Lucas Zhang is a fifth-grader at Medina Elementary School.
Our 11th official Call for Submissions "To Wit!" is here to lighten things up! Don't forget to include your name, grade and school, and an (optional) headshot with your piece.
If you're having trouble on where to start, think about anything humorous that has recently happened in your life, consult the comic strip section of the daily newspaper, or reference your favorite cartoon series (Calvin and Hobbes is a personal favorite!)
Send your work to YouthReview@emeraldparents.org by Monday, May 17th. Happy submitting!
A pair of portraits: one intricately embroidered, the other splashed with bold colors. Explorations of the self, typeset introductions in Pan-Asian languages, and history lessons on countries of origin. The artwork and writing of our April series deeply recognize our backgrounds in Asia as members of the diaspora community, and draw upon it as a source of pride.
The painting Proud to Be Asian by Eason Tang splashes us with a glowing, colorful visual introduction to its proud subject.
The essay "Proud to Be an Asian American" by Alan Ban recounts some of the author's personal favorite things about the continent of Asia.
The essay "I am Proud to Be Asian" by Brendon Wang takes a deep dive into the inventions, holidays, and historical dynasties of Ancient China.
The artwork Unique by Kevin Ni uses a standout format to deliver a poignant portrait of a young Chinese man.
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I am proud to be an Asian American. I am going to show you this by the good food, cool plants & trees, and fascinating animals that Asia has.
I am proud to be an Asian American because Asia has fascinating animals. For example, the Chinese dragon is a fantasy mythical being and it is relevant to the history of China. Asia also has pandas which are the cutest animals to exist.
Asia has great trees and plants. There are a lot of cherry blossoms in Asia in March or April. They are pink in color, which is my favorite color. They also only bloom in spring and they don’t grow cherries.
Asia has good food. Chinese breadsticks (油条) are good for breakfast, because they taste good and you can make them small or big depending on how you make the dough. And you can bend them and make them smaller to eat them easily. Japanese sushi is also delicious and healthy because it has a lot of seafood and vegetables.
All and all, I think Asia is pretty good because of those reasons. I hope you also agree with me. Therefore I am proud to be an Asian.
Alan Ban is a third-grader at Decatur Elementary School.
As a Chinese American, I am proud because China has a long cultural history of 5000 years! China has 23 dynasties, including Xia, the first known dynasty in China, and Qin, the first dynasty that united China. Also, there is the Tang dynasty, the greatest dynasty in China. The culture and economy expanded very quickly during the time. It was the golden age of poetry, painting, tricolored glazed pottery, and woodblock printing. The last dynasty is the Qing dynasty.
China has 24 holidays, so it is a lot of time to celebrate. They include Chinese New Year, also called Lunar New Year, an annual 15-day festival in China and Chinese communities around the world that begins with the new moon, which occurs between January 21 and February 20. Chinese Memorial Day is a traditional Chinese festival and an important day of sacrifice to sweep tombs and commemorate ancestors. On this day, tomb-sweeping is one of the most important and popular activities to show respect to ancestors.
Also, China has tons of inventions that changed the world. The most famous ones are the Four Great Inventions of Ancient China. The Compass is an instrument for orientation and navigation, and it appeared for the first time in China between the 2nd century BC and 1st century AD. In the 9th century, Gunpowder was made by Chinese alchemists searching for an elixir of immortality. It is a mixture of sulfur, charcoal, and potassium nitrate. Papermaking is a technique of making paper and has been known in China since the 2nd century BC. In about 105, Cai Lun created a sheet of paper using mulberry and other bast fibers with fishnets, old rags, and hemp waste. Printing is a process for reproducing text and images. In China, printing was improved with the technique of woodblock printing.
My ancestral homeland has a lot of places to see, such as the Great Wall of China. The Great Wall of China is a series of fortifications that were built across the historical northern borders of ancient Chinese states and Imperial China as protection. Several walls were built from as early as the 7th century BC, with selective stretches later joined together by Qin Shi Huang, the first Emperor of China. There is also the Terracotta Army. The Terracotta Army is a collection of terracotta sculptures depicting the armies of Qin Shi Huang. The figures, dating from approximately the late third century BCE, were discovered in 1974 by local farmers in Lintong County, outside Xi'an, Shaanxi, China.
I am very proud to be an Asian American who contributed to America.
In light of recent events in Atlanta, and an increase in anti-Asian hate crimes in Atlanta, the Emerald Youth Review condemns anti-Asian violence across the nation and urges solidarity between diaspora communities.
We deserve to be proud of who we are: the way we look, talk, and create.
In approaching this month's topic, we want you to explore the reasons why you are proud to be Asian-American. A special connection to your heritage, hair that sticks out straight, trips to your ancestral homeland. The joy of having a second language, gratitude for relatives that push you to succeed, or who know how to make you laugh. There's no right or wrong answer here -- just aim for the truth.
"I'm Proud to Be Asian Because..."
Don't forget to include your name, grade and school, and an (optional) headshot with your piece. Send your submission to YouthReview@EmeraldParents.org by Monday, April 12th.
Around this week of March last year, schools all around Seattle began to close.
It was out of the lockdown (initially imagined to be only a couple weeks) that the Youth Review was created. First meant to be a simple virtual gathering place for pent-up creative energy and extra hours of free time, we've grown towards publishing artwork and writing from talented young artists all around the Puget Sound area.
Since that first series, we've published nine series, encompassing 43 works from elementary-schoolers, middle-schoolers, and high-schoolers -- including a serial comic. In the summer, we even held a writing workshop over Zoom.
Here's the year in review:
In lieu of a March call for submissions, we would like to take this moment to express gratitude for everybody who has passed at one time or another through our virtual halls. Great thanks to you for reading or contributing to the Youth Review, and as always: keep sending us your work!
The Editors of the Emerald Youth Review