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Asian Heritage Month

Asian Heritage Month

May is Asian Heritage month in Canada. This guide highlights resources that celebrate the beliefs, history, culture of people of Asian descent.

Noteworthy Canadians of Asian Heritage (Government of Canada)

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Resources in British Columbia (adapted from the Govt of Canada's Asian Heritage Month website)

  • Chinatown Vancouver
    Vancouver has been home to a vibrant Chinese community since the mid-19th century. Today, Vancouver's Chinatown is one of the largest in North America and provides an authentic Asian encounter complete with unique architecture, exotic culinary aromas, and an array of imported goods.
  • Chinese Cultural Centre of Greater Vancouver
    The Centre promotes understanding and friendship between the Chinese community and other cultural groups in Canada.
  • Nikkei National Museum & Cultural Centre
    The Nikkei National Museum & Cultural Centre opened in September 2000 and houses the Nikkei National Museum and a Japanese Canadian cultural centre. The Centre’s mandate is to promote a better understanding and appreciation of Japanese Canadian culture, heritage, and contributions from Canadians of Japanese descent to Canadian society.
  • Vancouver Asian Heritage Month Society
    Since 1996, the Society has endeavored to explore the diversity of Asian Canadian life and culture while promoting the discussion of relevant issues and concerns within and beyond the Asian Canadian community.
  • Hua Foundation
    Hua Foundation is a youth empowerment non-profit working on racial equity and civic engagement issues to empower youth in the Asian diaspora to fully participate in advancing social change through exploring racialized identities within Canada and building resilience in communities.
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