To the Editor:
In response to the “Pageant recrowns winner due to counting error” story (May 2, issue 19), I think the facts are strongly misconstrued. I attended the press conference hosted by the University of Washington Vietnamese Students Association and thought that they were very unprofessional and disrespectful, especially to their elders.
Coming from a conservative Vietnamese background, I was brought up to respect anyone that was older than me, whether I liked them or not. The UW VSA was very inconsiderate of the former winner’s (Linda Nguyen) mother. It was obvious that she was beyond angry, but what mother would not be if that was their daughter? It sickened me to watch the contestants from the UW sit and gawk at Ms. Nguyen’s mother. Did they all of a sudden forget where they came from?
Moreover, the press release for VSA was rambling on and on about how sorry they were and how bad they felt, when in fact no sense of remorse was expressed, unless the new way to express sorrow is through a smile.
It makes me wonder if this pageant is rigged. Because of this error, all of the contestants will feel as if they’ve been cheated for their chance as Miss Hoa Khoi Lien Truong 2009. Who knows if the scoring sheet that the VSA released is authentic?
Moreover, the UW VSA was very inconsistent regarding the percentage of proceeds that would go to their charity. I was told from UW VSA members that only about 20 percent of their proceeds would go to the charity, but at the very beginning of the press conference, they said that it was 25 percent, not to be increased again to a full 100 percent when they were asked during the Q&A.
Their inconsistency makes me wonder about their true motives behind all of this.
— Kim Bui, Kent
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