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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