Queen Kollyn Muangmaithong
Queen & Court
- Kollyn Muangmaithong, Miss Asian America & Miss Talent
- Carolyn Michaelis, First Princess & Miss Asian California
- Shana Dhillon, Second Princess & Miss Asian San Francisco
- Kara Birkenstock, Third Princess & Miss Community Service
- Masae Nakayama, Miss Scholastic Achievement
- Linda Phung, Miss Congeniality
- Michele Chen, Miss Asian Teen
About the Reign
Press Release For Immediate Release
Contact: Rose Chung (415) 308-6132
2005 Miss Asian America Crowned
Kollyn Muangamaithong was crowned Miss Asian America August 6 at the Palace of Fine Arts. A 22-year-old ballet dancer with the Oakland Ballet Academy, she was also awarded the title of Miss Talent.
Muangamaithong hails from Walnut Creek, becoming the second Thai American to win the title. How does she feel? “Overwhelmed and completely surprised. I’m very honored to have received the title and I look forward to working with the staff, people and friends more. I can’t wait to grow stronger bonds with all the people.”
Joining her court were Carolyn Michaelis (1st Princess), Shana Dhillon (2nd Princess), Kara Birkenstock (3rd Princess/Miss Community Service), Linda Phung (Miss Congeniality) and Masae Nakayama (Miss Scholastic Achievement).
For this 20th annual event, AsianWeek also spoke with Rose Chung, founder, and Mona Lee Locke, the 1987 Miss Asian America, about their experiences as part of the Asian America Pageant in the United States.
Chung said it “was something to be proud of” in having one of the longest running Asian America pageants. “I can’t believe that twenty years have passed by. I think we are now an institution, well respected. We have established a reputation of having high integrity and ethics in our pageant. That’s our strong point and that’s what we are most proud of.”
When asked how she viewed the pageant 18 years after running in it herself, Locke replied: “It has evolved somewhat. I am very proud of the pageant and what a great job Rose Chung has done. It focuses on the Asian culture, bringing out the importance of all the cultures and having people learning about the cultures.”
Locke was also pleased about the platform each contestant has to take on. “It focuses the girls to think about issues. Once they are in the Miss Asian America one, we at least know that they are going to have to think about why they are doing it. We know that they are going to have depth and have intelligence.”