Growing Up Asian In America

Growing Up Asian in America, a signature program of the Asian Pacific Fund, is one of the largest celebrations of Asian heritage in America. It serves as a community resource, helping people of all backgrounds better understand the experiences of young Asian Americans and learn more about life in a place as diverse as the San Francisco Bay Area.

Growing Up Asian in America provides a unique forum for youth to explore their ideas and to celebrate being both Asian and American.

Every year, around 1,000 Bay Area students in grades kindergarten through 12 submit artwork, essays, poems - and now video - on a specific theme, and compete for $20,000 in prizes. Finalists win $1,000 cash awards and other prizes, and are honored at an awards ceremony at the Asian Art Museum. Special exhibits displaying the winning art work and essays go on tour during Asian Pacific Heritage Month, and travel throughout the year to museums, city halls, and public libraries all over the Bay Area. Winning entries are also featured on our website.



GrUp Asian in America 2013 Winners



Abigail Wong

Grade 11 - Daly CTO ity


K-5 Art


Abigail Cheng

Grade 2 - San Francisco


Ananya Goel

Grade 5 - Pleasanton


Gina Partridge

Grade 5 - San Jose


Honorable Mentions:


Rhona Huang

Grade 5 - Sunnyvale


Maya Pham

Grade 3 - Daly City


Emily Wang

Grade 3 - Palo Alto


Benjamin Tang

Grade 4 - Cupertino


6-8 Art


Yu Han Wang

Grade 6 - San Francisco


Quynh-Lam Tran

Grade 8 - Cupertino


Reema Minawala

Grade 8 - Fremont


Honorable Mentions:


William Lin

Grade 7 - Hillsborough


Robert Qiu

Grade 8 - San Jose


Julianna Cho

Grade 8 - Cupertino

9-12 Art


Agnes Bautista

Grade 9 - Vallejo


Doyeon Kim

Grade 11 - Pleasanton


Eunbin Cho

Grade 9 - Cupertino


Honorable Mentions:


Hannah Park

Grade 10 - Millbrae


Hyunjun Hong

Grade 10 - Pleasanton


Jonathan Lu

Grade 11 - Santa Rosa


Christine Kim

Grade 11 - San Jose


Miry Kim

Grade 11 - Pleasanton


K-5 Essay


Amelia Ny

Grade 5 - Fairfield

Emily Yang

Grade 5 - Fremont


Elisabeth Kam

Grade 5 - Burlingame


Honorable Mentions:


Stephen Gao

Grade 2 - Union City


Andrew Chu

Grade 3 - Palo Alto


Isita Talukdar

Grade 3 - San Jose


Noelle Villanueva

Grade 4 - San Jose


Anna Hamai

Grade 5 - Oakland


6-8 Essay


Nikhita Gopisetty

Grade 6 - Morgan Hill


Divya Prakash

Grade 6 - Fremont


Alexander Yang

Grade 8 - Los Altos


Honorable Mentions:


Miguel Carrion

Grade 7 - Millbrae


Ayize James

Grade 7 - Albany


Theodore Schrader Grade 8 - San Francisco


9-12 Essay


Jasjit Mundh

Grade 11 - San Jose


Joshua Ko

Grade 11- El Cerrito


Kavya Padmanabhan Grade 11 - Los Altos Hills


Honorable Mentions:


Alexandria Lee

Grade 9 – Millbrae


Amy Liu

Grade 10 – Alameda


Diane Chong

Grade 11 - Cupertino


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