Carolyn Fung

Third Princess

Chinese | Age: 23 | San Jose, CA

Academic and Work History: Political Science major at Notre Dame De Namur University ’06; Graduation Valedictorian Speaker; School of Sciences High Honors Award; Leadership Scholarship Award; NDNU Dean’s List Honor Student

Platform: Providing Children with a Comprehensive Education

As humans, we are shaped by the experiences in our lives. MAAP has been a great learning experience that will permanently impact my life. I would like to say “thank you” to my Dad, Mom, Brother, and the entire MAAP Group for their help and support in this phenomenal journey.

Lily Hope

Thai & Chinese | Age: 20 | Los Angeles, CA

Academic and Work History: Fashion Photographer in Los Angeles; Broadcast Journalism at Santa Monica College; ’09; Transferring to a university with honors; Award-winning dancer.

Community Service: Charity fashion shows; Volunteer, “Feed the Homeless”

Platform: Promoting Community Involvement and Volunteerism

Preparing for the Miss Asia America 2009 pageant has been a journey like no other. Ladies, we have all worked very hard through this exciting experience and I believe we are all winners. Thank you Rose for creating an outlet for Asian Americans to showcase their talents and beauty. Finally I would like to thank God for giving me the opportunity to be apart of this positive and challenging competition.

Jane Hwang

Miss Photogenic

Korean | Age: 19 | San Mateo, CA

Academic and Work History: Biology, UC Merced, Class of 2012; Cheer captain, Prom Guide cover model, Yearbook layout editor, Tutor, Member of Korean American Coalition

Community Service: Teacher Aid at local Korean Schools, Part of a string quartet that played at senior homes

Platform: Everyone needs a friend, who can also be the right role model in their life.

Sponsors: Koreana Plaza and Associated Building Enterprises, Inc.

On this journey, I had many people beside me to help me to get ready for tonight. I want to thank my family, friends, sponsors, and last but not least – the Miss Asian America family. Best of luck, ladies! Love you all.

Jenna-Lynn Kam

Chinese, Korean, Japanese | Age: 24 | Honolulu, HI

Academic and Work History: Reservationist at Hale Koa Hotel; Sacred Heart Academy ’03

Community Service: Hawaiian Humane Society; Special Olympics Hawaii

Platform: Do not misjudge others due to their limited capabilities, but rather help them exceed by empowering the challenged!

I would like to thank everyone who has kept me in prayer and in heart. Thank you to all the contestants and staff of the Miss Asian America Pageant, you have made this an everlasting memory! As Eric Buttersworth said “Don’t live through life, grow through life.”

Serim Kang

Miss Community Service

Korean | Age: 22 | Sacramento, CA

Academic and Work History: Proctor in the Bilingual Services at the State Personnel Board; Psychology major at University of California at Davis, ’09; Student advisor, UC Davis Internship and Career Center

Community Service: Publicity chair, UC Davis (H.E.L.P) Help and Education leading to Prevention Nursing home visitations; Salvation Army elderly service; Fundraiser for Susan G. Koman Foundation for Breast Cancer; Relay For Life; Berkeley Project

Platform: Alleviating the strains of poverty and homelessness

I am attending graduate school this fall to obtain my joint J.D and Ph.D, and serve as a professional in the medical and legal field. As a forensic psychologist in the future, i desire to represent ethnic minorities. With my academic background, interpersonal skills, and a passion for helping others, I believe i can make a positive impact on the community.