2011 Queen & Miss Friendship Xiayi (Shirley) Zhang

 

A current resident of Chinatown, Xiayi (Shirley) Zhang has been living in the Downtown Los Angeles area for over 5 years. She was born in China and immigrated to the United States with her parents at the age of 6. Her childhood was spent in the cities of Chengdu, Los Angeles, Toronto, and Detroit and she considers herself a citizen of the world. Always seeking a challenge, by her junior year of high school she had already exhausted the AP curriculum and was taking coursework at a local college. This, combined with her perfect SAT scores, gave her the opportunity to forgo her senior year and instead enroll in the prestigious Resident Honors Program at the University of Southern California.

While at USC, Xiayi was actively involved in the Asian-American and Chinese-American student community serving as Vice President for her sorority, Delta Phi Kappa, and as Event Director for the Chinese Student Association. She is currently pursuing career opportunities as an entrepreneur in an internet start-up. She would like to give her gratitude to her family and friends for their support and to the Chinese Chamber of Commerce for the honor of competing in the Miss LA Chinatown Pageant.