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Chinese Woman Searching for Lost Fil-Chinese Relative

by Joseph Pimentel/Asianjournal.com

LOS ANGELES – A 59-year-old Chinese-Australian woman is searching for her long lost niece and former sister-in-law, who she believes may still be living in the Los Angeles/ Orange County area.

Winnie Tsui, a Chinese woman who has resided in Australia for more than 30 years, arrived in Los Angeles last June 2007 hoping to find her deceased older brother’s wife and daughter.

Her brother, Peter Tsui passed away at the age of 51 due to Cancer in Los Angeles in 1994.

Winnie said that her age and unsettling dreams prompted her to leave her home in Perth, Australia to Los Angeles.

“I was hearing Church bells in my dreams,” said Winnie to the Asian Journal last year. “My brother was a very spiritual Christian man. I knew it was a sign for me to look for my niece and sister-in-law.”

“I’m getting older,” she said. “I want to find them before it’s too late.”

Since her brother’s passing, Winnie had lost touch with his former wife and niece. Winnie said that her sister-in-law is a Chinese-Filipino Doctor or Nurse in Los Angeles. Her Chinese name is Youn Fun Fun. Peter and Youn had a daughter born either in December of 1987 or 1988. Her Chinese name is Yui Tung Tsui. She should be 20 or 21-years-old.

Peter Tsui was an Acupuncture doctor. His offices were on Ventura Boulevard in Sherman Oaks, according to Winnie.

Peter was Winnie’s only brother. They also had an oldest sister but she passed away in Hong Kong.

The last time, Winnie saw her brother was in 1994 before he passed away. Peter invited Winnie to Shanghai for a vacation. They spent three weeks together. He never told her about his illness, said Winnie.

“I love my brother,” she said. “I feel sorry that he died so young. When he died I have nobody.”

Winnie said that it was partly her fault for not staying in touch with her brother’s wife and niece all these years. But she wants them to know that they are always on her mind. Winnie hopes that someone could help her locate her long lost family members.

“I just want them to know that they have good family in Australia,” said Winnie. “I only want to see her and tell her that we love her. She’s always welcome to stay with us during holidays. I’ll even buy the ticket. We’re always here for both of them.”

Anybody that knows the whereabouts or possible leads please contact the Joseph Pimentel at the Asian Journal (213) 250-9797.


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Ms. California USA Pageant Sued for $ .5M

By Cynthia de Castro/Asianjournal.com

LOS ANGELES  – Last Nov. 25, a Hispanic woman, Christina Silva, was crowned Miss California USA. Days later, her crown was yanked back and the second runner up, Raquel Beezley, a Filipino American from Barstow, was subsequently crowned. A few days ago, Silva sued the pageant organizers for half a million dollars in damages for public humiliation and lost prizes.

Alleging rigging and racial bias, the lawsuit claims the pageant’s executive director, Keith Lewis was “”uncomfortable with the fact that Miss Silva spoke Spanish with certain vendors. He felt that it may detract from the caliber of the pageant and some of the ‘all American girls’ may not opt to compete in the following year.”

The pageant director rejected the claims. He said winners during his tenure have been some of the pageant’s most racially diverse ever. Lewis told The Associated Press the allegations of racial bias were unfounded.

“I’ve had three winners since I’ve been a director. Two have been African American, two of four in the history of the state pageant. And the current Miss California USA is 25 percent Filipino,” Lewis said, referring to Raquel Beezley. “I think my record speaks for itself.”

According to the lawsuit filed in Superior Court, Silva was told by Lewis that “there has been a mistake and you are not the winner,” three days after being crowned Miss California USA.

Silva, who is of Ecuadorean and Mexican descent, alleges that Lewis, the pageant, its producer K2 Productions and the Miss Universe Organization (which controls Miss Teen USA and Miss USA pageants) engaged in fraud, negligence, breach of contract and intentional infliction of emotional distress, among other charges.

The Miss Universe pageant is co-owned by Donald Trump and NBC, a unit of General Electric Company.

“They never could explain their accounting error, but told me that if I didn’t give up my crown to Miss Barstow (Raquel Beezley), my personal integrity could be questioned, and my career could potentially suffer,” Silva said.

Earlier reports revealed that several judges questioned the results of the competition at the Orpheum Theater in Los Angeles so the ballots were opened and recounted the next day.  They then realized an error has been made and the true winner should have been Beezely. “It was a simple human error,” Lewis said.

The fiasco has generated a controversy with some people saying the title should have remained with the first woman and the pageant officials should have had to shoulder and take blame for the mistake. Other people, on the other hand, agreed with the decision saying Beezly should be crowned since she is really the judges’ choice.


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