lee, James Lim, Henry Liu, Charles Shen, Anh Tuan Truong, Kevin Vilay, Boon Vong, Henry Wong, Kevin Woo, Willy Yau Make-Up/Hair Coordinator: Huong Nguyen Make-up Artists: Kansinee Adsanatham, Penney Do, Jessica Lee, Juan Li, Cindy Nguyen, Hanh Nguyen, Ethel Oâ€™yang, Van Pham, Tina Punla, Wendy Tran Hair Stylists: Teresa Bui, Lenny Chiang, Nancy Hua, Julie Lam, Thao Nguyen, Kao Vey Saephanh, Alvin Wen Dressing Room Coordinator: Trisha Mao
Junior Escorts: Omar, Cezar, and Zachary Mendoza
Dressing Room Assistants: Mindy Chiu, Liza Fung, Olivia Kwan, Sandy Lam, Felicity Lau, Jennifer Leong, Melissa Li, Sally Liu, Trina Mao, Ina Zhang, Lily Zhang
Tabulators: Mah and Associates
Catering Supervisor: Jenny Kwan Yee
Ticket Masters: Francis Pang, Linda Pang
Catering: Westin Bradley, Rick Chew, Alexander Chiu, Olivia Kwan, Henry Lau, Amy Liu, Thao Nguyen, Christopher Yee, William Zhang, Daryl Zhao, Letitia Zhao
Opening Number & Swimsuit Choreographer: Miki Novitski Training Coordinator: Valerie Foo Contestant Trainers: Monica Chan, Jane Huang, Pooja Jain, Kristine Law, Crystal Lee, Violet Nguyen, Kollyn Muangmaithong Production Assistants: Dillon Chin, Jarrett Chin, Jay Raymundo, Ivy Wong, Stacey Young Administrative Assistants: Winnie Chen, Michael Lee, Annie Liang, Raymond Liang, Anna Lisa Matias, Allan Salin, Justin Sharp, Jane Wen, Delon Wu, Ismael Zhu
Head Usher: Clifford Pong Ushers: Westin Bradley, Jimmy Kwan, Kevin Lam, Eleanor Lau, Kendrick Lau, Kimberly Lau, Nelly Lau, Frank Liu, Bonnie Ng, William Zhang, Annie Zheng Kwan Special Thanks to Lung Kong Youth Group, Cathay Post #384 for their many years of dedicated support as part of the Miss Asian American Pageant Family. Also thanks to Alpha phi omega - gamma beta chapter for their integral role for the success of the postpageant reception.
Film Documentarian: Kate Elston, Dr. Francis Kong
Queen’s Farewell Message
Amy Chanthaphavong “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.“
– Jeremiah 29:11
The Miss Asian America Pageant has been an unexpected blessing in my life and an opportunity of a life time. I cannot even begin to articulate the past year without first recognizing the glory and graciousness of God. In 2009, I left the stage with an unexpected Queen title along with memories I will cherish for a life time and a wealth of self-confidence, albeit I had no idea the coming year was to be such an adventure. I have grown both spiritually and emotionally in profound ways. If I could boast of only one reason to be grateful for my reign, my personal growth alone would be enough to prove this experience priceless. However, I have many more reasons to be grateful. I had the privilege of traveling all over the United States and even abroad as a role model, a goodwill ambassador, and a leader in the Asian American community. As Miss Asian America, I participated in cultural festivities, fashion shows, award ceremonies, red carpet events and fundraised for numerous charities. At times, I was astonished by the truly remarkable people I came across at these events, prominent figures, politicians and Asian American leaders. During my reign, not only have I honed interview and public speaking skills to last a lifetime, but I have also learned invaluable networking and communication skills. They will be lessons I carry with me forever, but what mattered the most was the opportunity to touch the lives of young people, one of my greatest passions. Seeing the eyes of young children light up when you walk into a classroom and engaging in discussions about real issues they face on a daily basis is priceless. Inspiring a child to dream big, to pursue their gifts and talents is more than what I could have asked for. What I have learned is that Miss Asian America is more than a crown; it is an organization that enhances a young woman’s ability to dream. Being granted the opportunity to compete for and win the title of Miss Asian America has been nothing short of a dream come true. For this, I will always be indebted to the Miss Asian America volunteers, staff and Rose Chung! Thank you for giving me a platform to set in motion my dreams. I am honored to have been able to serve as Miss Asian America and thank you for supporting the empowerment of talented young women. I would also like to give a sincere “Thank you” from the bottom of my heart to my family and friends for their unconditional love and support and for accompanying me on this journey. Thank you mom and dad for everything, I would not have become the woman that I am now if it were not for your continuous love, encouragement, support, and wisdom. With love, Queen Amy Chanthaphavong 2009-2010 Miss Asian America
