Celebrating Asian Pacific American Heritage Month 2021
K-12 Poster Art Contest
We are proud to draw more than 170 applications from MCPS students. We are honoring awards to the 1st, the 2nd, the 3rd place winners and honorable mentions in the elementary, middle and high school categories:
1st Place: Benjamin Marshall, Flora M. Singer ES
Caption: Dona Nobis Pacem
Description: Yo-Yo Ma began playing his cello on social media the moment COVID struck the United States. He also performed free concerts online and released an album called "Songs of Comfort." Over the course of the last year, his music brought millions of Americans the positive feeling that everything will be okay. He helped those who listened feel courage during a difficult time.
2nd Place: Chloe Ma, Diamond ES
Caption: Young Activists
Description: McPherson Square D.C. Rally for Collective Safety on 3/21/2021
3rd Place: Jeremy Zhang, Beverly Farms ES
Caption: The Warrior - Jeremy Lin
Description: Jeremy Lin, first Asian American to win NBA championship.
Honorable Mention: Charlotte Hendricks, Stonegate ES
Caption: Anna May Wong
Description: Anna May Wong, a Chinese American, was the first famous Chinese American actress. Wong fought against the use of Asian stereotypes and yellowface in Hollywood.
Honorable Mention: Sophia Hou, Cedar Grove ES
Caption: Kamala Harris
Description: Kamala Harris is not only the the first woman to be sworn in as Vice President, but is was also the first Asian American Vice President.
Honorable Mention: Connie Ren, Lakewood ES
Caption: We Love America
Description: The Asian Americans have been participating in building America, improving America, and serving America. We live here, study here. We love here. We want America to get better and better.
Honorable Mention: Melanie Ren, Lakewood ES
Caption: We support America
Description: In the difficult time fighting COV-19 last year, many Asian Americans donated masks, face shields and other protection gears to our front line workers including polices, doctors, nurses, nursing homes and schools.
Honorable Mention: Marilyn Zhang, Ronald McNair ES
Caption: Have the courage to speak out!
Description: Stop Anti-Asian Hate rally in Washington DC
Honorable Mention: Stephanie Zhu, Chevy Chase ES
Caption: Keeping Courage
Description: N/A (No specific events were chosen)
1st Place (tie): Eliana Wang, Takoma Park MS
Caption: Yo-Yo Ma Playing Cello at Vaccination Center
Description: Yo-yo Ma, a Chinese-American, plays his cello at a vaccination center to help others relax after receiving his second dose in 2021.
1st Place (tie): Amy Lang, Cabin John MS
Caption: We Belong Here
Description: Stop Asian Hate represents the movement of many anti-asian-violence demonstrations that have been going on around the U.S in 2021. Many people partake in these demonstrations such as adults, children, and teens to stand up for Asians.
3rd Place: Lyla Cho, Tilden MS
Caption: Susan Ahn Cuddy
Description: Susan Ahn Cuddy joined the Navy in 1942 after Japan bombed Pearl Harbor. She was the first Asian American woman to join the U.S Navy and became the first female to operate flexible-mount orturret-mounted machine guns on an aircraft in Navy. She left the Navy in 1946 at the rank of lieutenant.
Honorable Mention: Jayda Delvalle Reyes, Newport Mill MS
Caption: Susan Ahn Cuddy
Description: It's a picture of Susan Ahn Cuddy, she was the first female gunnery office in the US Navy, in the picture I draw the navy ship, she was the Lieutenant she taught U.S. sailor how to fire all kinds of machine gun. Susan Ahn Cuddy dedicated her life of service to the Asian American Community and the United States.
Honorable Mention: Katherine Xue, Herbert Hoover MS
Caption: Shared Success
Description: I drew Awkwafina (Nora Lum) and Anna May Wong sharing a trophy since they were both pioneers for Asian women in the film industry.
Honorable Mention: Vivian Zhang, Lakelands Park MS
Caption: Be brave and follow your dream
Description: I.M.Pei is a Chinese American architectural designer that worked hard to study in America. After that he designed many famous and beautiful buildings for U.S. and the world.
1st Place: Madison Zhao, Walt Whitman HS
Caption: $3,000 for a Life?
Description: Helen Zia, a Chinese-American activist, led political protests in 1982 after Vincent Chin’s murder trial announced that the none of the attackers would be sent to jail and only faced $3,000 fines for their actions. “It’s not fair”(Chin’s last words) and "$3,000 for a life?" became the resounding slogans of these following protests which marked the beginning of an expanded generation of Asian-American activism.
