Lili Ngoc Tran was named Miss Asia of 1989 during a scholarship pageant April 15. She will represent the Asian community in the Miss Utah/Miss America Pageant.
The 20-year-old was selected from a field of 14 contestants for the honor, sponsored by the Asian Association of Utah. The honor carries a $500 scholarship and other prizes. Tran is a sophomore at Brigham Young University and said she would use the award to help her earn a degree in international business.Tran came to the United States from Vietnam with her family during the Vietnam War. "I was 5," she said, "and my father was a fighter pilot. We were refugees."
The competition included an interview, evening gown, talent and national costume segment. Tran was also selected by the other contestants as Miss Friendship.
"It was a wonderful experience," she said. "It's all been very exciting."
The Miss Asia pageant is open to single women age 151/2-25 sponsored by one of nine ethnic groups: Cambodian, Chinese, Hmong, Japanese, Lao, Korean, Filipino, Vietnamese or Thai.