Erica Chen crowned Miss Chinese Vancouver

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      Beauty pageants are sometimes criticized by feminists as a throwback to a bygone era. 

      But for young women competing in Fairchild TV's annual Miss Chinese Vancouver competition, this event is seen a passport to fame and fortune in the Asian entertainment industry.

      This year's winner, Erica Chen, was also deemed most photogenic. She performed "Castles in the Sky" on the zither at the December 10 event at the Vancouver Convention Centre.

      Maggie Wu (left) and Jessica Hsu (right) were the runners-up.
      Yiheng Su

      Chen will be a contestant in the Miss Chinese International Pageant 2015.

      The first runner-up in the Miss Chinese Vancouver pagent was Maggie Wu, followed by Jessica Hu.

      Miss Chinese Vancouver 2012, Gloria Tang, also won the Miss Chinese International Pageant and has an acting career in Hong Kong.

      Other women who've gone on to acting careers after competing in Miss Chinese Vancouver are Eliza Sam, Kayi Cheung, Carat Cheung, Crystal Leung, Lora Sun, Leanne Li, Linda Chung, and Bernice Liu.

      The 2009 winner, Crystal Mu, has become a variety-show host in Taiwan.

      Last year's Miss Chinese Vancouver winner, Cindy Zhong, was first runner-up in this year's Miss Chinese International Pageant.

      Cindy Zhong (seen beside Coun. Kerry Jang) at LunarFest in 2014.
      Charlie Smith




      Dec 15, 2014 at 11:23am

      Beauty and the Beast


      Dec 15, 2014 at 12:53pm

      When is the Miss Caucasian Vancouver pageant?


      Dec 15, 2014 at 1:02pm

      Can we have Ms. Caucasian Vancouver too?
      Ms. South Asian Vancouver?
      Ms. Pilipino?


      Dec 15, 2014 at 3:10pm

      When Asian people, South Asian people or Pilipino people hold a pageant? It's called 'multiculturalism'. If Caucasian people held a pageant? It would be labeled racist.