2nd Place: Saffa Eng, Northwest HS
Caption: Modern Courage
Description: Based on several instances of unprovoked attacks on innocent elderly Asian Americans on the streets of cities in the United States.
3rd Place: Kylie Yi Chreky, Walter Johnson HS
Caption: "I am not a virus"
Description: My digital painting is set in the present, its 2021, the pandemic is still rampant. Attitudes towards Asian Americans are getting worse. I decided to keep my message clear. "My ethnicity is not a virus." Speaking up against racism, considering all of the hate crimes going on right now, takes courage.
Honorable Mention: Anishka Basheerbad, Richard Montgomery HS
Caption: Kalpana Chawla, National Hero
Description: Kalpana Chawla, an American astronaut, was the first Indian woman to go to space and sacrificed her life in the Space Shuttle Columbia disaster of 2003.
Honorable Mention: Kylie Yi Chreky, Richard Montgomery HS
Caption: Xie Xiaozhen
Description: Xie Xiaozhen, a 75 year old Chinese woman, was punched by a white man in San Francisco recently. She fought back against the man, hitting him with a board. Instead of keeping the nearly 1 million dollars donated to her for her medical expenses, Xie chose to donate it all to help combat racism against the AAPI community.
Honorable Mention: Jessie Chen, Richard Montgomery HS
Caption: Rise from the Ashes
Description: Asian Americans, like a phoenix, resurrect from the oppression and silencing of the normalized racism their community has faced for decades to fight for #STOPAAPIHATE.
based in Glen Echo with an academy in Rockville, Maryland. He began his career in theater garnering multiple awards for his innovative reimagining of American classics and developing ground-breaking new works as artistic director of theater companies in Boston, San Diego, Seattle, and in Los Angeles as the Co-Artistic Director of the critically acclaimed Lodestone Theatre Ensemble. After a successful career in theater, Chil was tapped as the creative director of a film fund which focused on English based stories for the Asian market. He has returned to his hometown in the Washington, D.C. area.
ATHENA ROBLES, Board Chair, Asian American Arts Alliance
is from the Washington, D.C. area. She is a visual artist whose work involves drawing, sculpture, printmaking, and installation. She has exhibited her work nationally, including at the Contemporary Museum in Honolulu, DC’s Emerge Art Fair and in New York at the American Museum of Natural History and the New Museum’s IdeasCity. Athena is a recipient of a Van Lier Fellowship, among several grants and awards, and she has participated on panels for the Ford Foundation, the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, and the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities and others. Athena values community service and currently serves as a board member for the Asian American Arts Alliance.
Athena has taught art to students from pre-school to collegiate level and aims to foster an appreciation for creativity and to build problem-solving skills through art. Recently she served as a substitute art teacher for Capital City Public Charter School and has taught private art lessons locally. Athena lives in Chevy Chase, DC with her husband, son and a sweet Rhodesian Ridgeback.
in Gaithersburg, Maryland, as well as a mother, artist and educator. She specializes in fine art. Shortly after she immigrated from South Korea at age 15, she was recognized as Maryland's Emerging Young Artist from MAEA (Maryland Art Education Association). Shineh attended the Maryland Institute College of Art specializing in the field of Illustration, receiving a scholarship for her artistic achievement as a finalist in the Maryland Distinguished Scholars Program.
Shineh started Shineh Art Studio, LLC in 2003, where she teaches visual arts to students in grades K-12 to college transfers. Shineh is a three-time nationally recognized art educator from the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards. Many of her students have been recognized for local, region-at-large and national competitions and have been admitted to prestigious art colleges and universities with reputable art programs.
Other artworks by participant names in the elementary, middle and high school categories:
Ahenk Akkaya, Farmland ES
Caption: Racism is never the answer
Description: "Hate is a virus" organization is protesting against the hate towards Asian people.
Nazim Akkaya, Clearspring ES
Caption: The courageous protest
Description: Asians and few people from other races are protesting for people to Stop Asian Hate and Hatred towards Asians during Covid-19.
Kavi Anand, Fields Road ES
Caption: Sharing is Caring
Description: The dragon is sharing the cherry blossom tree.
Sahana Anand, Fields Road ES
Description: how we can get threw this, together, stronger and brighter
Alana Anantham, Chevy Chase ES
Caption: Jasmin Sethi - A Courageous Soul
Description: Jasmin Sethi, a blind Asian American, graduated with a degree in applied math from Harvard.
Anna Balasooriya, Clopper Mill ES
Caption: Hands of the past giving way to the future
Description: Coming from Vietnam
Benjamin Berndt, Farmland ES
Caption: Fighting a dragon
Description: Stories of dragons
Carter Capili, Wyngate ES
Caption: Arree Chung
Description: He wrote and drew Mixed, a book that teaches you about working together with everyone that’s different colors.
