Miss Asia Of Michigan
MISS ASIA OF MICHIGAN. Businesswoman Imelda Martin Hum (left) is shown crowning Michelle Liu, who represented the Chinese-American community, as Miss Asia of Michigan. Hum is being assisted by Joevy Oh. The Miss Asia beauty pageant took place on July 1, 2017 at the Van Dyke community auditorium in Warren. Story is on Page 3. (Photo by Maria Middleton)

Miss China Michelle Liu was crowned Miss Asia of Michigan (Scholarship) 2017 in the first pageant of its kind in Michigan.

The pageant, which was held on July 1, 2017 at the Van Dyke community auditorium in Warren, was a collaborative project of five organizations – namely, United States Pinoys 4 Good Governance (USP4GG), North American Chinese Coalition (NACC), Midwest Buddhist Meditation Center (MBMC), Vietnamese American Association of Michigan (VAAM) and the Asian Community Outreach (ACO).

Title winner Michelle also bested the 12 other candidates in the Best in Talent and Best in Gown competitions. For winning the title, she received a prize of $1,000 check.

Michelle is a sophomore at the International Academy in Bloomfield Hills. She is also the

captain of the Oakland rhythmic gymnastic team and founder of the Women in STEM Club.

The first runner-up was Kimvy Nguyen (Vietnam).

The second runner-up was Elizabeth Lemmer (incumbent Miss Philippines-Michigan) who also took home the awards for Best in Sportswear and Best in National Costume.

As part of their prizes, Michelle and Kim will travel to Washington, D.C. with all expenses paid to look for more scholarship opportunities. They will also visit the office of Vance and Imelda Martin Hum in Washington, D.C.

The winners were encouraged to compete in the Miss Teen Michigan.

The 13 candidates talked about their advocacies and were interviewed on stage by Atty. Marcus Evangelista, one of the two emcees. The other emcee was Jennifer Pascua, a TV anchor of WZZM 13 in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

The candidates answered questions asked by the judges who included Mary Kerwin, Robert Lulgjuraj, Jason Dibble, Gina Joseph and Alexis Meijer.

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Prominent Korean-American artist Dominic Pangborn delivered an inspirational remark during the program.

The pageant was directed on stage by Brenda Sanagustin and Michelle Oh.

The program director and script writer was this writer, who holds the pageant rights issued by the State of Michigan.