Paul Wong, 1997
single channel video, 4.5 min., colour, stereo
Miss Chinatown juxtaposes the views of eight subjects against the background image of a beauty pageant: the Miss Chinese-Vancouver 1996. The subjects are all full or part ethnic Chinese, together they represent a diverse face of the Chinese-Canadian community, they present different perspectives on identity, home, sex and race. The contestants are seen going through the paces in the cheong-san (traditional side slit dress) segment of the live television spectacle.
Paul Wong was one of the judges that selected the winner who went on to Hong Kong to be crowned Miss Chinese World.
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