Growing Up Asian in America

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, more than 500 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. 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.

2018 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?

Friday, March 2, 2018

Click here for eligibility criteria and rules. You can also download full contest guidelines and entry form here.

All video entries must be submitted online. You may also submit essay entries online this year. Please upload your file and fill out the online form here.


  • 20 Best in Class winners will win a $500 award.
  • 20 Honorable Mention winners will also be selected.
  • All winners will be recognized at the award ceremony in May, have their entries showcased on the Asian Pacific Fund website and have a chance to be featured on NBC Bay Area.


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

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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