ATV 2014 Miss Asia Pageant
U.S. East Coast Final
ATV 2014 Miss Asia Pageant US East Coast Final was held on the night of September 6, 2014 in the Sheraton Brooklyn hotel. The exciting show started with this year’s theme “Elemental Evolution” after Joseph and James’ witty remarks. Along with lively music, contestants walked on stage one by one wearing opening dresses they each carefully picked for themselves. This part of the show fully revealed contestants’ style and taste. No matter whether it is shiny or colorful, opening dresses combined with 30-second self-introductions showcased contestants’ unique taste and their beauty and intelligence.
Afterwards, Event Chair Jan He introduced ATV and ATV Miss Asia Pageant to everyone. She mentioned that over the one year of EMO and ATV collaboration, not only 3 pageants were held, which created many opportunities for the young ladies in the East Coast, but they have also produced over 250 episodes of programs, to provide the community with valuable and important information. Jan He sincerely expresses her gratitude to all the sponsors and organizations, and that their support is equivalent to investing in developing information for the community; without them, the valuable information would not be delivered to the community. Information is knowledge, which can improve the quality of lifestyle of Chinese Americans. Ms. He also thanked Mr. Ip, Executive Director of ATV and founder of Miss Asia Pageant, for spending more time on the airplane than in NYC, and Miss Aduo, a famous singer and dancer from China, who flew here from California.
Guests from all important backgrounds gathered at night, the show also gained great support from all walks of life in NYC, including New York senators, and Brooklyn President Eric Adams was present to see the whole show and issued a citation award to ATV. BP Adams mentioned that there has been an increasing Asian population in Brooklyn. He was glad to participate in one of the biggest Chinese event in the community and was pleased to see the young and fashionable ladies reaching out to the local community and making contributions. He would continue to support functions that promote diversity. With the collaborative effort from all of us, he is confident that the Brooklyn borough will reach another level of prosperity in the foreseeable future. Mr. Ip and Miss Aduo also expressed their honor to be judges for this year’s pageant. Miss Aduo is very happy to see contestants express the charm and intelligence of modern women throughout the show. Mr. Ip was glad to represent ATV to be here and spoke about the history of ATV Miss Asia, named some famous actress selected from the past Miss Asia and asked everyone to support the ATV Home America channel.
The second part of the show is swimwear, where contestants wore red bikinis to showcase their graceful and impressive figures. They also each gave thoughtful responses to the 1-minute Q&A section, which have impressed judges. After the swimwear part, contestant number 10 Angela Wang won the Best Figure Award.
Following the swimwear part, contestants showcased their talents during the interesting talent show part, including singing, classical and modern dances, Guzheng and magic. The audience clapped and praised these talented performances.
Contestants then walked on stage elegantly wearing traditional Chinese Qipao and shared with everyone what they have learned throughout the ATV pageant experience. Some contestants learned how to smile and how to present themselves, others thanked ATV for providing the opportunity for them to host TV programs, and more thanked ATV for helping them become independent, confident and caring women who are role models for other women in the community. After sharing their thoughts and expressing their gratitude, contestants all lined up on stage to wait to hear the long-awaited top 5. Finally, top 5 contestants were announced and they were contest number 1 Valerina Young, number 2 Mia Wang, number 10 Angela Wang, number 6 Mikki O’Brien and number 7 Jing Xu.
隨後，佳麗們身著具有中國古典文化美的旗袍輪流登上舞台並介紹亞洲電視及分享這次選美的心得。有的佳麗說到這次選美活動讓她們學會如何微笑，如何展現自己；還有的感謝亞洲電視給予她們主持節目的機會；更多的是感謝亞洲電視培養每一位佳麗成為獨立、自信和關愛社區的女性，為其他女性們樹立了優秀的榜樣。在分享完各自的感言後，十位佳麗身著旗袍在舞台上，伴隨著在場所有觀眾的緊張卻又期待的心情，前五名佳麗被選出！她們分別是1號佳麗Valerina Young夢瑤，2號佳麗Mia Wang王薇，10號佳麗Angela Wang王涓竹，6號佳麗Mikki O'Brien劉佩欣和7號佳麗Jing Xu徐菁。
In the next exciting and intense part, top 5 contestants each made a 1-minute speech to win support from judges. Some mentioned that they hope to use their influence to service the community better, some expressed that they hope for better personal development in the future, and others hoped to continue to host high quality TV programs at ATV to bring valuable information to viewers and to improve the image of Chinese and Chinese Americans in the world.
While waiting for final results, famous Chinese singer Ms. Chi Ying performed several classical pieces.
When contestants appeared in front of the audience again, they all wore princess-like elegant evening gowns. Individual awards were given first, and the recipients were as follows: contestant number 4 Tiffany Luk received Miss Friendship Award, number 5 Fiona Wong received Miss Chinatown Award, number 3 Tina Jia received Best Hostess Award through 39,000 votes from online voting, and number 2 Mia Wang received Miss Photogenic Award.
