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:
China, Hong Kong S.A.R., Japan, Mongolia, North Korea, South Korea, Taiwan.
Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka.
Afghanistan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan.
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
Small World Asian Music Series April – May 2015
Roger’s Punjabi International Film Festival