What should my entry look like?
Multiple entries are welcome! All submissions should consist of two parts: a visual presentation and a written portion.
- Visual or video presentation:
- Submit a drawing, photo, artwork OR
- Make a video (up to 2 mins) or video slideshow that celebrates your person
- Written portion:
- Name of featured person
- Time period or birth date
- What is the general (or specific) time period your person lived in?
- What is the person’s Asian heritage or ethnicity?
- Area of influence
- What is the category of influence? e.g. academic/science, the Arts, law/politician, military, business, innovator, activist, etc.
- Describe the contribution made by this person
- How did this individual make a contribution to their field or to society/culture at large?
- Respond to one or more these questions:
- Why did you choose this person? What about their story speaks to you?
- How does this person inspire you?
- What surprised you as you were learning about this person?
- Resources to share if others want to learn more (optional)–list websites, books, or other resources you used to learn about the person
Who can participate?
- All students in grades PreK-12 are welcome to participate
- Open to Lexington residents and non-Lexington residents
- Can be attending public or private school
- Individual or group submissions are allowed
Who can I choose to celebrate?
- The featured person must be an Asian American: Asian/Asian American Pacific Islander (born or live/have lived in the US).
- The person must have made a contribution that significantly impacted their field of work and/or the US community (or internationally).
- Definition of “Asian” or AAPI – Use the US Census Bureau’s definition
- Asian – A person having origins in any of the original peoples of the Far East, Southeast Asia, or the Indian subcontinent
- Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander – A person having origins in any of the original peoples of Hawaii, Guam, Samoa, or other Pacific Islands.
- They can be mixed-race
- Past historical figures or living individuals are great, but we encourage you to dig beyond selecting current well-known figures by choosing an individual born before 1950 or who is not a mainstream celebrity.
When and how to submit your entry
- Go to this website Proud to Be American for instructions and links to submit your entry.
- Entries will be accepted on a rolling basis from April 21 to May 21, 2021.