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The Judging Process The Miss Asian America Pageant is often asked, “How do judges evaluate the contestants?” Judges are asked to envision Miss Asian America as a person empathetic to others and committed to a higher cause or ideal in the Asian American Community. Judges are instructed to look for: a woman of beauty, elegance, and substance; a woman who sees Miss Asian America as a role and responsibility and will be able to commit to her platform and social service; an ambassador for the Asian American community; an advocate and a role model. Maxime Eric Bonjean, MD, PhD Dr. Maxime Bonjean, MD, PhD, is a National Institutes of Health-National Science Foundation Research Fellow at the Salk Institute for Biological Studies and Institute for Neural Computation. A native of Belgium, Dr. Bonjean is a graduate of Université catholique de Louvain in Engineering and a graduate of Oxford University in medicine and surgery. A PhD in Neuroscience from University of California, San Diego, Dr. Bonjean conducts research in sleep and computational neuroscience at the Salk Institute, University of California, San Diego. In 2008, Dr. Bonjean was awarded the Marcel Linsman Prize, a triennial Belgian prize for excellence in the biomedical sciences and engineering. He has published in the areas of aviation technologies, sleep medicine and sleep disorders, and Parkinson’s disease. He was previously a lieutenant in the Belgium Armed Forces (Reserve).
Gerry Dove Gerry Dove is Community Affairs Director of Clear Channel Radio. An outgoing, energetic, and dynamic presence on Bay Area stages and 98.1 KISS FM venues, he shares his deep love for R&B, funk, and jazz music in his many years in radio. He is active in the community, working with the NAACP, the EOYDC, and the Women of Excellence/Men Inc. In 2007, Gerry was named one of the 101 African-American Men Making a Difference in Our Community. He is also a supporter of many Bay Area organizations, including the National Coalition of 100 Black Women, the Friends of Faith, and the ASA Academy. He serves as the President of the Board of Directors for the East Oakland Youth Development Center (EOYDC), and is on the Advisory Committee for the Martin Luther King Jr. March and Rally Committee.
Haydar Haba Haydar Haba is a serial entrepreneur, innovator and an established expert in the telecommunications industry best known for founding IntelePeer, Telco 214 and TCI communications. At IntelePeer, he architected the Open Communications Platform revolutionizing the delivery of communications, enabling carriers, service providers and enterprises to access communication services from the Cloud. Mr. Haba has over 18 years experience in the communications industry. Prior to IntelePeer, Mr. Haba was Founder and Chief Technology Officer of Telco 214, an emerging leader in the international telecom peering market. Mr. Haba completed his PhD course work in Electrical Engineering and holds Bachelor of Science and Masters degrees from Florida Institute of Technology. His companies have won many awards for innovation from Red Herring, Always On, CODiE, Deloitte Technology Fast 50, and B/OSS.
Charles K. Lee, MD, FACS Charles K. Lee is a board certified plastic surgeon. An international leader in plastic surgery, lecturing in North America, Europe, and Asia, Dr. Lee has been a Visiting Professor to Seoul, Korea’s premier plastic surgery institutions. He is currently the Director of his Private Clinic at the L plastic surgery center in San Francisco, winning many top plastic surgeon awards and recognitions. Dr. Lee has also been privileged to be one of a few plastic surgeons who can care for breast cancer survivors requiring advanced microsurgical breast reconstruction. In addition to his own practice, he is active in education and public service as an Assistant Clinical Professor of Plastic Surgery at UCSF Medical Center, the Chief of Microsurgery at St. Mary’s Medical Center, and a Consultant Specialist to the SF Giants Baseball Team and WebMD.
Jerry Lee Jerry Lee is the Corporate Learning and Develop Training Manager at UPS, where he is responsible for local charitable grants, employee workplace giving and employee community volunteerism in the North California District which consists of 12,000 employees. In addition, he is the Vice Chairman of the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency, which oversees the San Francisco Municipal Railway as well as the Department of Parking and Traffic. Active in the community, he is on the Board of Directors of Self Help for the Elderly, United Way of the Bay Area, and the San Francisco Chinese New Year Parade Planning Team. He has also previously served on the Board of Directors of Cameron House, Angel Island Immigrations Station Foundation, Wu Yee Children Services, and the Organization of Chinese Americans (San Francisco).