Jackson Capili, Wyngate ES
Caption: First Indian American in space
Description: Kalpana Chawla, an Indian American the, First Indian American to ever go in space.
Ryan Chatman, Luxmanor ES
Caption: Stop Racism
Description: People called Covid19 Ku-Flu was wrong. People don’t get sick because of their race. These two doctors were protesting against the hate against Asian Americans.
Louis Cho, Farmland ES
Caption: Samuel Lee
Description: The first Asian American to win an Olympic gold medal for the United states and the first man to win back to back gold medals in Olympic platform diving.
Angelina Purmi Choi, Little Bennett ES
Caption: Friendship is Courage
Description: An Asian girl who feels heartbroken just because she is an Asian, but her friends stand by her during the tough times.
Owen Chong, Bayard Rustin ES
Caption: The Legacy of Sammy Lee
Description: Dr. Sammy Lee was the first Asian American to win a gold medal at the Olympics.
Luna Cooper, Beverly Farms ES
Caption: Asian American
Description: Anna May Wong won award of Hollywood Walk of Fame
Marshall Craft, Wilson Wims ES
Caption: Never Give Up
Description: A poster with a young kid continue to climb to the sky and never give up.
Salma Cuadro, Luxmanor ES
Caption: Asian Culture is valuable
Description: The month of May was chosen to celebrate the Asian heritage month in order to commemorate the first Japanese to come to the United States. In May was also completed the transcontinental railroad
Avani Dounde, Farmland ES
Caption: Sergeant Uday Singh
Description: Sergeant Uday Singh was the first U.S. Army soldier of Indian descent to die during Operation Iraqi Freedom. For his courageous work in Iraq war, Uday was honored with Bronze Star and Purple Heart.
Leslie Ferguson, Sligo Creek ES
Caption: Tammy Duckworth
Description: In 2004, Tammy Duckworth was in the US army and lost her right leg due to being shot at while flying a helicopter in Iraq.
Alina Galendez, Luxmanor ES
Caption: Tanjiro the Demon Slayer
Description: Asians fighting evil.
Danielle Gottesman, Lakewood ES
Caption: To be courageous
Description: A girl is being picked on and she will not stand it, so she stands up for herself.
Daniel Guo, Candlewood ES
Caption: The Legacy of Wong Kim Ark
Description: United States v. Wong Kim Ark, 169 U.S. 649 (1898), was a landmark decision of the U.S. Supreme Court which held that "a child born in the United States, of parents of Chinese descent......have a permanent domicile and residence in the United States, .....automatically became a U.S. citizen at birth."
Emma Guo, Fallsmead ES
Description: I imagine that Bruce Lee kicked the coronavirus into a book using his Kung Fu.
Maya Guo, Travilah ES
Caption: Wash the Hate
Description: An asian American girl fighting against the viruses of both COVID-19 and Asian Hate.
Emma Hahn, Bells Mill ES
Caption: AAPI Lives Matter
Description: People like George Takei and some doctors who helped COVID-19 are AAPIs. They change our lives.
Annie Hou, Cedar Grove ES
Caption: Mirai Nagasu
Description: Mirai Nagasu is a Japanese American figure skater.
Joshua Ju, Bayard Rustin ES
Caption: Superhero Xie fights back to Stop Asian Hate
Description: Grandma Xiao Zhen Xie was attacked on the streets of San Francisco in March 2021. She was targeted because she is Asian. When she was attacked, she fought back and injured her attacker. She received over $1 million in donations from the public. Instead of keeping it for herself, Xie donated all the money to help other victims of Asian hate crimes. According to StopAAPIHate.org, over 3,795 hate
Veena Kannan, Wyngate ES
Caption: Swati Mohan at NASA
Description: Swati Mohan broadcasted and engineered the Mars Perseverance Lander.
Arissa Karst, Wyngate ES
Caption: Stop Blaming Us
Description: Someone at school said to me "Chinese people brought COVID-19 here. I do not like Chinese people."
Harsees Kaur, Burtonsville ES
Caption: Kamala Harris, Vice President
Description: Kamala Harris, the first female, and the first Asian-American Vice President of United States of America.
Elaine Keller, Meadow Hall ES
Caption: Gyo Obata, architect
Description: Gyo Obata, a Japanese American, served in the U.S. Army, and designed many buildings.
