The Chinese American Museum in Washington DC (CAMDC) in collaboration with Calvin J Li Memorial Foundation are introducing an annual Essay Contest series with an aim to Bridge the Cultural Gaps in Chinese American immigrant families. Their inaugural Essay Contest is titled “Dear Mom, Dear Dad,” an open letter from the children to their parent(s). In this letter, you can write something that you find it hard to say in person. You can express your appreciation and gratitude; you can voice your complaints and criticism. Most importantly, you can share your struggles, your dreams, your questions, and your deepest emotion with your parents. They hope these essays will promote an open dialogue that will bring families closer together, and help students and parents understand each other better.
WHO CAN PARTICIPATE:
Current high school students of Chinese descent living in the US.
GENRE AND FORM: Your essay should take the form, or genre, of a letter to one or both of your parents, or to another close relative. It should be no more than 1500 words (about 4 double-spaced pages). Please submit the essay as a Word document or PDF file, in 11- or 12-point font, double-spaced, with your name, the date of submission, your school, grade level, address, email, and telephone number. Be sure to number your pages!
SUBMISSION DEADLINE: Sunday, January 1, 2023
HOW TO SUBMIT:
Email student essays (Word or PDF files) to email@example.com.
First Place: $1,000
Second Place: $700
Third Place: $400
Honorable Mention: $100
FOR MORE INFORMATION: https://www.chineseamericanmuseum.org/essays
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