Jing Li Jing Li is a All-China martial arts champion and Hollywood actress. Armed with a distinctive grace, power, and style in martial arts, Ms. Li was a member of China’s famed Beijing Wushu Team, and won the Wushu National Championships of China for seven consecutive years from 1991 to 1997. After arriving in the United States in 1998, she garnered further honors, becoming a four time NASKA Women’s Grand Champion and International Tai Chi Champion. After years of training under the guidance of renowned wushu master Wu Bin, Ms. Li is recognized today as one of the world’s greatest martial arts competitors. She is also a successful actress, trainer and stunt choreographer, appearing in Rush Hour 3, The Invasion, The Fast and the Furious 3, Cursed, and television series, including Desperate Housewives, Rescue Me, All My Children, Threshold, Entourage, and Wanted.
Michael Ly Michael Ly is the Vice President and General Manager at Sugar Bowl Bakery, a multi-million dollar bakery that services the top retailers in the world. He is the second generation of the Ly Brothers who immigrated penniless to the United States from Vietnam in 1979 and founded Sugar Bowl Bakery in 1984. Today, Michael Ly works directly under CEO Andrew Ly and has expanded the company’s distribution in many supermarket chains, warehouse clubs, specialty stores, coffee chains nationally and to parts of Asia and Mexico. He oversees two main plants (120,000 total square feet) in Hayward and is planning for a third plant in the East Coast. A graduate of UCLA in Economics, Mr. Ly was previously at a startup biometric company for 5 years. Michael Ly is active in the Hayward business community, and serves as a board of director for the Hayward Chamber of Commerce.
Elsie McAteer Elsie McAteer is Director of Sales and Marketing for the Events Department of San Francisco City Hall, producing over $1.5 million in revenues for the City and County of San Francisco annually. She has been a part of the City Hall family for the past eleven years. Born and raised in the Philippines, Elsie holds a with a Bachelor’s degree in Business from San Diego State University and a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from the University of Redlands in Southern California. She has dedicated her life to public service, working previously at the United States Department of Labor for 14 years. Mrs. McAteer is an active member of the community, supporting a number of the nonprofit organizations including 501 and Step in the Beat. As a former Miss Southern California Philippines-USA in 1989, she continues to support intercultural programs and pageants to this day. Mrs. McAteer is married to Patrick McAteer and has two caring children.
Kuo S. Ooi, MD Dr. Kuo Ooi is a board certified in Internal Medicine and Sports Medicine. Co-owner of a large private practice, Rocklin Family Practice & Sports Medicine, and also the medical director for Active Care Physical Therapy, Dr. Ooi has served as a team physician for Ohio Wesleyan University and is currently the head team physician for Whitney High School Athletics in Rocklin, California. He has extensive experience in sporting events and has served as an event physician for international and national competitions. A graduate of University of Texas at Austin and Baylor College of Medicine, Dr. Ooi completed his residency in combined Internal Medicine and Pediatrics at the Indiana University Medical Center. He is an active half-marathon runner and 2nd degree black belt in Taekwondo.
Joyce Yan Zhang Joyce Zhang is a bank examiner for the Federal Reserve Bank of New York. As part of the the Bank Supervision Group, she supervises and regulates financial institutions in the Second District and assesses the safety and soundness of domestic banking institutions and operations of foreign banking organizations in the District through financial analysis and surveillance and develops domestic and international supervisory policy. Born in Maryland and raised in Texas, Joyce graduated from Harvard University with a joint honors degree in government and economics. Of Mongolian Chinese descent, Joyce is active in the Asian American community of New England and New York and serves as the Public Service Chair of the Harvard Asian American Alumni Alliance. Joyce previously worked at the Department of Labor and in the US Embassy of Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia.