Daniel Kim, Lakewood ES
Caption: The Turtle Ship
Description: The Turtle ship is a Korean battleship used in the late 1500s to fight off Japanese Troops. This is one of the most courageous, famous, and historic event in Korean people's mind, because this battleship protected Korean to the end of the battle.
Emily Kim, Beverly Farms ES
Caption: We are all friends
Description: The pandemic in 2021
Irene Kim, Lakewood ES
Caption: The King's palace
Description: The Kyung-bok palace has been burnt, destroyed, and rebuilt many times due to the attack of surrounding countries. This shows the courage of Korean people and their love to their country.
Taerim Kim, Lakewood ES
Caption: Social participation in Asians
Description: Anti-war demonstrations for peace during the Vietnam war, recent protests for the protection of black human rights, etc.
Taeyoon Kim, Lakewood ES
Caption: Asian labors at the sugarcane farm in Hawaii
Description: Many Asian such as Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Filipino worded hard in sugarcane plantations in Hawaii from mid-1800's to mid-1900's.
Hazel Krogan, Kensington Parkwood ES
Caption: Courage is Xiao Zhen Xie
Description: Xiao Zhen Xie (Asian Grandmother in San Francisco) stood up against her attacker and donated money to help others (in 2021).
Ivy Krogan, Kensington Parkwood ES
Caption: Courage is fighting for what is right and ending racism
Description: Asian-Americans and their friends marched together across the United States to tell people it's wrong to hate others because of how they look (in 2021).
Mila Kueh, Lakewood ES
Caption: Past & Present
Description: Tammy Duckworth, a Thai American, who served in the Army National Guard lieutenant colonel, and was a piolet. (Now a politician).
Yashaswini Kunati, Diamond ES
Caption: Korematsu v. United States
Description: Fred Korematsu, a Japanese American, stood against Executive Order 9066, which ordered all Japanese ancestry sent to internment camps. The Pearl Harbor Attack had started the war with Japan, and President Roosevelt decided to sign Executive Order 9066. The transporting of the Japanese began in 1942, as the government feared that military plans would be revealed by the Japanese Americans living near the military bases. Korematsu was one of them and the only one who refused to move to the internment camp, which made him hide in the Oakland Area in California. The police finally found him on a street corner, and he was put in jail for five years. He was presented in court after the time in prison and had to defend his case. After losing his case, he was put in a camp, earning only $12 ($187.77 today) a month. After 30 years, the order was canceled, Korematsu and other people who survived the event received $20,000 each. President Bill Clinton awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest civilian award in the USA.
Milani Ladwa, Wyngate ES
Caption: We're All Friends
Description: Every person in the world is not left out of the community and everyone has the courage to make new friends.
Alice Lai, Burning Tree ES
Caption: Joy and Hope
Description: Every life has a spirit has a name.
Serin Lee, Bells Mill ES
Caption: Lyla Lee and Mindy Kim
Description: Lyla Lee is the Korean American author of the Mindy Kim series which features Mindy Kim, a Korean American girl who lives in Florida.
April Li, Diamond ES
Caption: Stop Racism
Description: Speaking against racism.
Gary Ma, Dufief ES
Caption: Andrew Cherng Founder of Panda Express
Description: Andrew Cherng, Chinese-born American, founder of Panda Express, an ongoing Chinese-American fast food chain restaurant.
Lia Melikyan, Luxmanor ES
Caption: Transcontinental Railroad
Description: This railroad was build by the blood and tears of Chinese immigrants.
Sneha Menon, Lakewood ES
Caption: "I have a dream"- MLK
Description: The poster shows Martin Luther King giving a famous speech called "I have a dream" on August 28 1963 in Washington DC.
Preetha Mukhopadhyay, Beverly Farms ES
Caption: Courage: UNDER ONE FLAG
Description: Asian Americans are fighting against pandemic and all odds under one flag
Abhang Narute, Little Bennett ES
Caption: Beautiful garden and beautiful people
Description: There is different flowers in my garden. They have different smell, texture, colors, shape and different properties. That makes each flower to be beautiful in there own way. That’s what my garden looks so beautiful. In the similar way different kinds of people makes my planet and United States of America even more beautiful.
Ria Angel Newmancroos, Twinbrook ES
Caption: Mars Mission
Description: Nasa’s Swati Mohan, India’s women scientists are breaking barriers in space exploration
Ryder Nguyen, Wyngate ES
Caption: Women Warrior
Description: My dad's family is from Vietnam. Women Warrior represents my dad's family coming to America during the Vietnam War.
Florence Ou, Seven Locks ES
Caption: The Branches of Bravery
Description: All the Asian Americans that tried to get rid of corona-virus, fought for their rights to vote, stood tall, and will grow new bravery every year in the future that will, or had, change/changed everything.
