Laura Yang Sallette

Chinese & Italian | Age: 25 | San Jose, CA

Academic and Work History: Political Science and Asian Studies at Santa Clara University, ’05; Certificate of Mandarin Proficiency from National Taiwan Normal University and Tsing Hua University

Community Service: Volunteered and interned with HIV + orphans in South Africa; San Jose YWCA after school mentor program; Academic Chess; Hope Services

Platform: Mental Health Awareness in the Asian American Community

Sponsor: Sing Tao Daily

Dear Mom and Dad, thank you for your continuous support. I especially appreciate my mother for teaching me to be proud of my Chinese heritage; because of her, I bridge both Asia and America. I’m also extremely grateful for my sponsors, friends, roommates, boyfriend and supporters. Xie xie!

Veronica Sartori

Chinese, Taiwanese, Italian | Age: 21 | Fremont, CA

Academic and Work History: Economics, Communication, Italian triple Major at the University of California, Davis ’10; Inroads Intern; Italian instructor & tutor; Finance Intern, Morgan Stanley; Pure Blendz, Inc. Spokesmodel Winner

Community Service: Miss Asia Sacramento 2009; Holy Family Day Home; Senior Citizen home visitations; Volunteers, Best Friends Learning Center

Platform: Leadership in Technology, emphasizing on Bridging Hi-Tech’s Gender Gap

Sponsor: Jeffrey Won of Morgan Stanley Smith Barney

My dream is to pursue a career in marketing, where I can help create a message in a brand, while being in an environment that requires great skill in the spoken and written language, strong peer relationships, and a lot of confidence – Pageantry has helped pave the way for me in achieving these goals. I’d like to thank everyone in the Miss Asian America organization for helping me become the very best I could be.

Tiffany Tam

Miss Talent

Chinese | Age: 22 | San Jose, CA

Academic and Work History: Student in International Business at University of California Berkeley; 4 time nationals competitor, 6 regional titles, 8 state titles

Community Service: Nursing home visitations; Salvation Army elderly service; Fundraiser for Susan G. Koman Foundation for Breast Cancer; Relay For Life; Berkeley Project

Platform: The marketing of a woman’s body and how it creates unrealistic and dangerous expectations

Sponsor: Vincent Liang, D.D.S.

My parents taught me that the secret to life is to believe in myself, but I don’t think I could have accomplished so much without them
believing in me. I want to thank my parents for their unconditional support in all my endeavors, but more importantly always believing
that I will succeed.

Bich Dao Tran

Vietnamese & Cambodian | Age: 19 | San Francisco, CA

Academic and Work History: Biological Sciences major at City College of San Francisco, ’11, transferring to UC Davis

Community Service: Miss Vietnamese Fashion Model USA Pageant; Vietnamese Fashion Model USA 2007; Au Co Youth Cultural & Leadership Team; Blind Vietnamese Children Foundation (BVCF)

Platform: Saving Street Children from Hunger and Poverty

First and foremost, I thank God for blessing my life. I would like to express my deepest gratitude to my family & friends, especially Mommy & Daddy for their guidance and Love. Heartfelt appreciation towards the MAAP Family for giving me the opportunity of a lifetime, making dreams a reality!

Jena Vue

Hmong | Age: 27 | Oroville, CA

Academic and Work History: ESL K-12 Teacher/Hmong Parent Educator; ESL K-12 Teaching at Concordia University ’05; Wallin/Metronic Scholarship; Dean’s List ’00-’04; Urban Teacher Program

Community Service: Northern Valley Catholic Social Service; KRBS Oroville Hmong Radio Co-Host; Hmong Report TV / Crossings TV 2009

Platform: Redefining Women In Today’s Society

I am proud to represent the Hmong community as my presence builds the awareness of who the Hmong people are in society. My presence today is with the support and belief of several wonderful people. Many thanks to my family especially Yia and Tou Vue and all my sponsors. Thanks!