24th Annual Miss Asian America Poster

Sheryl M. Anderson

Filipino | Age: 26 | San Francisco, CA

Academic and Work History: T-Mobile Corporate Sales Representative; Communications and minor in Marketing at San Francisco State University, ’08

Community Service: Fundraiser spokes model, Impulse Entertainment; Susan G. Komen Foundation; San Francisco Food Bank; Asian Women’s Shelter Fundraiser

Platform: Supporting multi-racial youth in exploring their diverse cultures, offering guidance, and promoting self-worth.

Sponsor: State Farm Insurance

I want to thank the support from my family, friends and sponsors. The experiences and friendships I have made with the pageant contestants and staff are invaluable. I’m delighted to participate in a occasion which celebrates new friendships, learning about the different Asian cultures and enhancing young womens’ personal development. I truly believe the training the pageant staff has offered
will help me advance in my career path-as well in life. Thank you for considering me as a contestant for the 24th Annual Miss Asian America title. I will always take pride and maintain my connections to the MAA community!

Angel Chang

Miss Congeniality

Chinese | Age: 23 | Fullerton, CA

Academic and Work History: Pre-K Teacher at Half Moon Bay Head Start; Communication and minor in Human Development, UC San Diego ’08

Community Service: Event coordinator, FUSION Hip Hop Competition; Teach For America (Bay Area); March of Dimes; San Francisco Film Festival; ReBuilding Together

Platform: Making quality Pre-K education available and affordable for young Asian American children.

Sponsor: La Monir

No message could have been any clearer. If you want to make the world a better place, Take a look at yourself then make that change.- Michael Jackson, Man in the Mirror

Amy Monmaly Chanthaphavong

Miss Asian America Queen

Laotian & Vietnamese | Age: 27 | New York, NY

Academic and Work History: Fashion Design Student at Parsons, The New School/ Operations Manager at Softagon Corporation; Political Science major at the University of San Francisco ’00

Community Service: Intern, Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi; Volunteer, Bowery Mission Outreach; Event Coordinator, First International Lao New Year Festival; Host, LaoStar TV

Platform: Assisting children and families in strengthening their relationships and preserving the family unit

Sponsors: Lao Community Cultural Center and Softagon

I thank God for this wonderful opportunity to participate in the Miss Asian America Pageant, what a blessing. Thank you mom and dad for your love and support in everything I pursue. I’d also like to thank my friends on the west coast and the east coast for being my family away from home.

Patti To-Diep

Chinese | Age: 22 | Aurora, CO

Academic and Work History: District Manager at Millennium Trenz; Communications and minor in Chinese at University of Colorado

Community Service: Denver Downtown Soup Kitchen; The Lung Connection in 2007-2008

Platform: To encourage children to turn their dreams into goals, then a beautiful future.

Thank you Mom, Dad, and everyone who has loved and supported me all the way. Without you guys, I would not be where I am today. It has been an eye opening experience to participate in this pageant amongst the most talented women. I hope to continue to encourage children to turn their dreams into reality.