Sofia Ou, Seven Locks ES
Caption: Courage in Hearts
Description: This is a march of no Asian and Asian American hate and people showing a march of no racism and holding signs of how Asian American should be treated like an equal.
Drew Potashnik, Seven Locks ES
Caption: Shigeki Sugiyama: Proud Japanese American
Description: President Ford’s Proclamation 4417 repealed EO 9066, which interned Japanese Americans in the United States during WWII. Shigeki Sugiyama was at the White House signing ceremony as the National President of the Japanese American Citizens League. He was a child in the internment camp, was drafted into the U.S. Army, and had careers in the Army and Civil Service.
Jade Shi, Wyngate ES
Caption: Stand against
Description: When we are facing something that is not fair.
Samantha Shields, Farmland ES
Caption: Tammy Duckworth
Description: My poster is about Tammy Duckworth’s life and growing up and being a grownup.
Jeremy Shu, Cedar Grove ES
Caption: Courage of Repairing the Spaceship
Description: The brave Asian-American Astronaut is fixing the spaceship in the dark outer space
Roger Tchamaleu, Greencastle ES
Caption: Asian in labor
Description: In the 1800s Chinese people were working build the transcontinental railroad day through night.
Jessica Vu, Beverly Farms ES
Caption: Amazin genders
Description: Amazin LeThi is the founder of "Amazin Lethi Foundation" to help homeless LGBT youth and children living with HIV.
Chloe Wang, Ritchie Park ES
Caption: Courage of Andrew Yang
Description: Andrew Yang, an Asian American, ran for the 2020 Democratic Party Presidential primary.
Mason Wang, Lakewood ES
Description: Andrew Yang, the first Asian-American man run for US president. He is currently running for Big Apple mayor.
Rani Wei, Little Bennett ES
Caption: OUR STORY
Description: In fact， the story of every Asian American is an America's story, and America's story is the story of all of our Asian Americans.
Xavier Weng, Beverly Farms ES
Caption: Courageous Young Protesters
Description: My drawing is of three courageous young students protesting to stop violence and hate against Asian Americans since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Kangmin Won, Farmland ES
Caption: Stop Hate Asian
Description: Hate against Asian American Pacific Islander communities has risen during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Tara Wong, Farmland ES
Caption: Rep. Ted Lieu, Asian American Leader
Description: Representative Ted Lieu is a congressman who represents California's 33rd congressional district. He writes laws about health care, education, the environment, etc. He serves on the House Judiciary Committee and the House Foreign Affairs Committee, and he is the Whip for the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus.
Allen Xin, Bells Mill ES
Caption: Being Brave
Description: My drawing is an illustration of the brave people in our community, especially during Covid19. Everyone in the picture is wearing masks. These figures represent police officers, firefighters, doctors and nurses, front line workers, and all the ordinary people around us during the pandemic. They’re all full of courage. And together we are braver.
Brian Xin, Bells Mill ES
Caption: Courage and Love
Description: My little brother is so scared whenever there are thunders and lightning on stormy nights. He even puts on his thick winter hat covering his ears. I’m not afraid of those loud noises and scary lights. I will hold him to my arms and cover his ears to make him feel safe and secure. I think courage is to help and protect people who need help.
Isabella Yang, Wilson Wims ES
Caption: One World- stop Asian hate
Description: “Stop Asian Hate is the name of several anti-Asian-violence rallies that have been held across the United States in 2021 in response to racism against Asian Americans”
Tansy Yu, Farmland ES
Roger Zhang, Beverly Farms ES
Caption: Many Cultures One Voice
Description: The poster is about the earth presented with different colors of Asians figures, and typical Asian animals, all in front of the background of a US flag
Terry Zhang, Ronald McNair ES
Caption: It takes courage to make your dream come true.
Description: Ellison Onizuka, first Asian-American astronaut to fly in space.
Tyson Zhang, Ronald McNair ES
Caption: Fighting the COVID-19
Description: Asian American doctors on the challenge of COVID-19 Pandemic in 2020.
Asher Anantham, Eastern MS
Description: On March 17, 2021, in San Francisco, 76-year old Chinese immigrant Xiao Zhen Xie was punched in the face by a white male in his 30s while she was waiting to cross the street. The assailant had earlier assaulted an 83-yeard old Asian male. Rather than quietly suffer and be bullied, she fought back both verbally and physically. Yelling "You bum, why did you hit me?", she pummeled her attacker with a board, sending her attacker to hospital. Instead of keeping the more than $1 million she received in donations from the public for her medical expenses, she donated the money to charities working to defuse racism against the Asian American community.
