Announcing the Second Annual Student Essay Challenge of the
Japanese American Citizens League - Arizona Chapter!
The purpose of the essay contest is to have students learn about their ancestry, heritage, and how the Japanese American Citizens League impacts their lives. Prizes will be awarded in the following categories: a) high school (grades 9-12) and b) elementary/middle school (grades 4-8).
To be eligible for participation, the student must be a resident of Arizona and be affiliated (or have family members affiliated) with at least one of the following organizations: JACL-AZ Chapter, Arizona Buddhist Temple, Light and Life Church.
At the high school level, 3 prizes will be awarded:
•First Prize: $500
•Second Prize: $300
•Third Prize: $100
At the elementary/middle school level, 2 prizes will be awarded:
•Grades 4-6: $100
•Grades 7-8: $150
ESSAY TOPICS & REQUIREMENTS
Grades 4-8: Share a story about your family history or the heroes in your life! What have you learned about your heritage and/or the legacy of Japanese Americans?
Grades 9-12: Please choose ONE of the following prompts to respond to:
•What does it mean to be an American? Visit the Norman Mineta Legacy Project at http://minetalegacyproject.com to learn about the life of the distinguished career of Mineta who became the first Asian American mayor of a major city (San Jose, CA), a U.S Congressman, and the first Asian American cabinet member, serving two Presidents, a Democrat and Republican. How does his story inspire you, encourage you to reflect on your JA heritage, and teach you about what it means to be an American?
•How do you fight injustice? Visit the Korematsu Institute at https://korematsuinstitute.org/ to learn about the life of Fred Korematsu, who challenged the constitutionality of Executive Order 9066. In what ways does Fred Korematsu's story relate to ways that you fight for social justice? What does Korematsu's story teach us about fighting injustice?
Requirements: Submitted essays must include a clear descriptive title, be double-spaced, in 12-point font and include a bibliography. Essays for grades 4-8 should be 500-800 words; essays for grades 9-12 should be 1000-1200 words.