Growing Up Asian in America

Growing Up Asian in America provides a unique platform for youth to take pride in their identities and helps others understand their varied experiences of growing up in the Bay Area’s diverse communities.

Every year, more than 600 Bay Area students from Kindergarten through 12th grades submit artwork, essays and videos on a single theme, with 20 Best in Class winners receiving a $500 award. We started our signature program in 1995 as one of the largest youth celebrations of Asian Pacific American Heritage Month in the nation.

Congratulations to our 2018 GUAA contest winners!


Contest Theme: My Hope for the Future

In celebration of the Asian Pacific Fund’s 25th anniversary and the 40th anniversary of Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, we invite you to share your hopes and dreams for the future. What does your community look like 25 years from now? What type of change, impact and future do you see for your family, community and the world?

Questions? Go to our FAQ page. If you have additional questions, please email: or call 415.395.9985 x500.

2018 GUAA Sponsors









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.

Audrey Yamamoto – President & Executive Director, Asian Pacific Fund