當佳麗們再次出埸時，她們換上了公主般的晚禮服，儀態萬千，徐徐玉步，再次出現在觀眾前。頒奬時刻到了，4號佳麗Tiffany Luk 陸韻媚獲得友誼小姐大獎，5號佳麗Fiona Wong黃淑嫻獲得華埠小姐大獎。3號佳麗Tina Jia賈澤彤以高達39,000的網上投票獲得最佳主持人大獎。2號佳麗Mia Wang 王薇獲得最上鏡小姐大獎。
Winners were announced as well! Contestant number 1 Valerina Young won second runner up. Contestant number 7 Jing Xu won first runner up as well as Miss Medical Award. Contestant number 6 Mikki O’Brien won first place and Miss Gorgeous Award. Mr. Ip and BP Eric Adams both awarded and crowned her, and she was so moved that she was in tears. The audiences were clapping passionately for the winners.
冠亞季軍的人選也終於被公佈！1號佳麗Valerina Young夢瑤奪得季軍。7號佳麗Jing Xu徐菁獲得亞軍及中華醫學小姐大獎。6號佳麗Mikki O'Brien劉佩欣脫穎而出得到冠軍及高雅迷人大獎，葉家宝先生和亚当斯区长为她亲自加冠，她激動地流下淚水。 台下觀眾報以熱烈的掌聲，為佳麗們歡呼。
After the show, everyone lined up to take photos with the winners. ATV 2013 Miss Asia US East Coast first runner up Dan Jiang hosted the VIP night, which was an opportunity for VIP audience to interact and converse with contestants. At midnight, ATV 2014 Miss Asia Pageant US East Coast concluded very successfully.
活動的最後，大家都爭著與獲獎佳麗們合照。 ATV2013亞洲小姐美東賽區的亞軍姜丹主持了接下來的VIP之夜，讓VIP觀眾們和佳麗們有機會一起相聚暢談。直到午夜，ATV 2014亞洲小姐競選美東賽區的總決賽圓滿結束。
Empire State Building
This past Thursday, September 4th, we woke up extra early in order to seize a great opportunity. In fact, some of us woke up as early as 3:00AM to get ready. We were invited to the Empire State Building as guests, and we were given the opportunity to go to the observation deck without the public being there. It was at 7:00AM, but it was an honor never the less. We went on elevators, escorted by security, that took us over 80 floors straight without stopping. Upon reaching the observation deck, we took in the breathtaking 360 degree view of New York City. We were able to see nearly all the boroughs. In fact, you can see 80 miles into New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Pennsylvania and Massachusetts on a clear day. For Trendy New York, we each talked about a historical landmark that could be seen on the deck. For example, we talked about the Brooklyn Bridge, the Freedom Tower, and more. It's safe to say that all of us enjoyed the view and would have wanted to stay there longer if we could.
Open Door Senior Center
One of our favorite places to visit are senior centers. This is because the seniors are always extremely happy to see us and are always filled with energy. When we visited the Open Door Senior Center on Grand Street, we were not disappointed. We were greeted by over three hundred seniors! We each were given the opportunity to introduce ourselves. Each time, the seniors graciously applauded us. After we introduced ourselves, how could we have not educated them about traffic safety with our traffic safety song? The seniors learned a lot at that time to stop, look both ways, and listen for incoming cars. At the event, was also Chief Thomas Chan, who has recently been promoted to the Head of NYPD Transportation Bureau. He is a big promoter on Vision Zero and our traffic safety song. He even performed it with us! He told the seniors that it is important to keep children and infants on the side walk before crossing the street because they are our most precious gifts. He also informed them that a good tip is to make eye contact with drivers and wave at them to ensure that they have seen you. Charles of the China Southern Airlines was also there to meet with us and the seniors. He promoted their highly anticipated and new direct flight from Guangzhou to New York, being the only airline to do so. He even sang a song to them, which made them very happy. Lastly, we were happy to give away free gifts to the seniors through a raffle. Many of them were picked, and many of us learned numbers in Cantonese while picking the raffle tickets out. We are always happy to give back to the community and look forward to visiting again.
9月4日亞洲小姐和紐約市警察總局交通部警監陳文業一起去了華策會人瑞老人中心拜訪了那裡的三百多個老人。三星警司陳文業介紹了六點交通安全的注意事項。包括過馬路時要向司機招手確保司機注意到你的存在。推嬰兒車出門的時候,一定要確保將嬰兒車放在人行道上。另外,要注意當大巴和卡車在轉彎的時候司機的視線有盲點,所以要保持安全距離。三星警司陳文業(Chief Thomas Chan)也和佳麗們一起跳了美東亞姐精心創作的代表作交通安全歌,共同宣傳交通安全。亞姐們推廣交通安全的努力受到了陳警司的讚賞和鼓勵。老人們都記住了過馬路要:停,看,看,聽,聽。亞洲小姐進行了歌唱和魔術等精彩演出。他們的表演受到了大家的喜愛和支持。南方航空的Charles也來向大家介紹近期從廣州到紐約開的直飛的線路，他還為老人家獻唱了廣東话兒歌，親切的鄉音深受歡迎，成為大家喜愛的"蝦仔"。最後，佳麗們還以抽獎形式送給老人們許多精心準備的禮物。大家一起度過了一個愉快的上午。