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