Miss Chinatown tries to break into Hong Kong
By Assunta Ng
NortHWEST ASIAN WEEKLY
Ni Jiang made Seattle proud when she captured the national title
of Miss Chinatown Queen in
Hopefully, history will repeat itself with Jiang winning
the Miss Chinese International
on Jan. 17 in Hong Kong.
Jiang, 20, a University of
Washington junior majoring
in communication, left Seattle
for Hong Kong on Dec. 23 to join contestants from all over the
world, including seven contestants from China. The contestants
will train in Hong Kong but the pageant will be held in Foshan
on Mainland China.
Jiang is originally from the
Sichuan Province in China.
She came to the United States
when she was 12 years old, and she speaks fluent Mandarin and Sichuanese.
Chinese pageants are typically
plagued with controversies.
In December 2008, the Miss
Asia pageant was accused of
deliberately omitting votes for some contestants. In other years,
the media already knew who the winner was before the announcements.
The question and answer portions are not designed to test the intelligence
of the contestants but to get high television ratings.
Judges also prefer skinny contestants.
The contestant’s figure counts for a lot. Jiang is aware
of this preference.
To prepare, Jiang put herself on
a special diet that is high in fruits
and vegetables. She has lost weight.
Her Chinese dance for the talent competition has been cut from
six minutes to one minute. She has been working hard with her dance
teacher, Li Hengda, for the past seven weeks.
“I will do my best,” Jiang said. “There are
many factors to get placement (of titles).”
Jiang’s parents, owner of Seven Stars Pepper Restaurant
in the International District, will
be in China to watch the pageant.
Jiang’s mother, Nancy Li, said she has shopped for her daughter’s
pageant appearance. Jiang was requested
to bring five to six outfits, including
cocktail dresses. Li said Jiang has
worked very hard to prepare herself,
and she is proud of her daughter.
Jiang has brought Dilettante chocolate
with her for her new friends. She
is excited to meet other contestants.
But the stress will be high, she said, as the pageant is extremely
Whether or not she gets any titles,
she looks forward to visiting San
Francisco to be crowned as the the
new queen in the national Miss Chinatown pageant after her trip
to China. In the coming weeks, she will also participate in the
biggest Chinese parade in the United States and its coronation
Assunta Ng can be reached at email@example.com.