On the flip side, we have a story about striving for acceptance. Angela Chao Robertson has become the first person of African American heritage to compete for L.A.'s Miss Chinatown.
Robertson is half Chinese, half black. While she didn't win the crown, she did get on the court. Back in Hyphen #3, we ran a story about sports leagues and beauty pageants, asking whether these events actually built community, or it did the opposite by excluding mixed race people.
The L.A. competition seems fairly open:
While other Chinese pageants around the country require that the father be Chinese or that contestants speak either Mandarin or Cantonese, Los Angeles' event is considered one of the most inclusive, requiring only 25% Chinese heritage.