Miss Chinatown, U.S.A.


22 min / SD / 2006 (with closed captions)

A young woman enters a Chinese-American beauty pageant and wrestles with issues of identity.

* PBS broadcast
* Student Visionary Award nominee, Tribeca Film Festival
* Official selection of the LA Asian Pacific Film Festival, San Diego Asian Film Festival, Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival


"A poignant, thoughtful look at how one of the most American of events -- the beauty pageant -- became a meaningful way for Chinese-Americans to connect with their heritage."
- Bonnie Tsui, author of American Chinatown: A People's History of Five Neighborhoods

"This backdrop of a beauty pageant ingrained with decades of cultural politics perfectly enables an examination of identity issues." 
- LA Asian Pacific Film Festival

Miss Chinatown USA tells an unexpectedly moving story that challenges racial and gender stereotypes. It's thoughtful, entertaining, and the perfect length for the classroom!"
- Leo Chiang, award-winning producer & film lecturer, Walking Iris Media

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