Callie Bao, Earle B. Wood MS
Caption: More Than A Stereotype
Description: Ali Wong is a Vietnamese and Chinese American who unapologetically breaks several stereotypes of being Asian, a woman, and many more in her streaming comedy special Hard Knock Wife.
Wanchai Chanyasubkit, Eastern MS
Caption: The Fighter
Description: Aung San Suu Ky is a human rights activist, Nobel Peace Prize winner. She brought some democracy to her country with nonviolence
Jerry Chen, Eastern MS
Caption: Asian American WWII Soldier
Description: Japanese Americans served in WWII even after they were put in prison camps.
Isabella Fang, Robert Frost MS
Description: Many AAPI members have had to use "shields and swords" to defend themselves from hurtful words and attacks on them. My drawing illustrates the bravery AAPI members have to fight back in this racial "war".
Olivia Flynn, Tilden MS
Caption: I, Am
Description: My drawing is a women getting justice for herself. There are a bunch of people behind her to let her know she has support. Then the signs are what they believe in.
Aarna Gundeti, Thomas W. Pyle MS
Caption: First Amendment Rights to the LGBT
Description: In 1958, the US Supreme Court made a landmark decision, to address the free speech right to LGBT.
Margaret Howell, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. MS
Caption: The Fight For Rights
Description: I chose to portray people fighting for their rights and the rights of others. Mabel Lee fought for the right for women to vote, even though in the end she wasn’t able to vote herself because of the Chinese Exclusion Act. Liliʻuokalani fought for her people’s rights to ensure that they were treated fairly during annexation and worked to ensure that their culture and history survived. During the Summer of 2020 people protested for the fair treatment of others, even if those people did not come from the same group or cultural heritage.
Chloe Kennedy, Julius West MS
Caption: Leaping Through Boundaries
Description: Stella Abrera, a Filipina-American ballet dancer, broke racial barriers in 2015 by becoming the first Filipina principal ballerina at the American Ballet Theatre, a predominantly white company.
Abigail Lee, Julius West MS
Caption: Courageous Leader Kamala Harris - Stop Asian Hate
Description: Kamila Harris is the first half South Asian and half South African vice president. She courageously spoke out to address the Atlanta shooting of six Asian women.. Given that she is South Asian her words are important to support the AAPI community.
Chengna Lin, Luther Jackson MS
Caption: Asians Bravery to Protest
Description: The year of 2021, asian groups in America has been seriously insulted and hurt by many white Americans. Thus, asians groups learned to stand up and fight for ourselves by protesting.
Emily Liu, Francis Scott Key MS
Caption: The Times
Description: In the past, courage was defined by going to war and winning battles. Now, the frontline workers and the doctors are actually the courageous ones, battling the pandemic.
Fatima A. Mora Cosio, Col. E. Brooke Lee MS
Description: This is a collage, not a drawing of an event. It's a 4 picture collage, with different remarkable things AAPI's do/did.
Darlene Penda, Martin Luther King MS
Caption: Courageous Chloe Kim
Description: On April 1st, Olympic gold medalist Chloe Kim, shared her experiences with anti-Asian hate for the first time.
Sofia Perez, Argyle MS
Caption: She was a Asian/Chinese Warrior
Description: Hua Mulan was a Chinese warrior that fought in war because she wanted to protect her father, but also thought she could as much as men can do, so she stepped into her father's place. Knowing she could get killed if anyone found out her true identity, she still went and brought honor to the family name.
Grace Selser, Earle B. Wood MS
Caption: Awkwafinas Asian American Pride
Description: This artwork of Awkwafina having the courage to start an acting career, being proud of who she is and where shes from and letting the world know who she is.
Angela Shen, Robert Frost MS
Caption: Asian American Courage and Bravery
Description: Elaine L. Chao is the Nation’s 24th Secretary of Labor and the first Asian American woman appointed to a President's cabinet in U.S. history.
Kenneth Shue, Herbert Hoover MS
Caption: Warriors at Heart
Description: The covid-19 pandemic which has quickly spread worldwide.
Opal Siegal, Cabin John MS
Opal Siegal, Cabin John MS
Alessandra Siever, Lakelands Park MS
Caption: Interned and Innocent
Description: After the Japanese government bombed Pearl Harbor during WW2, the American government made internment camps to move Japanese residents away from the west coast because they were scared of any form of connection between Japanese Americans and the enemy. This event caused Japanese Americans to live in a confined lifestyle for three years.
Alyssa Wang, Robert Frost MS
Caption: Asian power
Description: Asian scientist helping everyone by creating the covid-19 vaccine.
