Miss Chinese Vancouver 2013 crowned on Fairchild TV

A 23-year-old 5'7" student from Shanghai, Cindy Zhong, became Miss Chinese Vancouver 2013 last night at the Vancouver Convention Centre.

Zhong will be Vancouver's representative at the Miss Chinese International Pageant, which will take place in Hong Kong in 2014.

The first runner-up was Vancouver-born dancing and yoga enthusiast Jennifer Diane Lee.

Second runner-up Jamie Gao is from Heilongjiang, China.

(Learn about all the finalists here.)

The event was put on by Fairchild TV.

Vancouver-born Jennifer Diane Lee is next in line for the crown. Jamie Gao is the second runner-up.
Yiheng Su
Cindy Zhong at a photo shoot in advance of the competition.
Yiheng Su
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Anthony
She is pretty but she is Miss China. she isn't suited to represent Vancouver, in my opinion. According to her blog on Fairchild, she only recently got her Canadian citizenship. Meaning she has probably only been in Canada for 3 years. Wow, come on Fairchild.
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Charlie Smith
More than 45 percent of Greater Vancouver residents were foreign-born in the 2011 census. It wouldn't be a Vancouver pageant if there weren't a lot of foreign-born women participating.

We should be happy that talented young people are moving to Vancouver from other countries.

Charlie Smith
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honkytonky12
guess the non =Chinese women weren't allowed to participate...geez
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Juno
In my honest opinion, I think the first runner up deserved the crown more. The standard of beauty is to each their own, I suppose, but she best embodies both Vancouver AND Chinese cultural heritage. Also, the winner's talent performance was just extremely lacklustre. If you can, you should go see it...
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Chan
This pageantry culture is so strange to me, total creep show. Although the saber and cape are a pretty sweet incentive.

Interesting to see Straight readers are all over it with comments like "in my honest opinion" , thanks for that Juno, we really give a f___
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casper
Second place looked hot.
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casper
Make that 2nd runner up, third place.
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boreal
Georgia Straight giving coverage to a racist pageant??
Times do change.
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Anthony
@Charlie: Having 90% of the participants not even from Vancouver is not called "miss Chinese vancouver pageant". They should have chosen ones who were at least living in Canada for AT LEAST over 5 years... at least then they would understand the cultural, language, etc.
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Anthony
@Juno To begin with, it was already wrong to have so many non-Vancouver running in the pageant.
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Sing Tao
Anyone wanna go for dim sum ?
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Someone
She has lived in Vancouver for more than 7 years. People should do their research before posting something online.
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why
does Vancouver even need a Miss China?????? so weird.

Miss China Vancouver??? why NOT Miss Caucasian Vancouver?? or is it only racist if we include Caucasians...double standards I say.
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Frank
I'll be Frank. I can't tell one from the other---the three of them look the same to me.
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Cookie Cutter
The reason the Georgia Straight has been publishing alot of racially motivated stories recently is that they know they get a crapload of views and comments that way.
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Charlie Smith
Cookie Cutter,

That's not why I wrote this story. I wrote this article as a followup to an earlier article about the finalists.

The pictures were supplied to me by Yiheng Su, who asked if I would put them on our website.

I see nothing wrong and a lot right with elevating people's understanding about our diverse society in Vancouver.

I actually didn't expect this article to get very many page views at all.

I never know what's going to generate page views. I also didn't expect that my article about the CIA's possible link to Nelson Mandela's arrest would get many page views. But it did.

Charlie Smith
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Cookie Cutter
A story about a Chinese-only beauty pageant is supposed to help us understand our diverse society???? Other than a few neighbourhoods surrounding the downtown core, all you need to do is step out your front door and you're immersed in diversity.

The only thing more surprising than that is that you didn't expect the story about Mandela and the CIA to get as many views as it did. I can't think of many other hotter topics than Mandela and US spying right now.
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Charlie Smith
Dear Cookie Cutter,

I just posted an article about Canada's prostitution laws.

I expected that this subject would generate more page views, but it hasn't so far.

It's very unpredictable knowing what will connect and what won't connect. I never would have guessed that a short commentary about students sleeping on the bus would attract more attention than anything else that week.

Every media outlet in the world is writing about Mandela, which sharply reduced the likelihood of my article having any traction. I wrote it because it interested me.

If I was motivated by simply attracting eyeballs, I wouldn't have written about Mandela, given all the competition in this area.

Charlie Smith
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mani
reply to why,

this pageant contest is one of the region contests to select contestants from each region to compete in he final global miss chinese competition in Hongkong. It is not only happening in vancouver but other big cities all over the world...for this reason, it is not racist to have this contest in in vancouver.
If you have to say racists than chinese could say canadians are being racist of not involving other nationalities by having miss "cauasion" competition?
why are people so pissed off??? again, this is just a competition to find chinese ladies to participate in the global miss chinese in hongkong!!!!
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mani
may I apologive to you mani, some racist white folks around here get very pissed off about anything Chinese related. They just cannot bend their small mind around Chinese being happy and successful in Canada while they are miserable.
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