Penny Wong won the first Miss Chinatown beauty contest in 1948 aged 23. The event is remembered in a new documentary, You are Here. Penny Wong won the first Miss Chinatown beauty contest in 1948 aged 23. The event is remembered in a new documentary, You are Here.
Penny Wong won the first Miss Chinatown beauty contest in 1948 aged 23. The event is remembered in a new documentary, You are Here.

Heels, lipstick and a painted crown: Miss Chinatown 1948 and other beauty queens on pageant’s early years and being Chinese in the US

  • Penny Wong, 95, won the first pageant aged 23. She and other past winners talk about the event in a new documentary
  • They describe how it reflected the ‘parallel world’ of Chinese in San Francisco. ‘Whatever was happening in the white world, we had our own version,’ one says

Topic |   Chinese overseas
Penny Wong won the first Miss Chinatown beauty contest in 1948 aged 23. The event is remembered in a new documentary, You are Here. Penny Wong won the first Miss Chinatown beauty contest in 1948 aged 23. The event is remembered in a new documentary, You are Here.
Penny Wong won the first Miss Chinatown beauty contest in 1948 aged 23. The event is remembered in a new documentary, You are Here.
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