The pageant was started in the early 1960's. For over 40 years, the Miss Los Angeles Chinatown Pageant has been one of the most anticipated events in the Los Angeles community. Every year an attendance of more than 900 are expected to come and share in this black tie gala event. There are approximately 20 young ladies who are chosen as finalists to compete for the title of Miss Los Angeles Chinatown. They spend 10 weeks in preparation for this event where they learn techniques on public speaking and presentation as well as the history and current affairs surrounding the Chinese American community.