Crowning the Nice Girl

Crowning the Nice Girl

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In 1953, members of the Honolulu Japanese Junior Chamber of Commerce created a beauty contest, the Cherry Blossom Festival Queen Pageant. This work analyzes the pageant through its decades of development within multiple frameworks of gender, class, and race/ethnicity. It paints a portrait of not only a beauty pageant, but also a community.Looking the part was important. By 1960, contestants were trained how to move debutante-style as part of the CBF contest preparation. Race and class conjoined during this period. The 1960 souvenir book introduced Mrs. Margo Piper, ahaole anbsp;...

Title:Crowning the Nice Girl
Author: Christine Reiko Yano
Publisher:University of Hawaii Press - 2006

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