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

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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