Congratulations to the Fox-Fernandez Family! The APAEA EC committee selected their submission as the winner of this year’s Asian Pacific American Heritage Month Poster Competition. The committee felt it was very creative and true to the theme of “Many Cultures, One Voice: Promote Equality and Inclusion.”
As the winner of the contest the Fox-Fernandez family will be recognized with a Certificate of Appreciation from the WO Civil Rights-Special Programs and will have the honor of their poster being displayed at the USDA Kick-off event in Washington D.C.
The poster will be printed, autographed by the Forest Service Chief or Associate Chief and displayed in the Washington Office. The poster will also be showcased at the Federal Asian Pacific American Council (FAPAC) National Leadership Training Program to be held in Washington D.C. in May. APAEA will work with the winner to schedule a mentoring session with a Senior Executive
2015 Asian Pacific American Heritage Observance Poster Competition
by Ethan, Irvin, and Nancy Fox-Fernandez
Many of the colors represent the Asian cultures, which makes the world beautiful. Also, the red, white, and blue stripes represent the United States of America with Asian flag symbols included. There are Asian bears and North American bears together in a natural setting. (Ethan Fox-Fernandez, 7 y.o.)
From left to right, the represented species are brown bear (North America and Russia), North American black bear, sloth bear (India), North American black bear cub (cinnamon phase), sun bear (southeast Asia), and Asiatic black bear cub (eastern Asia).
From left to right (top to bottom), the Asian and Pacific Island flag symbols represented are Japan, Philippines, Hawaii, China, South Korea, Thailand, Malaysia, Pakistan, India, Indonesia, and Vietnam.
We worked as a family to design and color the poster. It was a great opportunity to learn about other Asian and Pacific Island cultures, as well as bear species that inhabit Asia. Our shared family experience working on the poster gave us context on what it meant to be both Filipino-American and Asian American.
The committee chose Robin Gyorgyfalvy’s poster as our First Runner Up.