Asian Heritage Month is an opportunity for all Canadians to learn more about the many achievements and contributions of Canadians of Asian descent who, throughout our history, have done so much to make Canada the amazing country we share today. The theme for Asian Heritage Month 2021 is “Recognition, Resilience, and Resolve.” It is a call to action for all Canadians to come together to combat all forms of anti-Asian racism and discrimination.
Over the last two centuries, immigrants have journeyed to Canada from East Asia, Southern Asia, Western, Central and Southeast Asia, bringing our society a rich cultural heritage representing many languages, ethnicities and religious traditions. The people of this diverse and vibrant community have contributed to every aspect of life in Canada—from the arts and science to sport, business, and government. Asian Heritage Month offers all Canadians an opportunity to learn more about the history of Canadians of Asian descent and to celebrate their contributions to the growth and prosperity of Canada.
Asian Heritage Month has been celebrated across Canada since the 1990s and in 2001 the Senate of Canada adopted a motion proposed by Senator Vivienne Poy to officially designate May as Asian Heritage Month in Canada. In May 2002, the Government of Canada signed an official declaration to designate May as Asian Heritage Month.
Want to learn more? Where to start? We’ve got some suggestions below:
- Learn about Events in Asian Canadian History on the Government of Canada’s website.
- With your Caledon Public Library card you can access foreign language courses by utilizing Mango Languages.
- Borrow digital books about learning a language from OverDrive or Hoopla.
- Peruse a travel guide to learn details about an Asian locale on our online database A to Z World Travel.
- Explore the Virtual Museum of Asian Canadian Cultural Heritage at their official website.
- Listen to contemporary and traditional Asian music on Hoopla.
- Read full text biographies about famous Canadians of Asian descent on our database Canadian Reference Centre.
- Cook a meal of Asian cuisine by borrowing a cookbook of your choice using our online catalogue.
- Watch an Asian movie or a documentary on Asian history using Hoopla or Kanopy.