Cedric Wu, Julius West MS
Caption: The Rooftop Koreans
Description: Multiple Koreans protect Koreatown from an onslaught of riots in LA in 1992.
Lumina Zhang, Herbert Hoover MS
Caption: Courageous Elaine Chao
Description: Elaine Chao, former Secretary of Transportation, spoke against Anti-Asian hate.
Sophie Alzona, Walt Whitman HS
Caption: Working Through 2020
Description: Different Asian Americans providing healthcare and services, as well as leading protests during the historical year of 2020
Raunak Banerjee, Montgomery Blair HS
Caption: Hand of Democracy
Description: A protester fearlessly yet peacefully fights against the sudden military uprising in Myanmar, and all the destruction caused by the coup. Despite knowing he or she may be killed, the protester still silently raises a symbol of resistance high in the air.
Malyla Banota, Northwest HS
Caption: Tanzima Hashem , a professor at BUET and a computer scientist
Description: Tanzima Hashem is one of the five women who won the Elsevier Foundation Award in 2017.Her research’s are focused on maintaining user privacy.
Ruth Cho, Walter Johnson HS
Caption: Thank you for Asian American Frontliners
Description: The mortality rate of Filipino - American nurses from COVID-19 is increasing rapidly. However they are dedicated to treating patients.
Anthea Chu, Thomas Wootton HS
Description: This is a character created by me, who takes adventures like how our parents immigrated from one country to another to seek better life. They might feel scared, but moved forward to embrace their dream.
Caleb Collins, Richard Montgomery HS
Caption: Aoki's Power
Description: In 1966, Richard Aoki armed the political organization named the Black Panther Party, a group of college students that wanted to protest police brutality.
Andrei Davydov, Thomas S. Wootton HS
Caption: Nathan Chen's Victory
Description: Nathan Chen, a Chinese American, winning the 5th US Nationals in Men's Figure Skating in 2021.
Anniee Fang, Poolesville HS
Caption: AAPI Bravery during COVID-19
Description: Asians all over the world facing increasing acts of hate fueled by decades of racism and only recently exposed through the COVID-19 pandemic.
Sophia Fang, Richard Montgomery HS
Description: Wong Kim Ark was born to Chinese immigrants in San Francisco who weren’t American citizens due to the Chinese Exclusion Acts. Wong went to China to visit his parents, but upon return to America, was denied entry because he was not a citizen. The United States Government took the case to the Supreme Court, but they then ruled in favor of Wong, and created the concept of jus soli.
Valeria Fernandez, Northwest HS
Caption: A nurses tears
Description: An Asian American as a modern nurse during the Covid-19 Pandemic.
Caroline Green, Quince Orchard HS
Caption: Warrior Position
Description: Asian Americans often face a plethora of stereotypes and insults regarding their heritage, culture, and occupations. One of which being the Chinese laundry stereotype, which originated from the growing anti-Chinese sentiment in the 1870s. This forced new immigrants into unskilled work that Americans of European descent didn't want to do. For lack of opportunity, many chose and remained in the laundry business.
Priscilla Kim, Poolesville HS
Caption: A Tiger’s Will
Description: Asian Americans uniting together to protest against the recent increase in hate crimes against them during 2020-2021 because of the pandemic.
Elina Lee, Montgomery Blair HS
Caption: Masked: The Language of Courage
Description: AAPI countries around the word aided in the distribution of face-masks during the coronavirus pandemic.
Jolin Li, Winston Churchill HS
Description: This art piece is showing the act of courage based on the story of me and all my Asian American friends. I grow up in an Asian family and I'm being deeply impacted by my culture. As I grow up, I learned about how Americans celebrate different holidays and eat different foods. I'm willing to fitting into a new culture while showing others how I love wearing cheongsam. I believe it takes a lot of courage to present the part of your identity that is something unfamiliar to the community.
Ting Ting Li, Bethesda Chevy Chase HS
Caption: As Loud as a Dragon
Description: Youth advocacy for the Asian American Pacific Islander Community to help combat the rise in anti-AAPI hate during the pandemic.
Sarah Luan, Richard Montgomery HS
Description: Sarah Luan, a first generation Chinese American, plays the Guzheng to show off her culture.
Ekaeto Mfon, Paint Branch HS
Caption: A Portrait of Geraldine Roman
Description: Geraldine Roman is a Filipina Journalist and representative of Bataan's 1st District since 2016, She is the first transgender person elected into Congress of the Philippines.
Sun Oh, Walter Johnson HS
Caption: Blame the Tiger
Description: 2020-2021 Asian-American protests against Asian hate-crimes.
