Joining the Miss Chinatown Pageant was the last thing on Katie Au's mind. She never learned to speak Chinese and didn't fit in with other Chinese-American girls.

Then her mother entered her into the contest, and her father decided to play pageant coach.

"Miss Chinatown, U.S.A." is the story of a young woman who competes in one of America’s oldest ethnic beauty pageants. As Katie travels from her native Seattle to the bustling streets of San Francisco's Chinatown, we gain unique insight into an individual who is wrestling with issues of identity as she matures into adulthood.

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