"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.
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