Jennifer Owen, Poolesville HS
Caption: Hate Is a Virus
Description: Stigma around Asian communities serving as the scape goat of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Shayna Powell, Northwest HS
Caption: Asian-Americans in politics
Description: Hiram Fong, Patsy Mink, Bobby Jindal, Andrew Yang, Tulsi Gabbard, and Kamala Harris were all well know Asian-Americans who ran for President/Vice President all became well known.
Elisha Puah, Richard Montgomery HS
Caption: Mxmtoon Drawing
Description: Maia (mxmtoon) creates songs within many genres and is part of the LGBTQ+ community
Vicky Shan, Winston Churchill HS
Caption: A Railroad Leading to a Better Future
Description: In 1864, a lot of Chinese came to America to look for a better future for the future generations. Many started working on building the trancontinental railroad for extremely low wages under extremely bad conditions.
Max Shin, Winston Churchill HS
Caption: We Have Courage
Description: Susan Ahn Cuddy was the first Asian American woman to join the U.S. Navy and the first to become lieutenant. She was initially rejected by the military several times and eventually accepted. She taught air combat tactics and also helped people who had a hard time controlling plane mounted machine guns. Then, she became the first woman gunnery officer. After serving in WWII and rising to lieutenant rank, Cuddy worked for different intelligence organizations of the U.S. including the National Security Agency and the Department of Defense. However, because of her race, Cuddy was often looked at with much suspicion with some of her colleagues even going as far as keeping classified documents from her.
Evelyn Shue, Richard Montgomery HS
Description: Xiao Zhen Xie, an elderly woman in San Francisco, struck back at her attacker after being punched and later donated the nearly $1 million raised for her medical expenses towards efforts to curb anti-Asian racism.
Vero Smith, Seneca Valley HS
Description: The Nisei were Japanese American soldiers who fought against the Germans in WW2, they weren't trusted to fight the Japanese because of their ethnic background. There was a particularly memorable event of the Nisei when they had a stealth mission against Germany, they were to climb a nearly smooth wall to get in; as this wall was unguarded based on the difficulty to climb it; they fell to their deaths silently to maintain stealth.
Angela Wang, Thomas S. Wootton HS
Caption: Putting on a Brave Face
Description: The event I chose is the Covid-19 pandemic. I have decided to draw something related to the amount of racism Asian Americans have received during these trying times, and how they have endured it.
Joyce Wang, Thomas S. Wootton HS
Caption: Chinese Canner
Description: In my piece, I wanted to highlight AAPI tenacity despite systemic racism in our current society by showcasing an elderly Chinese woman collecting cans. A pervasive issue in America is the lack of resources for Asian Americans in areas such as the Chinatown in New York City, especially for elders. This often forces AAPI to try to earn some money by selling things along the streets and collecting cardboard boxes and cans.
Although I initially wanted to make the painting have a sad tone, after some research, I instead made the main subject vibrant in comparison to the rest of the painting to highlight that these AAPI elders were also proud of the work they put in. Many associate their hard work with their pride, and although it is disappointing that the US has few resources for them, I find it inspiring and courageous that these AAPI elders find happiness in their work.
Rose Wei, Clarksburg HS
Description: An Asian American worked hard during Coronavirus who also faced serious racism.
Elizabeth Wu, Walt Whitman HS
Caption: Asian Courage
Description: During the covid-19 pandemic, a female asian doctor is helping people and saving lives in the front line. She worked for a long time for those in need, so she is tired, and there are bruise(left by long time mask-wearing) on her face and redness in her eyes. However, she is still smiling.
Rosemary Yang, Richard Montgomery HS
Caption: Nezha Rebirthed
Description: This was actually inspired by one of the final scenes in "New Gods: Nezha Reborn". Liu Yunxiang, who held the reincarnated soul of the god-legend Nezha, had fought beyond his power against the East Dragon King and was on the brink of death. Liu Yunxiang does not have Nezha's soul -- he only has his uncontrollable powers. After fighting from his own determination, he truly embraces Nezha's soul to become his reincarnation, which is this rebirth scene.
Asian Pacific American Student Achievement Action Group (APASAAG)*
Chinese American Parents Association - Montgomery County (CAPA-MC)
Chinese Cultural and Community Service (CCACC)
Calvin Li Memorial Foundation
Lead For Future Academy
Association of Vietnamese Americans (AVA)
*APASAAG works with MCPS and community stakeholders to support APA students and promote equitable educational opportunities for them to reach their fullest potential. It is an advisory council that liaisons with the MCPS Partnerships Unit.