And that’s a wrap! The results are in for this year’s Asian Pacific Fund’s “Growing Up Asian America” contest. In honor of the program’s 20th anniversary, K-12 APIA students through out the Bay Area were asked to reflect on their roots. A variety of themes came up in the student’s creative works, including themes such as the sacrifices their family has made in order to immigrate to the USA, the struggles they face to maintain their cultural identities, and the lessons they learned from their family’s journey. All of the students showed a deep appreciation for the courage and sacrifices of their elders and ancestors.
The program empowers APIA youth by encouraging them to be more engaged with creative mediums in expressing their voice either through writing, artwork, or video. This year, CAAM participated as judges for the video contest. Be sure to scroll down below to see the winners.
Grades 6-8 Winner:
Nathan Tong / Arriving in America / Grade 7 / Antioch
Grades 6-8 Honorable Mentions:
Marisa Leung / Our Cultural Roots / Grade 6 / San Jose
Justin Tang / Calligraphy in America / Grade 8 / Danville
Grades 9-12 Winner:
Orion Huang / Photographs / Grade 10 / Millbrae
Honorable Mentions Grades 9-12:
Tom Tieu / Back to the Roots / Grade 11 / San Jose
Ashton Wu / Ashton Wu Growing Up Asian in America / Grade 12 / San Jose
Click here to see the winners for the other categories!