Aug 08, 2010
“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.“
– Jeremiah 29:11
The Miss Asian America Pageant has been an unexpected blessing in my life and an opportunity of a life time. I cannot even begin to articulate the past year without first recognizing the glory and graciousness of God.
In 2009, I left the stage with an unexpected Queen title along with memories I will cherish for a life time and a wealth of self-confidence, albeit I had no idea the coming year was to be such an adventure. I have grown both spiritually and emotionally in profound ways. If I could boast of only one reason to be grateful for my reign, my personal growth alone would be enough to prove this experience priceless. However, I have many more reasons to be grateful. I had the privilege of traveling all over the United States and even abroad as a role model, a goodwill ambassador, and a leader in the Asian American community.
As Miss Asian America, I participated in cultural festivities, fashion shows, award ceremonies, red carpet events and fundraised for numerous charities. At times, I was astonished by the truly remarkable people I came across at these events, prominent figures, politicians and Asian American leaders. During my reign, not only have I honed interview and public speaking skills to last a lifetime, but I have also learned invaluable networking and communication skills. They will be lessons I carry with me forever, but what mattered the most was the opportunity to touch the lives of young people, one of my greatest passions. Seeing the eyes of young children light up when you walk into a classroom and engaging in discussions about real issues they face on a daily basis is priceless. Inspiring a child to dream big, to pursue their gifts and talents is more than what I could have asked for.
What I have learned is that Miss Asian America is more than a crown; it is an organization that enhances a young woman’s ability to dream. Being granted the opportunity to compete for and win the title of Miss Asian America has been nothing short of a dream come true. For this, I will always be indebted to the Miss Asian America volunteers, staff and Rose Chung! Thank you for giving me a platform to set in motion my dreams. I am honored to have been able to serve as Miss Asian America and thank you for supporting the empowerment of talented young women.
I would also like to give a sincere “Thank you” from the bottom of my heart to my family and friends for their unconditional love and support and for accompanying me on this journey. Thank you mom and dad for everything, I would not have become the woman that I am now if it were not for your continuous love, encouragement, support, and wisdom.
Queen Amy Chanthaphavong
2009-2010 Miss Asian America