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March 12, 2008 > A Hayward homecoming queen, teaching for tomorrow

A Hayward homecoming queen, teaching for tomorrow

Submitted By Liane Sieux
Photos By courtesy of Liane Sieux

Born and raised in Hayward, Liane Sieux, 25, the former homecoming queen of California State University East Bay (CSUEB), was invited by the San Francisco Chinese Chamber of Commerce to be the assistant production director for the recent 2008 Miss Chinatown USA pageant held at the Palace of Fine Arts, on Saturday, Feb. 16. The pageant showcased winners of local Miss Chinatown pageants from all over the United States, with the national queen, Miss Chinatown U.S.A., chosen to represent Chinese Americans at this year's Beijing Olympics.

Sieux was chosen to be on the 2008 pageant production team based on her remarkable dance talents, her contestant experiences in the 2007 pageant, amiable personality, and outstanding community spirits. Besides helping in the staging of this year's Olympics theme behind the introductory dances of the pageant, Sieux also performed a dance number on stage. Sieux assisted in backstage line-ups of the contestants, lighting, sound, as well as offering personal advices on posing, catwalk, and providing genuine moral support. The pageant was a success from the rise to the fall of the curtain, with thanks owed to all the stage crew, artists, coordinators, sponsors, contestants, and many others.

A talented, versatile, and beautiful dancer, Sieux was the Bay Area delegate in the 2007 Miss Chinatown U.S.A. pageant. She was the first Hayward resident to be chosen in the history of the pageant. Her talent portion was a colorful Tahitian drum dance. For the past year, Sieux was a goodwill ambassador for the Chinese American community, attending many trade association events, as well as staging public dance performances at the Foster City Arts & Wine Festival, and the recent San Mateo Chinese New Year Festival. The past year was very memorable for her, as it began with riding on a float at the Chinese New Year parade, realizing a childhood dream of waving to thousands in the crowd, and ending on the same grand stage as she had stood the year before, but playing a different role.

More so, the past year was a journey, in search of her cultural identity, well described by Kathy Huang in her award-winning movie, "Miss Chinatown U.S.A." This 2006 movie, produced by Stanford graduate student Kathy Huang, depicted the true experiences of a real contestant in the same pageant before Sieux's own pageant journey began. It was a journey of self-discovery, learning about one's roots, as well as mapping out one's role within the ethnic community.

Sieux graduated with honors in business administration from CSUEB in 2004, and returned for her post-baccalaureate studies in teacher education. She is the daughter of Dr. Geoffrey Sieux and Lily Sieux, who is on the accounting faculty at CSUEB. Sieux is currently a credentialed teacher at Southgate Elementary School in Hayward, where she also teaches Tahitian dancing to GATE students in the performing arts. She is very active in the CSUEB Alumni Association, plans to be involved in the production of next year's Miss Chinatown U.S.A. pageant, and is practicing her dance routines to compete at the International Tahiti Fete to be held in Tahiti during the summer of 2009.

Tri-City residents who are interested in being a sponsor or contestant in the Miss Chinatown U.S.A. pageant may contact the San Francisco Chinese Chamber of Commerce at (415) 982-3000.

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