Alexandra Nicole Braga Calingo Filipina American
Academic & Work History: UC Berkeley (BA, Anthropology ‘09)/Dominican University (Biology ‘10) Platform: Ending the Cycle of Bullying. My platform is important to the Asian American community because it is a pressing issue that we all can benefit from learning about since it is something that everyone has experienced--as a bully, victim, or witness. Role Model: Eleanor Mariano, the first Filipino American graduate of the Uniformed Services University of Medicine, reached the rank of Rear Admiral and was the first woman to be the director of the White House Medical Unit, serving as White House Physician for President Clinton and President Bush. Her dedication inspires me in my career path in medicine. Sponsors: Dr. and Mrs. Luis Calingo
Angela Chan Chinese American
Academic & Work History: Foothill High School (‘10) Platform: Inspiring active participation and political awareness in youth. My platform is important to the Asian American community because promoting corrective responsibility in future generation will in turn promote a better future. Role Model: My favorite rolemodel is Yuanyuan Tam, the feature dancer at the San Francisco Ballet. Not only does she need strength and diligence to dance, but she also has the courage to pursue a career where not many Asian American have succeeded before.
Liza Chu Vietnamese American
Academic & Work History: Bear Creek High School (‘09)/Tutor Platform: Promoting higher education. My platform is important to the Asian American community because through mentor programs, struggling Asian American students–with personal obstacles or language barriers–can seek the critical guidance in order to pursue college. Role Model: Anh Cao is the first Vietnamese American Congressman, representing Louisiana’s 2nd District. Cao has worked to rebuild the Vietnamese community post-Katrina and continues to voice the plea of gulf fishermen (30% are of Vietnamese heritage), demonstrating a leadership quality that is simply inspirational. Sponsor: Full House Beauty Supply
Rachanee Jaurequi Thai American
Academic & Work History: Phoenix College (AA, Accounting ‘08)/Surface Mount Technician Platform: Promoting the Awareness of Domestic Violence. My platform is important to the Asian American community because domestic violence does not discriminate against any culture. Role Model: Hiram Leong Fong: Born into poverty, Hiram Fong shined shoes and caddied golf holes before attending Harvard Law School and becoming a lawyer, entrepreneur, and tycoon. He was the first Asian American elected to the United States Senate —serving under five American presidents from Eisenhower to Ford — and was the first Asian American to actively seek the Presidential nomination of the Republican Party. Sponsor: Miss Asia Arizona Pageant
Nancy Kwong Chinese American
Los Angeles, CA
Academic & Work History: USC (BS, Business Entrepreneurship)/Packaging Firm Project Director Platform: Advocating environmental sustainability and utilizing my packaging design background to educate consumers on supporting earth friendly products. My platform is important to the Asian American community because by educating others to utilize natural resources efficiently, each and every one of us can contribute to a better tomorrow. Role Model: Judy Chu is the first Chinese American woman to be elected to the United States Congress. Having met Judy through community events, her tenacity in breaking through the glass ceiling and a dvocating for Asian American rights has empowered me to never give up and to always be persistent in my goals. Sponsor: KMM Product, Inc.
Amanda Lee Chinese American
Academic & Work History: San Francisco State (BA, Communication ‘09)/Client Representative Platform: Promoting awareness on the representation of women in the media. My platform is important to the Asian America community because I feel it is important for us to reshape the portrayal of Asian American women in the media as independent strong-minded individuals. Role Model: Amy Tan, author of The Joy Luck Club, is my role model because she was able to climb through all the obstacles of being a female minority and reach her goal of becoming a successful writer. It is inspiring to me that she makes her voice heard and is able to depict Chinese culture through literature. Sponsor: Circle Bank
Susan Lin Chinese American
“A special thank you to all my family, friends, and sponsors that have supported me throughout this pageant. I am thankful and grateful for having you all in my life!” Academic & Work History: UC Davis (BS, Nutrition Science ‘08) /Quality Control Analyst Platform: Encouraging others to volunteer and give back to their community. My platform is important to the Asian American community because I believe that volunteering is one of the key factors in maintaining a close and functional community. Role Model: Michelle Kwan: I remember being a little girl and idolizing how hard Michelle Kwan had to work to be one of the very best ice skaters. She inspires me to do my best and never give up because every time she fell or did not win the gold, she would always get back up, try harder, refuse to give up, and in the end she came out successful.
