Asian Heritage Month

Asian heritage month

Although May has been celebrated as Asian Heritage Month in the US since 1979, it wasn’t until 2002 that it was official designated by the Canadian Government after the Senate adopted a motion proposed by Senator Vivienne Poy.

During this time, Canadians are invited to take part in events and to participate in festivities across the country that celebrate the many achievements and contributions of Canadians of Asian heritage, who, throughout history, have done so much to make Canada the culturally diverse, compassionate and prosperous nation we know today.

Who is of Asian Descent?

The definition of "Asian" may be inclusive and broad, and applies to people who come from or whose ancestors come from:

East Asia
China, Hong Kong S.A.R., Japan, Mongolia, North Korea, South Korea, Taiwan.

South Asia
Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka.

Central Asia
Afghanistan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan.

Southeast Asia
Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam.

Events in your area:

Ottawa Public Library
Asian Heritage Month at the Ottawa Public Library

Toronto Public Library
Asian Heritage Month at the Toronto Public Library

York University
The Heart of Asia, Right Here, Right Now: A Celebration of Asian Wisdom Traditions in Canada – York University

Various locations
Small World Asian Music Series April - May 2015

Various locations
Roger’s Punjabi International Film Festival



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