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The month of May, declared Asian Heritage Month by the Government of Canada, is a time to highlight the contributions of Asian Canadians to Canadian society. This is the 19th year that Asian Heritage Month activities will be carried out in Manitoba.
Since the inaugural Asian Heritage Month in 1993, cities across Canada have held annual festivities. In Manitoba, the Asian Heritage Society of Manitoba consisting of representatives from the Japanese, Chinese, Indian, Sri Lankan, Vietnamese, Indo-Chinese, Korean, Filipino, Syrian, Singapore and Malaysian organizations, have planned a variety of activities to share the Asian cultures with other Canadians.
Asian Heritage Society of Manitoba acknowledge that our communities are located on Treaty 1 territory and that the land on which we gather is the traditional territory of Anishinaabeg, Cree,Oji-Cree, Dakota, and Dene Peoples, and on the homeland of the Métis Nation.
What Asian Heritage Month is about.
For the past 19 years, the Asian Heritage Society has successfully brought performers, artists, dancers, writers, musicians, and educators together.
Source: CBC News, Asian Heritage Month 2019 Interview with Marjorie Dowhos and Dr. Art Miki
The theme for Asian Heritage Month 2021, “Recognition, Resilience, and Resolve”, 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. Let us celebrate the incredible diversity that is our strength and be resolute in our stand against all forms of anti-Asian racism and discrimination.
In 2021, the Asian Heritage Society of Manitoba will also be celebrating it’s 19th year of recognizing Asian Heritage in Canada. We plan to make May 2021 the best Asian Heritage Month yet, with a variety of performance and educational events that highlight the talents of the Asian communities in Manitoba. Community involvement is key to the success of our goals and we are reaching out to preferred businesses and organizations to be supporters and partners.
The Asian Heritage Society has successfully brought performers, artists, dancers, writers, musicians, and educators together – reaching approximately 3000 audience members and participants over the
course of the month. We are now celebrating virtually during the pandemic and have the potential to reach more!
If your organization is interested in contributing to Asian Heritage Society of Manitoba, please contact us for more information.
Thank you to the following organizations and individuals who helped to make the May 2019 events possible: