The Miss Asian Global & Miss Asian America Pageant started as the Miss Asian of California Pageant in the San Francisco Bay Area. Founded in 1985 by Rose Chung at the Asian Arts Festival in Santa Clara, California, the Miss Asian Global Pageant is now the longest running Asian pageant in the United States.
Recognizing the increasing representation of delegates from across the United States, the Miss Asian America title was added in 1991. Two decades later, the Miss Asian Global title was introduced in 2012 to reflect the participation of international delegates.
Since its inception, the pageant has provided a platform for nearly a thousand Asian women. Over the years, titleholders have gone on to lead careers in a variety of underrepresented fields, including former Washington state first lady Mona Lee Locke, actress Gwendoline Yeo, actress Fala Chen, news anchor Julie Luck, actress Amrapali Ambegaokar, actress Jennifer Field, entrepreneur Trisha Bantigue, journalist Emily Tang, author Samantha Mui, and executive coach Amy Chanthaphavong.