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                                                               Arthur T. Chin Essay Contest
                                                                            in honor of
                                              Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month 2016

                                          Topic: “Oregon native Arthur T. Chin – American hero”



















Oregon native Arthur Tien Chin learned to fly at the Swan Island Municipal Airport in Portland and went to China in 1935 with a dozen other young Chinese-Americans to help stop the Japanese Empire from conquering China. He became an ace fighter pilot flying in the Chinese air force, and later flew transports over the Himalayas in what came to be known as the “Hump” airlift. Despite his achievements, his exploits and those of the other young Chinese-Americans who served with him are little-known in the country of his birth.

 Essays must be no longer than 500 words, and they must be emailed or post marked by 5:00pm PDT on 22 May 2016. The winning essay will receive an Introductory Flight Lesson with TakeWING Cessna Pilot Center in Creswell. The runner-up will receive a one-year Family membership in the Oregon Air & Space Museum in Eugene. Third prize will be signed copies of the book T-41 Mescalero, one for each grade. So celebrate Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month by getting yourself and your child involved in the Arthur T. Chin Essay Contest!

 About The Contest:


  • Judges include Arthur Chin’s daughter Susan and grandson John Gong!

  • Contestants must currently be in grades 9-10-11-12, attending school in the Eugene, Oregon area.

  • Essays must be no longer than 500 words (not including source information).

  • Essays must be original and not previously published in either print or electronic form.

  • Essays will be evaluated on creativity, historical accuracy, and structure.

  • Sources of information must be identified at the end of the essay or within the body text.

  • An essay contest application must be included with the essay submission.

  • Essays with attached application must be emailed or postmarked by 5pm on 22 May, 2016, and can be sent by e-mail to ArtChin@michaelrlittle.com or mailed to the following address:


Art Chin Essay Contest
505 Cornhusker Dr. Ste 189
Bellevue, NE 68005


The adult/teacher/parent of the winning essay writer will be notified by e-mail or telephone by 30 May, 2016. The winning essay will be posted online.



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