Growing Up Asian in America Awards


Growing Up Asian in America provides a unique platform for young people to creatively explore and celebrate being both Asian or Pacific Islander and American.

Every year, almost one thousand Bay Area students in grades kindergarten through 12 submit artwork, essays, poems and videos on a single theme, competing for over $20,000 in cash and prizes. We started our signature program in 1995 as one of the largest youth celebrations of Asian Pacific American Heritage Month in the nation. It encourages young Asian Americans to take pride in their identities, and helps others understand the varied experiences of our youth growing up in the Bay Area’s diverse communities.

Check out the winning entries from our 2016 contest!

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Corporate and Community Partners

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Media Sponsors

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We are grateful for the many teachers, parents and community members who encourage their youth to participate in Growing Up Asian in America. We are especially thankful for the guidance of our volunteer advisory committee of professionals in the media, public relations and marketing. We extend our thanks for their involvement and counsel.

Advisory Committee

Sally Carlson – Managing Partner, Carlson Beck

Garrett Kuramoto – Branch Manager, Portola Valley & Woodside Libraries

Lance J. Lew – Director of Community Marketing & Events, NBC Bay Area

Mina Li – Associate Director of Public Affairs, KTSF Television

Andrea Yamazaki Williamson – General Manager & Vice President, Multicultural Radio Broadcasting, Inc.

Vicky Wong – Chief Executive Officer, DAE Advertising

Audrey Yamamoto – President & Executive Director, Asian Pacific Fund