Sarah Liu Chinese American
“Being part of the MAAP has been a wonderful experience and journey of growth. I owe my achievements to the loving support from my sponsors, friends, parents, grandmother, and my sister Monica. Thank you!” Academic & Work History: UC Berkeley (BS, Business Administration ‘13)/Financial Advisory Intern Platform: Raising awareness about Hepatitis B, how it affects Asian Americans, and the testing and vaccination available to promote a healthier future. My platform is important to the Asian American community because out of the 1.25 million people affected with Hepatitis B, over half are Asian Americans, most of whom don’t even know that they are infected. Role Model: Maya Lin: Maya Lin, the brilliant artist and architect behind the Vietnam War Memorial, faced criticism and adversity for her design. However, her strength, perseverance, and courage to continue to stand up for what she wanted has inspired Asian American women like me for many decades. Sponsor: Excel Test Prep
Helena Nguyen Vietnamese American
“I thank my family and friends for all the support and guidance throughout this process. I had a great experience with all the fond memories and friendships from the events.” Academic & Work History: UC Riverside (BA, Psychology ‘12) Platform: Raising awareness of domestic violence in teen dating. My platform is important to the Asian American community because this issue has not been sufficiently addressed among Asian American teens. Role Model: Feng-shan Ho was a Republic of China Consul General stationed in Austria who issued thousands of visas to Jews during the Holocaust and was honored as Righteous Among the Nations by Yad Vashem in 2001. Ho, who later became a US citizen, is my role model for his ability to value humanity. Sponsor: 19Market
Kristie Nguyen Vietnamese American
Garden Grove, CA
“I thank my family and friends for the love and support. I also thank my sponsors: Mr. Tim Louie, Marketing Manager at Health Net; Dr. Thuy Le, Director of Titan Dental; and Mr. Lam Quan, Project Manager of Envy Construction.” Academic & Work History: CSU Fullerton (BA, Communicative Disorders ‘07)/Speech Pathology Assistant Platform: Reducing the mortality rate among children in poverty. My platform is important to the Asian American community because nearly half of Asia’s children are living in poverty. Role Model: John Nho Trong Nguyen, a Superior Court Judge of Orange County, has greatly inspired me by his wisdom and dedication in serving the people. With great determination to pursue higher education along with many charitable services, he has sponsored over a thousand refugees to resettle in the United States.
Mijin Park Korean American
“Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good. His love endures forever.” Psalm 136:1 Academic & Work History: Temple University (BA, Music Therapy ‘11) Platform: Strengthening community service organizations for Asian American Elders. My platform is important to the Asian American community because there are many Asian American elders who are in need of help and yet there are still many barriers to services. Role Model: Angela Oh, an attorney, teacher, and public lecturer inspires me greatly. A Korean American, she is best known for her role as a spokesperson for the Korean American community and for her position on President Bill Clinton’s One America Initiative.
Dolene Simmalavong Laotian American
San Francisco, CA
“Thank you LANA, ILNYF, and the Lao community for giving me amazing opportunities and encouragement this year. Also, I’d like to show my appreciation to my close friends and family for the continuous love, inspiration and support.“ Academic & Work History: San Francisco State (BS, Apparel Design and Merchandising ‘12) Platform: Advocating awareness about the issue of Discrimination. My platform is important to the Asian American community because the Asian American community still faces discrimination today. Role Model: Audrey Kawasaki, an imaginative Asian American artist illuminates ironic concepts of a woman’s natural beauty and innocence. Audrey inspires me as a creative soul to stay true to your own vision no matter how different it may be. Sponsor: Miss Lao International Pageant
Sharon Song Korean American
Colorado Springs, CO
“I want to thank my family and friends for their endless support in every step of my walk.” Academic & Work History: Boston University (BS, Broadcast Journalism ‘09) Platform: Promoting awareness about the human rights crisis in North Korea. My platform is important to the Asian American community because we hold the power, through voice and awareness, to initiate change to this stilled country stricken with poverty and imprisonment. Role Model: Ann Curry, the Asian American Television News Anchor of NBC’s Today Show inspired my dreams of pursuing a career as a News Correspondent. A Japanese American, she was the first female News Reporter for KTVL and received several emmys and the National Journalism Award from the Asian American Journalist Association.
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“I thank my mother Meizhen Yu and sponsor Evan Wong for supporting me and taking every step with me throughout Miss Asian America Pageant 2010!” Academic & Work History: University of Massachusetts Boston (BA, Exercise and Health Sciences ‘11) Platform: Promoting Exercise and Health Sciences. My platform is important to the Asian American community because I want the Asian Americans to see me as a positive role model and one who is willing to offer support, care, and a healthy lifestyle. Role Model: Carrie Ann Inaba of Chinese, Japanese, and Irish ethnicity from Hawaii is my Asian American role model. She is an actress, dancer, singer, and judge from ABC Dancing With the Stars and it is people like her who can tell you dreams do come true and anything is possible.
