"I always feel like I am a queen during a dim sum meal." This and many more gems from Growing Up Asian in America 2014 below!
"United Plates of America"
- Jessica Y., Grade 10

Asian American Kids
Explore How Food Connects them to Their Cultures

    In the Bay Area, home to a wide diversity of cultures and one of the largest Asian populations in the nation, food is one of the primary ways immigrant communities celebrate and pass on their heritage and traditions.
    Our 19th annual Growing Up Asian in America contest celebrated the vital, delicious role food plays in our lives and communities. More than 1,200 K-12 Bay Area students sent us essays, poems, artwork and videos sharing what food means to them and how their traditions shape their identities.
     Arianna Le, a San Jose 8th grader, wrote, "Food can form unbelievable connections, no matter how far apart or how different our lives may be." Lakpa Guta, a 6th grader from San Francisco, wrote, "When I eat Asian food, it makes me feel like I'm back in Nepal with my family. Food helps me remember where I'm from."
     We recently honored Arianna, Lakpa and the other top 45 winners and finalists, who won more than $20,000 in cash and prizes, at an awards ceremony held at the Asian Art Museum. We also unveiled a poster of the winning entries at the ceremony, which has been distributed to more than 200 libraries throughout the Bay Area to celebrate Asian Pacific American Heritage Month during the month of May. In addition, NBC Bay Area hosted a celebratory luncheon for our South Bay winners.
     Thanks to our major sponsors Wells Fargo, Target, Walgreens, and HSBC, and additional partners NBC Bay Area and the Asian Art Museum for helping to make this cherished program possible.
     We invite you to peruse the rest of the inspiring award-winning content on our brand new website!  
Check out 8th grader William Lin's winning video featuring fun food claymation, "A Bite of Culture."
Watch high school senior Mikaila Baskin's touching winning video, "The Story of a Language."
Check out our new website to see all of the winning entries from Growing Up Asian in America, stay on top of issues facing the Bay Area's Asian communities and learn more about the Asian Pacific Fund!
Looking for eye-opening articles that focus on AAPI communities and their experiences with mental health, the toll of the model minority and other underreported issues? If so, be sure to check out AAPI Voices, a rich resource website that launched this month by and about AAPIs.
Many thanks to NBC's Janelle Wang for emceeing the Growing Up Asian in America awards ceremony, and to NBC Bay Area for covering the event and hosting a special luncheon for our South Bay winners!
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