Acknowledge the rich history and culture of peoples of Asian descent; learn from the lived experiences of Canadians of Asian descent.
Over the past two centuries, individuals and families have immigrated to Halifax from East Asia, Southern Asian, Western and Southeast Asia. With them, these new Canadians brought a rich cultural heritage representing many languages, ethnicities and religious traditions.
In 2001, Senator Vivienne Poy, Canada’s first Chinese-Canadian senator, proposed a motion to designate May as Asian Heritage Month. In May 2002, the Government of Canada officially declared May as Asian Heritage Month in a formal ceremony.
The theme for Asian Heritage Month 2021 is “Recognition, Resilience, and Resolve“. It embodies the myriad of sentiments that peoples of Asian descent in Canada have experienced and honours their contributions and their diverse stories which are rooted in resilience and perseverance. It is also a call to action for all Canadians to come together to combat all forms of anti-Asian racism and discrimination.
Although festivities will look different this year, there are still plenty of ways to acknowledge Asian Heritage Month.
The Office of Diversity and Inclusion, Halifax Public Libraries and community members have created a virtual portal, featuring a collection of demonstrations and performances from local artists. Take some time to explore Asian Heritage Month 2021: A Virtual Celebration and learn more about the municipality’s diverse Asian Canadian communities.