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A New Era of Leadership

Meet Our 1986
Queen and Court

Mona Ann Lee, Miss Asian of California

Mona Ann Lee

Miss Asian of California

  • First Princess: Nancy Yong
  • Second Princess: Jane Matsumoto Holybee
  • Third Princess: Donna Morrill
  • Miss Talent: Marci Helene Popadopoulos

On August 2, 1986, the 2nd Annual Miss Asian of California Pageant was held at the Palace of Fine Arts in San Francisco, CA, a celebration of talent and empowerment. This event, conceptualized by the visionary founder Rose Chung, aimed to provide a platform for Asian women to shine.

Mona Ann Lee emerged as the radiant Miss Asian of California, a testament to her poise and eloquence. Joining her were distinguished participants Nancy Yong, Jane Matsumoto Holybee, Donna Morrill, and Marci Helene Popadopoulos, each showcasing their unique talents and charisma.

Since that momentous win, Mona Lee Locke’s journey has been marked by an unwavering commitment to excellence and empowerment. Transitioning from the pageant stage to the world of communications, Mona became a distinguished TV reporter before serving as Washington state’s first lady (1997-2005), where her advocacy and leadership resonated with communities across the state.

Mona’s accomplishments in communications have earned her respect and admiration, and she continues to explore new avenues for positive impact. Today, Mona Lee Locke stands as a beacon of inspiration for young professionals, exemplifying the power of resilience, adaptability, and innovative thinking.

Pageant Night and Activities

Treasured Memories

Photos by House Mother Penny Wong Belleza

Each Delegate has a Story to Share

Meet the Delegates

Legacy Keepsake

Commemorate Pageant Night

Saturday, August 2, 1986
Palace of Fine Arts
San Francisco, CA

Program Book

Valerie Marie Barredo
Age: 19 · Filipino & Chinese · San Francisco

Marilou Basilio
Age: 22 · Filipino · San Francisco

Te Jung Chang
Age: 23 · Chinese · Berkeley

Linda Shan-Lin Chuan
Age: 22 · Chinese · San Francisco

Marilou Ferrer
Age: 22 · Filipino · Daly City

Betty Soo Choi
Age: 18 · Korean · San Francisco

Carolyn Mayumi Davidson
Age: 20 · Japanese & American · San Francisco

Jane Matsumoto Holybee
Age: 21 · Japanese & American · Davis

Elaine Hom
Age: 21 · Chinese · Oakland

Mona Ann Lee
Age: 21 · Chinese · Lafayette

Linda Liu
Age: 17 · Chinese · Sunnyvale

Allison Kim
Age: 20 · Japanese & Korean · San Jose

Joseline Liang
Age: 19 · Chinese · San Jose

Arlene Luke
Age: 22 · Chinese · San Francisco

Deepika Mathur
Age: 24 · Indian · Fremont

Roseanne Lee Oyoung
Age: 21 · Chinese · Sacramento

Marci Helene Papadopoulos
Age: 21 · Japanese & Greek · Fairfield

Meera Narasimhan
Age: 18 · Indian · Villa Park

Sonny Pak
Age: 20 · Korean · San Jose

Mini Riar
Age: 24 · Indian · Fremont

Mona Shing
Age: 18 · Chinese · Los Angeles

Rosalie Truong
Age: 20 · Vietnamese · San Jose

Nancy Yong
Age: 23 · Chinese · San Francisco

Shirley Soberon
Age: 24 · Filipino · Pittsburg

Lillian Tsai
Age: 18 · Chinese · San Francisco

Donna Morrill
Age: 21 · Filipino & Irish-Scotch · Union City

Our Legacy

A Look Back at Our Past Queens & Delegates