Growing Up Asian in America Contest Underway

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 •  $20,000 IN CASH & PRIZES •  

Growing Up Asian in America, a signature program of the Asian Pacific Fund, is one of the largest celebrations of Asian heritage in America. It serves as a community resource, helping people of all backgrounds better understand the experiences of young Asian Americans and learn more about life in a place as diverse as the San Francisco Bay Area.

Asian Pacific Fund contest

Growing Up Asian in America provides a unique forum for youth to explore their ideas and to celebrate being both Asian and American and is now seeking entries for its annual contest.

Every year, around 1,000 Bay Area students in grades kindergarten through 12 submit artwork, essays, poems – and now video – on a specific theme, and compete for $20,000 in prizes. Finalists win $1,000 cash awards and other prizes, and are honored at an awards ceremony at the Asian Art Museum. Special exhibits displaying the winning art work and essays go on tour during Asian Pacific Heritage Month, and travel throughout the year to museums, city halls, and public libraries all over the Bay Area.


Food connects us to our families, communities and identities. Food helps us learn about the diverse cultures of our friends and neighbors. Preparing and sharing meals with one another is part of daily life, and also part of many important family traditions and cultural or religious celebrations.

What role does food play in your life as an Asian or Pacific Islander growing up in America? How are you shaped by the traditions or beliefs your family, culture or community holds around food?

Entry Deadline: Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Prizes: Up to 3 Media winners will win iPad minis and other prizes plus have their videos featured online.

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