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A New Era of Leadership

Meet Our 1996
Queen and Court

Miss Asian America 1996
Ha Thai – Miss Scholastic Achievement
Mimi Jung – Miss Asian Second Princess
Esther Hwang – Miss Asian America & Miss Talent
Rose Ching, Founder
Cheryl Nunes – Miss Asian First Princess & Miss Asian California
Debra Ichimura – Miss Asian Third Princess
Vivian Bohner – Miss Congeniality

Esther Hwang, Miss Asian America

Esther Hwang

Miss Asian America & Miss Talent

  • Cheryl Nunes – Miss Asian First Princess & Miss Asian California
  • Mimi Jung – Miss Asian Second Princess
  • Debra Ichimura – Miss Asian Third Princess
  • Ying Hu – Miss Asian Miss Asian San Francisco
  • Vivian Bohner – Miss Congeniality
  • Ha Thai – Miss Scholastic Achievement

San Francisco, CA — August 26, 1996 — The 12th Annual Miss Asian America Pageant, held at the esteemed Cathedral Hill Hotel in San Francisco, showcased the outstanding accomplishments of 21 remarkable delegates from various Asian backgrounds. Esther Hwang, a Korean-American contestant, was crowned Miss Asian America and Miss Talent, demonstrating exceptional grace and skill. The other winners included Cheryl Nunes as Miss Asian First Princess and Miss Asian California, Mimi Jung as Miss Asian Second Princess, Debra Ichimura as Miss Asian Third Princess, Ying Hu as Miss Asian San Francisco, Vivian Bohner as Miss Congeniality, and Ha Thai as Miss Scholastic Achievement. These accomplished individuals represented a diverse range of backgrounds, reflecting the rich tapestry of Asian American heritage. The delegates represented a wide spectrum of cultures, reflecting the beauty and complexity of the Asian-American experience.

Esther Hwang’s reign as Miss Asian America in 1996 marked the beginning of a remarkable journey. Since then, she rose to prominence fueled by a role with San Francisco’s former Mayor Willie L. Brown Jr. An honors graduate from UC Berkeley and a Juris Doctorate holder, Esther’s accomplishments extended to high-profile events in the fashion industry and non-profit work. A breast cancer diagnosis marked a turning point, but Esther emerged stronger. Today, Esther educates on CBD benefits and is dedicated to healing others.

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 10, 1996
Palace of Fine Arts
San Francisco, CA

Sakira Batra
Age: 22 · Cupertino, CA · Indian

Vivian Bohner
Age: 22 · Waipahu, HI · Filipino, Chinese, & German

Agnes Calderon
Age: 17 · Honolulu, HI · Filipino

Sharissa Chun
Age: 27 · Honolulu, HI · Chinese & Hawaiian

Kimberly Del Fierro
Age: 21 · Davis, CA · Vietnamese, Filipino

Christine Shen
Age: 20 · Augusta, GA · Chinese

Ha Thai
Age: 19 · Richmond, CA · Vietnamese & Chinese

Suzie Ton-Nu
Age: 22 · Santa Clara, CA · Vietnamese

Judith Villacruz
Age: 23 · Oceanside, CA · Filipino

Christina Wu
Age: 19 · Oakland, CA · Chinese

Theresa Yoon
Age: 17 · Los Angeles, CA · Korean

Marie Enriquez
Age: 19 · Daly City, CA · Filipino

Iris Gong
Age: 19 · Maspeth, NY · Chinese

Ying Hu
Age: 21 · Los Altos Hills, CA · Chinese

Esther Hwang
Age: 21 · Emeryville, CA · Korean

Debra Ichimura
Age: 26 · Honolulu, HI · Japanese

Sandee Jacinto
Age: 25 · San Jose, CA · Filipino

Mimi Jung
Age: 20 · Puyallup, WA · Chinese

Shirley Kao
Age: 19 · Sacramento, CA · Chinese

Helen Kim
Age: 19 · Pleasanton, CA · Korean

Loshan Law
Age: 26 · San Francisco, CA · Chinese

Quynh Nguyen
Age: 17 · San Jose, CA · Vietnamese

Cheryl Nunes
Age: 25 · Beverly Hills, CA · Hawaiian, Chinese, Portuguese, & Filipino

Our Legacy

A Look Back at Our Past Queens & Delegates