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“I am very grateful for the unconditional love, support, and encouragement that my parents, brother, and friends gave me. I am honored to be part of this challenging and positive journey within the MAAP family.“ Academic & Work History: Executive Pastry Chef Platform: Encouraging Community Service and Involvement. My platform is important to the Asian American community because we must contribute to and be proud of the people and culture, which nurtured and did the same for us. Role Model: Maxine Hong Kingston is an acclaimed Bay Area novelist of several award winning books including The Woman Warrior. Mrs. Kingston is an inspiring figure for her dedication as an activist and her attention to the cultural differences and assimilation between Chinese and American traditions. Sponsor: Miss Asia Sacramento Pageant
Brijal Vadgama Indian American
“I’d like to thank my parents’ support by giving me good advices and taking me to places. I thank my younger siblings for being there for me. Lastly, I thank my close & helpful friends for coming to the pageant.” Academic & Work History: Lincoln High School (‘08)/Graphic Designer Platform: Helping Young Girls Grow To Be Strong and Independent. My platform is important to the Asian American community because it will give a strong base for young girls to grow up, stand up for themselves, and be who they are no matter where they come from. Role Model: Bobby Jindal: In the midst of an economic recession and the Deepwater Horizon drill rig explosion, Bobby Jindal has shown incredible leadership as Governor of Louisiana and a former Congressman. He was appointed Lousiana Secretary of Health and Hospitals at age 25 and was appointed as the youngest-ever president of the University of Louisiana System at age 28.
Yang Wang Chinese American
“I would like to thank my family, friends, and especially my sponsor Tim Louie. Thanks for all your support!” Academic & Work History: Shanghai Yangpu High School (‘06) Platform: Promoting the sponsorship of children in poverty. My platform is important to the Asian American community because child sponsorship has the power to transform lives. Role Model: Ang Lee, a Chinese American film director, is my inspiration and my role model. His passion and non-stop pursuit for film made him the first Asian American Best Director for the Oscar, which inspires me and encourages me to pursuit my own dream.
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“Our lives are shaped by influential experiences. I thank everyone’s support, especially from mom and dad, for making this experience and journey possible.” Academic & Work History: University of Hawaii-Manoa (Doctor of Architecture ‘08)/Land Planner Platform: Promoting Intergenerational Learning. My platform is important to the Asian American community because generational cohorts are changing. New demands on resources and services require the next generation to seek creative solutions that maximize community assets. Role Model: Patsy Mink, a visionary of her time and the first Asian American United States Congresswomen, revolutionized the role of women in academics and sports through the establishment of Title IX. Her perseverance opened doors for women like me to pursue goals once only available to men. Sponsor: Miss Chinatown Hawaii Pageant
Tabitha Wong Chinese American
San Francisco, CA
“I thank my brilliant family, friends, sifu, sponsors, MAAP staff & volunteers for encouraging me to pursue my dreams, and giving me this amazing opportunity to be here tonight.“ Academic & Work History: San Francisco State (BA, Broadcast Journalism ‘08) Platform: Spreading knowledge about the dangers of adolescent obesity. My platform is important to the Asian American community because adolescent obesity is not limited to one race, it can affect anyone and we have to work together as a community so we can alleviate this issue worldwide. Role Model: Heather Fong is the first woman to lead the San Francisco Police Department and is the first Asian American woman to head a major police force, working through the ranks for 32 years. As a Chinese American women like me, she gives me great confidence that we can break racial and gender barriers. Sponsors: Fong Brother’s Prining, Lifemark Group, Calvin Louie – Utopia Cafe
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“Thank you for the faith and loving support from my parents Kwang & Jin, grandparents, my brother Alan, compassionate relatives in America & Korea, kindhearted and loyal friends & family, Yul Kwon & family, professional networks from UC Berkeley, Federal & CA State Government, SSA, and the St. Mary’s College of CA.” Academic & Work History: UC Berkeley (BA, Political Science/English ‘06)/Social Insurance Specialist Platform: Strengthening the anti-trafficking movement by focusing on community, leadership development, volunteerism, and a campus movement. My platform is important to the Asian American community because poverty and lack of economic opportunity make women and children, especially from Asian countries like South Korea, vulnerable to promises of job opportunities in other countries and potential victims of traffickers associated with international criminal organizations. Role Model: Katherine Chon, the current President of the Board of Directors and Co-Founder of Polaris Project, is a committed social activist. A Korean American, she launched Polaris Project’s first office and built movements to fight trafficking and slavery with passion and determination. Sponsors: Korean BBQ Plus! and St. Mary’s College of California
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