The Alan Sugiyama Hum Bow Eating Contest is an iconic attraction of the API Heritage Month Celebration. Local celebrities participate in a head-to-head battle in a race to eat their baked hum bows. The contest alternates between individual and team competitions with occasional themes, such as the “Battle of TV Stations”.
The winner(s)’ name(s) is/are engraved on a perpetual plaque. They also receive an engraved memorabilia at a later date. All contestants receive an honorary participation certificate.
- 2014: Tomio Moriguchi, former Chairman & CEO, Uwajimaya
- 2015: Natasha Chen,
National Correspondent, CNN (former Reporter/Anchor, KIRO 7)
- 2016: Siemny Kim,
Reporter/Anchor, KIRO TV
- 2017: Ryan Yamamoto, Reporter/Anchor KOMO 4 & Morgan Chesky, National Correspondent, NBC News (former Reporter/Anchor, KOMO 4)
- 2018: Ming Luo & Michael Wang, Asians @ Amazon Employee Resource Group
2019: Toshiko Hasegawa, Executive Director, Commission on Asian Pacific American Affairs (CAPAA)
- 2020: Luisa Laulile, Asian Pacific Islander Heritage Month Celebration Committee Member
Hum Bows, also known as BBQ pork buns (‘char siu bao’), are buns with filling (meat or vegetarian). They are typically steamed, but can also be baked. They originate from China, but have popular equivalents in other cultures.