After all, in today's fast-paced, ever-changing world, isn't it nice to know there are some things you can rely upon for stability?
Asia Pacific Arts Online Magazine: First Annual Miss Vietnam U.S.A. Pageant
After five years of planning, the first annual "Miss Vietnam U.S.A." pageant will be held on December 20 at the Grove of Anaheim. Hosting the show will be Mai Phuong and Tuan Cuong.
[. . .] The show will feature sixty contestants from all over the nation competing for the grand prize of $20,000 and a brand-new Mercedes Benz. The first-runner up will win $10,000 and the second runner-up will win $5,000. There will also be a reward of $3,000 each in the categories of Miss Photogenic, Miss Congeniality and Miss Ao Dai (traditional Vietnamese dress).
(Update: Added Google Images link to Ao Dai, in case you were curious what one looks like. You're welcome.)
I mention this because Trish was scheduled to perform.
Want to know more? Check out MissVietnamUSA.com.
Later, we shall discuss whether a beauty pageant represents a sign of progress or not. Clearly, somebody thought it did, or they wouldn't have spent five years putting it together. I'm not sure it's my place to question their decision.
Wait, what am I saying? It's my blog. I get to question everyone's decisions.
I just choose not to.
I do, however, worry that so many of the contestants are blonde. . .
Update 12/25: Well, they finally updated with the winners. Madison, you'll be glad to know that the blondes appear to have been shut out entirely: Miss Vietnam USA 2004 is the very brunette Contestant #34, Caroline Nguyen. Additionally:
"Our full color 120 pages Magazine/booklet is available for everyone to purchase. Our magazine is $5.00 plus $2.50 for shipping and handling." To order, send a check or money order to our P.o Box and we will send the booklet within 7 days.
To: P.O. BOX 10184
Westminster, CA 92685
Attn: Magazine/booklet Order
Hell yes I'm ordering one.
Maybe several. They'd make nice (albeit sligtly late) Kwanzaa gifts, I think. Because what says Kwanzaa like cute Vietnamese women, presumably with a section featuring all of them wearing the Ao Dai?
Don't answer that.
Seriously -- as much so as it gets around here -- that first link has several interesting news bits, such as:
Korean Costumes Through the Ages
The Asia Pacific Museum in Pasadena is hosting the "Korean Costume Through the Ages" from November 1, 2003 until February 1, 2004. This exhibit will be the first of its kind in Southern California to trace the development of the hanbok (traditional Korean dress) from the Three Kingdoms Period (1st century BC- AD 668) to the modern period.
For more information, visit http://www.pacificasiamuseum.org
Goryeo Dynasty Exhibit at San Francisco's Asian Art Museum
The San Francisco Asian Art Museum will be hosting the "Goryeo Dynasty: Korea's Age of Enlightenment, 918 to 1392" exhibit from October 18, 2003 until January 11, 2004. The exhibit will examine the artistic works produced during the Goryeo Dynasty with over 113 rare artworks on display, seven of which have been designated as the National Treasures of Korea. Items on display include celadon ceramics, Buddhist paintings and sculptures, illustrated Buddhist sutras, ritual implements, metal crafts and lacquer wares.
For many of these objects, it will be their first time on display in the U.S. They have been collected from over thirty-five lenders throughout Asia, Europe, and the United States. This is the first exhibition of its kind outside of Korea.
For more info, see http://www.asianart.org
And that's skipping the bit about Amy Anderson's Chopschtick Comedy, and the Korean American Symphony Orchestra making its debut in "Echo of Dreams" at UCLA , with help from the Korean Youth and Community Center.
That issue also has an article Nothing Funny about Cho's New Line, about the clothing line:
Revolutionary, co-creating designer, Ava Stander states, "High Class Cho is reminiscent of the glamorous fashions of the '40s, where screen sirens of every shape filled each frame with infinite possibility, mystery and desire." This philosophy is also made apparent by the clothes collection coming in four sizes: "Audrey" (size 10-12), "Lana (size 12-14), "Marilyn" (size 14-16) and "Anita" (size 16-18).
Link added, natch.
And even though you'd think I've now milked the site for all it's worth, you'd be wrong. Go visit. There's more.
She also drinks Two Buck Chuck, which gives her several dozen coolness points.
And also, from Amy Anderson's bio:
Unlike her name, Amy Anderson is originally from South Korea. She was adopted and raised by Swedish people in Minnesota where her inevitable comedy career took flight. She spent six years in Minneapolis as a comedian, actor and writer before fleeing to sunny Los Angeles.
Are there any non-Korean female Asian comics?