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Meet our 2014 Emcees

Jul 29, 2014

Crystal Lee

Crystal Lee is a graduate of Stanford University, BA Human Biology ‘13 and MA Communication ‘13. Representing California, she was 1st Runner-Up in the 2014 Miss America Pageant. In the nationallytelevised competition, Crystal performed a ballet en pointe talent routine and answered a question about U.S. Intervention in Syria. She is the recipient of the Miss America STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) scholarship. She spent her year as a motivational speaker and advocate for education, public service, and her personal platform, Women in STEM. Originally from San Francisco, she has interned at a variety of companies including Dropbox and KRON4 News. She’s now working for Google on their enterprise sales and business development team.

Keep up with her on Instagram, Twitter @crizzlelee, fb.com/crizzlelee, and www.crystalalee.com

Steve Cho

Steve Cho is a thought leader in the the mobile apps and games space, and consults hundreds of developers worldwide on building amazing apps. He is an advisor and former VP of Business Development for Kiip, a hot San Francisco based startup. Kiip is a reward platform for mobile apps recently funded over $11 million to reward users for virtual achievements. Steve is currently working on a new startup focused on high quality delivery pizza called Pi. Pi is set to launch in September and poised to disrupt the delivery pizza industry as we know it today.

With over ten years of sales and business development experience, Steve has held various leadership positions at IBM and Hewlett Packard. A communications expert, Steve is a dynamic motivational speaker, and enjoys devoting his time to charitable causes that benefit the Asian American community in the bay area.

He is an avid fan of dragon boat racing, and supports raising awareness for physical fitness among Asian American youths. His most recent speaking engagements include the Application Developer Conference and the San Francisco International Dragon Boat Festival. He holds a Masters in Business Administration from UC Davis, and frequently mentors aspiring graduates. As an active volun

2014 Pageant Poster

Jul 23, 2014

San Francisco, CA— The Asian America Foundation has unveiled the poster for the 2014 Miss Asian Global and Miss Asian America Pageant to be held on August 2,2014 at the Palace of Fine Arts Theatre in San Francisco, California. The twenty seven delegates from around the world will be vying for a position as a finalist and of course, the crown of Miss Asian Global, Miss Asian America and First Princess, Second Princess, and Third Princess. The Miss Asian California and Miss Asian San Francisco titles go to the contestants with the highest score from those respective areas and Miss Talent is the top winner of the talent segment. Contestants determine the Miss Congeniality title. In recognition of outstanding academic and volunteer work, we award the Miss Scholastic Achievement and Miss Community Service titles according to information provided in the application and supplemental materials.

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2014 Miss Asian Global and Miss Asian America Pageant Poster

2014 Miss Asian Global and Miss Asian America Pageant Poster

Mission Accomplished: 2014 Pageant Tickets Sold Out

Jul 21, 2014

SAN FRANCISCO, CA — With less two weeks to go before the Miss Asian Global & Miss Asian America Pageant event on August 2, 2014, the Asian America Foundation has already reached one significant milestone.

On Monday, the Asian America Foundation reported that the 2014 Miss Asian Global & Miss Asian America Pageant Tickets had sold out for this year.  The pageant will be held at the Palace of Fine Arts Theatre in San Francisco, California, which holds nearly 1,000 guests.

“One-thousand tickets seemed like a steep hill to climb when we took this on,” said President Vincent Ma. “That we’ve sold out the 2014 pageant just shows the level of respect and support our delegates have earned from all corners of the world.”

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Optimism Can Be Learned

To continue our “Beauty within Series,”  read this week’s article by guest writer Lisa Butler.

It is often repeated that optimistic people are both happier and healthier, that they manage everyday life adversities with more ease and greater success than the pessimistic ones. Martin Seligman in his book Learned Optimism, argues that this approach to life can be learned. No one can avoid adversity, no one lives without any problems, but finding foundations in our best characteristics and finding ways to make them stronger may go along way to alleviate life’s woes. Some simple tricks can help. It is good to remember that trauma and adversity does not last forever, nor that it is the only thing in life. Nevertheless, the problems do not pass on their own, rather they are left behind by the active personalities who move on exercising all of their best traits.

While lovely faces may be striking and recognizable in an instant, they are not the only manifestation of beauty. The delegates of Miss Asian America Pageant bring much more to this competition. They integrate personal and professional development, community engagement and charitable work bringing positive experiences to each other and to the general public. Celebrating congeniality, community service, entrepreneurial and scholastic achievements goes a long way to assert the values identified by positive psychology. They show that only well rounded development of personality meets with recognition and success. Further more, they show that these are the foundations for so much more than a bi-annual glamorous event. They provide intriguing role models in our globalized world and examples of true and enduring beauty.

Building Authenticity and Self-Esteem

Welcome to our “Beauty within Series.” This week’s guest writer is Lisa Butler.

Positive psychology, which enjoys prominence in psychological departments of some of main universities in the United States, like at Ivy League Penn State, identifies six main personal strengths that will bring enduring benefits to ourselves and others. This six core strengths that we can all cultivate are wisdom, courage, humanity, justice, temperance and transcendence. This requires promotion of specific traits and behaviors. We can increase our wisdom and knowledge by activating creativity, curiosity open-mindedness and innovation. Bravery integrity and persistence are the foundation of courage, while kindness love and social intelligence are the bases of humanity. Justice is exercised through fair leadership, that goes so well with the exercise of temperance such as forgiveness, mercy, prudence and self-control. Finally transcendence – appreciation of beauty and spirituality and striving for excellence completes the course of personal development.