2017 Miss Friendship, Ana Chen
Born in Guangdong, China, Ana Chen moved to Los Angeles, California at the young age of 8. Moving to a completely new environment was difficult, and her biggest challenge became one from within: would she stick to her Chinese roots or abandon them for an American identity? By constantly learning and taking the time for personal growth, she realized that she did not have to choose sides. Her unique background became her greatest strength. Through volunteering with her community in Chinatown, she had the opportunity to provide assistance for those linguistically isolated and bridged the gap between two cultures. By combining her love for medicine and passion for helping her community, she pursued a degree in Nursing at Mount St. Mary's University. Ana is currently working as a Registered Nurse in a long-term acute care hospital. Her professional interest focus on providing excellent patient care and advocating for under-served minorities with minimal health literacy.