Chinese American Citizens Alliance National Essay Contest

2018 National Essay Competition

Through its 40+ year history, thousands of high school students across the nation have participated in the Alliance’s National Essay Contest. The essay contest is intended to foster creative thinking and self-expression and encourage an awareness of current local and world events. Top placing finishers receive cash scholarship towards their education endeavors.

This annual contest is open to any student enrolled in high school (grades 9-12). No entry fee required. Participants are given either 90 minutes (computer laptop participants) or 2 hours (Blue Book participants) to compose an essay in English not to exceed 500 words on a contemporary topic concerning the Chinese and Asian American communities. The essay topic is given at the time of the contest.

Participants will have the opportunity to bring and use their laptop computer to compose their essay. All other participants will be given a Blue Book and pen to compose their essay.

This year’s contest will be held Saturday, March 3, 2018, commencing at 10:00 a.m.
(local time; refer to 2018 Essay Contest Locations listing for actual start time).

Please contact your nearest representative for additional information and/or to register. Please check back on this website if your nearest location and/or contact information has yet to be announced. Deadline date to register is February 26, 2018.

2018 Essay Contest Entry Form

2018 Essay Contest Locations


To empower Chinese Americans by promoting the highest ethics and morals, by practicing and defending American citizenship in its fullest rights and responsibilities, by observing respectfully American patriotism, by preserving historical and cultural traditions, and by providing youth leadership and community learning through education.


The Alliance has fought against racial discrimination, defended civil rights, opposed anti-immigration movements and countered efforts to marginalize American Chinese culture and heritage. Each of the chartered lodges across the U.S. is dedicated to enhancing civic pride, supporting community services and promoting responsible citizenship.


1895 - Chinese Americans in San Francisco established the Native Sons of the Golden State in response to racism and prejudice that limited their employment, education, housing, insurance and banking opportunities. Full citizenship and informed civic engagement are key tenets.

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