The 8th Annual Miss National Asia took place on July 6 at the Palace of Fine Arts Theatre. Fifteen young women from around the world, who came from all the over the country, some as far away as Vietnam, Philippines, Indonesia to compete for the Miss National Asia title. The Miss National Asia Pageant is a significant event in the Asian American community. Many parts of this pageant highlight and celebrate the Asian culture.
This year’s winner is Pearlynn Dang, who was also crowned Miss Talent in the competition is 18 years old from San Jose representing the Cambodian community. Her platform is to raise awareness to find a cure for Alzheimer’s, which is a disease her grandmother is currently fighting. Pearlynn will be moving to Southern California this fall to study at the University of California, Riverside.
Amongst the royal court winners: The first princess & Miss California Asia is 19 year old, Miranda Tran of Oakland California representing the Laotian community, Miss San Francisco Asia, Stefennie Laxamana of South San Francisco representing the Filipino community, Second Princess, Jewel Pi of San Francisco representing the Taiwanese community, Third Princess, Jamie Huynh of Atlanta, Georgia, representing the Vietnamese community, Miss Charity – Mindy Chu of Cupertino, California, representing the Vietnamese community, Miss Congeniality- Paris Nguyen an international contestant from Vietnam, and finally Miss People’s Choice- April Senting an international contestant from the Philippines.
Miss National Asia Pageant provides a forum to display the elegance, beauty, talent and poise of young Asian women representing our culture in a contemporary American setting. It is our honor and privilege to be able to showcase young Asian American women, who in the coming years will grow to become influential leaders of our community making contributions not only to our local community, but to the world. Miss National Asia serves as a mentorship program for young women to able learn about self-discovery, personal development, public speaking, poise, grace.
Miss National Asia’s Pageant President, Linda Phung stated that their organization seeks not only a beautiful face to represent the pageant, but a role model as well. “Our Queen will represent our Asian American community as a leader and role model. We envision that Miss National Asia will not only be beautiful, but she will be kind. She will not only be caring, but she will be compassionate. She will not only talented, but driven; and lastly, she will not only well-educated, but open-minded. During her address to the audience, she shared a quote from Mother Teresa. “Mother Teresa once said ‘I alone cannot change the world, but I can cast a stone across the waters to create many ripples.’ I hope that by continuing to provide this platform for young women to showcase their talents and producing the this show, that it will encourage you all to be inspired to make a difference in your community and in the lives of all those we those we touch.”